Ever wonder what Auld Lang Syne means and where the song came from? My New Years Show answers those questions, takes a look back at dance bands and movies a few generations ago, plus features an interview with Fay Wray, the lady who did all that screaming in the classic movie King Kong. Come on in, as we monkey around with the calendar, have some fun and maybe even learn a few things!
Christmas is a very special time of year and therefore calls for something special in the way of our Jazzcast. This is my musical Christmas card to you … featuring songs for the season by Maynard Ferguson, Tony Bennett, The Swingle Singers, Mel Torme, Count Basie, The Gene Harris Quartet, Lou Rawls, The Manhattan Transfer, Kenny G, Billy Taylor, Carol Sloan, plus a few of my own thoughts about the magic of Christmas. I wish you Christmas rainbows the whole year through!
The Christmas Show
Muhal Richard Abrams was an American educator, administrator, composer, arranger, clarinetist, cellist, and pianist in the free jazz idiom. In other words, he does it all! While his background is more traditional, with influences from Art Tatum, Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk, Bud Powell and many others, he concentrated on Duke Ellington and Fletcher Henderson for composition. He started an Experimental Band in 1962 and became known for his far reaching harmonies and dissonance. Muhal has been critically acclaimed for the breadth, depth and originality of his music. He was a man with vision.