Friday Night Jazz

Friday from 8:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.

Trumpeter, percussionist, composer, arranger and educator Ray Vega hosts three hours of jazz. For Ray, jazz "is a celebration of life!"

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Hour One

Music For Mid March

Mar 15, 2013

Hour One

-Larry Coryell- Offering- Foreplay
-Wes Montgomery- A Day In The Life, Windy
-Emily Remler-East To Wes
-George Benson- Gotham City
-Sonny Sharrock- Hi Life- Chumpy
-Mary Halvorson-Bending Bridges- That Old Sound
-Pat Metheny- 80/81
-Trey Anastasio- Surrender To The Air-And Furthermore

Hour Two

-Charles Mingus- Me Myself An Eye- Devil Woman
-Hal Willner Presents Meditations On Mingus- Oh Lord- Don't Let Them Drop That Bomb On Me
-Tim Ries- The Rolling Stones Project-Wild Horses, Street Fighting Man

March Melodies

Mar 1, 2013

Hour One

-Arthur Blythe- Lenox Avenue Breakdown-Down San Diego Way
-Kevin Eubanks-The Mesesnger- Ghost Dog Blues
-Wayne Shorter Quartet- Without A Net- Plaza Real
-Weather Report- Live And Unreleased- Plaza Real
-Mark O'Conner Quintet- Suspended Reality- Johnny Griffin
-Enrico Rava- On The Dance Floor- Thriller
-Mimi Fox- Kicks-Loves Me Like A Rock
-Buddy Miles- Them Changes- Paul B. Allen, Omaha, Nebraska
-Ron Holloway-Groove Update-Chameleon

Hour Two

February Flowers

Feb 22, 2013

Spend this final Friday in the month of love (or seemingly endless grey skies)with spirit- lifting recordings from Terri Lynne Carrington, Alice Coltrane, Mimi Fox, Patricia Barber, Marvin Gaye, Branford Marsalis, among other aural delights!

Hour One

Mid-winter Melodies

Feb 8, 2013

Stiff arm that post-Super Bowl, mid-winter malaise with sounds from Oliver Nelson, Stevie Wonder, Enrico Rava, Frank Sinatra and others (Dancing shoes sold separately).

Hour One

February First

Feb 1, 2013

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Mid-January Bouquet

Jan 18, 2013

Celebrate the weekend and/or the month's halfway point with music from Ahmad Jamal, Geri Allen, Pharoah Sanders, James Brown et al.

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January Jive

Jan 11, 2013

Tonight we explore and celebrate well- known pop bands with jazz roots (Earth, Wind and Fire, Tower Of Power, Kool And The Gang),recordings with memorable cameos by jazz musicians (Phoebe Snow's Poetry Man)-performances of jazz standards by musicians such as guitarist Jeff Beck, as well as music by Gary Peacock, June Christy, Tom Waits, and War.

Hour One

January Jump

Jan 4, 2013

We begin 2013 with spirited and swinging performances by Quincy Jones, Claire Daley, Eddie Jefferson, Al Jarreau, and many more.

Hour One

Adieu, 2012

Dec 28, 2012

We bid 2012 adieu with memorable recordings by Mc Coy Tyner, Cleo Laine,Don Byron,Earth,Wind And Fire and others.Hour One

Holiday Hijinks

Dec 21, 2012

Treat your ears to an aural stocking stuffed with Holiday-related music by Tony Bennett-John Coltrane, Bob Dorough and Miles Davis - as well as bon bons from Elvis Costello, June Christy, Don Pullen, and more.

Hour One

Holiday Homestretch

Dec 14, 2012

Whether tree trimming, fretting over what to buy Uncle Fred this year, or slowing down after a typically busy week, welcome the weekend with music from Gato Barbieri,Al Jarreau, Billie Holiday, Hubert Laws, Max Roach, and others...

Hour One

December Dance

Dec 7, 2012

Groove along to jazz hits by Ramsey Lewis, Cannonball Adderley, Lee Morgan and others in the first hour, as well as equally entrancing work by Marian Mc Partland, David Murray, Steve Lacy, and others.

Farewell, November

Nov 30, 2012

Hour One

Extend (or begin recovering from) your Thanksgiving with music by June Christy, Branford Marsalis, Stephane Grappelli and others.

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Mid- November Swing

Nov 16, 2012

Stave off the late autumn chill with music from Charles Mingus, Sheila Jordan and more.

-Joey De Francesco-Never Can Say Goodbye-The Music Of Michael Jackson- Thriller
-Steve Cropper- With A Little Help From My Friends- Funky Broadway
-Cold Sweat Plays J.B.- Try Me
-David Sanborn- Timeagain- Tequila
-Christian McBride- A Family Affair- Family Affair
-Dawn Clement- Break- Sweet And Lovely
-Erik Freidlander- Quake- After Hours
-Victor Wooten-Sword And Stone- Love Is My Favorite Word.
-Mary Halvorsen Quintet- Forgotten Men In Silver
-Paul Desmond Quartet- Line For Lyons

-Winard Harper- Coexist- A Bientot

Welcome to November

Nov 2, 2012

We welcome November with selections by Joe Lovano, Ornette Coleman, Carla Bley, Count Basie,
Paul Mc Cartney, The Vermont Jazz Ensemble, and many more...


Vocal Extravaganza

Oct 30, 2012

Tonight's program includes memorable performances by vocalists Betty Carter, Flora Purim, Christine Correa, Carmen McRae and Joni Mitchell, as well as Miles Davis, Roscoe Mitchell and others.

Friday Night Gumbo

Oct 30, 2012

Tonight's show includes recordings by vocalist Andy Bey, pianist Cecil Taylor, saxophonists Jane Bunnett and Michael Brecker, and guitarist Steve Khan.