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5:23 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Trane's Tunes on All This Jazz

John Coltrane would have been 86 on Sunday (September 23rd). He died of liver cancer in 1967; he was only 40.

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3:17 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

The Music of Paradise in the City of Light: Verve's "Jazz in Paris" Series

Starting back in 2000, or thereabouts, Universal Music France, the French cousin of the current guise of the long-running jazz record label known as Verve, inaugurated a wonderful series of reissued recordings: the "Jazz in Paris" series. These CDs were made available in the States as well as the Continent.  

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Kind of Blog: An Occasional KWGS Jazz Journal
3:50 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

"Porgy and Bess" and All This Jazz

We've had some mighty nice feedback over the past few days regarding the show that we aired on Saturday the 8th; namely, we've received a handful of kind and/or appreciative emails referring specifically to the second hour of that show, when our theme was jazz renditions of tunes from "Porgy and Bess."

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Kind of Blog: An Occasional KWGS Jazz Journal
7:43 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Monk's Music (and One Interesting Question Related to It)

Long before he appeared on the cover of Time Magazine, in 1964, Thelonious Monk was a one-of-a-kind jazz pianist: a player and composer of startling originality, a musician of ample wit and heart, a bebopper of seemingly boundless genius. His body of work --- indeed, his approach to the piano itself --- was fresh and unique and cohesive. It was also, in the opinion of some, quite odd. Or else sloppy-sounding in its fingering, or else melodically lop-sided, or worse.

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Kind of Blog: An Occasional KWGS Jazz Journal
6:50 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

On the Next Installment of All This Jazz: Classic Tunes by Wayne Shorter

He was the tenor saxophonist and main composer for Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers --- and then for the Miles Davis Quintet --- in the Sixties. Later in that decade, he took up the soprano sax while participating in the landmark Davis recording sessions that would produce "Bitches Brew" (and he's now a master on both horns).

He co-led Weather Report, the internationally popular jazz-rock fusion supergroup, in the Seventies and Eighties.

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Kind of Blog: An Occasional KWGS Jazz Journal
9:26 am
Sat August 18, 2012

Next Time on All This Jazz: "The Less-Familiar Ellington"

Howdy, kids. Sorry about the prolonged absence, blog-wise; I'm still away from the studio on vacation.

I'll be back soon enough, but in the meantime I wanted to quickly preview the "re-broadcast" that we have on deck for tonight's edition of All This Jazz (that is, for our 8/18/12 show).

The second-hour theme for this program, which first aired in December of 2010, is pretty special --- it's "The Less-Familiar Ellington."

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Kind of Blog: An Occasional KWGS Jazz Journal
7:29 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

All This Jazz: "Live in London"

Whether we're talking about, say, the historic accumulation of medals by swimmer Michael Phelps or Rowan Atkinson's keyboard "playing" during the Opening Ceremony a few days ago, there have been --- at the current Olympic Games, of course --- scores of outstanding performances in London lately.

Therefore, in a tip of the hat to Mr. Phelps, Mr. Atkinson, and so many others, the next installment of All This Jazz will present a host of great performances from London Town . . . performances, in our case, in a jazz vein.

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2:32 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

Blokes Who Can Blow: On the Next All This Jazz, a Celebration of BritJazz

London Summer Olympics.

London.

Summer.

Olympics.

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5:07 pm
Tue July 24, 2012

Latin Jazz Reclaims the Respect of the Grammy Awards

In the theme-driven second hour of All This jazz the other night --- see playlist here; I refer to the 7/21/12 show --- I played a couple of tracks by the wonderful Eddie Palmieri, the Puerto Rican pianist, arranger, and composer (pictured herewith) who's long been deemed one of the brightest stars in the Latin Jazz firmament.

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3:32 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

A Free Concert Offering the Music of Sinatra

Hello, campers.

If I may, a quick recommendation, live-music-wise, for tomorrow night (Tuesday the 24th) here in Tulsa. In the final 2012 Starlight Concert performance of the summer, the Starlight Jazz Orchestra will present a "Frank Sinatra Tribute." The program begins at 8pm and is, as ever, free to the public.

Grab a friend or two, a blanket or some lawn chairs, and --- if nothing else --- a cooler loaded with cold drinks, and then head over to the River West Festival Park (on the west bank of the Arkansas River).

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