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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is this coming Monday and this evening we will honor the legacy of the man...in jazz. It has...
01/12/2023
Nina Simone - I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free (Montreux 1976)

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is this coming Monday and this evening we will honor the legacy of the man...in jazz. It has become an annual tradition for us on Jazz Masters and this year we will have some new items added to the mix...and some familiar selections as well.

We begin at 7pm ET on WPFW 89.3 FM, live streaming at WPFW.org, and on all your devices via the WPFW app.

Our Jeff Beck tribute will shift to next Thursday.

Here's Nina Simone at Montreux in 1976.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-sEP0-8VAow

Live At Montreux 1976LyricsI wish I knew howIt would feel to be freeI wish I could breakAll the chains holding meI wish I could sayAll the things that I shou...

Jazz on a Sunday afternoon.
01/08/2023

Jazz on a Sunday afternoon.

2023!!! It's a new year, and hot on the heels of our end of year mini-fund drive and a slew of programming specials - be...
01/05/2023
Sonny Rollins Live in Europe 1959

2023!!! It's a new year, and hot on the heels of our end of year mini-fund drive and a slew of programming specials - beginning with the Halloween Jazz Spooktacular, then our annual Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's jazz specials - I'm ready for a stretched out, kicked back, relaxed evening of jazz...no specials, no birthdays, no Anniversary Albums...just music. And that's exactly what we'll be doing tonight on Jazz Masters beginning at 7pm ET on WPFW 89.3 FM, live streaming at WPFW.org, and on all your devices via the WPFW app.

Here's a little Sonny Rollins in Europe (1959) to brighten your day.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HP3eg6quOdE

1. Weaver of Dreams (0:00)Composed by Jack Elliot & Victor YoungRecorded in Laren, Holland, March 7, 1959Tenor Saxophone – Sonny RollinsBass – Henry GrimesDr...

LESS THAN TWO HOURS LEFT TO GET A TAX DEDUCTION ON THE BOOKS FOR 2022. PLEDGE NOW!!!Click link below. Scroll to Jazz Mas...
01/01/2023
WPFW Pledge Form

LESS THAN TWO HOURS LEFT TO GET A TAX DEDUCTION ON THE BOOKS FOR 2022. PLEDGE NOW!!!

Click link below.
Scroll to Jazz Masters in Step 1.
Pledge.

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO EVERYONE!!! AND THANK YOU TO TO ALL WHO HAVE PLEDGED THUS FAR, AND THOSE WHO ARE PLEDGING NOW...FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT OF JAZZ MASTERS, WPFW, AND JAZZ.

A little less that TWELVE HOURS left to GIVE and GET. GIVE to WPFW. GET a tax deduction. And, more importantly, continue...
12/30/2022
WPFW Pledge Form

A little less that TWELVE HOURS left to GIVE and GET.
GIVE to WPFW.
GET a tax deduction.

And, more importantly, continue to GET all the great programming that you've come to know and love on WPFW.

As we enter our 46th year of non-commercial, listener supported existence, please help to ensure WPFW's future.

Click on the link below.
Scroll to Jazz Masters under Step 1.
Pledge.

Visa, MasterCard, Discover, Amex and all debit cards accepted.

THANK YOU!!!

Thank you to all who pledged tonight and last Thursday. We came up around $400 short overall but it’s not too late. You ...
12/30/2022
WPFW Pledge Form

Thank you to all who pledged tonight and last Thursday. We came up around $400 short overall but it’s not too late. You can still make a pledge AND get a tax deduction on the books for 2022.

Just click the link below, scroll to Jazz Masters under Step 1, and pledge.

Do it now…or before 11:59pm on 12/31.

Visa, MasterCard, Discover, Amex, and all debit cards accepted.

THANK YOU!

We'll close the door on 2022 on tonight's Jazz Masters, and ring in 2023 as we present our annual New Year's jazz specia...
12/29/2022
Lucky Thompson's Special Show, "Modern Jazz at the Blue Note", France 1960 (part 2)

We'll close the door on 2022 on tonight's Jazz Masters, and ring in 2023 as we present our annual New Year's jazz special. Of course it's also the second and final Thursday in WPFW's end-of-year mini-drive and we will once again be looking for your support.

Our goal for this evening is $1700, however, we had a $550 shortfall last Thursday so we'll need to raise $2250 to make the Radio Gods (and the powers that be) happy.

