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I want to share some softer music this week on the show, 11pm, Saturday night, September 19th.  A song from Diana Krall starts the program followed by "Round Midnight" by Chet Baker and Harry Connick, Jr.'s version of "Love for Sale."  Diana Krall's got a new album coming out Sept. 25th with Jeff Hamilton and John Clayton, two of the musicians backing her on this release entitled, ”This Dream of You.”

You'll hear three vocalists in the second set starting with Holly Cole, Jimmy Scott, an instrumental by John Coltrane, and ending with k.d. lang.   Here's a quote from Trane in 1966, less than a year before he passed away, that's significant:  

I know that there are bad forces, forces that bring suffering to others and misery to the world. I want to be the opposite force. I want to be the force which is truly for good.”

This program ends with vocalist Kurt Elling, who will perform on an online jazz benefit in Pinecrest, Florida, on December 12th ,and "My Funny Valentine" by Miles Davis from his "Muted Miles" album.  

I saw Miles perform three times, twice at Music Hall and the last concert at Municipal Auditorium in New Orleans on 4/27/91, a few months before his death.  I had a ticket for Harry Connick, Jr.'s show at the Saenger Theatre, his first back home in front of his friends and family, and then after a few songs, hustled over to Municipal Auditorium where B.B. King was finishing up his opening set before Miles came on stage.

This week's blues show, Saturday, May 18th at 11pm, begins with vocalists - Al Jarreau, Ray Charles, Etta James, and the legendary Aretha Franklin.  The second set features Lurrie Bell on Delmark Records, Jimmy Witherspoon, Gov't Mule who'll be at PNC Pavilion June 21st, and k.d. lang who's touring in the UK in July. And this blues show ends with three more vocalists -  Abbey Lincoln, Larry Kinley, and Harry Connick, Jr.

This week's blues show, Saturday night, December 8th at 11pm, starts off with a song from the new Jimi Hendrix 3cd/dvd box set which also has a 48-page booklet with photos, song drafts in his handwriting, and liner notes.  The first set also includes music from the Allman Brothers at Ludlow Garage and the James Gang.

The Blues: 2.18.17

Feb 16, 2017

Vocalist Al Jarreau begins this edition of The Blues which airs on Saturday night, February 18th at 11pm.  I played his music for years on my jazz shows.  The first set also includes the legendary voices of Ray Charles, Etta James, and Aretha Franklin.  The second set features Lurrie Bell, Jimmy Witherspoon doing the King Records song, Good Rockin' Tonight, and ends with Gov't Mule and k.d. lang.  And ending the show, are songs by Abbey Lincoln, Larry Kinley, and Harry Connick, Jr.  

Two events of note:

The Blues: 1/23/16 show

Jan 26, 2016

This week's edition of The Blues includes folks like Bob Dylan, Joe Cocker, and Leonard Cohen.  You'll hear Dylan's classic Grammy-winning,"Gotta Serve Somebody," Cocker's "Respect Yourself," and Leonard Cohen's "Famous Blue Raincoat."