Oct 30 - Nov 3
The Legacy of Lou Donaldson
Born November 1 in Badin, North Carolina, and now at ninety-seven years young, alto saxophonist and bandleader Lou Donaldson remains in direct lineage with the legends of bebop, including Charlie Parker and Clifford Brown. But from the late 1950's and into the next decade, Donaldson posed a strong and unmistakable lean into soul jazz as an unintended creator of the sub-genre. This week, we'll hear from a variety of sides from 'sweet poppa Lou' and his perfection on the horn.
Nov 6 - Nov 10
The Diversity of Don Byron
Clarinetist, composer, and bandleader Don Byron is a unique progenitor of the modern jazz artform, with a list of disparate but cohesive recordings that incorporate elements of swing, bebop, free jazz, klezmer, gospel, ballet, and string orchestras. Political takes and comic themes are threaded throughout his original compositions, featuring many of today's leading improvisors.
Nov 13 - 17
Belgian Jazz: History and Development
The history of jazz in Belgium begins with saxophone inventor Adolphe Sax. The country's interest, participation, and ultimate evolution in music runs parallel to the birth and growth of jazz in the United States. This week, we'll listen to selections from Belgian-born artists including harmonica player/guitarist Toots Thielemans, and guitarists Django Reinhardt and Philip Catherine, alongside Seattle drummer John Bishop's latest album Antwerp with Bram Weijters and Piet Verbist.
Nov 20 - 24
A Feast of Jams with Coleman Hawkins
Celebrate Thanksgiving Day this week with the pioneering and timeless sound of Coleman Hawkins. Born November 21, 1904, in St. Joseph, Missouri, "The Hawk" introduced the saxophone to jazz and improvisation, and maintained a long career in the music throughout his entire life. We'll listen to Hawkins' recordings from his origins in the 1920's to the late 1960's, this week on the Jazz Break at Noon.
Nov 27 - Nov 30
Maria Schneider's Musical Landscape
Born November 27, 1960, in Windom, Minnesota, composer, orchestrator, and pianist Maria Schneider presents breathtaking, lush orchestrations ranging from a hush to a roar. Schneider's elaborate, in-depth, and fearless compositions tell stories of the natural world and global concerns. Her persistent advocacy for musicians' rights serves as the theme for 2020's comprehensive Data Lords. We'll listen to Schneider's multiple, progressive projects all this week on the Jazz Break at Noon.