Archive for December, 2007

December 28, 2007: Sounds of Dolphy

Thursday, December 27th, 2007

This week we listen to a variety of music by multi-instrumentalist Eric Dolphy. Known for his work with Charles Mingus and John Coltrane, Dolphy was universally praised as one of the most innovative and original jazz musicians of the the post-bop era. We’ll hear music from his work as a sideman and from several of his recordings as a leader.

December 21, 2007: Derek’s Christmas Special!

Friday, December 21st, 2007

This year we bring you another edition of the festive sounds of Derek Bailey, to commemorate his passing a few years back on xmas day. Enjoy the ride! We’ll hear some of the usual supsects–Tony Oxley, Susie Ibarra– but also people you might not have expected to play with Bailey. . . like Pat Metheny.

Happy Festivus! Happy free improv day!

December 14, 2007: Cold Jazz

Thursday, December 13th, 2007

In the early years of jazz, “Hot Jazz” was all the rage; a more “authentic” version of the music that was already spinning off into various popular forms. Today, since it’s getting “cold” in Santa Barbara, we’ll listen to music that’s still hot but comes from cold climates. Focusing on the famous “ECM sound” of Scandinavian artists like Jan Garbarek, as well as musicians from the Northern United States and Canada, today’s show will be ice cold!

December 7, 2007: Tom Waits for his Birthday

Thursday, December 6th, 2007

Today we celebrate the birthday of the great songwriter, singer, and multitalented artist Tom Waits, who from the start of his career has infused his music with a jazz aesthetic. Often performing with jazz artists ranging from Pete Christlieb to Marc Ribot to Matt Brubeck (Dave’s son), Waits is a perfect example of a musician who brings many influences from the rich background of American music and makes something totally capitivating (and often very funny!). We’ll listen to selections spanning his career.