The Jazz Spectrum Future Playlists:

The Jazz Spectrum playlist for 10/07/2018
Artist Title Album Label Link
Cory Weeds & The Jeff Hamilton Trio How Do You Like Them Apples Dreamsville
Andrea Superstein Nouveau Worlds Apart
Sam Kirmayer CazelaIs Oublie High and Low
Jordana Talsky Neither of Either Neither of Either
Mark Godfrey Quartet Departure Prologue
Ernesto Cervini's Turboprop Song For Cito Abundance
Chris Monson Where The Leaf Has Begun Deldom In The Well
Laila Biali Heart of Gold Laila Biali
Eli Bnnett Upside Swagger Breakthrough

Fundrive 2018

Playing great music by great Canadian artists as part of CJSF's first ever fundraising campaign, Fundrive 2018.  Support CJSF 90.1 FM and The Jazz Spectrum by partnering with us financially.  Give until October 12 by phoning 778-782-2573 or donate online at www.cjsf.ca/donate.  Community radio at its finest for you, supported by you.  It's what I play!

Program Audio: 
  • Posted on: 7 October 2018
  • By: Jazz Spectrum
The Jazz Spectrum playlist for 09/30/2018
Artist Title Album Label Link
Nightcrawlers Marrket-Place Down in the Bottom 2010
Cory Weeds Quintet Rakin' and Scrapin' As Of Now 2014
Peipheral Vision Backbone Sheer Tyranny of Will 2014
Pram Trio Day Four Visitor Parking 2013
Chelsea McBride's Socialist Night School Ambleside The Twilight Fall 2017
Brad Turner Quartet Over My Head Over My Head 2015
Amanda Tosoff Down To The Water Words 2015
Jodi Proznick Let It Go Sun Songs 2017
Keith Price Trio/Quintet Gaia/Goya Part Two:Theme For Jack Kerouac Gaia/Goya 2011
Richard Underhill Home Again Free Spirit 2010

I Ate Eight Years And It Was Crazy!

Celebrating eight years on the air.  Playing some crazy Canuck favourites from the past eight years.  Reflecting backwards, looking forward.  It's what I play!

Program Audio: 
  • Posted on: 30 September 2018
  • By: Jazz Spectrum
The Jazz Spectrum playlist for 09/23/2018
Artist Title Album Label Link
Cory Weeds & The Jeff Hamilton Trio How Do You Like Them Apples Dreamsville
University of Toronto 12tet Perdido When Day Slips Into Night
Myriad 3 Ward Lock Vera
Scott Marshall and The Jazztice League The Jazztice League The Dream Logic Project
Tia Brazda Daydream Daydream
Joani Taylor Sentimental Journey In a Sentimental Mood
Tanya Wills Quartet Honeysuckle Rose It's Time
Woody Shaw Quintet Rosewood Tokyo 1981
Jeb Patton Third Movement Tenthish, Live in New York

Lost In A Moon Age Segue

Playing great new music by Canadian artists and a new release of a classic tune by an American jazz legend.  What is the segue between sets?  It's what I play!

Photo by Scott Simmons

Program Audio: 
  • Posted on: 23 September 2018
  • By: Jazz Spectrum
The Jazz Spectrum playlist for 09/16/2018
Artist Title Album Label Link
Cory Weeds & The Jeff Hamilton Trio How Do You Like Them Apples Dreamsville
Scott McLemore Above the Horizon The Multiverse
Scott McLemore Clementine The Multiverse
Sunna Gunnlaugs Atlantic Lullaby Ancestry
Sunna Gunnlaugs Tricycle Ancestry
Sunna Gunnlaugs Wake Me Up Before You Go Go Ancestry
University of Toronto 12tet Bolivia When Day Slips Into Night
Tia Brazda Daydream Daydream
Tia Brazda Perfect Distraction Daydream
University of Toronto 12tet Eventide When Day Slips Into Night

Friction Is A Type Of Story

Returning to Iceland to play new music recorded on the rock in the North Atlantic as well as in Finland.  Also, great new music  from the center of the universe.  No friction here, just a great story!  It's what I play!

