May 30 - June 3
Christian McBride & Co. on Mack Avenue Records
Independent jazz record label Mack Avenue was founded in the northeastern Metro Detroit city of Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan in 1999. Gretchen Carhartt Valade started the label and has signed many artists to the recording roster including Christian McBride, Gary Burton, Stanley Jordan, Cyrille Aimee, Kenny Garrett, and Cecile McLorin Salvant. Bassist, bandleader, and jazz ambassador McBride has introduced many artists to the label, and celebrates his 50th birthday this week, so we'll kick off the week with plenty of McBride and make our way to pianist Joey Alexander's new summer release, "Origin."
June 6 - 10
Neighbors to the North: Canadian Jazz Artists
The city of Vancouver in British Columbia, Canada, first heard jazz when the Original Creole Orchestra visited as early as 1914. Soon, Jelly Roll Morton would appear and perform there regularly. Later, legendary Montreal, Quebec-born pianist Oscar Peterson would stun audiences at Carnegie Hall in 1949. Many of our Northern neighbors have had a significant impact on the development of jazz since its beginnings, and this week we'll hear from the many artists born in Canada, including Peterson, bandleaders and orchestrators Maynard Ferguson, Gil Evans, and Kenny Wheeler, vocalist Diana Krall, trumpeters Bria Skonberg and Rachel Therrien, and progressive ensembles BadBadNotGood and Way North.
June 13 - June 17
Freedom and Independence in Jazz: A Juneteenth Celebration
Juneteenth is a worldwide celebration with origins in South Texas. The oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States originated in Galveston, TX, in 1865, when federal troops arrived to ensure that all enslaved African Americans were freed. Jazz and improvised music was created out of this experience, and this week we'll hear works of protest, freedom, and independence from a wide selection of artists, beginning with early New Orleans, LA, leading up to the official Holiday on June 19, 2022.
June 20 - 24
The Enigmatic Eric Dolphy
Multi-instrumentalist Eric Dolphy was a true original and visionary, with a distinct style on alto saxophone, flute, and bass clarinet. Dolphy's improvisations utilized very wide intervals and a variety of abstract sounds, all built on a structure of its own logic. A short life and five years of recordings offer a deep dive into the work of the imaginative and enigmatic artist, and this week we'll listen to some of those documents and celebrate the life and music of Eric Dolphy, born June 20, 1928, in Los Angeles, CA.
June 27 - July 1
Jazz & The Live Experience: The Festivals
Jazz impresario and Newport Festival founder George Wein died in September, 2021. His legendary concert productions provided equal opportunity moments for audiences worldwide, while creating decades of magical, musical moments, since 1954. Wein was dedicated to bringing us jazz and improvised music in the summertime to Newport, and helped foster live performances in parks, theaters, and otherwise unconventional spaces around the world.
We'll take you from Newport to Copenhagen, Cape Town, Montreal, Montreux, and a few spots in-between. Jazz at the festival, all this week on the Jazz Break at Noon.