Greetings and thanks from the Pittsburgh Jazz Family - the MCGJazz Spotlight
WZUM Jazz Pittsburgh
by Scott Hanley
3d ago
It’s the MCG Jazz Spotlight Show Thanksgiving special with messages of gratitude and happy holidays from Pittsburgh jazz musicians. Join us for messages of gratitude and happy holidays from Pittsburgh jazz musicians. Plus, music by many Pittsburgh favorites, including Frank Cunimondo, Hugo Cruz, Jared Sims, Don Aliquo Sr. and Jr. and Tania Grubbs and Jeff Grubbs. The MCG Jazz Spotlight show airs on Friday and Sunday at 6:00pm and Saturday at 1:00pm on The Pittsburgh Jazz Channel WZUM, or online at WZUM.org ..read more
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Mary Lou Williams' Zodiac Suite - Aaron Diehl and the Knights on the Scene
WZUM Jazz Pittsburgh
by Scott Hanley
3d ago
Thanksgiving - a weekend for special times - and special music, perhaps? This fall has been amazingly busy in the arts - especially music and jazz. One on special events in the midst of it all was Songs of Black America presented by Chamber Music Pittsburgh at the PNC Theater at Point Park University, featuring Aaron Diehl (piano) and Brandon George (flute). We had the chance to talk with Aaron back then (a week before the show - he was in Europe at the time). We had an extended chat with Aaron Diehl about Mary Lou Williams, Aaron’s friendship with Mary’s close friend and Manager, Father Peter ..read more
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Jazz News and New Releases in MCG Jazz Spotlight
WZUM Jazz Pittsburgh
by Scott Hanley
1w ago
The latest in new jazz releases out being aired across the nation are highlighted in this week’s MCG Jazz Spotlight - including many connections with Pittsburgh and MCG Jazz. Join Marty Ashby and Renée Govanucci for sounds from the Count Basie Orchestra, Ivan Lins, Ann Hampton Calloway and the Diva Jazz Orchestra. Also, local artists going national like Alton Merrell, Jason Kush and Mike Tomaro. Sparkling new sounds on the MCG Jazz Spotlight on WZUM - Friday and Sunday nights at 6, Saturday afternoons at 1. Jason Kush ..read more
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Celebrate Johnny Mercer and Hoagy Carmichael with Kate Borger on Rhythm a Ning
WZUM Jazz Pittsburgh
by Scott Hanley
1w ago
Kate Borger celebrates two November birthday celebrants who had major impact on American music in the 20th Century - Hoagy Carmichael (born November 22, 1899) and Johnny Mercer (November 18, 1908) Carmichael and Mercer wrote songs that are iconic in the American popular songbook. They even wrote more than a dozen tunes together! Some of their tunes Kate samples include: Accentuate the Positive; That Old Black Magic; The Nearness of You; Come Rain or Come Shine; How Little We Know; Stardust; Skylark and more. Hear performances by Sarah Vaughan, Willie Nelson, Curtis Fuller, Norah Jones, Ella Fi ..read more
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101.1 FM is a bit under the weather - should be restored, soon
WZUM Jazz Pittsburgh
by Scott Hanley
2w ago
We’re sorry to report that WZUM’s 101.1 FM signal for Pittsburgh suffered a failure this weekend that has kept us from serving you from that signal for a bit. We will be assembling a team to bring it back Monday. Our apologies for the inconvenience - and we hope you can tune in online at wzum.org or via smart speaker - or at AM 1550 or 88.1 FM from the Ohio Valley! The tower for 101.1 FM ..read more
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Jazz Goes Large - Big Bands and other large ensembles in MCG Jazz Spotlight
WZUM Jazz Pittsburgh
by Scott Hanley
2w ago
As the jazz scene made its enthusiastic but cautious return after COVID, most of the groups convening have been smaller ensembles. But bigger is part of things, too - and it got Marty Ashby and Renée Govanucci of MCG Jazz considering the Big Band and other very large ensembles. When you look at the catalog of recordings on the MCG Jazz label over the past 25 years, there are about 17 big band recordings on the roster. Enjoy a sampling of some of those discs - from the first big band date with the New York Voices and the Count Basie Orchestra, to the recent release, “Diva and the Boys,” featuri ..read more
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In the Mood for Mose with Kate Borger on Rhythm a Ning
WZUM Jazz Pittsburgh
by Scott Hanley
2w ago
"I don't worry about a thing," or so said Mose Allison who was born on November 11, 1927. You can hear that tune and a couple of others written by this jazz and blues pianist/songwriter this week on "Rhythm-a-ning" on WZUM, The Pittsburgh Jazz Channel. Please join Kate Borger Friday morning at 10 and Saturday from 11 a.m. until noon on WZUM - 101.1 FM or wzum.org streaming worldwide - or talk to your smart speaker and ask her to "Play WZUM!” Program Playlist ..read more
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Norside and Bethany debut; Orrin and Caleb, Alton and Sean, Jenny Wilson and more on the Scene
WZUM Jazz Pittsburgh
by Scott Hanley
2w ago
Ripped the from the pages of Jazz Central — There are a lot of things going on in the jazz scene in Pittsburgh! This hour, we play a visit with pianist Orrin Evans and Caleb Wheeler Curtis, who were just here in September for the Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival. Caleb has a new release out (Ember) and so does Orrin Evans (the Red Door). Orrin will be back in Pittsburgh at Con Alma, December 3. Bethany James has a new CD (Bethany) with Mark Lucas, Cliff Barnes, Davis Throckmorton and Anton DeFade. Her unveiling event is at Con Alma, November 19. We share a sneak preview cut on the show ..read more
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Jazz for Linguists with Kate Borger on Rhythm a Ning
WZUM Jazz Pittsburgh
by Scott Hanley
3w ago
Inspired by the song “Blue Like Billie” by Pittsburgh area vocalist, educator and activist Phat Man Dee, Kate Borger delves into metaphors, similes and general comparisons in music. These are all vocal tunes - the John Coltrane composition “Like Sonny” is on the list, but singers Jimmy Rushing is in the mix, too. Metaphors come into play - and the metaphor-rich “All the Things You Are” gets an airing from Charlie Parker. There are many other twists of fate and language from Helen Merrill, Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday and Lester Young. If you’ve already done your word puzzle for the day, try ..read more
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Organ Trios Galore - Norside and more; Darden Purcell, PittJazz 2023, Blues and Heritage and more on the Scene
WZUM Jazz Pittsburgh
by Scott Hanley
3w ago
It got chilly - but the jazz scene is very warm and busy Norside Organ Trio - has new release coming out - there’ll be a special event at the Pittsburgh Winery - November 10. J Skip Sanders - organ; Glenn Strother - guitar; Steve Ippolito - drums. Joined by the Steel City Horns - Reggie Watkins - JD Chaisson - Rick Matt, special guest saxophonist/flutist Abbey Gross - and some other super-secret guest performers Norside Organ Trio Another organ trio out of Michigan comes to Con Alma, November 8th - guitarist Alex Arnest leads the trio - which is reflected of a new trio date recorded at the Bl ..read more
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