You can help us get a head start on that eminently reachable goal RIGHT NOW by going to WPFW.org, clicking DONATE NOW, scrolling to Jazz Masters in Step 1, and making your one-time or sustaining pledge of any amount. Every dollar counts.

Remember, with just three days to go until the end of the year, this is your last chance to get a tax deduction on the books for 2022. The bigger the pledge, the bigger the tax deduction.

Here is one of our long-time favorites, Lucky Thompson, in some remarkable footage from Paris circa 1960. WPFW wasn't around yet in 1960 - we first went on the air in 1977 - but thanks to WPFW you can hear great artists like Lucky Thompson on the radio today...and on into 2023.

Think on that as you make your pledge! And, as always, THANK YOU for your continued support of this program, this station, and this music.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H1Z8Wk00KuE

Here's part two of Lucky Thompson's Special Show, which is part of a series that aired on French TV called "Modern Jazz at the Blue Note" in 1960-1961.After ...

HELP US REACH OUR $1700 GOAL BEFORE THURSDAY!!!I just read that 10% of giving is done in the last three days of the year...
12/26/2022
WPFW Pledge Form

HELP US REACH OUR $1700 GOAL BEFORE THURSDAY!!!

I just read that 10% of giving is done in the last three days of the year. It just so happens that the next Jazz Masters program airs on January 29th, which is also the last Thursday of WPFW’s end-of-year mini-fund drive, and ALSO happens to be just three days before the end of the year. Coincidence? I think not!

You don’t have to wait until Thursday though to help us meet our goal. You can pledge right now by clicking the link below, scrolling to Jazz Masters in Step 1, and making a one-time or sustaining pledge.
All credit and debit cards accepted.

And - added bonus - get a tax deduction on the books for 2022 before it’s too late!

Thank you all for your continued support of Jazz Masters, WPFW, and jazz radio. We couldn’t do any of it without you.

Merry Christmas!!! From Pres…and me!(Pres says: “Support jazz radio in DC. Support Jazz Masters. Support WPFW. Pledge no...
12/24/2022

Merry Christmas!!! From Pres…and me!

(Pres says: “Support jazz radio in DC. Support Jazz Masters. Support WPFW. Pledge now!”)

Friends, thanks to everyone who picked up the phone or went online last night. Despite your best efforts to get us over ...
12/23/2022
WPFW Pledge Form

Friends, thanks to everyone who picked up the phone or went online last night. Despite your best efforts to get us over that all-important “finish line”, we came in just $250 shy of our program goal last night.

If you have it in your heart I hope you’ll consider getting us to goal now with your pledge of any amount. Together, we can do this.

Click the link below.
Scroll to Jazz Masters-Tim Masters in Step 1.
Pledge.

It’s that easy. It only takes two minutes to make a world of difference for Jazz Masters, WPFW, and jazz on the radio. You can make a one time pledge or a Sustaining Pledge. Or…you can be a Jazz Benefactor / Guardian Angel with a pledge of $500 or more.

Next Thursday is the final Thursday of this mini-drive and at that point you will have just two days left to get a tax deduction on the books for 2022.

The bigger the pledge, the bigger the deduction.

THANK YOU!

NOTE:  PLEDGE ONLINE NOW IF YOU’RE ABLE; NO MORE PHONE VOLUNTEERS TONIGHT!!!Tune in tonight for our annual Holiday Jazz ...
12/22/2022
WPFW Pledge Form

NOTE: PLEDGE ONLINE NOW IF YOU’RE ABLE; NO MORE PHONE VOLUNTEERS TONIGHT!!!

Tune in tonight for our annual Holiday Jazz Special! We'll have - you guessed it - holiday jazz. In addition to some of the classics, and some of your old favorites, we'll have plenty of new and interesting things to share. New discoveries. New releases. New reissues.

And, as has become our annual tradition, we'll play Duke Ellington's Nutcracker Suite in it's entirety. We'll do that at around 8pm ET.

Now, tonight is also the first Thursday of WPFW's End-of-Year Mini-Fund Drive which will last through the end of this month. As usual we have a goal, which I will announce when we're on the air at 7pm.

IMPORTANT: We are leaning heavily on internet pledges this time around so I will post the link to make a pledge - instead of the usual video - right here, below. (I'll post our video/music clip for today in the comments below).

