Fri April 20, 2012

Charles Mingus Salute

Charles Mingus was born on April 22, 1922. Join Milton Shirdan this Sunday on Bill Boyntons' SwingTown for a musical salaute to Charles Mingus on his birthday during the 2:00 hour. Exclusively on 90.7 WVAS-FM.


Fri April 20, 2012

April is Public Radio Music Month

Here's a copy of the proclamation by Mayor Todd Strange in honor of Public Radio Month.


Thu April 12, 2012

James Farm On JazzSet

Originally published on Wed December 12, 2012 2:39 pm

James Farm, left to right: Matt Penman, Joshua Redman, Aaron Parks, Eric Harland.
Jimmy Katz

When Joshua Redman plays Boston, it's a homecoming. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard University and quickly won the 1991 Thelonious Monk International Saxophone Competition. Warner Brothers signed him to make a string of successful albums.

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Thu April 12, 2012

Jazz Day In America Concert

NPR has declared Friday, April 13, 2012 as Jazz Day In America. Join us for a lunchtime concert, broadcast live, starring Jilla Webb and Kurt McKinney with special guests the ED Nixon Elementary Choir directed by Dr. Sandra Ware. Listen from 12:05 to 1: 00 PM at 90.7 FM or online at www.wvasfm.org and enjoy. Let's do lunch!


Tue April 10, 2012

Herbie Hancock Salute

Herbie Hancock was born on April 12, 1940 in Chicago, Illinois. Join Milton Shirdan on Jazz at Nite for a musical salute to Herbie Hancock on his birthday. Only on 90.7 WVAS-FM.


Fri April 6, 2012

Juan-Carlos Formell On JazzSet

Originally published on Thu July 25, 2013 2:12 pm

Juan-Carlos Formell and Johnny's Dream Club at the 2011 Monterey Jazz Festival.
Cole Thompson Monterey Jazz Festival

Juan-Carlos Formell participated in a multi-artist showcase at SOB's — home to Brazilian and Latin music in New York — a few years ago. Between a couple of amped-up bands, he took the stage alone (as I recall) and sang in Spanish, accompanying himself on guitar. His voice had urgency to it, and there was an irresistible engine inside that guitar. Ever since, I've wanted to hear and know more.

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Wed April 4, 2012

Public Radio Music Month

April Schedule of Events

April has been designated as Jazz Appreciation Month and Public Radio Music Month. WVAS-FM has scheduled several special features to air throughout the month.

On April 12th tune in for a one hour special saluting Herbie Hancock on his birthday during Jazz at Nite.

Friday, April 13th has been designated as Jazz Day In America. Join WVAS-FM for a very lunchtime concert featuring Jilla Webb and Kurt McKinney with special guests The E.D. Nixon Elementary School Choir broadcast live from 12:00 until 1:00PM .

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Sat March 31, 2012

Gil Scott Heron Salute

Gil Scott Heron was born on April 1, 1949. Join Milton Shirdan on Bill Boynton's SwingTown this Sunday afternoon for a musical salute to Gil Scott Heron on his birthday.


Thu March 29, 2012

Benny Green Trio On JazzSet

Originally published on Wed December 12, 2012 4:17 pm

Benny Green.
Courtesy of the artist

The pioneering pianist Thelonious Monk left behind a treasure trove of compositions. Onstage at the KC Jazz Club at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., a current jazz treasure is here to play some of the best. Benny Green is on piano with Peter Washington on bass and Kenny Washington on drums.

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Mon March 26, 2012

Sarah Vaughan Salute

Sarah Vaughan was born on March 27, 1924. Join Milton Shirdan on Jazz at Nite this Tuesday evening during the 9:00 hour for a musical salute to Sarah Vaughan on her birthday.

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