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Help Jazz Masters make our Fall Fund Drive goal before Thursday!!!WPFW's Fall Fund Drive is officially underway, and onc...
10/04/2022

Help Jazz Masters make our Fall Fund Drive goal before Thursday!!!

WPFW's Fall Fund Drive is officially underway, and once again, I've decided to offer a few EXCLUSIVE Thank You gifts - "pre-drive" - available to those who pledge IN ADVANCE to help us offset our fundraising goals BEFORE the drive begins (for Jazz Masters, that means BEFORE Thursday night 10/6).

NOTE: This is a pre-drive exclusive offer for Jazz Masters FB followers! After Thursday 10/6 at 7pm - the minimum pledge amount for these items will increase to $250 (or more), so get on board now, contact me directly to pledge, and you may even receive your item before the end of this week.

For a pledge of just $150 (or more), you can have this UNIQUE piece of jazz history.

I've offered the CLUB HARLEM mallets, table knockers, or table tappers before, but my supply is now dwindling. I've only got a few left.

In addition, I've added these unique, amazing, vintage, and very rare cocktail spoons from the world famous "Jazz Corner of the World"...that's right...the original BIRDLAND!

All of these items are from my personal collection. I have them in-hand and ready to ship.

So, you can take your pick - Club Harlem or Birdland - or, you can pledge for one of each! A pledge of $150 gets you your pick of one Club Harlem mallet or one Birdland cocktail spoon. Or, pledge $300 (or more) and get one of each. While supplies last!!!

Birdland, of course, needs no introduction. You can google it if you need more info (and these are from the ORIGINAL Birdland!).

Club Harlem, located at 32 Kentucky Avenue in Atlantic City, New Jersey was founded in 1935 by Leroy "Pop" Williams. It was the sister club of its Harlem counterpart, the Cotton Club. Cab Calloway, Billy Eckstine, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Lena Horne, Sarah Vaughan, Dinah Washington, Ethel Waters, Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, Nat King Cole, Wild Bill Davis, and DC's own Duke Ellington ALL performed regularly at Club Harlem.

These would look great mounted or framed! And talk about a conversation piece!!! Here's what you must do to reserve yours now:

1) Email me at [email protected] BEFORE 7PM ON THURSDAY 10/6.
2) Put "Pledge", "Club Harlem" or "Birdland" in the subject line
3) Leave a phone number and the best time to reach you

I will call to take your pledge directly.
You must pledge with a credit card.
Your item(s) will ship within 24 hours.
Don't delay!!! When these are gone, they're G-O-N-E!!!

I don’t know if you’ve ever ordered music from the exclusive, limited edition, mail order only Mosaic Records, but if yo...
10/02/2022
Classic Black & White Jazz Sessions Limited Edition Box Set (#273 - 11 CDs) -

I don’t know if you’ve ever ordered music from the exclusive, limited edition, mail order only Mosaic Records, but if you haven’t, there are several “must haves” that are worth every hard-earned dollar you have (and then some!). This is but one example:

It started out as traditional jazz but then adapted to small group swing, bebop, R&B and progressive big bands.

Remember, it’s not just the music we play on Thursday nights. It’s also the amazing things we often share with you here....
09/30/2022
Don Byas, Coleman Hawkins, Stan Getz, Barney Wilen, Guy Lafitte, Cannes 1958: Indiana

Remember, it’s not just the music we play on Thursday nights. It’s also the amazing things we often share with you here. Thank you for your continued support of Jazz Masters and WPFW.

HINT: WPFW’s Fall Fund Drive begins next week!

58/10/13, Jazz Festival Du Cannes, "Tenor Conclave", Don Byas, Coleman Hawkins, Stan Getz, Barney Wilen, Guy Lafitte (ts) Martial Solal (p) Arvell Shaw (b) J...

We'll take time to remember the great Pharaoh Sanders on this evening's Jazz Masters. In addition, as mentioned in a pos...
09/29/2022
Pharoah Sanders - The creator has a master plan [Live] mp4

We'll take time to remember the great Pharaoh Sanders on this evening's Jazz Masters.

In addition, as mentioned in a post from earlier this week, we'll have Capitol Hill Jazz Foundation Executive Director and award-winning saxophonist Herb Scott on the phone at around 7:30pm to discuss the upcoming HillFest Jazz Festival, which is returning to in-person participation beginning Wednesday, October 5th through Saturday, October 8th. HillFest is an annual outdoor jazz festival supporting and featuring DC's homegrown jazz talent.