I am not sure if we'll have the call center available or volunteers on hand to answer the phones, so if you can pledge online that would be terrific. I may also be able to take some pledges directly if you call in during the show (202-588-0893...from 7 to 10pm), or if you email me directly at [email protected] with your contact info and I can call you directly to take your pledge. We take Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express.

You can also pledge with Cash App. Send your pledge to $WPFW and be sure to note it's for Jazz Masters in the Notes section.

It's very easy to pledge and takes just a minute or two of your time. Click the link below or go to WPFW.org and click DONATE NOW. Be sure to scroll down to Jazz Masters-Tim Masters under Step 1. And...pledge! It's that easy. Make a one-time pledge. Become a Sustaining Member with a monthly pledge. Or be a Jazz Benefactor / Guardian Angel with a pledge of $500 or more (one-time or Sustaining).

Remember, this is your final opportunity to get a tax deduction on the books for 2022...and...the bigger the pledge, the bigger the tax deduction.

We begin, as always, at 7pm ET on WPFW 89.3 FM, live streaming at WPFW.org, and on all your devices via the WPFW app.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL...AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT OF JAZZ MASTERS, WPFW, AND JAZZ!!!

https://pledge.wpfwfm.org/index.php

It's time for WPFW's End-of-Year Mini-Fund Drive. If you're looking for a last minute tax deduction for 2022, this is a ...
12/19/2022

It's time for WPFW's End-of-Year Mini-Fund Drive. If you're looking for a last minute tax deduction for 2022, this is a great way to get one on the books. Remember, the bigger the pledge, the bigger the tax deduction. Please be as generous as you're able and help us make our drive goals.

We cannot do what we do without YOU. It's that simple.

Pledge for Jazz Masters by going to WPFW.org, clicking Donate Now, then scrolling to Jazz Masters-Tim Masters under Step 1. From there it's just a minute or two of your time to make a one-time or sustaining (monthly) pledge.

I've also posted a convenient link to our pledge page in the comments section below (but you still have to scroll to Jazz Masters in Step 1).

Only YOU can help us get a head-start on reaching our goal!

Thank you!

As previously posted, we are delayed by one hour tonight because of special programming on WPFW, so our start time will ...
12/15/2022
Illinois Jacquet "Blues Part Two" on The Ed Sullivan Show

As previously posted, we are delayed by one hour tonight because of special programming on WPFW, so our start time will be at 8pm ET. We will start to roll out some (not much, yet) "music for the season", and will give you some musical accompaniment for all of your holiday errands...or for some relief from same (!).

As for features, well, let's just say MUSIC. I can tell you that we'll have some extended cuts from Betty Carter and John Coltrane, as well as some Vince Guaraldi and some other surprises as well.

We begin at 8pm ET on WPFW 89.3FM, live streaming at WPFW.org, and on all your devices via the WPFW app.

Here's another rare clip of Illinois Jacquet on Ed Sullivan's original "The Toast of the Town" show (we shared another clip last Thursday).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TL9jrpZLU-Y

Illinois Jacquet "Blues Part Two" on The Ed Sullivan Show, July 10, 1949. Subscribe now to never miss an update: https://ume.lnk.to/EdSullivanSubscribe Watch...

I just had to share another blog post, this time from Ted Gioia, this time with a wonderful holiday story that takes pla...
12/15/2022
My Favorite Jazz Holiday Story: Lester Young's Christmas Comeback

I just had to share another blog post, this time from Ted Gioia, this time with a wonderful holiday story that takes place right here in Washington, DC in December of 1956.

I remember when Bill Potts was someone you’d regularly see at jazz events around town. His fans - and students - were many, and they were an enthusiastic bunch.

We’ll certainly be re-visiting these classic Pres albums this month. They’re like old friends. And those out of print Bill Potts records? We play them frequently on Jazz Masters.

In a dim, windowless upstairs room on 13th Street in DC, a sax legend of the 1930s delivers a masterpiece in his final days.

We interrupt your Tuesday to bring you two very important bits of news.If you don't already, you need to check out the J...
12/13/2022
MAKE ROOM FOR JAZZ AT THE PHILHARMONIC, 1950-1957

We interrupt your Tuesday to bring you two very important bits of news.

If you don't already, you need to check out the Jazz Lives blog. They post frequently and the posts are always interesting and illuminating.

And, case in point, their post today about Mosaic's forthcoming release of a 10-CD box set (!) of Jazz at the Philharmonic live performances, which is the second bit of news.