Program Audio: 
  • Posted on: 17 September 2018
  • By: Jazz Spectrum
The Jazz Spectrum playlist for 09/09/2018
Artist Title Album Label Link
Chelsea McBride's Socialist Night School Arrival of the Pegasus The Twilight Fall
Jeb Patton Tenthish Tenthish, Live in New York
Jeb Patton Third Movement Tenthish, Live in New York
Cedar Walton Charmed Circle Charmed Circle
Tomas Einarsson/Eybor Gunnarsson Hild Innst Inni
Tomas Einarsson/Eybor Gunnarsson Innst Inni Innst Inni
The Wanda Nowicki Group Hi Fly Prezactly Excisely
Randy Weston Ifrane Blue Moses
Randy Weston Berkshire Blues African Cookbook
Toronto Jazz Orchestra Georgie and Rose 20

Charmed, I'm Sure

Playing charming music from New York, Reykjavik, San Francisco, Tangiers, Paris, Toronto and Vancouver.  You'll be charmed, I'm sure!  It's what I play!

Program Audio: 
  • Posted on: 9 September 2018
  • By: Jazz Spectrum
The Jazz Spectrum playlist for 09/02/2018
Artist Title Album Label Link
Chelsea McBride's Socialist Night School Arrival of the Pegasus The Twilight Fall
Stanley Clarke School Days School Days
Aaron Diehl Generation Y The Bespoke Man's Narrative
Dizzy Gillespie School Days Birks Works
Cory Weeds Little Big Band Minor Mishap Explosion
Cory Weeds Little Big Band Ready and Able Explosion
Miki Yamanaka Mr. Pancake Miki
Miki Yamanaka Eyes Miki
Cory Weeds Little Big Band Canadian Sunset Explosion

Best Foot Forward

In the spirit of returning to school, changing seasons and all things new, put your "Best Foot Forward", enjoy what is now and embrace what lies ahead.  It's what I play!

Program Audio: 
  • Posted on: 2 September 2018
  • By: Jazz Spectrum
The Jazz Spectrum playlist for 08/26/2018
Artist Title Album Label Link
Cory Weeds & The Jeff Hamilton Trio How Do You Like Them Apples Dreamsville
Willie Nelson & Wynton Marsalis Unchain My Heart Here We Go Again
Charles Lloyd & The Marvels + Lucinda Williams Angel Vanished Gardens
Elvis Costello That's How You Got Killed Before My Flame Burns Blue
Ben Sures Boogie Stop Shuffle/In A Perfect World Poema Poematis
Van Morrison and Joey DeFrancesco The Way Young Lovers Do You're Driving Me Crazy
Charlie Watts Molasses Charlie Watts meets the Danish Radio Big Band
Alex Francoeur Group Spark Missing Element
Alex Francoeur Group Missing Element Missing Element
Joni Mitchel Sunny Sunday Turbulent Indigo

Mixing Metaphors

The great saxophone/flute player Charles Lloyd turned 80 earlier this year.  Like many octogenarian jazz musicians he is still going strong.  Along with his group The Marvels, he recently released an album in collaboration with country/Americana singer Lucinda Williams.  This week's show features music by jazz artists in collaboration with musicians outside the jazz genre.  Enjoy as we are "Mixing Metaphors"!  Shaken or stirred?  It's what I play!

Program Audio: 
  • Posted on: 2 September 2018
  • By: Jazz Spectrum
The Jazz Spectrum playlist for 08/19/2018
Artist Title Album Label Link
Chelsea McBride's Socialist Night School Arrival of the Pegasus The Twilight Fall
Kamasi Washington Show Us The Way Heaven and Earth
Keyon Harrold Wayfaring Traveller The Mugician
Troy Roberts Professor Ghetto Rig Nu-Jive Perspective
Nick Maclean Quartet Cantaloupe Island Rites of Ascension
R+R=New By Design Collagically Speaking
Esperanza Spalding Earth to Heaven Emily's D+Evolution
The Liquor Store Room For Everyone Room For Everyone
Shabaka and The Ancestors Joyous Wisdom of Elders
Aretha Franklin Maybe I'm a Fool Aretha Sings the Blues

The Ethics of Jazz

Presenting music by some young lions and lionesses who are shaping the present and future of jazz as well as a tribute to a legend.  It's what I play!