Starting on October 3rd, WPFW will be in Fall Fund Drive mode, which means that for the next three Thursdays we'll be looking for your pledge of financial support. That means tonight is a "Play It Forward" night. More music, less talk. In anticipation of several weeks of shorter sets, shorter tunes, and me giving you all the great reasons why it's important to support Jazz Masters and WPFW. Accordingly, we'll have no Anniversary Albums tonight. No birthdays to celebrate either. Just music, music, music...and plenty of it.

In case you missed my post the other day about the exclusive Thank You gifts I'm offering BEFORE the Fall Fund Drive begins, well, scroll down. Wouldn't you like to add an original Birdland cocktail spoon to your collection? From the ORIGINAL Birdland club in New York...aka The Jazz Corner of the World!!! I only have a very limited number of these (from my personal collection), and they would look great framed, or in some sort of presentation case. A truly one-of-a-kind piece of jazz memorabilia! And a great conversation piece to boot! Don't delay! Email me before 10/3 at [email protected] to reserve yours. I'm only offering these BEFORE the drive in an effort to offset our fund drive goals, and when they're gone, they're gone. Pledge $150 or more. And just think...what a terrific holiday or birthday gift these would make for the jazz fan in your life.

Here's some terrific live Pharaoh Sanders, ca. 2017, performing his masterwork "The Creator Has a Master Plan".

full video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Stw7sS49s_A

WPFW's Fall Fund Drive will begin on October 3rd, and this time around, I've decided to offer a few EXCLUSIVE "pre-drive...
09/26/2022

WPFW's Fall Fund Drive will begin on October 3rd, and this time around, I've decided to offer a few EXCLUSIVE "pre-drive" Thank You gifts, available to those of you who might want to pledge IN ADVANCE of the drive in order to help us offset our fundraising goals BEFORE the drive begins.

NOTE: As of now, I am not planning to offer these once the drive begins, so get on board early, contact me directly to pledge, and you'll receive your item before the drive even begins.

Once again, I've curated a very short list of EXCLUSIVE and highly special - you might even say UNIQUE - Thank You gifts for those of you who support Jazz Masters during WPFW's all-important fund drives.

For a pledge of just $150 (or more), you can have a little piece of living, breathing jazz history.

I've offered the CLUB HARLEM mallets, table knockers, or table tappers before, but my supply is dwindling. I've only got a few of these left.

In addition, this time around I've added these unique, amazing, vintage, and very rare cocktail spoons and spears from the "Jazz Corner of the World"...that's right...the world-famous (original) BIRDLAND!

All of these are from my personal collection. I have them in-hand and ready to ship.

So, you can take your pick - Club Harlem or Birdland - or, you can pledge for one of each! Again, a pledge of $150 gets you your pick of one Club Harlem mallet or one Birdland cocktail stirrer or spear. Or, you can pledge $300 (or more) and get one of each. While supplies last!!!

Birdland, of course, needs no introduction. You can google it if you need more info (and these are from the ORIGINAL Birdland!).

Club Harlem, located at 32 Kentucky Avenue in Atlantic City, New Jersey was founded in 1935 by Leroy "Pop" Williams. It was the sister club of its Harlem counterpart, the Cotton Club. Cab Calloway, Billy Eckstine, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Lena Horne, Sarah Vaughan, Dinah Washington, Ethel Waters, Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, Nat King Cole, Wild Bill Davis, and DC's own Duke Ellington ALL performed regularly at Club Harlem.

As you might expect, I have a very limited number of each of these items available.

If you're interested in obtaining one of these for your collection (and they would look great mounted or framed), here's what you must do:

1) Email me at [email protected] BEFORE 10/3.
2) Put "Pledge", "Club Harlem" or "Birdland" in the subject line
3) Leave a phone number and the best time to reach you

I will call to take your pledge directly.
You must pledge with a credit card.
Don't delay!!! When these are gone, they're G-O-N-E!!!

Have you heard about the return of the HillFest Jazz Festival? Sponsored by the Capitol Hill Jazz Foundation (CHJF), the...
09/26/2022
HillFest DC 2022's Flowpage

Have you heard about the return of the HillFest Jazz Festival?

Sponsored by the Capitol Hill Jazz Foundation (CHJF), the HillFest Jazz Festival is returning to in-person participation Wednesday, October 5th through Saturday, October 8th. HillFest is an annual outdoor jazz festival supporting and featuring DC's homegrown jazz talent.

This Thursday - September 29th - on Jazz Masters, we'll have CHJF Executive Director and award-winning saxophonist Herb Scott on the phone to discuss this exciting news and preview the festival highlights, which include an appearance by featured performer Billy Harper, professional development panels, jazz jam sessions and much, much more.

