MADELEINE PEYROUX has appeared at the Monterey Jazz Festival in a performance on the Garden Stage. She is a favorite of mine.
PATRICIA BARBER got my attention several years ago with the Beatles tune NORWEGIAN WOOD. I attended her performance at KUUMBWA and have been a huge fan ever since.
The PUPPINI SISTERS are Italian Marcella Puppini and English Ladies Stephanie O’Brien and Kate Mullins. Although the three are not related, they chose their name in tribute to The Andrews Sisters. Their music has been described as SWING-PUNK.
JACKIE RYAN AND RED HOLLOWAY are featured here performing Ray Noble’s THE VERY THOUGHT OF YOU:
THE QUEEN OF DISCO died this week at the the age of 63. We’ll feature DONNA SUMMER on next week’s show.
DONNY McCASLIN performed last year with the NEXT GENERATION JAZZ BAND at the Monterey Jazz Festival:
DONNY was a member of the NEXT GENERATION JAZZ BAND when he was in High School in Santa Cruz.
Here’s one of my favorite local groups in Santa Cruz, 7 COME 11:
You can check out this Great group every Tuesday at the CREPE PLACE in SANTA CRUZ.
I share a replay of an excerpt from THINGS AIN’T WHAT THEY USED TO BE this week on “THE FUZE”. It features music performed by GARY CARPENTER and JOHNNY FABULOUS. You can listen to this week’s show until next week’s show is uploaded on May 18th. ENJOY!
Betty LaVette appeared in the San Jose Music Festival in 2009 and until that time she was unknown to me. WOW…What a discovery. Here Betty sings “Let Me Down Easy”. Many consider her recording of this song “the greatest soul recording of all time.” This emotional performance was captured at the W.C Handy Awards Ceremony:
If that performance didn’t bring tears to your eyes I can’t imagine what it would take. A change of pace with this next tune. The Cannonball Adderley Sextet performs “Work Song”:
I LOVE Nancy Wilson. I had a crush on her in my teens and found out while doing some research on this next song that she recorded it on my sixteenth birthday anniversary, May 11, 1960. Here’s a much later performance:
And…I Still Love her.
Billy Preston was referred to by many as “THE FIFTH BEATLE”. He did extensive work with the FAB FOUR on the “GET BACK” album. Here’s a GREAT Billy Preston performance:
We ended this week’s show with George Harrison’s beautiful song “WHILE MY GUITAR GENTLY WEEPS.”
Barbara Dennerlein has been playing club dates in Germany since she was 15 and has had her own record label, BEBAB, since 21. Barbara is featured on this week’s show. Please pay attention to her amazing mastery of the foot pedals. You know she can walk and chew gum at the same time.
Sorry for the abrupt ending…but, there’s more:
Barbara appeared at Kuumbwa in Santa Cruz April 14, 2011.
Please join us for THE FUZE again next Friday morning.
Cynthia Hilts jazz piano/vocalist/composer with masters Ron McClure on bass and Jeff Williams on drums. A live recording of Hilts’s beautiful jazz waltz “Too Sweet”. Performed at the CD release party of “Second Story Breeze” at Iridium Jazz Club, NYC, March 4, 2009. Video by Michiyo.
I played three tunes from this album on this weeks show. THREE BLIND MICE & LOVE FOR SALE require no explanation. The third, NUN, MIFFDEMEANOR-LIKE, might leave you scratching your head as it did me. Cynthia explained: The tune is an homage to Thelonius Monk. Work on this: MONK (NUN), THELONIUS (FELONIUS). More tunes from Cynthia on future shows.
I also played a tune by Thelonius Monk on the program titled CREPUSCULE WITH NELLIE. Crepuscule is defined as twilight. Here’s a Thelonius Monk performance from an earlier time that signifies a later (or earlier) time of the day.
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I leave you this week with Jimmy Smith and WALK ON THE WILD SIDE.
Please enjoy JEFF BECK and TAL WILKENFELD honoring George Harrison’s “A Day In The Life”. That’s Vinnie Colaiuta on drums. Australian Bassist Ms. Wilkenfeld is 20 years old at the time. Tal was born December 2, 1986. I love the fact that Jazz embraces the YOUNG and the OLD. NOTE: Before I’m corrected in the previous statement, I should have said: ”I love the fact that music embraces the YOUNG and the OLD (YOUNG AT HEART).
Here’s more Tal Wilkenfeld:
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We played “Africa”, cover of a TOTO hit, performed by Perpetuum Jazzile. This is an amazing acapella group from Slovenia that just completed a world tour last year. Please enjoy the Beat-Boxer accompaniment and the sound of the rain and thunder made by the group.
This video has had nearly 12 million views.
I LOVE this group. Here’s a BEEGEES Medley:
LOOK OUT! I shared a Frankie Laine cover by Ernie Andrews on this weeks’ show called “OLD MAN JAZZ”. Enjoy a couple you tube videos:
THANKS FOR WATCHING AND THANKS FOR LISTENING TO “THE FUZE”.
Our March 16th and 23rd programs featured Jazz At The Concertgebouw 2 and 3. These albums contain the music of top Jazz artists in the Netherlands. The performances took place at the Concertgebouw, a venue in Amsterdam with a stellar history of Classical music programs and a variety of other genres as well. You can find out more at the Radio Netherlands Worldwide Website (www.rnw.nl).
Here’s a You Tube video of a performance by the Peter Beets Trio. ENJOY!
And another performance:
Tom Harrell solos on “A Portrait Of Jenny”:
CYNTHIA HILTS plays a SOLO JAZZ CONCERT at STEYNBERG GALLERY in SanLuis Obispo, on Friday, March 23rd. $15 tickets, $10 students Reservations: 805-547-0278
This is a rare West Coast performance for the internationally renowned jazz pianist, vocalist and composer. She’ll play and sing a soul-lifting combination of original tunes and jazz standards.
Here’s Cynthia performing at her CD Release Party in New York for the Album ” Second Story Breeeze”:
Count Basie and Ray Charles never performed together in their lifetimes but, through the magic of electroncs, their talents have been combined for our 21st Century enjoyment. The ‘RAY SINGS, BASIE SWINGS” album is someting special:
Sade is among the performers giving the royalties of their musical selections to benefit the victims of the Japan Earthquake and Tsunami that occured one your ago (4-11-11). The Japan Red Cross has benefited to the tune of 10 million dollars from the participating artists generosity. Sade is one of them:
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GEORGE GERSHWIN PLAYS HIS COMPOSITION RHAPSODY IN BLUE ON “THE FUZE” NEXT WEEK.