Kind of Blog: An Occasional KWGS Jazz Journal
Fri May 17, 2013
All This Jazz Stops to Smell (and Hear) the Roses (and Other Flowers)
Join us for the next edition of All This Jazz --- a weekly survey of modern jazz, both recent and classic --- airing every Saturday night here on Public Radio 89.5-1, from 10pm till midnight. (There's also a re-broadcast of our show on Sunday night at 7pm, on Jazz 89.5-2, which is our all-jazz HD Radio channel....)
Each week, our program has a theme in its second hour. And for the 5/18/13 installment of ATJ, with the merry month of May now in full gear, we'll present a decidedly "floral" theme. Thus we'll hear lovely, catchy, ever-so-fragrant versions of such flower-powered jazz tunes as "Little Sunflower" (by Freddie Hubbard), "The Single Petal of a Rose" (by Duke Ellington; shown here), "A Flower Is a Lovesome Thing" (by Billy Strayhorn; also shown here), "Wild Flower" (by Wayne Shorter), and more.
Plus we'll hear a couple of great Woody Herman sides --- one, from the 1970s, in the first hour of our show; the other, from the 1960s, in the second hour --- as the late clarinetist, band leader, saxophonist, and singer would have turned 100 on May 16th. (Herman died in 1987; his legendary career in American music spanned six decades. And speaking of flowers, jazz critic Kevin Whitehead offered a terrific appreciation of Herman on NPR's Fresh Air the other day; in this piece, Whitehead calls Herman "The Early Bloomer Who Kept Blooming.")
It's All This Jazz, and it's all a'bloom --- right here, on Saturday night, come 10pm. Hope you can tune in.