Photo: Shovel Lake wildfire at Fraser Lake, August 17, 2018.  30 second stop action.  Picture taken by  David Luggi

Program Audio: 
  • Posted on: 19 August 2018
  • By: Jazz Spectrum
The Jazz Spectrum playlist for 08/12/2018
Artist Title Album Label Link
Bill Sample Trio Boppin' With R and R Small
Ben Paterson F.S.R. (For Sonny Rollins) Live at Van Gelder's
Brad Cheeseman High Tide The Tide Turns
The Confabulation Late For Lunch Tunnels and Visions
Joani Taylor Sentimental Journey In a Sentimental Mood
Terry Blersh Only One Play It All Day
The Ault Sisters Dog and Butterfly Sisters in Song
Tomasz Stanko Pantronic From the Green Hill
John Coltrane Untitled Original 11386 Take 1 Both Directions At Once: The Lost Album
Tord Gustavsen Rull What Was Said
Bill Sample Trio The Big Wag Small

The End Is The Beginning

Presenting new and independent jazz from across the jazz spectrum as well as a tribute to Tomas Stanko and Ken Pickering, two giants of jazz locally and internationally who recently passed away. 

It's what I play!

 

Program Audio: 
  • Posted on: 12 August 2018
  • By: Jazz Spectrum
The Jazz Spectrum playlist for 07/22/2018
Artist Title Album Label Link
Maceo Parker Fun In The Sun Southern Exposure
The Achromatics Let It Play Give Me That Beat
Five Alarm Funk Freight Train Sweat
Snaggle Theorum The Long Slog
Soren Nissen Departures Departures
Pink Martini Anna (el negro zumbon) Hang On Little Tomato
Eliana Cuevas Alegria Golpes y Flores
Brenda Navarrete Anana Oye Mi Mundo
Jane Bunnett & Maqueque Dream Oddara
Brooklyn Funk Essentials Mambo Con Dancehall Putamayo Presents: Baiai a Latin Dance Hall Party
Souljazz Orchestra It's Gonna Rain Resistance

Dog Days and Semiahmoo Bay

Presenting an eclectic mix of funk and jazz to celebrate the summer.   Put on your SPF and enjoy the tunes!  It's what I play!

Program Audio: 
  • Posted on: 23 July 2018
  • By: Jazz Spectrum
The Jazz Spectrum playlist for 07/15/2018
Artist Title Album Label Link
Robi Botos Quintet Bessie's Blues Friday Night Jazz
The Lucas Sader Project Blues For Wynton Kelly Apollo
Woody Shaw Blues For Wood United
Tony Allen Tony's Blues The Source
The Lucas Sader Project Blues For Wynton Kelly Apollo
Jesse Marshall Trio Blues For Sophie Small Talk
Molly Johnson Lady Sings The Blues Because Of Billie
The Lucas Sader Porject Blues For Wynton Kelly Apollo
Oscar Peterson & Freddie Hubbard All Blues Face To Face
The Jazz Descendants Blues For Leroy Red

Bluer Than Blue Raspberry Jam

 

Program Audio: 
  • Posted on: 16 July 2018
  • By: Jazz Spectrum
The Jazz Spectrum playlist for 07/01/2018
Artist Title Album Label Link
Al Muirhead The Theme Oop!
Fraser MacPherson Quartet Up In Steve's Room Encore
Phil Nimmons Harbours The Atlantic Suite
Moe Koffman Swinging Shepherd Blues The Best of Moe Koffman
Jane Fair Quartet Fu's Feast Chances Are
Lorraine Foster/Linton Garner Misty Hot Air Volume 2
Sonny Greenwich Let Your Heart Sing Standard Idioms
Dave Young Quintet Bass Clef Mainly Mingus

Consensus Over Dissent

Celebrating Canada's 151 by playing music by some of Canada's jazz legends, who have influenced the Canadian music landscape as well as inspiring future generations of jazz musicians.  It's what I play!

  • Posted on: 2 July 2018
  • By: Jazz Spectrum
The Jazz Spectrum playlist for 06/24/2018
Artist Title Album Label Link
BC Double Quartet Zattitude Departure
Cory Weeds Let's Groove Let's Groove: The Music of Earth Wind & Fire
Macy Gray I Try Stripped
Maya Rae Lullaby of Birdland Sapphire Birds
Peregrine Falls Not Bitter, Angry Peregrine Falls
The Painting Project by Elisa Thorn Reds HUE
Pugs & Crows Hibernation Fantastic Pictures
Brad Turner Quartet Over My Head Over My Head
Sam Taylor Quartet The Close Things Along The Way
Mike Allen Quartet Peyton's Gastown Walkabout Vancouver

VIJF 2 - Shake That Stew

Featuring more music by artists appearing at the 33rd TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival.  It's an eclectic mix of music by Vancouver's finest jazz musicians as well as some great international acts.  For festival information go to www.coastaljazz.ca.  It's what I play!

