As springtime gives way, ever so slowly, to summertime --- and as Memorial Day weekend, summer's unofficial gateway, draws nearer and nearer --- the minds of many music-lovers will wander, perhaps inevitably, and perhaps even repeatedly, to reveries of catching a nice concert or two at this or that outdoor venue.
Or else, as the case may be, this or that indoor venue. (Sometimes it rains. Or a nightclub beckons.)
And if we've said it once on ATJ, we've said it a thousand times --- this most wonderful form of art-and-entertainment that we loosely label "jazz," thriving as it does on group interplay and solo expression and uninhibited improvisation and so forth, lends itself awfully well to live performance. Awfully well, indeed.
So, on the next All This Jazz --- which kicks off at 10pm on Saturday the 10th on Public Radio 89.5 KWGS-FM --- such will be our second-hour theme: Live Jazz Recordings. We'll therefore hear from Sonny Rollins, Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, the Mingus Big Band (shown here), Edward Simon, and many other class acts. Hope you can tune in.
(And in closing, the fine-print 4-1-1: ATJ airs every Saturday night on Public Radio 89.5, from 10pm till midnight. We always thereafter offer a 7pm re-airing of the program on Sunday evening, on Jazz 89.5-2, which is our station's all-jazz HD Radio channel. Each and every week, we spin modern jazz, both recent and classic...from Geri Allen to John Zorn, Cannonball Adderly to Denny Zeitlin. And the second half of our two-hour program, beginning at 11pm, invariably carries a theme. And lastly, for those of you who give a hoot about such, All This Jazz now has a Facebook page. Like it! Frequent it! Share it! And thank you.)