Here's a link to more information: https://www.flowcode.com/page/hillfestdc?utm_term=3UG2TwIWu

October 5th - October 8th Wash. D.C.'s Annual October Jazz Festival The Festival Supporting & Featuring Local Artists. Join us!

Pharoah Sanders, R.I.P.  And on Coltrane’s birthday, too. “Trane was the father. Pharoah was the son. I was the holy gho...
09/24/2022

Pharoah Sanders, R.I.P.

And on Coltrane’s birthday, too.

“Trane was the father. Pharoah was the son. I was the holy ghost.” - Albert Ayler

'Tis Autumn!!! That's right, it's the first day of Fall, or Autumn, or whatever you choose to call it, and you just know...
09/22/2022
John Coltrane Quartet - Impressions.

'Tis Autumn!!! That's right, it's the first day of Fall, or Autumn, or whatever you choose to call it, and you just know we've got some music for the season to serve up tonight.

In addition, we've got a major birthday to commemorate...John Coltrane was born on September 23, 1926 in Hamlet, N.C., making tomorrow what would've been his 96th birthday. Also born on 9/23: Frank Foster (1928) and Ray Charles (1930). Marlena Shaw's 80th is actually today - September 22nd - so we'll be hearing from her and all of the above tonight as well.

On the Anniversary Album list, music from from Thelonious Monk & Sonny Rollins, Sonny Rollins (leading his own group), John Coltrane, and Wes Montgomery and Jimmy Smith.

Can we do it all in just three hours? Tune in to find out! We begin, as always, at 7pm ET on WPFW 89.3 FM, live streaming at WPFW.org, and on all your devices via the WPFW app.

Here's a little taste of John Coltrane on Ralph Gleason's "Jazz Casual" program, circa 1963. Sadly, they don't make television like THIS any more.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=03juO5oS2gg

ImpressionsMcCoy Tyner:PianoJimmy Garrison:BassElvin Jones:Drums

File this under "You Never Know":  While traveling in upstate New York this past weekend I wandered into a very cool loo...
09/20/2022

File this under "You Never Know": While traveling in upstate New York this past weekend I wandered into a very cool looking music shop with lots of vintage horns - mostly saxophones - in the window and on the walls. Also on the walls: Lots of autographed photos of jazz musicians, all of whom have been customers at this esteemed establishment. Looking over some of the vintage beauties they had on display, I took notice of a particular alto horn, elaborately engraved with a gorgeous decoration. I looked at the tag - oh boy, $8900 - but then...these words: From the collection of Nick Brignola. Brignola, the famous and hugely underrated baritone player also had this Selmer alto. I couldn't get the full story of how it ended up in this particular shop because the owner was out to lunch, but his son informed me that Brignola was a regular customer and frequently had his horns serviced here. With permission, I snapped a picture or two.

Here is the letter - mentioned on last night's program - that was sent to those on WPFW's email distribution list. If yo...
09/16/2022

Here is the letter - mentioned on last night's program - that was sent to those on WPFW's email distribution list. If you have a chance, and you have it in your heart and budget, please donate now. Thank you!

NOTE: This is a screen grab image so the Donate Now link won't work. You can go directly to WPFWDC.org/DONATE to make a difference.

It's going to be a Ramsey Lewis kind of night on Jazz Masters as we remember the legendary Chicago-born pianist. We'll c...
09/15/2022
#jazz The Ramsey Lewis Trio - feat. Maurice White of Earth, Wind & Fire

It's going to be a Ramsey Lewis kind of night on Jazz Masters as we remember the legendary Chicago-born pianist. We'll cover the many different phases of his career and you're sure to hear your favorites...some of which were recorded right here in Washington, D.C.

Of course we'll have some Anniversary Albums as well...from John Coltrane, Oscar Peterson & Milt Jackson, and Art Pepper. And our birthday list includes Cannonball Adderley, Bobby Short, and Wesla Whitfield.

We begin, as always, at 7pm ET on WPFW 89.3 FM, live streaming at WPFW.org, and on all your devices via the WPFW app.

Here's the Ramsey Lewis Trio at the Ravinia Festival in his hometown of Chicago in July 1966. Take a close look at that trio. Recognize anyone (besides Ramsey, of course)? How about the drummer? Yup, that's Maurice White, who would go on to found a little group called Earth, Wind & Fire.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f8RAfzymQmY

The Ramsey Lewis Trio performed at the 1966 Ravinia Festival Chicago. July 27/29, 1966.This clip is from the 1 hour television special “The Sound Of Ravinia....

