Honoring giants who passed in 2022


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A shortlist of some of the master musicians who passed in 2022

A Jazz on the Tube playlist

01. Pharoah Sanders (1940-2022) – Astral Traveling (00:00-05:44)
02. Joey DeFrancesco (1971-2022) – Wonderful Wonderful (05:48-12:49)
03. Ernie Andrews (1927-2022) – Love is Here to Stay (12:52-18:23)
04. Joe Diorio (1936-2022) – So What (18:26-25:53)
05. Jessica Williams (1948-2022) – Lulus Back in Town (25:56-32:04)
06. llyn Rucker (1937-2022) – As Long As I Live (32:07-35:50)
07. Charnett Moffett (1967-2022) – Holy Spirit (35:53-41:48)
08. Jaimie Branch (1983-2022) – Theme 001 (41:51-46:12)
09. Conrad Janis (1928-2022) – Take Me Out to the Ball Game (46:15-51:03)
10. Bob Barnard (1933-2022) – Rainbow Hill (51:06-55:33)
11. Butch Thompson (1943-2022) – O Holy Night (55:36-58:30)
12. Dennis Gonzalez (1954-2022) – Four Pigs and a Birds Nest (58:33-01:04:03)
13. Tina May (1961-2022) – Beloved (01:04:07-01:08:31)
14. Ron Miles (1963-2022) – A Kind Word (01:08:34-01:14:25)
15. Paul Plimley (1953-2022) – W.R.U (01:14:28-01:18:21)
16. Warren Bernhardt (1938-2022) – Manhattan Update (01:18:24-01:24:30)
17. Mick Goodrick (1945-2022) – Nothing personal (01:24:33-01:28:17)
18. Gal Costa (1945-2022) – Desafinado (01:28:21-01:32:06)
19. Mike Lang (1941-2022) – Let It Be (01:32:09-01:38:26)
20. Ronnie Cuber (1941-2022) – Adoracion (01:38:30-01:46:37)

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– Ken McCarthy
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P.S. At the end of every year, we put together a short (and frankly incomplete) playlist to honor some of the giants who passed in the previous year.

It’s a bittersweet project.

Sorrow at the loss of such great souls…Joy in the appreciation of what beautiful gifts they made to all of us with their lives.

Join Jazz on the Tube fans around the world in celebrating and honoring these great artists – and please share the link.


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01/09 – 01/15: Jazz on the Tube Weekly Review

Monday, January 09, 2022

Jazz Birthdays: Slim Gaillard , Kenny Clarke , Bucky Pizzarelli

* Slim Gaillard


* Kenny Clarke


* Bucky Pizzarelli


The genius of the Dave Brubeck Band


Tuesday, January 10, 2022

Jazz Birthdays: Max Roach, Mike Stern, William Parker

* Max Roach


* Mike Stern


* William Parker

NEW – Joe Williams – Five O’Clock In The Morning – 1960


Wednesday, January 11, 2022

Jazz Birthdays: Lee Ritenour, Wilbur DeParis, Osie Johnson

* Lee Ritenour


* Wilbur DeParis

* Osie Johnson

NEW – Artemis – Goddess Of The Hunt – 2020


Thursday, January 12, 2022

Jazz Birthdays: Jay McShann, Ronald Shannon Jackson, Olu Dara, George Duke, Trummy Young, Ruth Brown

* Jay McShann


* Ronald Shannon Jackson


* Olu Dara


* George Duke


* Trummy Young

* Ruth Brown

NEW – J.J. Johnson and Kai Winding – It’s Alright With Me – 1982


Friday, January 13, 2022

Jazz Birthdays: Danny Barker, Joe Pass, Melba Liston

* Danny Barker


* Joe Pass


* Melba Liston

NEW – Anita O’Day – On Green Dolphin Street – 1963


Saturday, January 14, 2022

Jazz Birthdays: Grady Tate, Allen Toussaint, Billy Butterfield, Kenny Wheeler

* Grady Tate


* Allen Toussaint


* Billy Butterfield

* Kenny Wheeler

NEW – Larry Coryell – Moment’s Notice – 1995


Sunday, January 15, 2022

Martin Luther King Day


Jazz Birthdays: Gene Krupa, Baikida Carroll, Hartmut Geerken

* Gene Krupa


* Baikida Carroll


* Hartmut Geerken


The Eddie Durham Festival Returns On October 15, 2022

In commemoration of a truly influential musician, The 2022 Eddie Durham Festival resumes on Saturday, October 15th (all day), outdoors in the Eddie Durham Park & Pavilion, within his hometown of San Marcos, Texas.

The stellar lineup includes:

Pamela Hart
(Her performance of “How Glad I Am” is guaranteed to win you over: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aX5ITLrFgkY)

Jerry Espinoza
(Here is Jerry’s group in a full concert Live at Monk’s: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PDcnCC7_GYA)

(Listen to the ensemble play Benny Golson’s classic tune Stablemates: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jVKK9EpWui4), and Eddie Durham’s daughter Topsy Durham will be emceeing!

