On the Next Edition of All This Jazz: Extended Works from Chick Corea, Pat Metheny, and Others

May 22, 2014

Hope you can come along for the next run-through of All This Jazz, right here on Public Radio 89.5. Our show begins at 10pm local time on Saturday the 24th --- and it's also offered as a "live stream" at PublicRadioTulsa.org.

This will be an encore presentation of a program that we aired in 2012, and the second-hour theme for this particular ATJ is Extended Works. Thus we'll hear some wonderful north-of-the-ten-minute-mark performances, in the latter half of our show, by Chick Corea (pictured here), Pat Metheny's Unity Band, Chet Baker (at a club in Germany in the 1970s), and others.

(And for those unfamiliar: All This Jazz 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 week, we spin modern jazz, both recent and classic...from Mose Allison to Denny Zeitlin. And the second half of our two-hour program, beginning at 11pm, invariably carries a theme.)

Postscript: Sun Ra --- surely the greatest mystic-philosopher-guru-wizard-eccentric jazz has ever produced --- would have been 100 years old today (Thursday the 22nd); he died in 1993. The pioneering, oft-recorded, and interplanetary-minded bandleader, composer, pianist, arranger, and Afrofuturist was born Herman Blount in Birmingham, Alabama, although --- as this excellent profile of Sun Ra and His Arkestra, which aired this very morning on NPR's Morning Edition, points out --- Ra didn't really see himself as a mere human being who'd been born into this mortal, earthbound realm. Rather, he was, in the most cosmic sense, just passing through. And we jazz fans, to this day, are much better off for his visit.... (Listening to this fine NPR piece over a bowl of cereal earlier today took me back to memories of a terrific rock show at the Beacon Theater in NYC circa 2003: Yo La Tengo, with a few members of Ra's Arkestra serving as a back-up band on certain numbers. Pretty sweet. Space is the place, indeed.)