09/11/2022

Just a heads up...I will be sitting in for Donnie McKethan on tomorrow's "American Songbook" - Sunday, September 11th -from 2 to 4pm ET on WPFW 89.3 FM, live streaming at WPFW.org, and on all your devices via the WPFW app.

You know you must’ve picked “the place to be” when you’ve got Sharon Clark, Chris Grasso , Paul Carr, Lenny Robinson, Za...
09/10/2022

You know you must’ve picked “the place to be” when you’ve got Sharon Clark, Chris Grasso , Paul Carr, Lenny Robinson, Zack Pride, Blair Ruble, Bertrand Uberall, and Dick Smith all under the same roof!

Damn!!!

Jazz Night in DC at Westminster last night raised that roof…way up.

We'll set aside Anniversary Albums tonight and instead do a jazz-worthy tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Among...
09/08/2022
When Duke Flirted With The Queen

We'll set aside Anniversary Albums tonight and instead do a jazz-worthy tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Among the items we'll play for you, Duke Ellington's "The Queen's Suite" which Duke set about to writing immediately after meeting - and apparently flirting with - the Queen in 1958. (Interesting sidebar fact: The story goes that after Duke and Billy Strayhorn wrote "The Queen's Suite" for Queen Elizabeth, she was presented with a single pressing of the recording, which - as it turned out - was never commercially issued during Ellington's lifetime). In addition, we'll find some other jazzy numbers to celebrate her legacy.

Of course yesterday - September 7th - marked the 92nd birth anniversary of the Saxophone Colossus himself, Sonny Rollins. We will salute the master with a mix of some of his finest recordings.

And lest we forget, our long overdue birthday tribute to one of our favorites, Jimmy Rowles, who will have been short-shrifted no more after tonight's feature.

There will be other surprises a-plenty in store. I hope you'll join us from 7 to 10pm ET at 89.3 FM, live streaming at WPFW.org, and on all your devices via the WPFW app.

Here's a fun little piece from NPR that gives some background on that time when Edward met Elizabeth, or...when the Duke met the Queen.
https://www.npr.org/2013/09/09/220672107/when-the-duke-flirted-with-the-queen

Duke Ellington's piece for Queen Elizabeth II is included in a new collection of late-period suites.

Happy Birthday to one of my favorite giants of this music, and the main attraction at several of the most amazing live p...
09/07/2022

Happy Birthday to one of my favorite giants of this music, and the main attraction at several of the most amazing live performances I’ve ever seen.

Happy Birthday Sonny Rollins!

Unfortunately, Sonny Rollins was never a guest on Piano Jazz. We did find a pile of letters between Marian and Sonny where they tried hard to find a date when they were both free and in New York but it never happened...

Walter Theodore "Sonny" Rollins
(born September 7, 1930)

Ethan Hill, photographer

I had too many pics of Joey DeFrancesco’s “business card” from 1989 to post in the comments section of today’s post so i...
09/02/2022

I had too many pics of Joey DeFrancesco’s “business card” from 1989 to post in the comments section of today’s post so instead here they all are in a stand-alone post. It was 1989. He was just graduating from high school and had already been signed to Columbia Records.

Can you believe it's September (!) already??? We'll celebrate tonight with some September jazz. We'll also bid a fond fa...
09/01/2022
Joey DeFrancesco: 'Better Than Yesterday' | #JazzDayAtHome 2020

Can you believe it's September (!) already??? We'll celebrate tonight with some September jazz. We'll also bid a fond farewell to Joey DeFrancesco, gone too soon at just 51 years young.

When I introduced him at Carter Barron many years ago, he was still in high school. I still have his "business card" which was very cool and unique. It was gold...and thick...because it unfolded into a calendar (!). I will find it and post a picture in the comments section below. Back then I remember thinking how wild it was that this "kid" - again, still in high school - had a business card...and a very elaborate one at that.

On the Anniversary Albums front, we'll hear from Sonny Clark, Jackie McLean, Wayne Shorter, Yusef Lateef, Curtis Counce, Ella Fitzgerald and Mary Lou Williams.

And it's Art Pepper's birthday today! We'll feature some of his finest recordings...there are so many to choose from! We may also do right by Jimmy Rowles, whose birthday was back on 8/19, but due to time constraints got short-shrift that night. We love us some Jimmy Rowles.

We begin, as always, at 7pm ET on WPFW 89.3 FM, live streaming at WPFW.org, and on all your devices via the WPFW app.

Here's a great clip of Joey DeFrancesco playing one of his original compositions. Such a great talent!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k9sPjxIYt6A

Renowned organist Joey DeFrancesco performs "Better Than Yesterday" in honor of International #jazzday 2020

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