VIDEOS AND MP3 ARCHIVES of HACKSAW JAZZ
Show # 1723, 02-21-19
Show # 1722, 02-14-19
Guitarist Howard Roberts is acknowledged with our opener, played by his guitar son Jay. A request for Paul Butterfield suggested the man had a lot of bandwidth. We have been noticed on Facebook by veteran alto saxophonist Charles McPherson, and we always like playing strong Memphis vocalist/bandleader Reba Russell. The most happening period of Charlie Hunter’s music for my money is his second album, from the SOMA district of San Fran before the move to NYC, he plays an 8 string guitar thru two amps. Drummer Mel Lewis kept his big band in the basement of the Village Vanguard for decades, and Horace Silver did an album in the ‘90s with vocalist Andy Bey. Harry Connick’s saxophonist Jerry Weldon has a new release out, and legendary singer Betty Carter really mellows out. In our second hour, up-and-coming pianist Kait Dunton collaborates with trumpeter John D’Earth (a young Leonard Bernstein look-alike)? Trumpet and alto sax team John Gunther & Greg Gisbert play their Denver sound. We had a specific request for an Emily Remler selection, only to find an encore appearance from said trumpeter John D’Earth from decades earlier. James Suggs plays trumpet cornet-like on a great new CD, we get our salsa fix from Chico Alvarez. Harlem pianist Emmet Cohen brings his trio to Detroit, and William Clark plays harmonica again from his final CD. Last we bring on the big guns: Saxophone giants Coleman Hawkins, Ben Webster and just for safety’s sake Budd Johnson. Collectible grooves & a touch of Latin, bookended by true classics and new artists, Hacksaw Jazz.
MP3 of show # 1722 HR 1 02-14-19
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Playlist of show # 1722
Show # 1721, 02-07-19
Radio on the road distributed by the Arizona Community Radio Network, aka K-JAZZ Radio Network. From Clarkdale AZ, by way of KJZA Drake/Williams, comes this week’s network show beginning with Tab Benoit’s two-step, one-chord blues. Hear a couple new releases from pianist Miki Yamanaka, and guitarist Julian Lage. We break it up with classic Miles Davis and another from Rahsaan Roland Kirk, then back to new releases. Organist Joey DeFrancesco welcomes guest Pharaoh Sanders, trumpeter James Suggs is instantly happening. Phenomenal vocalist Cyrille Aimee celebrates Sondheim with her new album, and we hear from Arizona’s own Mary Petrich on a couple saxophones. Nylon string guitarist Nate Najar wraps our first hour. In the second half we hear trumpeter Dr. Eddie Henderson playing Woody Shaw’s nod to John Coltrane, we catch a west-coast group called Octobop who plays Mingus. Then a guy inspired by the same Mingus, Jimmy Layton and his “All American not your Daddy’s Jazz Band.” Pianist Lenny Marcus remembers both Bill Evans and Scott LaFaro, and Toronto’s Tanya Wills fronts a quartet singing Hank Williams. Clarkdale Arizona has little to do with Clarksdale Mississippi, except that it also appreciates Sonny Boy Williamson. For the balance of our broadcast we visit classic Salsa from Willie Colon and Hector Lavoe, Jimmy Rowles was the coolest cat on the ivories, and Richard Hindman from Denver is underrated on his keys. The Heisenberg Uncertainty Players chart Big Band territory for the finale. Hand-picked jazz on the radio for you since 1975, Hacksaw Jazz.
MP3 of 02-07-19 show # 1721 HR 1
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Playlist of 02-07-19 show # 1721
Show # 1720, 01-31-19
Bebop by way of Supersax then the real Charlie Parker christens the start of our first hour then all brand-new literal CDs (as opposed to even downloads) for the balance of set 1. This gives us the advantage of no predictable flow, makes for great blindfold tests of stuff we hear for the first time together: Spontaneity in the spirit of jazz. Drummer Mike Spinrad welcomes Guido Fazio’s sax, bassist Joe Policastro fronts his trio, the Afro Cuban All Stars return for a 2017 encore. Veteran bassist Buster Williams provides dangerous jazz, the younger Jimmie Smith plays B3 in tribute to his dad Jimmy, Harry Connick’s TV saxophonist Jerry Waldon plays a ballad and Lena Prima keeps it in the family. After halftime we bring in semi-annual guest pianist/collector John Mueller for his favorite pianist Oscar Peterson and a three-song tribute to Stan Getz. The fun-loving Floyd Dixon gets us from one drinking song to another, from blues to jazz, with saxophonist Gene Ammons who wasn’t called “Jug” for nothing. King Pleasure sings a version called Swan Blues, then from jazz vocalese to the gypsy in my soul….A charming Frenchman named Stephane Grappelli. Baltimore’s Jerry Donato plays it out all along Broadway. It’s a marvelous night for a Hacksaw.
