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In the Groove, Jazz and Beyond

Author: Ken Laster

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From the Jazz masters of past and present to emerging new artists performing hard bop jazz and fusion. A weekly Jazz radio show that airs on WWUH FM, Storrs CT. No smooth jazz here!
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Aug 7 2020 Broadcast

Aug 7 2020 Broadcast

2020-08-0959:03

A variety of classic and new modern jazz music to occupy these hot summer days during a pandemic. The last few tunes highlight the final 2 concerts of the live streamed Paul Brown Monday Night Jazz series. Artist ~ Track ~ AlbumAhmad Jamal Trio ~ Stolen Moments ~ The AwakeningChristian Sands ~ Crash ~ Be WaterShirley Scott ~ Days of Wine and Roses ~ On a Clear DayTony Davis ~ May This Be Love ~ Golden YearTony Davis ~ Night Ride ~ Golden YearWes Montgomery ~ Twisted Blues ~ CottontailLeala Cyr ~ Summertime ~ First InstinctRalph Peterson, Zaccai Curtis & Luques Curtis ~ Manifest Destiny ~ Triangular IIIRalph Peterson, Zaccai Curtis & Luques Curtis ~ Skylark ~ Triangular III
There is some great new music in this podcast from Kurt, Joshua, Dave and Jason. Also an announcement embedded within this episode you must hear.   Artist ~ Track ~ AlbumKurt Rosenwinkel ~ kurt1 ~ Star of JupiterKurt Rosenwinkel ~ Mr. Hope ~ Star of JupiterKurt Rosenwinkel & The Heartcore Orchestra ~ Under It All ~ Under It All - SingleJoshua Redman, Brad Mehldau, Christian McBride & Brian Blade ~ Moe Honk ~ RoundAgainJoshua Redman, Brad Mehldau, Christian McBride & Brian Blade ~ Floppy Diss ~ RoundAgainDave Holland, Zakir Hussain & Chris Potter ~ Bedouin Trail ~ Good HopeJason Palmer ~ Program for an Artistic Soiree (Degas) [Live] ~ The Concert: 12 Musings for Isabella
The World Needs Love

The World Needs Love

2020-07-2758:09

A variety of jazz styles, from the soulful sounds of Shirley Scott's Hammond B3 to the modern big band of Christian McBride to some fusion stylings of Jonathan Barber and Vision Ahead.    Playlist Artist ~ Track ~ Album Shirley Scott ~ What the World Needs Now Is Love ~ On a Clear DayChristian McBride Big Band ~ Science Fiction ~ The Good FeelingSean Jones ~ Lost, Then Found ~ Live from Jazz at the BistroMatt Wilson Quartet + John Medeski ~ Barack Obama ~ Gathering CallMatt Wilson Quartet + John Medeski ~ You Dirty Dog ~ Gathering CallJonathan Barber & Vision Ahead ~ Seconds & Seasons ~ Legacy HolderEmmet Cohen ~ Honeysuckle Rose / Handful of Keys ~ Dirty in Detroit
July 17 '20 Broadcast

July 17 '20 Broadcast

2020-07-1959:31

Connecticut's in the house in this week's latest podcast. New music from drummer Jonathan Barber, Christian Sands, Michael Palin, Nicole Z with Dan Pugach & The Curtis Bros; all have their roots in the Constitution State. Classics from Shirley Scott and Trane as well. PlaylistArtist ~ Track ~ AlbumDan Pugach Nonet ~ My Favorite Things (feat. Nicole Zuraitis) ~ My Favorite Things - SingleMichael Palin's Other Orchestra ~ Three Views Of A Secret ~ Michael Palin's Other OrchestraShirley Scott ~ On a Clear Day (You Can See Forever) ~ On a Clear DayChristian Sands ~ Drive ~ Be WaterJonathan Barber & Vision Ahead ~ Haikus ~ Legacy HolderJonathan Barber & Vision Ahead ~ Major ~ Legacy HolderThe Curtis Brothers ~ Staircase of Mount Meru ~ AlgorithmRalph Peterson, Zaccai Curtis & Luques Curtis ~ Beatrice ~ Triangular IIIJohn Coltrane ~ My Ideal ~ The Stardust Session
A Bluezy jazz podcast

