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 Mon June 23, 2014 10:32 am

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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Thu March 15, 2012

Regina Carter, Wynton Marsalis On JazzSet

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 3:12 pm

Regina Carter (right) with Yacouba Sissoko.
Ayano His Newport Jazz Festival

JazzSet returns to the 2011 Newport Jazz Festival for performances from two complementary bandleaders on the main Fort Adams stage: violinist Regina Carter and trumpeter Wynton Marsalis.

Regina Carter started playing violin as a 4-year-old Suzuki method student in Detroit, and later played in school and community orchestras. After attending the New England Conservatory of Music, she chose jazz as her primary direction. JazzSet first presented her from the 1995 Telluride Jazz Festival — on a stage in the mountains, playing into the open air.

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Tue March 13, 2012

Shirley Scott...The Queen of the Organ

Shirley Scott was born on March 14, 1934. Join Milton Shirdan on Jazz at Nite this Wednesday evening for a very special musical salute to Shirley Scott during the 9:00 hour. Exclusively on 90.7 WVAS-FM.


Fri March 9, 2012

Avishai Cohen's Triveni With Anat Cohen On JazzSet

Originally published on Thu July 3, 2014 10:38 am

Anat Cohen (left) performs with Avishai Cohen (center) at the Newport Jazz Festival.
Ayano Hisa for NPR

Anat Cohen leads the Anzic Orchestra (Anat + music = Anzic), and Anzic opens this JazzSet by letting "Samba de Orfeu" morph into "Struttin' With Some Barbecue." Cohen loves both Brazilian and New Orleans music, and connects them with ease. "Struttin'" features the trumpet section one man at a time, concluding with Avishai Cohen. Later in the show, Anat will be back.

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Sun March 4, 2012

Wes Montgomery Salute

Wes Montgomery was born on March 6, 1923...Join Milton Shirdan on Jazz at Nite this Tuesday evening for a musical salute to Wes Montgomery on his birthday. Exclusively on 90.7  WVAS-FM.


Thu February 23, 2012

Kevin Eubanks On JazzSet

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 10:25 am

Note the message on Kevin Eubanks' cap: "Meet You at the Blue Room." It's a nice club in Kansas City, in the historic district where Count Basie, Lester Young and Mary Lou Williams used to play.
Len Katz Photography

Kevin Eubanks (briefly) and saxophonist Bill Pierce (in the mid 1980s) both played in Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, the two-generation-spanning band that is so very important in jazz from 1950s through the '80s. Now Pierce chairs the Woodwinds Department at Berklee College.

Eubanks and Marvin Smith were in The Tonight Show band together for 15 years, with guitar riffs and rim shots for Jay Leno Monday through Friday. "Smitty" brought Los Angeles bassist Rene Camacho into this group.

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Mon February 20, 2012

Nina Simone Salute

Nina Simone was born on February 21, 1927. Tune in to Jazz at Nite this Tuesday evening during the 9:00 hour for a very special tribute to Nina Simone on what would have been her 85th birthday.