MP3 of 01-31-19 show # 1720 HR 1
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Playlist of 01-31-19 show # 1720
Show # 1719, 01-24-19
It appears Cuban and blues music are highlights of this episode, with a minor in guitar. Flutist Magala Herrera starts with Latin fire, then Clarence Gatemouth Brown has her walking right in before walking right out. Two similar but fierce swinging numbers come from flutist Holly Hofmann and violinist Stuff Smith. Then back to our Cuban with pianist Harold Lopez Nussa. Maria Muldaur pays tribute to Bessie Smith, Victor Wainright’s piano brings a Florida style of southern hospitality, back to Cuban music hinting at Afro-beat with new names Alfredo Rodriguez and Pedtiro Martinez. For a while it’s guitar time, Howard Roberts is followed by Jerry Hahn. Recently, perhaps inspired by his passing, rather appreciated Cecil Taylor’s trademarks in the different registers of the piano, whether playing with no rhythm whatsoever or like here with John Coltrane in a recording that ages like wine. Cal Collins & Herb Ellis, soloing in that order, bring guitars back, before Poncho Sanchez plays Thelonious Monk from the conga. Would you prefer Howlin’ or Michael with that Wolf(f)? It’s classic Chicago blues followed by the Bird of bop Charlie Parker then a comeback release from pianist Michael Wolff. Classic blues return in the persons of Lightnin’ Hopkins and Ike Turner respectively, before master Kenny Burrell reminds us Ellington is forever. Emotion from music regardless of when or how recorded, I heard it thru the Hacksaw.
MP3 of 01-24-19 show # 1719 HR 1
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Playlist of 01-24-19 show # 1719
Show # 1718, 01-17-19
Syndicated jazz radio from the desert southwest, beaming out now to 24 stations, and of course we name them all on the air. Master Oscar Peterson is captured live in LA for starters, newcomer bassist/composer Iris Ornig goes next with the first 2019 release played on our show. Guitarist Joshua Breakstone has friended us on Facebook (you can do it too) and no one minds being followed by Thelonious Monk. We finally have compartments to our 2018 “best of” review, starting with TDWR talent deserving wider recognition: Singers Tiffany Austin and Shirley Crabbe, both coincidentally singing Michel Legrand. Then five-star albums: Scott Gwinnell’s Jazz Orchestra, Greg Fishman’s Quintet, Bootsie Barnes & Larry McKenna’s saxophones, Chucho Valdez’s piano and Ruben Blades backed by Jazz at Lincoln Center. In blues we find Little Victor, from late greats lost in 2018 artistic pianistic expression we hear Cecil Taylor. The best debut release in our opinion, first album by a jazz artist, goes to Walter Gorra and we conclude with another among the first new jazz releases of 2019, and he is pianist Michael Wolff, a cancer survivor with Tourette syndrome and now stronger than ever. Germinating in the workshop on the grooveyard shift for another year, Hacksaw Jazz.
MP3 of 01-17-19 show # 1718 HR 1
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Playlist of 01-17-19 show # 1718
Show # 1717, 01-10-19
Here are a couple hours of 2018 releases revisited, not necessarily the best but rather continued reviews and tracks we did not get to in the actual year. The balance of our program is a beginning of tributes to late greats we lost in 2018. So the roster is a mix of unknowns, some on the brink of notoriety, others established and a few giants: Orchestra leader David Caffey, saxophonist Tia Fuller, saxophonists Bootsie Barnes and Larry McKenna, slide guitarist/vocalist Dean Haitani who came the furthest from Australia, violinist Stephane Grappelli, pianist Randy Weston, saxophonist Sonny Fortune and big band greats Duke Ellington and Count Basie. For hour # 2 we hear Brazilian trumpeter Guiherme Dias-Gomes, Orquesta Akokan, singer Alan Harris, bass trumpeter Al Muirhead from Canada, pianist Kenny Barron, singer/pianist Nellie McKay, singer Kat Gang, singer Jim Porcella, pianist Walter Gorra, blues man Otis Rush on guitar/vocal, and trumpeter/percussionist/leader Jerry Gonzalez. It’s bittersweet to have so much great new music but we are saddened at the inevitable passing of artists fortunate enough to have had success for a notable period of time. Records, neckties and drums are not required but admired, when new ones come in it's hard to let the old stuff go. Hacksaw Jazz.