Program Audio: 
  • Posted on: 25 June 2018
  • By: Jazz Spectrum
The Jazz Spectrum playlist for 06/17/2018
Artist Title Album Label Link
Al Muirhead The Theme Oop!
Allison Au Quartet Aureole Forest Grove
GoGo Penguin Raven A Humdrum Star
Enemy Pigeon Go East quartet @ golden sauce
The Spanish Harlem Orchestra La Banda Un Gran Dia En El Barrio
Peggy Lee Out On A Limb Echo Painting
Kamasi Washington Integrity Harmony of Difference
St. Paul & The Broken Bones Call Me Half The City
P.J. Perry Quartet Two Bass Hit Alto Gusto
Mike Allen Quartet with Hugh Fraser Two Summers Panorama

VIJF Volume 1

It's time for the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival, which takes place from June 22 to July 1.  There will be over 300 shows in 35 venues, of which more than 150 shows are free.  Eighteen hundred musicians will descend on Vancouver for ten days and nights of great jazz, pop, funk, soul and blues music.  There is something for everyone.  Take in the Downtown Jazz program the first weekend or the David Lam Jazz Weekend on June 30 and July 1.  Check out Canada Day at Granville Island with a full day of great jazz.  Or, take in a ticketed concert at one of Vancouver's fine music venues.  For information about artists and concerts, go to www.coastaljazz.ca.  You won't be disappointed!  This week, I'll be playing music by artists who are appearing the first week of the festival.

It's what I play!

Program Audio: 
  • Posted on: 17 June 2018
  • By: Jazz Spectrum
The Jazz Spectrum playlist for 06/10/2018
Artist Title Album Label Link
Miles Black Trio with Grant Stewart Super Jet Miles Black Trio with Grant Stewart
Bill Evans Trio Minority Everybody Digs Bill Evans
Miles Davis Blue in Green Kind of Blue
Bill Evans Trio Waltz For Debby Waltz For Debby
Bill Evans/Shelley Manne/Eddie Gomez A Simple Matter Of Conviction A Simple Matter Of Conviction
Tony Bennett/Bill Evans Young And Foolish The Tony Bennett/Bill Evans Album
Bill Evans Trio Polka Dots And Moonbeams Jazz After Midnight
Robert Diack Lacuna Lost Villages
Sharon Minemoto Quartet The Secret Safe Travels
Brad Turner Trio Iris Question The Answer

Everybody Digs Bill Evans

This week we are celebrating the life and music of pianist Bill Evans in conjunction with a special viewing of a 2016 documentary, "Bill Evans: Time Remembered" Monday, June 11 and Friday June 15 at Vancity Theatre, 1181 Seymour Street in Vancouver.   It is part of Vancouver International Film Festival's year round programming.  Go to www.viff.org for more information. Today, enjoy fine music by an iconic artist.  It's what I play!

Program Audio: 
  • Posted on: 11 June 2018
  • By: Jazz Spectrum
The Jazz Spectrum playlist for 06/03/2018
Artist Title Album Label Link
Cory Weeds & The Jeff Hamilton Trio How Do You Like Them Apples Dreamsville
Heavyweights Brass Band Dance Out On The Corner This City
Chris Platt Trio Plenty Sky Glow
Jerry Weldon Love Won't Let Me Wait Those Were The Days
Avi Granite 6 When The View Became The Way Orbit
Robert Diack Idyll Lost Villages
\\Living Fossil// \\Living Fossil// Never Die!
E.J. Decker Since I Fell For You Bluer Than Velvet: The Prysock Project
Holly Cole Your Mind Is On Vacation Holly
Kate McGarry/Keith Ganz/Gary Versace All You Need Is Love The Subject Tonight Is Love
Sam Kirmayer One For Pete Opening Statement

Raccoons and Rabbits

Featuring new music from a variety of fine musical acts; some established, some emerging, some Canadian, some American.  I'm calling it "Raccoons and Rabbits".  It's what I play!

