Ancient Future – the radio program

WPFW 89.3 FM, Washington, DC – Pacifica Radio in the Nation’s Capital (


One of the distinct pleasures of returning to the DC area has been WPFW, the area’s most creative radio station.  I spent 18 years hosting programs at WPFW but knowing the drill at community radio I understand the pecking order, once one relinquishes their regular program — as I did in September ’07 — your return means go to the back of the line and start on track towards program hosting by seeking sub opportunities.  So I was delighted when WPFW program director Bobby Hill quickly offered me the 11:00 p.m. Wednesday evening "Late Night Jazz" slot alternating with my friend and fellow journalist John Murph and preceding old friend Bob Daughtry’s rangy "Overnight Jazz" show.

    Considering how to posture this program, after years of doing "Drivetime Jazz" (4pm) shows on WPFW, clearly such a nighttime slot would enable a broader sense of freedom in terms of stretching out a bit more.  Another programming consideration is the fact that my program follows WPFW’s nightly creative hip-hop slot "Holla’ Back".  So I’m developing the show with an Ancient/Future perspective, encompassing a fairly broad range of the music.  My edition of "Late Night Jazz" launched on Wednesday, December 10 and henceforth I’ll be posting my weekly playlist in this space.


Ancient/Future Playlist 12/10/08 WPFW 98.3 FM

Artist                       Album Title              Label                        Track

1) Dennis Rollins Badbone & Co., Big Night Out!, Raestar ("Sweet Tone Bone")   

2) Ron Westray, Medical Cures For The Chromatic Commands of the Inner City, Blue Canoe ("The Jiggy")

3) (Theme): Randy Weston, Ancient Future, Mutable ("Roots of the Nile")

4) Davell Crawford, Love Like Yours and Mine, Bullseye ("Sunday Morning")

5) Jelly Roll Morton, The Pearls, Library of Congress ("King Porter Stomp")

6) Professor Longhair, Mardi Gras in New Orleans, Mardi Gras ("Big Chief")

7) Tuts Washington, Live at Tipitina’s, Night Train ("Tut’s Tee Na Na")

8) James Booker, Resurrection of the Bayou Maharajah, Rounder ("All By Myself")

9) Henry Butler, PiaNola Live, Basin Street ("Basin Street Blues")

10) Jonathan Batiste Trio, Live in New York at the Rubin Museum of Art ("Red Beans")

11) Randy Weston, The Spirits of Our Ancestors, Antilles ("Blue Moses")

12) SF Jazz Collective, Live 2008, SF Jazz ("Go")

13) Dr. Lonnie Smith, Purple Haze, Venus ("Voodoo Chile")

14) Steven Bernstein’s Millenial Territory Orchestra, WE Are MTO, Mowo ("The Viper Song")

15) Festival Gnaoua, 10th Annual Best of Live ("Chalaba")

16) Oliver Lake Organ Trio, Makin’ It, Passin’ Thru ("I Want to Walk with Jesus")

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