A Bluezy jazz podcast

2020-07-1201:04:531

This podcast episode is all blues. We run the gamut of styles beginning with an R&B drenched Ray Charles, rockin' Hendrix, classic Ellington, N'awlins Marsalis, modern Preminger, free Coleman and ending with a Miles classic performed by Chick. PlaylistArtist ~ Track ~ AlbumRay Charles ~ I've Got News for You ~ Genius + Soul = JazzThe Jimi Hendrix Experience ~ Voodoo Chile ~ Electric LadylandDuke Ellington ~ Jeep's Blues ~ Ellington At Newport 1956Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis ~ The Sanctified Blues (From Congo Square) ~ Live in CubaNoah Preminger ~ Hard Times Killin' Floor Blues ~ Dark Was The Night, Cold Was The GroundOrnette Coleman ~ Broad Way Blues ~ New York Is NowChick Corea, Christian McBride & Brian Blade ~ All Blues ~ Trilogy 2
This podcast episode starts with a preview of the Paul Brown Monday Night Jazz series, featuring Orice Jenkins, Matt DeChamplain and Leala Cyr. This year's series, usually performed in front of a large audience in Hartford will be live streamed from Facebook beginning July 13. Following this preview is a Frank Zappa set, including a cover by Michael Palin's Other Orchestra, new music from Christian Sands and more from William Parker and Emmet Cohen. PlaylistArtist ~ Track ~ AlbumOrice Jenkins ~ Birmingham ~ Centennial ColeMatt DeChamplain Trio ~ Rough Ridin' ~ singleLeala Cyr ~ First Instinct ~ First InstinctMichael Palin's Other Orchestra ~ Uncle Remus ~ Michael Palin's Other OrchestraFrank Zappa ~ Stolen Moments ~ Broadway the Hard WayFrank Zappa ~ Inca Roads - Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention ~ One Size Fits AllChristian Sands ~ Can’t Find My Way Home ~ Be WaterChristian Sands ~ Sonar ~ Be WaterWilliam Parker ~ Land Song ~ Corn Meal DanceEmmet Cohen ~ Hatzi Kaddish ~ Masters Legacy Series Volume 2: Ron Carter
Mobley Set

Mobley Set

2020-06-2958:131

We begin this episode with a smokin' Hank Mobley set. Guitarist Grant Green follows, featuring another tenor great Joe Henderson. Tenors continue with a couple Brecker tunes and we end featuring the late Harold Mabern. Looking back at this playlist, all the featured artists have passed away, some recently, some before their time. PlaylistArtist ~ Track ~ AlbumHank Mobley ~ Up Over and Out ~ Reach Out!Hank Mobley ~ Up a Step ~ No Room for SquaresHank Mobley ~ Uh Huh ~ WorkoutGrant Green ~ Jean De Fleur ~ Idle MomentsMichael Brecker ~ Sound Off ~ Time Is Of The EssenceMichael Brecker ~ Half Past Late ~ Time Is Of The EssenceHarold Mabern ~ So What ~ To Love and Be Loved
I Can't Breathe 2020

I Can't Breathe 2020

2020-06-2101:03:49

Since this is Fathers Day, we have to begin with Song For My Father, this time a funky version from Victor Wooten. From there we pay tribute to the Black Live Matters movement and the struggle for racial justice and equality. Avery Sharpe interprets the history of the movement in his album 400. Blanchard, Louis and Croker do their tributes to the cry of "I Can't Breathe" with their original compositions. Glasper and Preminger provide more  tributes to the cause. PlaylistArtist ~ Track ~ AlbumVictor Wooten ~ Song For My Father ~ PalmysteryAvery Sharpe ~ Arrival ~ 400Avery Sharpe ~ Is There A Way Home ~ 400Terence Blanchard ~ Breathless ~ BreathlessGodwin Louis ~ I Can't Breathe ~ GlobalTheo Croker ~ We Can't Breathe ~ Escape VelocityRobert Glasper ~ Enoch's (Inaugural) Meditation ~ WBGO Studio SessionsNoah Preminger ~ Change is Gonna Come ~ Meditations on FreedomJoshua Redman ~ Father ~ 'Round AgainJazzmia Horn ~ East of the Sun ~ Social Call
Troubled Waters