Program Audio: 
  • Posted on: 4 June 2018
  • By: Jazz Spectrum
The Jazz Spectrum playlist for 05/27/2018
Artist Title Album Label Link
Cory Weeds Let's Groove Let's Groove: The Music of Earth Wind & Fire White/Vaughan
Jeff Libman And I Love Her Strange Beauty Lennon/McCartney
Cory Weeds and The Jeff Hamilton Trio Early Morning Rain This Happy Madness Gordon Lightfoot
Jodi Proznick Quartet Washing Of The Water Foundations Peter Gabriel
Steve Einarson Your Song Arrival John/Taupin
Ben Paterson Make You Feel My Love That Old Feeling Bob Dylan
Jerry Weldon Walk On By Those Were The Days Bacharach/David
Maya Rae Close Your Eyes Sapphire Birds Meghan Trainor
Grant Stewart Is That All There Is? Trio Lieber/Stoller
Cory Weeds & Tilden Webb Trio Have A Little Faith In Me Just Like That John Hiatt

Cellar Live Goes Pop!

Vancouver based Cellar Live is one of Canada's leading jazz music labels with over 120 albums released by the finest West Coast artists as well as great international acts.  This week, Cellar Live goes pop! I'll feature interpretations of music by Lennon/McCartney, Gordon Lightfoot, Peter Gabriel, Earth Wind and Fire, Elton John & Bernie Taupin, Bob Dylan, Bacharach/David, Meghan Trainor, Lieber/Stoller and John Hiatt.  Music by classic pop and rock songwriters played by great Cellar Live jazz artists.  It's what I play!

Program Audio: 
  • Posted on: 28 May 2018
  • By: Jazz Spectrum
The Jazz Spectrum playlist for 05/20/2018
Artist Title Album Label Link
Cory Weeds & The Jeff Hamilton Trio How Do You Like Them Apples Dreamsville
Mario Romano Dina Dance Dina Dance
Ellen Doty Maybe I Knew Come Fall
Adam Robert Thomas Got To Get You Adam Robert Thomas
Matt Choboter Band Psychological Time Spillimacheen
Van Morrison & Joey DeFrancesco All Saints Day You're Driving Me Crazy
Van Morrison & Joey DeFrancesco The Way Young Lovers Do You're Driving Me Crazy
Troy Roberts Mono Stereo Nu-Jive 5
Focus Focus II Moving Waves

All Things New

Featuring the best in new jazz from across Canada as well as a couple of reworkings of classic tunes by a legendary artist.  Oh yeah... It's what I play!

Program Audio: 
  • Posted on: 20 May 2018
  • By: Jazz Spectrum
The Jazz Spectrum playlist for 05/13/2018
Artist Title Album Label Link
Cory Weeds Have You Met Joan As Of Now
Joey Calderazzo Mike's Song Going Home
Lucas Sader Project Eighty One Apollo
Brad Turner Quartet Nicole It's That Time
Jimmy Greene In Nelba's Eyes Mission Statement
McCoy Tyner Song for Bea (Dedicated to Mother) New York Reunion
Jodi Proznick Let Go Sun Songs
Sam Kirmayer Song for Pete Opening Statement

Dedication

Featuring songs of dedication, whether it be to a friend, a fellow musician, a spouse, or your mother.  Special music for special people.  It's what I play!

Program Audio: 
  • Posted on: 14 May 2018
  • By: Jazz Spectrum
The Jazz Spectrum playlist for 05/06/2018
Artist Title Album Label Link
Cory Weeds & The Jeff Hamilton Trio How Do You Like Them Apples Dreamsville
Paul Tynan & Aaron Lington Lower Sackville Blues Bicoastal Collective: Chapter Four
Crossing Borders Oyana Mess Around
James Danderfer Time and Tide Time and Tide
Peter Bernstein with the Tilden Webb Trio Bones Live at Cory Weeds' Cellar Jazz Club
Steve Kaldestad with the Mike LeDonne Trio Let it Go Straight Up
Wheelz with Ingrid Jensen Hot Wheelz Around the World 1
Sikala/Lemanczyk/Hornby Big Mountain Bounce Able to Fly
Cinque Saturday Night, Sunday Morning Catch a Corner

Cross Border Shopping

Stamp your passport for the best in collaborations between Canadian and American jazz artists.  Everything is at par! 

It's what I play!

