Saturday, December 30, 2006

Jazz Interface Edition on Saturday Jazz Lunch 12-3PM / 5th Saturday

The following occured during a live broadcast on KMHD 89.1 FM 12-3PM. You can hear the entire show again if you like. Listen below.

Thanks to Mike Donovan for a marvelous show in Bill Fetsch's absence- if you're listening there are some phone calls of complement that I'd like to pass on. Thank you. ... and Bill, we"re with you... one day at a time.
You can view today's program in advance at click on playlist. I am planned up through to 3pm.
In the 2nd hour we will remember some folks who passed this year but left us with a wonderful musical legacy.

If you'd like a more detailed accounting of what is going on out here at KMHD control room, drop by my web page, for some photos and some audio that I will have up later this weekend if you'd like to hear something again., or for an overview of the team that brings you Saturday Jazz Lunch each and every week between Noon and 3pm.. and of course there are links to all of this at where you can also make a secure pledge if you are so inclined before the end of the year.

These musicians left us this year, and in the second hour of this program which you can here at the audio link above, we listen to one of their best:

Hilton Ruiz, 54, Pianist Fluent In Jazz and Latin Rhythms
June 7, 2006, Wednesday
By PETER KEEPNEWS (NYT); The Arts/Cultural Desk Late Edition - Final, Section C, Page 11, Column 1, 509 words.
Hilton Ruiz, a versatile and prolific pianist equally at home in the worlds of modernjazz and Latin music, died yesterday in New Orleans. He was 54 and lived in Teaneck, N.J. His death was announced by his agent, Joel Chriss. Mr. Ruiz had been hospitalized in a coma.
Dewey Redman, 75, Jazz Saxophonist, Dies
September 4, 2006.
By BEN RATLIFF (NYT); The Arts/Cultural Desk
Late Edition - Final, Section B, Page 5, Column 4, 683 words.
Dewey Redman, an expansive and poetic tenor saxophonist and bandleader who had been at the aesthetic frontiers of jazz since the 1960's, died on Saturday in Brooklyn. Walter Redman was 75 and lived in Brooklyn. The cause was liver failure, said Velibor Pedevski, his brother-in-law.


Rufus Harley, 70, Dies; Adapted Bagpipes to Jazz
August 13, 2006, Sunday By DENNIS HEVESI (NYT); The Arts/Cultural Desk Late Edition - Final, Section 1, Page 30, Column 1, 574 words.
Rufus Harley, who was billed as "the world's first jazz bagpiper" and emitted his haunting sounds alongside some of the greats of jazz, died on Aug. 1 in Philadelphia, his hometown. He was 70. The cause was prostate cancer, his son Messiah Patton Harley said.

John Hicks, 64, Jazz Pianist Active on New York Scene.
May 13, 2006, Saturday By BEN RATLIFF (NYT); The Arts/Cultural Desk Late Edition - Final, Section B, Page 6, Column 1, 447 words.
John Hicks, a pianist who helped define the mainstream jazz aesthetic of his instrument, died on Wednesday in Manhattan. He was 64. The cause was internal bleeding, said his daughter Naima Hicks. Mr. Hicks, was a prolific mainstay of jazz in New York since the late 1960's.


Jackie McLean, Jazz Saxophonist and Mentor, Dies at 74.
April 3, 2006, Monday
Jackie McLean was one of many gifted young musicians who burst onto the New York scene after World War II in the wake of the musical revolution known as bebop.


Ray Barretto, a Master of the Conga Drum Dies at 76.
Ray Barretto helped define the role of the conga drum in jazz and became an influential figure in both jazz and Latin music during a career spanning more than 50 years. February 18, 2006.


Anita ODay died November 23, 2006.
Born Anita Belle Colton, O'Day was admired for her sense of rhythm and dynamics, and her early big band appearances shattered the traditional image of the "girl singer"

Jay McShann | Legendary pianist and bandleader dies.
The Kansas City Star.
On December 7, 2006, McShann died at St. Luke's Hospital in Kansas City. His style, sophistication and energy spread KC¹s musical heritage around the world. Jay McShann, an internationally recognized giant of Kansas City jazz, died
Thursday. Books, official records and other sources disagree on his date of birth, but he was thought to be 90. His piano technique revealed a delicate and sophisticated sensibility, but he could pound out driving blues and boogie-woogie in the best tradition of barrelhouse piano players.


Malachi Thompson, Trumpeter, 56.
July 20, 2006, Thursday (AP); The Arts/Cultural Desk Late Edition - Final, Section B, Page 7, Column 1, 274 words.
Malachi Thompson, a trumpeter who was a leading figure on Chicago's experimental jazz scene, died on Sunday at his home on the South Side of Chicago. He was 56. His death followed a long battle with cancer, Bob Koester, founder of Thompson's record label, Delmark, said.

The following people connected to jazz also died this year:

William P. Gottlieb, Jazz Photographer dies at 89.

April 25, 2006, Tuesday (NYT)
William P. Gottlieb, with a boxy, old-fashioned press camera indelibly defined what jazz looked like in a brief, magical time when both early legends like Armstrong and Ellington and the emerging beboppers ruled the bandstands and radio waves, died on Sunday at his home in Great Neck, N.Y.

Don Alias, Percussionist and Sideman died at 66.
Don Alias had a long career as a sought-after sideman, working with an array of artists in jazz and pop including Nina Simone, Miles Davis and Joni Mitchell.

Bob Weinstock, Founder of the Jazz Label Prestige died at 77.
January 16, 2006, Monday By BEN RATLIFF (NYT); The Arts/Cultural Desk Late Edition - Final, Section B, Page 7, Column 3, 747 words.

Romano Mussolini, Son of the Dictator and a musician died at 79.
February 4, 2006, Saturday By PETER KIEFER (NYT); The Arts/Cultural Desk Late Edition - Final, Section A, Page 11, Column 1, 398 words.
Romano Mussolini, Italian jazz pianist whose fame as fifth and youngest child of Italian dictator Benito Mussolini was rivaled by his musical renown, dies at age 79.

I'd like to wish my grandmother a very happy 93rd birthday. Grandma, we love you.


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