Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Jazz-O-Rama Live : Picture This!, Music inspired by the photographs of Leon Morris, from his book, Homage: New Orleans

Leon Morris

April 26, 2016 

Jazz-O-Rama Live: 
Picture This!
Music inspired by the photographs of Leon Morris, from his book,
Homage: New Orleans

Featuring a SKYPED interview with Leon Morris.

Homage: New Orleans

Photo by  Leon Morris
Homage: New Orleans covers the past 20 years of jazz greats performing at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins, Nina Simone, and Cab Calloway are just some of the amazing musicians featured. Leon Morris, who has spent decades covering some of the greatest musicians through the camera lens has more than a passion for what he does. He says of this project:

Fundamentally, the book is about my journey of discovery in search of the roots of the music I know and love. That this led me to New Orleans was, in retrospect, inevitable. Once I found New Orleans, I was absolutely captivated ‐ it has been a bedrock for my creative sustenance over the years and provides for me, as I know it does for others, a musical and cultural connection that is profoundly soulful, sometimes spiritual, and always hugely enjoyable.


This Jazz-O-Rama Hour was recorded live on the air at Pawling Public Radio in Pawling, New York.
Every Tuesday from 7 to 9 pm (EST),  Joe will be in the studio live to play the greatest classic jazz from the 1950s and 60s. Then, stay tuned from 9 to 10 pm (EST) for Joe's hour of 78 records.

“I am very excited to be on the air live! Expect great Jazz classics from Monk, Trane, Bird and a lot more! Plus, we'll take calls and talk about what's happening! We may even have some surprise guests!” announced JOE BEVilacqua, the veteran award-winning producer, who's guest host will be his talented wife, Lorie Kellogg. 
The two additional live hour will air exclusively on Pawling Public Radio. The station broadcasts 24/7 locally on 103.7 FM, and streamed online at:

SET 1: 
01 - Wynton Marsalis - Think of One
Wynton Marsalis
Photo by  Leon Morris
Think of One is the fourth studio album by Wynton Marsalis, released in 1983 through Columbia Records. The album peaked at number 102 on the Billboard 200 and number one on Billboard's Top Jazz Albums chart. The album takes its name from the Thelonious Monk composition "Think of One", which is performed on the album. The album earned Marsalis a Grammy Award for Best Jazz Instrumental Performance by a Soloist. Phil Bowler – Bass, Ray Drummond – Bass, Kenny Kirkland – Piano, Branford Marsalis – Sax (Alto), Sax (Soprano), Sax (Tenor), Wynton Marsalis – Arranger, Producer, Trumpet, Jeff "Tain" Watts – Drums. Composer - Thelonius Monk.
SET 2: 
02 - Ahmad Jamal - Poinciana (Song of the Trees) Argo  Ahmad Jamal (born Fritz Russell Jones, July 2, 1930) is an American jazz pianist, composer, and educator. According to American music critic Stanley Crouch, Jamal is second in importance in the development of jazz after 1945 only to Charlie Parker. For five decades, he has been one of the most successful small-group leaders in jazz. At the Pershing: But Not for Me is a 1958 jazz album by pianist Ahmad Jamal. The recordings took place on January 16, 1958, at the Pershing Lounge of Chicago's Pershing Hotel and each set played that night was recorded, a total of 43 tracks, of which 8 were selected by Jamal for the album. The LP was released as Argo Records LP-628. Jamal's previous releases on Argo had been from previously made masters; this was his first release recorded for Argo, and his first album recorded live. Ahmad's accompanied by Ahmad Jamal on (piano), Israel Crosby (bass) & Vernel Fournier (drums).
03 - Cab Calloway - Sweet Georgia Brown Maceo Pinkard, Ben Bernie and Kenneth Casey's "Sweet Georgia brown" was recorded on the July 9th, 1931 session, the results of which were released on the Romeo and Banner Budget Labels. The solo sequence on Foots Thomas' arrangement of "Sweet Georgia Brown" is Foots Thomas, Edwin Swayzee, Harry White, Andrew White and Arville Harris.
04 - Waters of March - Cassandra Wilson The Waters of March (Portuguese: "Águas de Março" [ˈaɡwɐʒ dʒi ˈmaʁsu]) is a Brazilian song composed by Antônio Carlos Jobim (1972). Jobim wrote both the English and Portuguese lyrics. The lyrics, originally written in Portuguese, do not tell a story, but rather present a series of images that form a collage; nearly every line starts with "É..." ("[It] is..."). In 2001, "Águas de Março" was named as the all-time best Brazilian song in a poll of more than 200 Brazilian journalists, musicians and other artists conducted by Brazil's leading daily newspaper, Folha de S.Paulo.[1] It was also voted by the Brazilian edition of Rolling Stone as the 2nd greatest Brazilian song. The inspiration for "Águas de Março" came from Rio de Janeiro's rainiest month. March is typically marked by sudden storms with heavy rains and strong winds that cause flooding in many places around the city. The lyrics and the music have a constant downward progression much like the water torrent from those rains flowing in the gutters, which typically would carry sticks, stones, bits of glass, and almost everything and anything. The orchestration creates the illusion of the constant descending of notes much like Shepard tones.
SET 3: 
05 - Dave Brubeck - Time In Time In is a 1966 studio album by Dave Brubeck, the last of Brubeck's 'Time' series. All the compositions on it were written by Dave Brubeck (two co-written with his wife Lola Brubeck), and performed by the Dave Brubeck Quartet. Stylistically, they cover a considerable range, from slow ballads in a West Coast jazz sound, to some of the religiously themed work he began to essay in the later 1960s (Forty Days, which would later appear in his The Light in the Wilderness: An Oratorio for Today), to more driving bebop-influenced numbers. AllMusic's reviewer Thom Jurek wrote that it was "one of his most musically adventurous. ... of all the 'Time' recordings, this is the least commercial ... Though it is seldom celebrated as such, this is one of Brubeck's finest moments on Columbia." Dave Brubeck - piano, Paul Desmond - alto saxophone, Gene Wright - double bass, Joe Morello - drums.
06 - Doc Cheatham - Wolverine Blues September 17, 1992 & September 18, 1992. There has never been a trumpeter in recorded history over the age of 80 on Doc Cheatham's level. Age 87 at the time of this CD, he plays with power, creativity and confidence on this quartet set of swing standards. He dominates the music with his trumpet solos and quiet but charming vocals and, even with the participation of a strong rhythm section led by pianist Chuck Folds, Cheatham is the obvious star. This historic set is a real gem on several levels and is highly recommended. - AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow
07 - George Adams/Don Pullen Quartet - 1529 Gunn Street Recorded in 1987 for the Blue Note label. Don Pullen – piano, George Adams – tenor saxophone, flute, Cameron Brown – bass , Dannie Richmond – drums.
SET 4: 
08 - The Miles Davis All Stars - Blue 'n' Boogie From the album Walkin ' - 1954. Miles Davis on trumpet, J. J. Johnson on trombone, Lucky Thompson on sax, Horace Silver on piano, Percy Heath on bass and Kenny Clarke on drums. The song is a cover of the Dizzy Gillespie and Frank Paparelli tune.
09 - Gil Evans Orchestra - Bird Feathers Recorded in New York City on May 26, 1958. Art Blakey (ds), Paul Chambers (b), Chuck Wayne (g), Joe Bennet (tb), Frank Rehak (tb), Tom Mitchell (tb), Julius Watkins (fh), Bill Barber (tuba), Phil Bodner (reeds), Johnny Coles (tp), Louis N\Mucci (tp), Clyde Reasinger (tp), Cannonball Adderley (as) Gil Evans (p, arr, cond).
10 - James Carter - Sandu Jurassic Classics, Recorded on 16, 17 April 1994 at Power Station, NYC. Bass – Jaribu Shahid, Drums – Tani Tabbal, Piano – Craig Taborn, Soprano Saxophone, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone – James Carter.
SET 5: 
11 - Little Jimmy Scott - All The Way Jimmy Scott is beyond category, an interpreter of ballads at tempos so languorous they seem practically motionless, hovering atmospherically in the air like the smoke in a barroom. All but forgotten when he recorded this album in 1992 at the age of 66, it stands as his finest achievement, the capstone of a career marked by extraordinary promise and devastating disappointment--including a legendary Ray Charles-produced album in 1962 that had to be withdrawn because of a contractual dispute. Scott's voice is uniquely androgynous and capable of marvelous subtlety; the closer you listen, the more it seems to blur (and transcend) characteristics of sex and age. That quality has made him a favorite of folks like director David Lynch, but his musicianship makes all other concerns superfluous. Here he's accompanied by first-class jazz musicians: Kenny Barron (piano), Ron Carter (bass), Grady Tate (drums), John Pisano (guitar), and David "Fathead" Newman (sax). The song, "All The Way" stands the test of time as a world-class classic. Never was there a voice more suited for song.
12- Clifford Brown & Max Roach - Cherokee Clifford Brown (tp), Harold Land (ts), Richie Powell (p), George Morrow (d), Max Roach (ds). Cherokee. 1955. Study in Brown.
13 - Nina Simone - I Put Spell On You I Put a Spell on You is a 1965 album by Jazz singer/pianist/songwriter Nina Simone for Philips Records. It features some of Simone's best known songs. "I Put a Spell on You", a song originally by Screamin' Jay Hawkins. The original version gave the song an ironic theme, but Simone transformed it into a thrilling love song, complete with horns and strings. It had become one of her most well known songs. She used the title for her autobiography I Put A Spell On You (1992). The Beatles drew inspiration from the song for their song "Michelle". Recorded    New York City January 1965. Phillips. 
SET 6:
14 - Ornette Coleman - Ramblin' Album: Change of the Century (1960), Written by Ornette Coleman; Ornette Coleman — alto saxophone, Don Cherry — pocket trumpet, Charlie Haden — bass, Billy Higgins — drums
15 - Sonny Rollins - Airegin "Airegin" was first recorded in 1954 by the Miles Davis Quintet and released in the US on the 10" LP Miles Davis with Sonny Rollins. The personnel on that recording was Davis (trumpet), Sonny Rollins (tenor saxophone), Horace Silver (piano), Percy Heath (bass), and Kenny Clarke (drums). A version with lyrics composed by Jon Hendricks appeared on the 1958 Lambert, Hendricks & Ross album The Swingers! It is considered a challenging song due to its fast tempo and complex changes. 
16 - Sun Ra - Enlightenment Jazz in Silhouette is a jazz album by Sun Ra and His Arkestra. It was recorded on March 6, 1959 and released in May of the same year. Recorded at El Saturn Studio, Chicago, the album is one of three records that the Arkestra released in the 1950s - the other two being Jazz by Sun Ra and Super-Sonic Jazz.
Louis Armstrong's New Orleans, with Wynton Marsalis:
 A Joe Bev Musical Sound Portrait
by Joe Bevilacqua Narrated by Joe Bevilacqua, Winton Marsalis, Donald Newlove, Leonard Lopate, Louis Armstrong
Length: 59 min.
Veteran radio producer Joe Bevilacqua hosts this entertaining, informative hour, recorded in the French Quarter of New Orleans and featuring jazz great Wynton Marsalis, jazz author and historian Donald Newlove, WNYC Radio talk show host Leonard Lopate, members of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and others, on the origins of jazz, and the life and music of legendary trumpeter Louis Armstrong. Also featured is the music of Armstrong throughout his long career, and rare recordings, including audio from a 1957 CBS TV documentary with Edward R. Murrow.
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