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8:42 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

Jazz Groups Led by Drummers (Next Time on ATJ)

On the next All This Jazz, which kicks off at 10 o'clock on Saturday night (October 20th) on KWGS-FM 89.5-1, our second-hour theme will be jazz combos led by drummers.

Tony Williams, Buddy Rich, Matt Wilson, Art Blakey, and Jack DeJohnette: we'll hear from bands under the respective direction of all these greats, and a few others, on the forthcoming edition of ATJ.

Please join us, dear rhythm buffs!

Kind of Blog: An Occasional KWGS Jazz Journal
2:19 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

ATJ Observes Thelonious Monk's 95th Birthday

On the next edition of All This Jazz, on Saturday the 13th, our second-hour theme will be "Monk's Tunes." Thelonious Monk would have turned 95 earlier this week; he was born on October 10th, 1917. (He died in 1982.)

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Kind of Blog: An Occasional KWGS Jazz Journal
3:45 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

A Poem for Bix (and Some Notes on New Orleans)

More beignets, waiter --- and more gumbo, please --- at this table. On the next All This Jazz, on Saturday the 6th, our second-hour theme will be "New Orleans."

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Kind of Blog: An Occasional KWGS Jazz Journal
6:53 am
Fri September 28, 2012

The Arrival of Autumn on ATJ

"Early Autumn," "Autumn in New York," "Autumn Serenade," "Autumn Nocturne," and so forth.... The cool and colorful fall season is finally here, thank goodness, and on the next edition of All This Jazz, on the 29th, we'll celebrate precisely that. Our second-hour theme, in other words, will be "Autumn" on 9/29/12 --- and thus we'll hear all the gorgeous tunes listed above, plus many more. Join us on KWGS-FM 89.5-1 on Saturday night at 10pm. It's All This Jazz --- modern jazz, both recent and classic.

Kind of Blog: An Occasional KWGS Jazz Journal
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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Kind of Blog: An Occasional KWGS Jazz Journal
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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