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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
8:03 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

On the Next All This Jazz: "Eye" Tunes

"Angel Eyes." "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes." "Them There Eyes." "I Only Have Eyes for You." And so on.

There are, as it happens, a bunch of nice "eye" tunes in the American Popular Songbook. And we'll hear wonderful jazz treatments of several of them --- along with Wayne Shorter's classic piece, "Infant Eyes" --- on the next edition of All This Jazz. "Eyes" will be our second-hour theme, in fact, and the fun gets underway at 10pm Central on Saturday the 19th on Public Radio 89.5-1 (with a re-broadcast of this show on Sunday the 20th at 7pm Central on Jazz 89.5-2).

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12:28 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

On the Next ATJ: Great Jazz Albums from 2012

Tune in for the next broadcast of All This Jazz, which offers all-killer-no-filler modern jazz, both recent and classic, every Saturday night at 10pm on Public Radio 89.5-1. (There's also a re-airing of ATJ every Sunday evening at 7pm on Jazz 89.5-2, which is the terrific all-jazz HD Radio channel that we provide here at Public Radio Tulsa.)

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2:25 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Power to the "People" on the Next All This Jazz

"The People, Yes," wrote Carl Sandburg, the American man of letters, in a book-length poem by that title.

Or as The Stylistics --- the killer Philly Soul and R&B group of the 1970s and beyond --- used to sing: "People Make the World Go Round."

Or as the composer and pianist Frederic Rzewski has it, borrowing from the internationally known protest song by Sergio Ortega: "The People United Will Never Be Defeated!"

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Kind of Blog: An Occasional KWGS Jazz Journal
11:59 am
Fri December 21, 2012

Christmas Tunes on All This Jazz

Join us for All This Jazz here on Public Radio 89.5-1 on Saturday the 22nd, beginning at 10pm. (There will also be a rebroadcast of this show on Sunday the 23rd [beginning at 7pm] on Jazz 89.5-2, our mighty fine all-jazz HD Radio channel.)

It's our Christmas show --- with seasonal songs from Bela Fleck, Vince Guaraldi, Stan Kenton, Duke Ellington, John Coltrane, Joe Williams, John Zorn, Michael Carvin, Matt Wilson, Chet Baker, Jimmy Smith (see album cover herewith), Dexter Gordon, and many others.

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10:34 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Remembering Gil Evans (on the Next All This Jazz)

Join us for the next edition of All This Jazz, which will set sail at 10pm Central on Public Radio 89.5-1 on Saturday the 15th. We'll hear music from Tom Harrell, Keith Jarrett, Terry Gibbs, Charles Mingus, Nels Cline, Lee Konitz, and many others.

Plus we'll listen to a cut from the cult-classic album, "Jazz Raga," recorded in the mid-1960s for Impulse by Gabor Szabo, the Hungarian guitar wizard; specifically, in tribute to the late Ravi Shankar, we'll hear a tune from this album called "Ravi" (a piece on which Szabo strums both the guitar and the sitar).

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Kind of Blog: An Occasional KWGS Jazz Journal
5:03 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

On the Next ATJ: A Spotlight on Live Recordings

Please join us for the next edition of All This Jazz, which begins at 10pm on KWGS 89.5-1 on Saturday the 1st. (And then we'll re-air the program the following night, Sunday the 2nd, on 89.5-2 --- which is our great all-jazz HD Radio channel here at Public Radio Tulsa --- beginning at 7pm.)

Our second-hour theme will be "Live Recordings." It's a theme we like to return to every so often, since jazz is, after all, a form of both art and entertainment that thrives --- indeed, subsists --- on live performance.

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5:42 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

Forthcoming on All This Jazz: Great Old American Songs

Happy Thanksgiving, fellow music lovers.

On the next edition of All This Jazz, which begins at 10pm Central on Saturday the 24th on Public Radio 89.5-1, we'll listen back to a mighty fine show that we first aired about a year ago (on 26 November 2011).

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12:23 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

(The Sound of) Food, Glorious Food (on the Next Edition of All This Jazz)

Tune in for All This Jazz on Saturday the 17th at 10pm, right here on Public Radio 89.5-1.

As ever, we'll offer two solid hours of modern jazz, both recent and classic.

And for our program's second-hour theme, with Thanksgiving just around the bend, we'll serve up such tasty/tuneful tracks as "Cornbread" by Lee Morgan, "Cheese Cake" by Dexter Gordon, "Carvin' the Bird" by Charlie Parker, "Fried Pies" by Wes Montgomery, and much more.

It'll be quite the feast --- a full plate, a dessert dish, and then some --- for jazz fans near and far. Please join us.

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1:43 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

Celebrating November Birthdays (on All This Jazz)

There are lots and lots of jazz greats with November b'days.

For example, and in no particular order: Charlie Mariano. George Cables. Teddy Wilson. Paul Desmond. Etta Jones. Gigi Gryce. Coleman Hawkins. Kevin Eubanks. Don Byron. Eddie Condon. June Chistry (see LP cover herewith, btw). Hampton Hawes. Roswell Rudd. Don Cherry. Mose Allison. Sam Jones. Chris Connor. Ellis Marsalis. Roger Kellaway. Phil Woods. Kurt Elling. Serge Chaloff. Al Cohn. Maria Schneider. Lyle Mays. Scott Joplin.

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5:08 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

On the Next ATJ: Great Trumpeters, Then and Now

Hear ye, hear ye, folks:

On the next edition of All This Jazz, come Saturday the 3rd at 10pm on Public Radio 89.5-1, we'll offer a terrific show from our archives.

I say "terrific" because the second-hour theme of the program is such a mighty fine one. Said theme is "Great Trumpet Players, Then and Now," and therefore we'll hear from the likes of Louis Armstrong and Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis and Woody Shaw (pictured here), Ingrid Jensen and Dave Douglas, and more. Please join us.

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