Archive for March, 2008

March 28, 2008: Penultimate Riff Raff

Friday, March 28th, 2008

Today is our second-to-last show before the Riff goes on “sabbatical.” Featured music includes the late, great Israel “Cachao” Lopez, Antonio Carlos Jobim and Elis Regina, The Quadraphonnes, Dave Tarras, Salah Ragab and the Cairo Jazz Band, and more!

March 21, 2008: Marian McPartland B-Day Bash!

Sunday, March 16th, 2008

Thursday, March 20th, 2008 is Marian McPartland’s 90th birthday.  Not only is she a talented and influential jazz pianist, she is also one of the most important voices in jazz education, having hosted a show on NPR for almost 30 years.  “Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz” features guest artists who play with McPartland and talk informally about their careers.  It’s a treasure of, as Sun Ra would say, history, herstory, and mystery.  If you think it’s odd pairing McPartland with Ra, check out her show with Cecil Taylor. . . Today, we’ll listen to music from her long career, starting with her classic trio from NYC’s Hickory House.  Happy birthday Marian McPartland!

March 14, 2008: basketball, no jazz

Sunday, March 16th, 2008

Today we are preempted by UCSB basketball.   See you next week!

March 7, 2008: The Bigger Bands

Friday, March 7th, 2008

Today we do our quarterly show featuring the music of large-ish ensembles, previewing this weekend’s UCSB Jazz Ensemble Concert–Sunday, March 9th at 7 PM in UCSB’s Lotte Lehman Concert Hall.  We’ll hear music from Count Basie, John Coltrane, Jason Robinson, Nathan Hubbard, and more!  More info on the UCSB Jazz Ensemble Concert can be found at