Wed June 20, 2012
It's All Politics

Executive Privilege: A Long (And Sometimes Sordid) History

First, a bit of word association: I say executive privilege. You say (probably) either Watergate or Nixon.

And therein lies the problem for President Obama, who decided Wednesday to use the privilege to prevent Congress from obtaining internal Justice Department documents. Deservedly or not, for any president since Nixon, invoking executive privilege seems to carry a whiff of scandal about it.

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Sun June 17, 2012

Happy Fathers Day!

WVAS-FM wishes all the biological, adoptive and chosen ones a very Happy Fathers Day. Join Milton Shirdan on Bill Boynton's SwingTown from 12 until 3PM on June 17th for a salute to fathers and a farewell to spring.


Fri June 8, 2012

Sean Jones, Jeff 'Tain' Watts On JazzSet

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 10:32 am

Sean Jones performs at the Detroit Jazz Festival.
Jeff Forman

Ohio-born trumpeter Sean Jones played lead for approximately five years with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis was a member of Sean's section. When was asked what he learned from Marsalis, Jones answered in two words: "work ethic."

Now 35-year-old Sean Jones is touring with the Marcus Miller group, an Associate Professor at Duquesne University and Oberlin Conservatory, Interim Artistic Director for the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, and leading his group in Detroit with music from his album No Need for Words.

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Wed June 6, 2012

June is National Black Music Month

Music is the universal language which spans all cultural, regional and racial boundaries. Tune in to WVAS-FM throughout the month of June as we celebrate America's Classical Music - Jazz.


Thu May 24, 2012

Alexis Cuadrado's 'A Lorca Soundscape' On JazzSet

Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 4:07 pm

Alexis Cuadrado sets surrealist Spanish poems to music in a concert at 92Y Tribeca.
John Rogers for NPR johnrogersnyc.com

It began with the crisis on Wall Street in 2008. Alexis Cuadrado, from Barcelona and now Brooklyn, remembered the poetry of the surrealist Federico Garcia Lorca (1898-1936), whom all Spanish students study in school.

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Tue May 15, 2012

Betty Carter Salute

Betty Carter was born Lillie Mae Jackson on May 16, 1929 in Flint, Michigan. Join Milton Shirdan on Jazz at Nite this Wednesday evening for a musical salute to Betty Carter on her birthday. Listen during the 9:00 hour exclusively on WVAS-FM.


Thu May 10, 2012

'Miles Davis And Gil Evans: Still Ahead' On JazzSet

Originally published on Thu August 28, 2014 12:05 pm

Terence Blanchard plays the role of Miles Davis' trumpet with commitment and emotion at Monterey.
Cole Thompson

Gil Evans was born on May 13, 1912. In three collaborations in the late 1950s, he and his friend and Miles Davis steered their projects into a new era for jazz.

Their first album was Miles Ahead. This Monterey Jazz Festival concert is called "Still Ahead," with music from the pair's second and third records, Porgy and Bess and Sketches of Spain.

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Wed April 25, 2012

The Art Of The Deejay

April is Public Radio Music Month and WVAS-FM gives you a look into The Art Of The Deejay, a one hour special exploring the history of radio, clips from radio personalities from the past and conversations with current deejay. Featured are Aqueelah Jam, Brian Carter, Charles Twitty, David Brent Johnson, Dyana Williams, Gene Knight, Larry "Doc" Elliott, Mel Marsjhall and Milton Shirdan. Tune in at 6;00PM on WVAS-FM or online at www.wvasfm.org.



Wed April 25, 2012

Ella Fitzgerald Salute

Ella Fitzgerald was born on April 25, 1917. Join Milton Shirdan on Jazz at Nite this Wednesday evening for a musical salute to Ella Fitzgerald, The First Lady Of Song, on her birthday during the 9:00 hour, Exclusively on WVAS-FM.


Tue April 24, 2012

Sheila Jordan Interview

Day 24 of Jazz Appreciation Month and Public Radio Music Month. Join Milton Shirdan on Jazz at Nite for a conversation with vocalist, composer and music educator Sheila Jordan during the 9:00 hour. Exclusively on WVAS-FM.