June 5 - 9
The Sincerity of Kenny Barron
Born June 9, 1943, in Philadelphia, PA, Kenny Barron's piano playing and composing is true to the forms and structures of music made by predecessors Bud and Monk. Barron joined Dizzy Gillespie's band in the early 1960's before recording over 50 live and studio albums to date. Tracks from Barron's long career, with sizzling cuts from his electric keyboard stint, all this week on the Jazz Break at Noon.
June 12 - 16
New Summer 2023 Releases
KRTU has a new stack of releases to dive into and enjoy for your summertime this week, with a variety of artists reviving and reinventing the sound of jazz, including guitarist Dan Wilson, vocalist Laila Biali, saxophonist Chris Speed, drummer Dave King, and The Mary Lou Williams Resurgence Project with vibraphonist Cecilia Smith.
June 19 - 23
Big Chief Donald Harrison
Born June 23, 1960, to Big Chief Donald Harrison Sr. in New Orleans, LA, saxophonist and jazz royalty Donald Harrison rose through deep and historical ranks to become Chief of Congo Square in Afro-New Orleans Culture. He attended the veritable school of Art Blakey as a young Messenger in the early 1980's, and that's where we'll start this week with the music of Big Chief Donald Harrison.
June 26 - 30
Walt Dickerson: Mystery and Space
Walt Dickerson stunned listeners in the 1960's with spacious, thick, and exact tones on the vibraphone, then disappeared from the scene by '66. Ten years later, Dickerson emerged with an exploratory spirit for new sounds in improvisation on studio recordings for Steeplechase and other overseas labels. Trios with bassist Richard Davis, jaw-dropping early quartets, and sonic adventures with Sun Ra, on recordings this week from one of jazz's most unique voices of the vibraphone.