Here's a link to the post, complete with a link to a place where you can pre-order what's sure to be the Mosaic release of the year with a substantial special-offer discount.

That's it! You can thank me later.

I didn’t see this one coming, and am delighted that it will soon be on my shelf: a new Mosaic Records 10-CD set devoted to the 1950-57 Jazz at the Philarmonic recordings for Norman Granz̵…

A quick heads up about a special WPFW 8-hour programming event this Thursday, the details are below. As a result, our fi...
12/13/2022

A quick heads up about a special WPFW 8-hour programming event this Thursday, the details are below.

As a result, our first hour is pre-empted and Jazz Masters will begin ONE HOUR LATE this week...start time 8pm.

Listen to the special...and then unwind with us.

12/10/2022

Hey Gang,

Something I neglected to mention on Thursday evening... I'll be sitting in for Donnie McKethan on tomorrow's "American Songbook" from 2 to 4pm. I hope you can join me!

In anticipation of WPFW's annual end-of-year Mini-Fund Drive...offered as a final opportunity to get a tax deduction on ...
12/08/2022

In anticipation of WPFW's annual end-of-year Mini-Fund Drive...offered as a final opportunity to get a tax deduction on the books for 2022 before the clock strikes 12 on 12/31, I am offering the following EXCLUSIVE Thank You gifts now - ALL of which make perfect holiday gifts (!).

And if you pledge with a credit card I will have your item(s) to you within the week, well in advance of the holiday season. Take care of all your holiday shopping for the jazz lover in your life AND show your support for Jazz Masters and WPFW. On top of that, get a tax deduction, too! What could be better? (A: Nothing. Nothing at all).

Every item pictured here is available for a pledge of $150 (or more if you're able).

All you have to do is email me directly at [email protected] with the word PLEDGE in the subject line. Send me your phone number and a good time to call and I will call you to take your pledge directly myself.

Support the music.
Support the program.
Support the station.

Some heavy duty Anniversary Albums are on the menu for tonight's musical feast...from the likes of Thelonious Monk, John...
12/08/2022
Illinois Jacquet "Flying Home" on The Ed Sullivan Show

Some heavy duty Anniversary Albums are on the menu for tonight's musical feast...from the likes of Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane and Betty Carter, to name but a few.

And on the birthday list one Cleo Brown. Never heard of her, you say? Well then, you won't want to miss what we'll be throwing down.

Also on the birthday list, we'll hear from Wynton Kelly, whose birthday was on 12/2, as well as Sammy Davis, Jr. and Jimmy Smith, both of whom celebrate birthdays today, 12/8.

Other surprises are in store as well, including one of my all-time favorite albums from Illinois Jacquet who is the subject of today's incredible video clip.

We begin at 7pm ET on WPFW 89.3 FM, live streaming at WPFW.org, and on all your devices via the WPFW app.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3yxWONmkc14

Illinois Jacquet "Flying Home" on The Ed Sullivan Show, July 10, 1949. Subscribe now to never miss an update: https://ume.lnk.to/EdSullivanSubscribe Watch Mo...

Just came across this photo of the late Joey DeFrancesco and me, taken after that Carter Barron show when he was still i...
12/08/2022

Just came across this photo of the late Joey DeFrancesco and me, taken after that Carter Barron show when he was still in high school but had just been signed to CBS / Columbia. We were babies back then!

Halloween & Thanksgiving down. One or two more big ones to go. And during these "in between" times - and on this first d...
12/01/2022
John Coltrane & Wynton Kelly - On Green Dolphin Street

Halloween & Thanksgiving down. One or two more big ones to go. And during these "in between" times - and on this first day of December - we've got a bevy of Anniversary Albums from the likes of Chick Corea, McCoy Tyner, and Tommy Flanagan (albums recorded on December 1st), and Sonny Rollins, Donald Byrd, John Coltrane, Red Garland, Shirley Horn, and Harold Mabern (albums recorded on December 2nd).

In addition to the Anniversary Albums , we've got a few notable birthdays to cover, natch: Gigi Gryce (11/28), Billy Strayhorn (11/29), Lou Rawls (12/1), and Wynton Kelly (12/2).

We begin at 7pm ET on WPFW 89.3 FM, live streaming at WPFW.org, and on all your devices via the WPFW app.

Here's "the original Wynton" (before there was another one!), playing a number you no doubt know with the aforementioned Mr. Coltrane.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jWXEgJgh9zo

Tenor Saxophone - John Coltrane....Piano - Wynton Kelly....Bass - Paul Chambers....Drums - Jimmy Cobb...........................................................

