Monthly Archives: February 2009

Ancient Future – the radio program: 2/25/09 Playlist

Do you know what it means to miss… (Mardi Gras)? (selections listed in playlist order by artist, track, album title and label) 1) New Birth Brass Band, "Hush Your Mouth", New Birth Family, Valley 2) Professor Longhair, "Big Chief" pt. … Continue reading

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DREAM LUCKY by Roxane Orgill

      Dream Lucky, the new book by Roxane Orgill (Smithsonian Books 236pp) would make splendid firestarter for a film.  Subtitled "When FDR was in the White House, Count Basie was on the radio, and everyone wore a hat…" the … Continue reading

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The Monday Night Big Band Phenomenon

Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra births a tradition Being on the campus of the University of Missouri February 17 & 18 for a NEA Jazz Masters Live site-visit for a presentation of Jon Poses’ exceptional We Always Swing series brought home just … Continue reading

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African Rhythms, the autobiography of Randy Weston #3

Randy Weston (shades) and your correspondent during a 2007 interview sposored by Jazz Alliance International onstage at University of District of Columbia.   This is the latest installment in our ongoing series of anecdotes and excerpts from the forthcoming book … Continue reading

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Interview: Toyin Spellman-Diaz/Imani Winds

Members of Imani Winds backstage. That’s Toyin Spellman-Diaz in between John Patitucci and Joe Lovano.  Flautist Valerie Coleman next to Patitucci, bassoonist Monica Ellis next to Lovano.  (Not shown: Mariam Adam, clarinet; Jeff Scott, French horn.)   One of the most … Continue reading

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