The street will be blocked off, to accommodate many vendors, and for security reasons.

Support The Eddie Durham Festival (It’s fast, easy, and tax deductible, too!)

The Calaboose African American History Museum (https://www.calaboosemuseum.org/about), which houses the only permanent Eddie Durham exhibit, requires help from music lovers and those who understand the importance of keeping Black American History alive, such as yourself.

Located just a few steps from Eddie Durham Park & Pavilion where the festival will take place, the museum will act as a cooling center from the outdoor heat as well as place for public educational segments to be held.

During the festival you can bring your Eddie Durham books to the Calaboose African American History Museum to get Topsy Durham’s autograph, as well.

Your kind donation is being requested in support of these events.

Please donate whatever amount moves your heart, and consider an annual donation, as the Museum is a 501c3 non-profit org. No amount is too small or too large.

Click this link to donate now: https://www.paypal.com/donate?token=iGrvL9fUljJnimjANgjG7DsonNnUyLCPrinz0sdCWDyB-oInss_F5Skq0vSBjOlgpD7GSL9N9opV6I2E

Share this info far and wide, and mark October 15th, 2022 on your calendar.

For more info:

And here’s Eddie himself, playing electric guitar with The Kansas City Five on “Love Me or Leave Me” (1938):

– Ken McCarthy
Jazz on the Tube

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Nile Rodgers – The jazzman who created the dance music of the late 70s and 80s

Sonny Rollins says: “All American music comes from jazz.”

Is that hyperbole?

Don’t be so fast to assume that.

Remember the dance music of the late 70s and 80s?

Some love it. some are snobs about it, but the reality is billions of people danced, and continue to dance, to it. It’s now recognized as classic.

Where did it come from?

It’s hard to come to any other conclusion: To a surprisingly large degree it came from the mind and ears of jazz guitarist/songwriter/arranger/producer Nile Rodger.

NOTE: Jim Eigo told me Cecil Taylor used to come to his record store to buy disco albums. Now I know understand why. You can listen this and other amazing tales from the jazz record store business here

A VERY short list of Rodger’s hits (just the tip of the iceberg.)

1. Chic – ‘Good Times’ (1979)
2. Chic – ‘Le Freak’ (1978)
3. David Bowie – ‘Let’s Dance’ (1983)
4. Diana Ross – ‘I’m Coming Out’ (1980)
5. Sister Sledge – ‘Lost in Music’ (1979)
6. Daft Punk – ‘Get Lucky’ (2013)
7. Duran Duran – ‘The Reflex’ (1984)
8. Madonna – ‘Like a Virgin’ (1984)
9. Chic – ‘I Want Your Love’ (1979)
10. B-52’s – ‘Roam’ (1989)
11. Sister Sledge – ‘We Are Family’ (1979)
12. Daft Punk – ‘Lose Yourself to Dance’ (2013)
13. Diana Ross – ‘Upside Down’ (1980)
14. Sister Sledge – ‘He’s the Greatest Dancer’ (1979)
15. Duran Duran – ‘Notorious’ (1986)
16. INXS – ‘Original Sin’ (1983)
17. Madonna – ‘Material Girl’ (1985)
18. Duran Duran – ‘The Wild Boys’ (1984)
19. Chic – ‘Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah)’ (1977)
20. Grace Jones – ‘I’m Not Perfect (But I’m Perfect For You)’ (1986)
21. Carly Simon – ‘Why?’ (1982)
22. Chic – ‘Everybody Dance’ (1977)
23. Disclosure – ‘Together’ (2013)
24. Laurie Anderson – ‘Language is a Virus’ (1986)
25. Fonzi Thornton – ‘I’ll Change My Game’ (1980)

– Ken McCarthy
Jazz on the Tube

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How to learn a tune

PAUL THOMPSON – Bassist, educator, and husband from Pittsburgh, PA. Professor of Jazz Bass at West Virginia University and Duquesne University. Adjunct instrumental music teacher at Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12 Performing Arts School (PPS). Performances include recording and touring stints with trumpeter Maynard Ferguson and saxophonist Stanley Turrentine. Performance credits include Hubert Laws, Geri Allen, Michael Feinstein, Bob James, Phil Woods, Sean Jones, and Billy Porter, among others. Currently, he can be seen playing around the Pittsburgh area among the region’s rich and diverse musical community.

Click here for Paul’s website

Note: Paul talks about Monk spending an hour learning a single tune. I heard a story that some friends left Bud Powell in the early evening when he was working on “Embraceable You.” When they came back many hours later in the early hours of the morning he was still working on it!

– Ken McCarthy
Jazz on the Tube

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