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!! I hope your day is going well and that after you've enjoyed your feast you'll join us on Jazz Mast...
11/24/2022
1942 Bing Crosby - I’ve Got Plenty To Be Thankful For

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!! I hope your day is going well and that after you've enjoyed your feast you'll join us on Jazz Masters for a feast of a different sort...a musical one! In addition to the traditional Thanksgiving jazz we usually play every Thanksgiving - mostly food related numbers (FYI for the uninitiated) - we've got a couple of new twists in store for you this evening.

Baltimore's own Cyrus Chestnut, whose first several albums all seemed to have one thing in common...at least one food related tune on each, and Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, who famously put out "The Eddie 'Lockjaw' Davis Cookbook" volumes one, two and three. We'll also have some food related things from Lambert, Hendricks & Ross and Horace Silver.

Please join us beginning at 7pm ET on WPFW 89.3 FM, live streaming at WPFW.org, and on all your devices via the WPFW app.

Here's a little Bing Crosby number, just right for today.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dr4I6mIAkSw

Irving Berlin’s “Thanksgiving” song from the film “Holiday Inn”CD audio, originally issued on 78rpm: Decca 18426 - I’ve Got Plenty To Be Thankful For (Berlin...

There's something nice about a three hour window that's, in effect, a blank canvas on which we'll "paint" our jazz portr...
11/17/2022
Cliff Ukulele Ike Edwards Giving A Little Whistle

There's something nice about a three hour window that's, in effect, a blank canvas on which we'll "paint" our jazz portrait this evening. Given that we were pre-empted last Thursday, I'm especially looking forward to being back with you tonight.
We'll set aside Anniversary Albums and - for the most part - birthdays and tributes, and instead we'll mix the colors on our palette and see what develops.

I have a hankering for some vintage Benny Goodman with Teddy Wilson, Lionel Hampton, and Gene Krupa. And maybe a little Fats Waller, too, for good measure.

I guess I can't let this day go by without hearing from the great violinist and educator (and my old friend) the late Joe Kennedy, Jr., born on this date in 1923. He was for many years a professor at Virginia Tech, a repeat guest on my old WDCU radio program, and a wonderful "fiddle" or "hot violin" player.

We'll also remember Brazilian singer Gal Costa, whom we lost on November 9th at the age of 77.

And, of course, there will be plenty of other surprises along the way. I hope you'll join us from 7 to 10pm ET on WPFW 89.3 FM, live streaming at WPFW.org, and on all your devices via the WPFW app.

Here, for no other reason than it just sounds wonderful, is Cliff "Ukulele Ike" Edwards, whom you may recognize as the voice of Jiminy Cricket.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_TZaW89Y68Y

A great performance from Cliff Edwards, Jose Oliveira, Clarence Nash. Luther 'Red' Roundtree on guitar.

It was a remarkable, revelatory, magical, unbelievable, stunning and delightful evening at the Kennedy Center tonight to...
11/13/2022

It was a remarkable, revelatory, magical, unbelievable, stunning and delightful evening at the Kennedy Center tonight to see the divine Cecile McLorin Salvant wend her way through her 90-minute song cycle “Ogresse”.

Despite the adjectives above, there truly are no words to describe what we all experienced this evening. The audience leaped to its feet the moment the last note was played and I’m convinced we’d all still be there, still on our feet, if we’d been given the chance. And many, many were simply gobsmacked, unable to adequately describe what they’d just witnessed. Many were literally in tears. As in tears of absolute and utter joy.

Checking her website, I don’t see any future live performances of “Ogresse”, but let me tell you now… if you EVER EVER have the chance to see her perform it live, you absolutely MUST go.

It is, was, and shall long remain, a night to remember. One of the best performances I’ve ever seen and an instant Top Five of All Time…and that’s saying something, trust me. A truly once in a lifetime glorious experience on so many levels. Hi

Really looking forward to checking out Cecile McLorin Salvant's "Ogresse" at the Kennedy Center tonight. Heads up...it's...
11/12/2022
Cecile McLorin Salvant - OGRESSE

Really looking forward to checking out Cecile McLorin Salvant's "Ogresse" at the Kennedy Center tonight. Heads up...it's going to be an animated feature film, too!