Program Audio: 
  • Posted on: 6 May 2018
  • By: Jazz Spectrum
The Jazz Spectrum playlist for 04/29/2018
Artist Title Album Label Link
Sandro Dominelli Bemsha Swing Meet Me In The Alley
Oleg Butman Cantaloupe Island Youtube-Live concert
Robi Botos Budapest Old Soul
Milk Crate Bandits King of King Street The Neighbourhood
Van Morrison & Joey DeFrancesco Close Enough For Jazz You're Driving Me Crazy
Justin Gray $ Synthesis Break of Dawn New Horizons
Gordon Grdina Quartet Giggles Inroads
Herbie Hancock Riot Speak Like A Child
McCoy Tyner Quartet Home New York Reunion

International Jazz Day

Celebrating International Jazz Day April 30th with music by artists appearing at the all-star gala concert in St. Petersburg, Russia as well as fine Canadian artists who have been influenced by music in various parts of the world. For more information about International Jazz Day go to http://jazzday.com.  It's what I play!

 

Jazz is really about the human experience. It’s about the ability of human beings to take the worst of circumstances and struggles and turn it into something creative and constructive. That’s something that’s built into the fiber of every human being. And I think that’s why people can respond to it. They feel the freedom in it. And the attributes of jazz are also admirable. It’s about dialogue. It’s about sharing. And teamwork. It’s in the moment, and it's nonjudgmental.

Herbie Hancock

 

Program Audio: 
  • Posted on: 29 April 2018
  • By: Jazz Spectrum
The Jazz Spectrum playlist for 04/22/2018
Artist Title Album Label Link
Ian Thomas Pilot Glider 1979
Santana Dance Sister Dance Amigos 1976
Doobie Brothers Livin' On The Fault Line Livin' On The Fault Line 1977
Steely Dan Aja Aja 1977
Jeff Beck Freeway Jam Blow By Blow 1975
Average White Band Pick Up The Pieces AWB 1974
Sea Level Tidal Wave Sea Level 1977
Joni Mitchell Coyote Hejira 1976
Biily Joel New York State Of Mind Turnstiles 1976

Playing the Blue Notes: Early Jazz-Rock Fusion 2

Presenting the conclusion of my two part series on early Jazz-Rock Fusion, this week covering the years 1974 to 1979.  Is it jazz?  You decide.  Is it great music?  Absolutely!  It's what I play!

Program Audio: 
  • Posted on: 22 April 2018
  • By: Jazz Spectrum
The Jazz Spectrum playlist for 04/15/2018
Artist Title Album Label Link
Lighthouse One Fine Morning One Fine Morning Skip Prokop-1971
Chicago Introduction Chicago Transit Authority Terry Kath-1968
The Guess Who Undun Canned Wheat Randy Bachman-1969
Joni Mitchell The Hissing of Summer Lawns The Hissing of Summer Lawns Joni Mitchell-1975
Allman Brothers Band In Memory of Elizabeth Reed Ildewild South Richard Betts-1970
Van Morrison I Will Be There St. Dominic's Preview Van Morrison-1970
Traffic Glad John Barleycorn Must Die Steve Winwood-1970
Santana Stone Flower Caravanserai Carlos Santana, Mike Shrieve, Antonio Carlos Jobim
Quicksilver Messenger Service Spindrifter What About Me Nicky Hopkins-1970

 


Playing the Blue Notes: Early Jazz-Rock Fusion


The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz defines Jazz-Rock as “A style of music, developed in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s, that combines the techniques of modern jazz improvisation with the instrumentation and approach to rhythmic accompaniment of soul and rock music of the 1960’s.

 

 As the 1960’s came to a close jazz was less prominent on the music landscape as rock and pop music became the music of choice for many people.  Many emerging and established jazz artists experimented with combining jazz and rock music.  Miles Davis was at the forefront of what was called 'Fusion', incorporating electric bass, piano and synthesizers in place of acoustic instruments.  Many of his former band members formed their own Fusion groups and rose to prominence.  Examples are Tony Williams and Lifetime, John McLaughlin’s Mahavishnu Orchestra, Chick Corea and Return to Forever, Billy Cobham’s Spectrum, Wayne Shorter and Joe Zawinul formed Weather Report. Herbie Hancock’s 1973 funk album Headhunters, was for many years the best-selling jazz album of all time.

Today I want to look at Jazz-Rock Fusion from the rock perspective; rock bands who were influenced by jazz and who created music with the jazz elements of improvisation and blue notes. This is the first of a two part series.  Part one covers the period from 1968 to 1975.  Part 2 looks at 1974 to 1979.  You’ll hear blues, latin influences, lots of horns and guitars, all with a jazz flavour. 