Troubled Waters

2020-06-1401:06:161

The first set starts with a reflection of the troubled times we are in. That tune and the next three are all covers of the great songwriting of Paul Simon by various jazz artists. After that, another reflective piece by Hartford area trombonist Steve Davis. Then Chick, who I have been playing a lot frequently and finally a rousing performance from Emmet Cohen with Ron Carter. PlaylistArtist ~ Track ~ Album Aretha Franklin ~ Bridge Over Troubled Water ~ Soul QueenHerbie Hancock ~ Scarborough Fair ~ The New StandardKurt Elling ~ An American Tune ~ 1619 Broadway ‒ The Brill Building ProjectBrad Mehldau Trio ~ Fifty Ways To Leave Your Lover ~ Day Is DoneSteve Davis ~ Peace ~ CorrelationsChick Corea ~ Armando’s Rhumba (feat. The Spanish Heart Band) ~ Antidote (feat. The Spanish Heart Band)Chick Corea ~ Return To Forever ~ Return To ForeverEmmet Cohen ~ Joshua ~ Masters Legacy Series Volume 2: Ron Carter
Streamers

Streamers

2020-06-0701:19:471

This podcast is dedicated to those jazz musicians who have struggled through this pandemic, but still managed to create and present their music through live streaming shows on a regular bases. The first half of this podcast features some of those cats.  PlaylistArtist ~ Track ~ Album Dan Pugach Nonet ~ Brooklyn Blues ~ Plus OneDan Pugach Nonet ~ The Inscription (feat. Nicole Zuraitis) ~ SingleEmmet Cohen ~ Teo (Live) ~ Dirty in DetroitBrandee Younger ~ He Has a Name (Awareness) ~ SingleThe New Mosaic ~ Out of Body ~ Out of BodyMatt Dwonszyk ~ What A Wonderful World ~ Wonderful WorldJoni Mitchell ~ Blue Motel Room ~ HejiraKurt Rosenwinkel & OJM ~ Zhivago ~ Our Secret WorldJonathan Barber & Vision Ahead ~ 29 ~ Legacy HolderMcCoy Tyner ~ Mr. P.C. (with John Scofield) ~ GuitarsJohn Scofield ~ Do Like Eddie ~ Steady Groovin'
Chicky

Chicky

2020-05-3157:02

Some music from one of Jazz's living legends, Chick Corea, and those who have been associated with his career. The highlight of this episode is a 23 minute piece from the original Return To Forever album. PlaylistArtist ~ Track ~ AlbumAirto ~ Parana ~ FingersChick Corea ~ Sometime Ago/La Fiesta ~ Return To ForeverChick Corea ~ Concerto for Jazz Quintet & Chamber Orchestra: I. Africa ~ The ContinentsAntonio Sanchez, Gary Burton, Pat Metheny, Steve Swallow ~ Sea Journey ~ The Quartet Live!Dave Holland, Zakir Hussain & Chris Potter ~ Good Hope ~ Good Hope
Jazz in the Pandemic

Jazz in the Pandemic

2020-05-2459:551

A set of music to help ease your mind and lift your spirit through these trying times. Listen for a special message to help support the jazz community. PlaylistArtist ~ Track ~ Album Emmet Cohen Trio ~ Honeysuckle Rose / Handful of Keys ~ Dirty in DetroitWayne Escoffery ~ Quarter Moon ~ The Humble WarriorJason Palmer ~ A French Imperial Eagle Finial ~ The Concert: 12 Musings for IsabellaJimmy Greene ~ Always There ~ While Looking UpJoshua Redman ~ Haze and Aspirations ~ Still DreamingJohn Coltrane ~ Wise One ~ The Classic Quartet: Complete Impulse! Studio RecordingsChick Corea, Christian McBride & Brian Blade ~ 500 Miles High ~ Trilogy 2  
S'Wonderful Podcast

S'Wonderful Podcast

2020-05-1757:542

We open with Hartford's own Matt DeChamplain and a Michael Brecker inspired set, before a tribute to Stevie Wonder in celebration of his 70th birthday. PlaylistArtist ~ Track ~ AlbumMatt DeChamplain Trio ~ Rough Ridin' ~ (find on YouTube)George Garzone, Peter Erskine, Alan Pasqua & Darek Oles ~ Dedicated To Michael Brecker (Night #1) ~ 3 Nights in L.A.Michael Brecker ~ Tumbleweed ~ PilgrimageSFJAZZ Collective ~ My Cherie Amour ~ Music of Stevie Wonder and New Compositions: Live in New YorkStevie Wonder ~ As ~ Songs in the Key of LifeJoe Farrell ~ Too High ~ Penny Arcade
Cold Day in May