This teaser video introduces Cecile McLorin Salvant's OGRESSE - a 90 minute story told in song and moving images. This is excerpts from unmixed live recordings…

We are pre-empted tonight for WPFW's airing of Dr. Ron Daniels' State of the Black World broadcast on our sister station...
11/10/2022
TOM JOBIM & GAL COSTA - LIVE IN L.A.

We are pre-empted tonight for WPFW's airing of Dr. Ron Daniels' State of the Black World broadcast on our sister station WBAI.

We will be back next Thursday from 7 to 10pm ET.

Even though we'll miss you tonight, here's a video we definitely wanted to share. Gal Costa - who passed away yesterday at age 77 - and Antonio Carlos Jobim in concert, live in LA. Enjoy!

Gal Costa, R.I.P.
11/09/2022
Meu Bem Meu Mal

Gal Costa, R.I.P.

Provided to YouTube by Universal Music GroupMeu Bem Meu Mal · Gal CostaFantasia℗ 1981 Universal Music LtdaReleased on: 1981-01-05Producer: Mariozinho RochaCo...

Three weeks of WPFW Fall Fund Drive. Done. Halloween Jazz Spooktacular #18. Done. And now, we get back to the music. Kic...
11/03/2022
Let's Groove - Gatemouth Brown with Billy Mitchell (Live - 1977 France)

Three weeks of WPFW Fall Fund Drive. Done.
Halloween Jazz Spooktacular #18. Done.

And now, we get back to the music.

Kick back and relax, put your feet up, and let us provide the soundtrack for your Thursday evening.

Tonight we'll have two Anniversary Albums on deck, both recorded live at the Village Vanguard in New York, one in 1957, the other in 1961.

Likewise, we'll celebrate two birthdays: New Orleans vocalist extraordinaire John Boutte, born on this date in 1958, and tenor saxophonist Billy Mitchell, born on this date in 1926.

We begin, as always, at 7pm ET on WPFW 89.3 FM, live streaming at WPFW.org, and on all your devices via the WPFW app.

Here, for your viewing and listening pleasure, is Billy Mitchell with Clarence Gatemouth Brown in France back in 1977.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iLNlfyQBxes

Festival France 1977 - Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown - guitar; Billy Mitchell - tenor sax; Lloyd Glenn - piano; Goegre Duvivier - bass; J C Heard - drums

The last of his generation of OG rockers. Jerry Lee Lewis, "The Killer"...R.I.P.
10/28/2022
Jerry Lee Lewis - Great Balls of Fire (Jamboree, 1957) - HD

The last of his generation of OG rockers. Jerry Lee Lewis, "The Killer"...R.I.P.

You shake my nerves and you rattle my brainToo much love drives a man insaneYou broke my willBut what a thrillGoodness gracious, great balls of fire!I laughe...

Did someone say "Halloween"? Tonight will mark our 18th Annual Jazz Masters Halloween Jazz Spooktacular! It's a family-f...
10/27/2022
Philly Joe Jones - "Blues for Dracula"

Did someone say "Halloween"? Tonight will mark our 18th Annual Jazz Masters Halloween Jazz Spooktacular! It's a family-friendly, not too scary, Halloween-jazz-themed three hours from 7 to 10pm ET.

After decades of compiling tunes that fit the format, we're always looking for NEW tunes to play as part of this special. Even if "new" tunes might refer to older numbers that are just coming onto our radar screen now. I can't tell you how challenging it is to discover pieces to add to our playlists. We welcome your suggestions whenever you find something that you think will fit...just send 'em our way.

Rest assured, we'll have a couple of new additions to go with your old school faves on tonight's program.

No Anniversary Albums. No Birthdays. Just Halloweenish fun. We begin, as always, at 7pm on WPFW 89.3 FM, live streaming at WPFW.org, and on all your devices via the WPFW app.

We play this one every year, and will certainly do so again tonight.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lz3d8C6xnmU

Drummer "Philly" Joe Jones and an all star sextet play this now classic piece of Halloween bop. Written by Johnny Griffin, with a great Lugosi impersonation ...

BREAKING....I'll post updates as they become available. My thanks to Dave Statter for the heads up. UPDATE:  From Dave.....
10/25/2022
Jackie Toth on Twitter

BREAKING....I'll post updates as they become available. My thanks to Dave Statter for the heads up.

UPDATE: From Dave... Fire is on the second floor and under the roof. Fire is reported to be contained. Sounds like there will be considerable damage but it didn't burn down.

