Fri November 18, 2011

Coleman Hawkins Special

November 21st is Coleman Hawkins Birthday. Join Milton Shirdan on Jazz at Nite for a very special musical tribute to Coleman Hawkins on that evening. That's Monday night only on 90.7FM - WVAS.


Thu November 17, 2011

Sheila Jordan Special

Join Milton Shirdan on Jazz at Nite this evening for a special musical salute to Sheila Jordan, one of JAZZIZ magazines 25 Most Important Women In Jazz, during the 9:00 Hour. That's tonight only on 90.7 WVAS-FM.


Wed November 16, 2011


Jazz Birthdays

Born on 11/17

Roswell Rudd - 1935

Born on 11/18

Bennie Wallace - 1946

Cindy Blackman - 1959

Don Cherry - 1936

Johnny Mercer - 1909

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Thu November 10, 2011

Charles Lloyd's Sangam On JazzSet

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 9:43 am

Sangam performs at the 2011 Newport Jazz Festival. From left to right: Eric Harland, Zakir Hussain and Charles Lloyd.
Erik Jacobs for NPR

For his uncompromising and serious music, the 2011 Newport Jazz Festival was eager to present Charles Lloyd. He could bring any group he wanted, they told him. Lloyd said yes, and that he would bring Sangam, an East-West trio with one CD and few performances on the schedule. It was a coup!

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Thu March 24, 2011

'Two Skirts And A Shirt' On JazzSet

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 9:39 am

Left to right: Rene Marie, Allan Harris and Carla Cook.
Courtesy of Pat Harris

After a sweetly harmonized "Tryin' Times" from 1970 by Donny Hathaway and a rocking version of "Compared to What" by Gene McDaniels ("The president, he got his war / Folks don't know just what it's for"), Rene Marie pauses to ask two questions: "Do you remember when it was not unusual for jazz composers to write about social issues? What happened?" There's a pause, and then Carla Cook says off-mic, "The '80s." The audience hears her and laughs.

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