Cold Day in May

2020-05-1001:21:193

It's been cold in New England. Here are some fine jazz tunes to warm you. The latter part of this podcast has a tribute to the late Richie Cole who passed on last week. Joshua Redman ~ New Year ~ Still DreamingJoshua Redman, Brad Mehldau, Christian McBride & Brian Blade ~ Right Back Round Again ~ RoundAgainJonathan Barber ~ Legacy Holder (feat. Vision Ahead) ~ Legacy HolderMatt Dwonszyk ~ Cuban Breeze ~ Wonderful WorldMike Casey ~ Dagobah ~ Dagobah - SingleHGTS ~ Thornbush ~ ...And Then They Played...Richie Cole ~ Something's Coming ~ West Side StoryRichie Cole ~ Jennine ~ The Man With the HornRichie Cole (with Art Pepper) ~ Art's Opus #2 ~ A Piece Of Jazz HistoryGreg Abate (with Richie Cole) ~ Bebop Baby ~ Dr. Jekyll & Mr. HydePhil Bowler & Pocket Jungle ~ The Set-Up ~ Phil Bowler & Pocket Jungle
Spring Mix 2020

Spring Mix 2020

2020-05-0355:491

A mix of jazz music for a beautiful spring day. New music from Connecticut based artists featured within (Escoffery, Barber, Envisage). Please listen for a special message at the end of this episode. PlaylistArtist ~ Track ~ AlbumSonny Rollins ~ Alfie's Theme ~ Soundtrack from AlfieWayne Escoffery ~ Sanctus ~ The Humble WarriorJonathan Barber (feat. Vision Ahead) ~ Legacy Holder ~  SingleJonathan Barber ~ 29 (feat. Vision Ahead) ~ SingleEnvisage Collective ~ Step on a Crack ~ Reach OutMcCoy Tyner ~ Mr. P.C. (with John Scofield) ~ GuitarsRoxy Coss ~ Don’t Cross the Coss ~ QuintetDavid Liebman ~ Jean Pierre ~ On the Corner Live! The Music of Miles Davis
Apr 24 broadcast

Apr 24 broadcast

2020-04-2601:06:58

From my recent radio broadcast. No real theme, just music for you jazz fans to enjoy. Stay safe. PlaylistArtist ~ Track ~ AlbumChick Corea ~ The One Step ~ FriendsReturn to Forever ~ No Mystery (feat. Chick Corea) ~ No MysteryBrandee Younger ~ Soul Awakening ~ Soul AwakeningOnaje Allan Gumbs ~ What You Won't Do for Love ~ Just Like YesterdayAvery Sharpe Trio ~ First Time We Met ~ Autumn MoonlightMcCoy Tyner ~ Talk Spirit, Walk Spirit ~ QuartetCharles Mingus ~ Remembering Rockefeller At Attica ~ Changes OneCharles Mingus ~ Better git hit in your soul ~ Pithencanthropus ErectusJohn McLaughlin ~ Extrapolation ~ ExtrapolationJohn McLaughlin ~ It's Funny ~ Extrapolation
Peter, Wolf and Jazz

Peter, Wolf and Jazz

2020-04-1958:361

This podcast episode features the New England Jazz Ensemble performing a jazzed up arrangement of Sergei Prokofiev's, Peter and the Wolf. Arranged by Walt Gwardyak with a hip "jazzbretto" (narration) by Giacomo Gates. Following is new music from Zenon, Metheny and a beautiful duet of Metheny and Haden.  PlaylistNew England Jazz Ensemble ~ Peter & The Wolf ~ Peter & The WolfMiguel Zenon ~ Las Caras Lindas ~ Sonero (the Music of Ismael Rivera)Pat Metheny ~ Pathmaker ~ From This PlaceCharlie Haden & Pat Metheny ~ The Moon is a Harsh Witness ~ Beyond the Missouri Sky
Stay Safe

Stay Safe

2020-04-1201:20:04

Hope y'all are staying safe, sheltered at home and observing all of CDC guidance during these times. An eclectic set this week starting with a vocal set, then a set of rock covers and some jazz classics. PlaylistArtist ~ Track ~ Album Atla DeChamplain ~ Pause ~ PauseJazzmeia Horn ~ Lift Every Voice and Sing / Moanin’ (Medley) ~ A Social CallSnarky Puppy ~ Sing to the Moon (feat. Laura Mvula & Michelle Willis) ~ Family Dinner, Vol. 2Pat Metheny ~ Sixty-Six ~ From This PlaceGerald Cleaver ~ Detroit (Keep It In Mind) ~ DetroitThe Bad Plus ~ Everybody Wants To Rule The World ~ ProgThe Bad Plus ~ Smells Like Teen Spirit ~ These Are The VistasThe Bad Plus ~ Long Distance Runaround ~ For All I Care (feat. Wendy Lewis)Chick Corea ~ Straight Up and Down ~ Inner SpaceReturn To Forever ~ Light As a Feather ~ Light As A Feather
Tribute 2020