MP3 of 01-10-19 show # 1717 HR 1
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Playlist of 01-10-19 show # 1717
Show # 1716, 01-03-19
The legendary Ahmad Jamal plays his piano, Eddie Jefferson sings with young Richie Cole. Then we aim at groove, first with Brazil’s Veloso Deusa, then with more traditional jazz rhythms of the late Nancy Wilson and guitarist Kenny Burrell. Etta James is mellow in the famous Muscle Shoals studio but Joe Lovano records at the Village Vanguard in memory of Charles Mingus and Duke Ellington. Horace Silver is funky in his late ’50s days, Trudy Lynn gives us Houston Texas blues, and saxophonist Gato Barbieri is sensual with a Marvin Gaye cover. For the second hour one of jazz’ greatest hits is played by Miles, Phil Woods plays his tribute to Billy Strayhorn and Johnny Hodges. Rhythms take different directions in the group of Afro Cuban All Stars and the person of Nikki Hill. Sam Dillon’s tenor sax and especially his tempo bring us back to John Coltrane. Jackson Mississippi sounds & sentiments are expressed by Johnny Taylor, guitarist David Ullman’s group has a new release of happening organ trio sounds, then it’s time to feature three lady singers who sound to us like one another. Houston Person joins Karrin Allyson for her 2018 release, behind door # 2 is a singer named Jackie Allen. Our third compatible lady singer is Carri Coltrane delightfully freshening our sound without disturbing the emotion, swing or soul of our music. Great job on the part of surviving veterans, plus the new & established names on the scene Hacksaw new year.
MP3 of 01-03-19 show # 1716 HR 1
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Playlist of 01-03-19 show # 1716
Show # 1715, 12-27-18
Latin jazz John Coltrane style begins our weekly journey while “Trane” himself joins Tad Dameron for an attractive melody, lyricism continues with guitarist Joe Diorio. Powerful singer Joe Williams welcomes soulful Marlena Shaw then our first new release of the week from Sam Kirmayer’s guitar on top of B3 organ. The third Joe of the hour, Turner, catches up on Stormy Monday then a double play from blues man Albert Collins. A.C. Reed wraps one hour while pianist Hampton Hawes begins another, another melodic saxophone sounds in the person of Cannonball Adderley with drummer Kenny Clarke. Three completely different guitarist play against each other, the nylon-string-inspired Nate Najar with a track from his new one, then a heavy entry from avant garde player Sonny Sharrock (Pharaoh Sanders and Elvin Jones are in tow), and to complete the triumvirate is Larry Coryell. Latin sounds round the bend with Ruben Blades followed by Machito’s Salsa Big Band, and we conclude the festivities with a tribute to guitarist Howard Roberts from his son Jay. In moment between infinity and the nanosecond, before the Next Hacksaw Falls.
MP3 of 12-27-18 show # 1715 HR 1
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Playlist of 12-27-18 show # 1715
Show # 1714, 12-20-18
Sufficient vinyl makes up our first hour, apparently catching Big Joe Turner on a European tour in his later years, then immediately to a songbird from the Dominican Republic, Yolanda Duke who moved to NYC in ’69, maybe then in her teens? Following success in Toronto, calling her music “Tropical,” the track we feature may be from her debut album, which if so preceded her La Lupe tribute. Then a remake of a Perez Prado classic before featuring one of the better new lady singers on the scene, Cecile McLorin Salvant. That is followed by plenty saxophone, first from Jay Rodriguez then Supersax. Mel Lewis the drummer fronts a rare small group with Freddie Hubbard, Michael Brecker and others, Flora Purim cues up one more vinyl then we’re off to the races with all-new releases for the balance of the show. Sam Kirmayer is a guitarist playing over a bed of B3, Mike Spinrad is a drummer featuring horns. Veteran guitarist Nate Najar has a new one for Django and Charlie Byrd, Orin Evans is plenty sax-heavy from Philadelphia. Pete McCann is another guitarist with a new release, we once again spin Lucia Jackson and her mournful vocal delivery. Scott Gwinnell’s Jazz Orchestra from Detroit is one that really goes somewhere, and pianists Walter Gorra (with his debut) and Aaron Goldberg (fairly new to us) wrap our holiday party. I saw mommy kissing Hacksaw Clause.
MP3 of 12-20-18 show # 1714 HR 1
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Playlist of 12-20-18 show # 1714
Radio stations running Hacksaw Jazz:
Radio Phoenix, Radio586.net Musician’s Union Phoenix, KPNG Chandler AZ, KAWC-FM Yuma AZ, KAWP Parker AZ, KJZA Drake/Williams AZ, KJZP Prescott AZ, KJZK Kingman AZ, K217EP Flagstaff AZ, KCEI Red River NM, KHOI Ames IA, WGDR Plainfield VT, CJUM Winnipeg Manitoba, WEJP Wheeling WV, WVBI Beaver Island MI, WOUB Athens OH, WKAR East Lansing MI, KCMJ Colorado Springs, WADR Janesville WI, KMRE Bellingham WA, KXCR Florence OR, WMOT Nashville, Philly-Jersey KEWL 98.