Please join us for the next edition of All This Jazz, which begins at 10pm on Saturday the 12th, right here on Public Radio 89.5-1. As ever, we'll offer modern jazz, both recent and classic, straight up till midnight --- with all the music, without exception, sounding downright excellent, folks. We'll also offer, again as ever, a Sunday-night re-broadcast of ATJ on the 13th, beginning at 7pm, on Jazz 89.5-2, which is our station's all-jazz HD Radio channel.
This show will be an encore presentation of a terrific program that originally aired in July of last year, when our second-hour "theme" focused on the important, ever-so-tuneful contributions of four individuals who'd just (at that time) been named the 2013 N.E.A. Jazz Masters: the pianist and composer Eddie Palmieri (age 76), the alto saxophonist Lou Donaldson (age 86), the pianist and singer/songwriter Mose Allison (age 85; shown here), and Lorraine Gordon (who'll turn 91 next week), longtime owner of The Village Vanguard, the landmark Greenwich Village jazz venue. The National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters Fellowship is the most prestigious jazz-related award bestowed in this country; such fellowships have been awarded annually since 1982.
The four greats cited above were named the N.E.A. Jazz Masters for 2013 in the summer of 2012; they then appeared together at a "black tie" award-ceremony-slash-concert-slash-jam-session at New York's Jazz At Lincoln Center in January of this year. (You can read a New York Times article about that gala event here.)
Hope you can tune in for this wonderful, sonically wide-ranging installment of All This Jazz.