Tribute 2020

2020-04-0501:00:441

This In The Groove podcast episode pays tribute to those musicians that have passed due to the coronavirus this past week. It is also dedicated everyone who has been impacted by this pandemic. That has been all of us, in one way or other. Stay safe everyone. That means stay indoors, keep your distance, wash hands, wear face masks. Let the power of music and art help get us through this ordeal. PlaylistArtist ~ Track ~ AlbumSteve Davis ~ Lovely Day ~ OutlookThe Marsalis Family ~ Sultry Serenade ~ Jazz CelebrationWallace Roney ~ Around and Through ~ A Place in TimeBucky Pizzarelli ~ All of Me ~ 5 for FreddieBIll Withers ~ Lean on Me ~ singleJimmy Greene ~ No Words ~ While Looking UpMichael Brecker ~ African Skies ~ Tales From the HudsonMcCoy Tyner Trio (featuring Michael Brecker)  ~ Impressions ~ Infinity 
Hartford Cats 2020

Hartford Cats 2020

2020-03-2901:36:04

This is part 2 of the last WWUH radio show before temporarily shuttering for COVID-19. I thought it appropriate to feature musicians that have contributed so much to the Hartford jazz scene. I didn't have time to get to everyone, but I hope this sampling of local music plays to the HARTstrings of In The Groove Listeners here and all over the world. PlaylistArtist ~ Track ~ Album Jen Allen ~ Begin Again ~ Sifting GraceJen Allen ~ Climbing Ivy ~ Sifting GraceKris Allen ~ Lowborn ~ BelovedThe Curtis Brothers ~ Staircase of Mount Meru ~ AlgorithmOrice Jenkins ~ Nature Boy ~ Centennial ColeNew England Jazz Ensemble ~ Wolves ~ Peter & The WolfJimmy Greene- ~ So In Love ~ While Looking UpThe New Mosaic ~ Out of Body ~ singleJonathan Barber ~ Carry On ~ Vision AheadMatt Dwonszyk ~ What A Wonderful World ~ Wonderful WorldMike Casey ~ Feel The Bern ~ singleNoah Preminger ~ Halfway To Hartford ~ GenuinityAndrew Wilcox ~ The Peacocks ~ n/aSteve Davis ~ Spirit Waltz ~ Live at Smalls
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Stu Cook

Now THIS is the kind of mixtape for me to wake up to! 👍

Jul 14th
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Stu Cook

What a dynamite mixtape my dude! Perfect for my Tuesday morning 👍

Jun 30th
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Stu Cook

Another smooth jam! 👍

Jun 16th
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Stu Cook

If you need to take it easy and you like jazz, I've been listening to this for a few weeks now and can't recommend it enough. It's an ideal tonic to the relentless pace of life.

Jun 9th
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Stu Cook

This is the second week in a row I've put on a mixtape for my Monday morning; great choice! 👌

May 25th
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Stu Cook

What a mixtape! 🔥 Perfect for my lockdown morning chill! 👍

May 19th
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Machina Motion

Really need to get this track at 23mins. It's so sweet!

May 11th
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Meg Duncan

Soooo! happy to have found this channel!

Nov 27th
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Sinval Freire

Fantastic episode! The Tower of Power tracks are stupendous!

Aug 9th
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Clara smith

beautiful sounds, thank you for sharing.

Sep 25th
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Taylor J.

love it

Sep 2nd
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Taylor J.

I love love this podcast. I am happy in DMV😁🎵🎶🎶🎶🎷🎵📻🎷

Aug 27th
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Clara smith

great music, thank you

Jul 27th
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Humberto Salinas

Great Music😎

Jun 2nd
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tao jones

excellent... groovin with the groove!

May 16th
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Marty's House Comminty Org.

chilling

Apr 16th
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Itam Venkat Itam Venkat

.hi

Feb 3rd
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Adheip Rashada

I'd love for a the list of songs in order.

Jan 30th
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Marky Divi Sion

Keep up the good work fellas. Greetings from Catalonia

Sep 25th
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iTunes User

This a fantastic podcast. More,more,more,more!!!!!

Aug 31st
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