On Chicago Fire, Eric Alexander demonstrates again why he is one of the busiest saxophonists on today's jazz scene. Alexander has a fully developed voice on the saxophone and can blow with the best of them. Harold Mabern, one of the greatest jazz pianists ever, is in the studio, as is bassist John Webber and drummer Joe Farnsworth. Additionally, special guest Jeremy Pelt steps in for a few tracks and demonstrates his mainstream credentials. This gathering of total professionals creates a smoking session!
An hour of great jazz from legendary drummers of yesteryear and some that are making an impact on today's jazz scene. Art Blakey, Shelly Manne and Winard Harper are just a few of the artists we have for this show.
INSTITUTE FOR HOLOCAUST EDUCATION LECTURE – Chaja Verveer, Holocaust Museum Houston Board member, and member of the Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission “Improbable Survivor: A Young Child in the Holocaust”
CREIGHTON UNIVERSITY LECTURE – Sibelan Forrester, Professor of Russian Language and Literature at Swarthmore College “East and West Connect and Compete: Anglo-American and Russian Science Fiction in the Cold War and Beyond”
A remarkable orchestral jazz work recorded in France in the last two years, I Hear The Sound is a live performance of material from saxophonist Archie Shepp, "Attica Blues". The big band effort brings to a new generation of listeners material first presented in 1972 on Impulse.
The vitality of funk music connected to the traditions of New Orleans second line music is hard to resist. The Revolutionary Snake Ensemble, led by saxophonist Ken Field, brings this exciting, easily danceable groove into focus on the new effort, Live Snakes (Accurate 2014). It's the third album from this ensemble of musicians with a changing cast, but rock solid second line performances.
DURHAM MUSEUM LECTURE – Steve Marantz, Researcher for ESPN Content Development, and author of “Sorcery at Caesar’s: Sugar Ray’s Marvelous Fight” “The Rhythm Boys of Omaha Central: High School Basketball at the ’68 Radial Divide”
In the not too distant past we have had the pleasure of hearing previously unreleased live recordings from artists such as Miles Davis, Bill Evans, Wes Montgomery and Thelonious Monk with John Coltrane. Now comes an album from guitarist Pat Martino's personal collection recorded during the waning days of the “chitlin' circuit” at Club 118 in Louisville, KY. The tracks are culled from different appearances at the club during 1968 and 1969 although the program sounds cohesive, as if it were a one night engagement.