“Blues Alley is…on fire. 😣”

Well folks, we were $765 from goal as the clock struck 10pm, but it’s not too late. You can still pledge - through Sunda...
10/21/2022
WPFW Pledge Form

Well folks, we were $765 from goal as the clock struck 10pm, but it’s not too late. You can still pledge - through Sunday at midnight - by going to WPFW.org, clicking Donate Now, scroll down to Jazz Masters under Step 1, and pledge.

Or, you can simply click the link below. You’ll still need to scroll to Jazz Masters under Step 1 though!

And if you can help us make up the $1000 shortfall from last week, too, we’ll, that would be LOVELY!

My heartfelt thanks to all who have pledged thus far. Give what you can! Every dollar makes a difference.

https://pledge.wpfwfm.org/index.php

Tonight is the final Thursday of WPFW's all-important Fall Fund Drive and we have a hefty goal we absolutely need to rea...
10/20/2022
Betty Carter & her Trio - Autumn Leaves | Live in Munich (1992)

Tonight is the final Thursday of WPFW's all-important Fall Fund Drive and we have a hefty goal we absolutely need to reach: $2500 for tonight's show, plus an overall shortfall of $1000 (due to circumstances beyond our control last Thursday when there were issues with our call center), for a GRAND TOTAL OF $3500. Can you help us make our goal? We'd like to finish this fund drive with a bang, but we need your help to get there.

You can pledge RIGHT NOW - and give us a head start on our goal - by going to WPFW.org, clicking DONATE NOW, then scrolling to Jazz Masters-Tim Masters.

Make a one-time pledge or become a Sustaining Member. Just TEN of you pledging $20 a month as Sustainers will get us to our goal for tonight. FIVE more pledging at the same level will make up for that shortfall.

You can also call 202-588-9739 right now and talk to one of our volunteers. Please tell them you're pledging for Jazz Masters so that your pledge will help us meet our goal.

As far as EXCLUSIVE Thank You gifts, I still have a few of the vintage cocktail spoons from the original Birdland in NYC ("Jazz Corner of the World"), as well as a few of the Club Harlem table-tappers. And, I have a limited number of those multi-disc Miles Davis and John Coltrane CD packages. Scroll down for details and email me before 6pm today at [email protected] to pledge for those items, which I fulfill myself. I will contact you to take your pledge directly and you will receive your item within the week.

Tonight, musically speaking, we'll turn the spotlight on a few of our favorites: King Pleasure, Eddie Jefferson, Anita O'Day, and Betty Carter. We'll hear from Oscar Brown, Jr., whose birthday was October 10th, and also the man we mention every fund drive...Duke Ellington.

Our program this evening is dedicated to the memory of our late colleague, Chris DeProperty, whom we lost just a few short days ago. We may just have to play some blues as well, in her honor.

We begin, as always, at 7pm ET on WPFW 89.3 FM, live streaming at WPFW.org, and on all your devices via the WPFW app.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT OF THIS PROGRAM, THIS STATION, AND THIS MUSIC. WITHOUT YOU, NO US.

Here's a little magic from Betty Carter to get you in the "giving swing"...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ODTyDAoLZlI

The premiere of the First Lady of Jazz at the Munich Philharmonie.Cyrus A. Chestnut - pianoJon Roland Ariel - bassClarence I. Penn - drumsBetty Carter - sin...

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THIS SHOW has saved Thursday nights from EVER being dull again!
The 3rd album of the Camart Jazz will be released soon. Meanwhile here is a first trailer:
I donated in the name of Jazz Masters!
I listen EVERY Thursday night. Given the crap on TV, Jazz Masters is MUCH better! Thanks.
Hello, the Camart Jazz is a French band. For the release of his second album A few notes for Mary on Spotify, Deezer, Apple Music and Amazon. Here is a video : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HxU3cjGO4FU our website :http://camart-jazz.wifeo.com
Tim, here is the playlist for JAZZMASTERS, November 18, 2021, for you and your listeners. I enjoyed it. Peace.
Teddi King provided a lovely capstone for the evening. She is indeed under-rated; one of my favorites.
The Langston Hughes session with Charles Mingus and the other all stars blew my mind. Had no idea that existed. Incredible. Thank you.
I have been trying to donate to your show on the WPFW Web site and it always gets stuck before accepting the money. My direct email address is [email protected]
Your music is Legendary. Thank you
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