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Hope you can tune in for the next broadcast of All This Jazz, beginning at 10pm Central on Saturday the 28th --- right here on Public Radio 89.5 (KWGS-FM)...and "live streaming" online at

On the next edition of All This Jazz, beginning at 10pm local time on Public Radio 89.5, on Saturday the 21st --- which is the first day of summer for those of us north of the equator --- our second-hour theme will be Summer Songs.

As always, it'll be modern jazz, both recent and classic, across a range of styles...and it'll also be, during the 11pm-til-midnight half of our show, seasonal jazz, as we hear such familiar themes as "Summertime," "The Things We Did Last Summer," and so forth.

"Goooooooooaal!!" (Isn't that a lovely sound? It just makes one feel better, somehow.) The 2014 FIFA World Cup is now underway, as everyone and his brother knows, and our second-hour theme on the next edition of All This Jazz has been accordingly devised.

As Broadway Babies both near and far will heartily attest, the Tony Awards ceremony is scheduled for this Sunday evening, to be televised live on CBS.

Miles Davis would have turned 88 on Memorial Day (Monday the 26th); he died at 65 in the early 1990s. His influence on this music --- on these musics --- that we label "jazz" is obvious and enormous and arguably, in this age of omnipresent, genre-blurring crossover projects and increasingly sophisticated recording techniques and technologies, greater than ever before. (And have you heard, by the way, that Don Cheadle is planning to direct and star in a film about Miles?

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

The late composer/arranger/bandleader Henry Mancini would've turned 90 last month; he died at 70 of pancreatic cancer. Much like Quincy Jones, who turned 81 in March, Mancini had a legendary and stylistically diverse tenure in American music, from hip jazz and chart-topping pop to crossover projects and big-band charts and configurations extraordinaire, with lots of award-winning TV and film scoring along the way.

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.)

Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington's birthday arrived earlier this week --- he was born April 29th, 1899, in Washington, DC; he died in 1974.

No doubt about it: 1964 is one of the all-time greatest years in the history of popular music. The Rolling Stones released their eponymous first album. Simon & Garfunkel likewise released their debut LP ("Wednesday Morning, 3 AM"). Dylan's "The Times They Are a-Changin'" album came out. "Fiddler on the Roof" opened on Broadway. Oh, and this pop group called The Beatles visited America for the first time and subsequently changed the course of civilization.