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Radio & Podcasts

Louis Armstrong, Shana Tucker, Incognito and More

Read "Louis Armstrong, Shana Tucker, Incognito and More" reviewed by Jua Howard


Welcome Music Family! Per usual, I've got some great music in store for you this week including new music from Shana Tucker and Abena Koomson-Davis; and plenty more timeless music from artists such as Louis Armstrong, Nnenna Freelon, Ian Shaw and Incognito. Come get lost in the music with me!Playlist Intro 00:00 Mike LeDonne “Put It Back" from Wonderful (Cellar Music Group) 2:23 Abena Koomson-Davis “Up Jumped Spring" from Where Is Love? (WJ3 Records) 8:56 Benny Benack III ...

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Rethinking Jazz Cultures

Walter van de Leur: Jazz & Death, Part 2—Dancing With the Devil

Read "Walter van de Leur: Jazz & Death, Part 2—Dancing With the Devil" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Part 1 | Part 2 Most people would probably take a linear, historical view of jazz in an attempt to understand its complex history. Walter van de Leur, Professor of Jazz and Improvised Music at the University of Amsterdam, starts with death. His book, Jazz And Death: Reception, Rituals And Representations (Routledge, 2023) illustrates multiple ways in which jazz's fascination with death feeds into the narratives and mythologies that surround the music and its practitioners.

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Radio & Podcasts

It's Christmas Time, Again

Read "It's Christmas Time, Again" reviewed by Patrick Burnette


One of the bastards loves holiday music (Mike loves to flex his “knowledge-of-obscure-Xmas-tunes" muscles) and so the holiday episode has become an annual tradition. Luckily, every year at least a few jazz musicians put out a holiday album (if under duress) and archival and historical finds are always there to enjoy as well.Playlist Discussion of Various Artists's album A Jazz Christmas (Windham Hill) 2:52 Discussion of Shorty Rogers' album The Swingin' Nutcracker (RCA) 11:47 Discussion of Louis Armstrong's ...

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Radio & Podcasts

Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, Duke Ellington & Lena Horn

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In honor of the 2022 book Dangerous Rhythms by New York Times best selling author T.J English, we constructed an hour of jazz celebrating the story of his intersection of the mob and the music. It starts in Chicago with the great King Oliver and ends in New York City with Jimmy Durante. In between, we touch on a story that was the root and force of jazz in the beginning. Featuring artists like Jelly Roll Morton, Bennie Moten, Earl ...

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Radio & Podcasts

Bill Cunliffe, Doc Watkins & Louis Armstrong

Read "Bill Cunliffe, Doc Watkins & Louis Armstrong" reviewed by Joe Dimino


We begin our annual Christmas Hour of Neon Jazz with brilliant young composer Richard Williams and a song off his 2022 album Hollywood Christmas. Following that, we hear a live cut recorded by your trusty host at the historic Blue Room off 18 & Vine in Kansas City with pianist Charles Williams doing his best to honor the Peanuts gang. From there, we get into a host recent holiday albums including John Di Martino, Doc Watkins and the master of ...

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Album Review

Louis Armstrong: Louis Wishes You A Cool Yule

Read "Louis Wishes You A Cool Yule" reviewed by Chris May


Plenty of jazz fans loathe “holiday" albums, defined as many of them are by cheap sentimentality and fake bonhomie. If the eggnog does not make you retch, the tackily jazzed-up Christmas carols will. But Louis Armstrong's Louis Wishes You A Cool Yule is an exception. Armstrong himself was exceptional. As Duke Ellington observed, “He was born poor, died rich, and never hurt anyone along the way." Consider something else... Armstrong smoked weed pretty much every day of ...

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Book Review

Dangerous Rhythms: Jazz and the Underworld

Read "Dangerous Rhythms: Jazz and the Underworld" reviewed by Richard J Salvucci


Dangerous Rhythms: Jazz and the Underworld T. J. English 420 Pages ISBN: # 978-0-06-303141-8 William Morrow 2022 The subtitle of this not uninteresting history by T.J. English could well be “Sex, Drugs, Jazz, and the Mob," because, for the most part, that is what you get. It is a flawed book, in part because there are errors of fact, some awfully florid prose, a few egregious typos, and more than a little magical ...


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