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Scott Gregory

Production Director & host of All This Jazz

Scott Gregory started working at Public Radio Tulsa in 2006; he started listening to public radio circa 1980, when he and NPR both marked their tenth birthdays (although only one of them commemorated the occasion with a party at Skate World). As this station's Production Director, Scott mainly serves as the producer and editor of StudioTulsa, the award-winning interview show hosted by Rich Fisher. Scott also hosts and programs All This Jazz, which airs every Saturday night on Public Radio 89.5-1 from 10pm till midnight (with a 7pm rebroadcast on Sunday nights, on Jazz 89.5-2).

Born and raised here in Tulsa, Scott attended Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri, and thereafter Columbia University. He then punched the clock for a good decade or so in the book-publishing industry, working and living in New York City with youthful abandon, wide-eyed wonder, and humdrum contentment, in pretty much that order.

Scott is also the poetry editor at This Land Press. At this writing, his three favorite headlines from The Onion are: "National Funk Congress Deadlocked On Get Up/Get Down Issue" (from 1999), "Wikipedia Celebrates 750 Years Of American Independence" (from 2006), and "Nation Trying, Okay?" (from 2012). He and his wife, Kathy, have three children --- and his father, Bob Gregory, enjoyed a long and legendary career in Tulsa radio and television.

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Kind of Blog: An Occasional KWGS Jazz Journal
6:50 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

On the Next Installment of All This Jazz: Classic Tunes by Wayne Shorter

He was the tenor saxophonist and main composer for Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers --- and then for the Miles Davis Quintet --- in the Sixties. Later in that decade, he took up the soprano sax while participating in the landmark Davis recording sessions that would produce "Bitches Brew" (and he's now a master on both horns).

He co-led Weather Report, the internationally popular jazz-rock fusion supergroup, in the Seventies and Eighties.

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Kind of Blog: An Occasional KWGS Jazz Journal
9:26 am
Sat August 18, 2012

Next Time on All This Jazz: "The Less-Familiar Ellington"

Howdy, kids. Sorry about the prolonged absence, blog-wise; I'm still away from the studio on vacation.

I'll be back soon enough, but in the meantime I wanted to quickly preview the "re-broadcast" that we have on deck for tonight's edition of All This Jazz (that is, for our 8/18/12 show).

The second-hour theme for this program, which first aired in December of 2010, is pretty special --- it's "The Less-Familiar Ellington."

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Kind of Blog: An Occasional KWGS Jazz Journal
7:29 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

All This Jazz: "Live in London"

Whether we're talking about, say, the historic accumulation of medals by swimmer Michael Phelps or Rowan Atkinson's keyboard "playing" during the Opening Ceremony a few days ago, there have been --- at the current Olympic Games, of course --- scores of outstanding performances in London lately.

Therefore, in a tip of the hat to Mr. Phelps, Mr. Atkinson, and so many others, the next installment of All This Jazz will present a host of great performances from London Town . . . performances, in our case, in a jazz vein.

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Kind of Blog: An Occasional KWGS Jazz Journal
2:32 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

Blokes Who Can Blow: On the Next All This Jazz, a Celebration of BritJazz

London Summer Olympics.

London.

Summer.

Olympics.

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Kind of Blog: An Occasional KWGS Jazz Journal
5:07 pm
Tue July 24, 2012

Latin Jazz Reclaims the Respect of the Grammy Awards

In the theme-driven second hour of All This jazz the other night --- see playlist here; I refer to the 7/21/12 show --- I played a couple of tracks by the wonderful Eddie Palmieri, the Puerto Rican pianist, arranger, and composer (pictured herewith) who's long been deemed one of the brightest stars in the Latin Jazz firmament.

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Kind of Blog: An Occasional KWGS Jazz Journal
3:32 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

A Free Concert Offering the Music of Sinatra

Hello, campers.

If I may, a quick recommendation, live-music-wise, for tomorrow night (Tuesday the 24th) here in Tulsa. In the final 2012 Starlight Concert performance of the summer, the Starlight Jazz Orchestra will present a "Frank Sinatra Tribute." The program begins at 8pm and is, as ever, free to the public.

Grab a friend or two, a blanket or some lawn chairs, and --- if nothing else --- a cooler loaded with cold drinks, and then head over to the River West Festival Park (on the west bank of the Arkansas River).

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Kind of Blog: An Occasional KWGS Jazz Journal
2:48 pm
Sun July 22, 2012

Hot Stuff

With still another triple-digit high in today's local forecast (are we there yet?), I have started a shortlist of hot-weather jazz cuts --- tunes to set spinning, perhaps, whilst pouring that umpteenth lemonade o'er ice on a Sunday afternoon and staring out at one's sun-bleached and scorching backyard.

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Kind of Blog: An Occasional KWGS Jazz Journal
1:52 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

Welcome

Well, here we go. The journey of a thousand blog entries begins, I suppose, with a single cliched expression.

Welcome to Kind of Blog: An Occasional KWGS Jazz Journal. Of course, if this journal should actually survive for anything remotely near 1,000 entries, I'll be pleased as punch. Whoa, another cliche. Bear with me.

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All This Jazz on 89.5-1 & 89.5-2

All This Jazz -- not All That Jazz, mind you, but All This Jazz -- delivers modern jazz, both recent and classic, across a range of styles. The program offers the best of Miles, Monk, Mingus, Moody, McLean, Mulligan; we play all the late-great-heavyweights and are always glad to do so.

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