Ornette in Amarillo

We’re following up on our special program “Ornette: Deep from the Heart of Texas” with Dave Oliphant

We go even further down this fascinating rabbit hole.

When Ornette was 19 (1949), he had an extended gig in Amarillo, Texas where he regularly jammed “after hours” with a legendary avant-garde hillbilly steel guitar player.

The history of American music is richer … Read more

Ornette – Deep from the Heart of Texas

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Avant-garde genius or one of many Master Musicians who sprung from the earth of one of the most fertile musical cradles the world has ever seen?

Of course, Ornette is both.

In this unique podcast we focus on what others have ignored: How Ornette comes straight from the big open musical heart of Texas.

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The making of “Cortijo and His Time Machine” – Harvey Averne

Produced by Coco Records in 1974

– Ken McCarthy
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The birthplace(s) of jazz

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Make sure you check out the video below.

You know the narrative…

“Jazz started in New Orleans and traveled to Chicago and Kansas City and New York.”

Historians are starting to come to a more sophisticated – and exciting – view of the music’s origins.

In this program we look at the unheralded role San Francisco … Read more

Forgotten Tenor: A Tribute to Saxophonist Wardell Gray

Interview with Abraham Ravett

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Ken McCarthy’s Jazz on the Tube interviews filmmaker Abraham Ravett about his film “Forgotten Tenor: A Tribute to Tenor Saxophonist Wardell Gray.”

Tenor saxophone giant Wardell Gray was born February 13, 1921, in Oklahoma City. OK. He was a graduate of the Cass Technical High School, a Detroit school that also lists … Read more