All of these tunes are part of the soundtrack of my youth.  You decide if it is jazz.  It's what I play! 


 

Program Audio: 
  • Posted on: 15 April 2018
  • By: Jazz Spectrum
The Jazz Spectrum playlist for 04/08/2018
Artist Title Album Label Link
Cory Weeds & The Jeff Hamilton Trio How Do You Like Them Apples Dreamsville
Dave Young/Terry Promane Octet Oh, What a Beautiful Morning Vol. 2
Laila Biali Queen of Hearts Laila Biali
Kamasi Washington Humility Harmony of Difference
Living Fossil Macrophages Never Die!
Peripheral Vision Syntax Error More Songs About Error and Shame
Phil Stewart Far Sure Melodious Drum
Robi Botos Diamond Old Soul
BC Double Quartet Sunday Morning Departure
Blood, Sweat & Tears Maiden Voyage New Blood

Oh What a Beautiful Morning!

Great new music by Canadian artists which has recently charted on !earshot, the national campus and community radio report. Plus, some other gems.  It's what I play!

Photo by: Stanley Q. Woodvine

Program Audio: 
  • Posted on: 8 April 2018
  • By: Jazz Spectrum
The Jazz Spectrum playlist for 04/01/2018
Artist Title Album Label Link
Jimmy Greene Mission Statement Mission Statement
Nelson Boschman Trio Waking Up Happy Keeping Time Vol. 1
Monty Alexander David Danced The River
Nelson Boschman Trio Jerusalem Hymn Keeping Time Vol. 1
Nelson Boschman Trio When I Survey the Wondrous Cross Keeping Time Vol. 1
Duke Ellington Come Sunday Black, Brown and Beige
Charlie Haden & Hank Jones My Lord What a Morning Steal Away
Nelson Boschman Trio Fairest Lord Jesus Keeping Time Vol. 1
Joe Sealy Song of Hope Africville Suite

Mourning and Rejoicing

Easter themed music and provocative discussion about Easter with Dr. Brian Fraser, minister at Brentwood Presbyterian Church in Burnaby.

Painting: Jeff Gregory

Program Audio: 
  • Posted on: 1 April 2018
  • By: Jazz Spectrum
The Jazz Spectrum playlist for 03/25/2018
Artist Title Album Label Link
Cory Weeds & The Jeff Hamilton Trio How Do You Like Them Apples Dreamsville
Laila Biali We Go Laila Bilai
Laila Biali Serembe Laila Biali
Ellen Doty September Moon Come Fall
Peripheral Vision And the metaphysical concept of shame More Songs About Error and Shame
Peripheral Vision Mycelium Running More Songs About Error and Shame
Harley Card The Greatest Invention The Greatest Invention
Adam Robert Thomas Letting Go Adam Robert Thomas
Justin Gray and Synthesis Break of Dawn New Horizons
Carn Davidson 9 Reason Season Lifetime Murphy

Stop Making Sense

Shamelessly making sense of new music by an eclectic mix of fine Canadian artists.  It's what I play!

Program Audio: 
  • Posted on: 26 March 2018
  • By: Jazz Spectrum
The Jazz Spectrum playlist for 03/18/2018
Artist Title Album Label Link
Cory Weeds & The Jeff Hamilton Trio How Do You Like Them Apples Dreamsville
Hilario Duran Pilon Influenciado Contumbao 2018 Juno Award nominee
Dian Krall L-O-V-E Turn Up The Quiet 2018 Juno Award nominee
Ernesto Cervini's Turboprop The Libertine Rev 2018 Juno Award nominee
Robi Botos Old Soul Old Soul www.robibotos.com
Robi Botos Budapest Old Soul
Robi Botos Praise Old Soul

I'm Getting Closer To Sounding Like Me Revisited

Playing music by artists nominated in each of the three jazz categories at the 2018 Juno Awards which takes place from March 19-25 in Vancouver.  As well, a phone interview with Juno Award winning pianist Robi Botos. Mr. Botos will chat about musical influences and his new album "Old Soul".  It's what I play!

Program Audio: 
  • Posted on: 18 March 2018
  • By: Jazz Spectrum
The Jazz Spectrum playlist for 03/11/2018
Artist Title Album Label Link
Kamasi Washington Desire Harmony of Difference
Kamasi Washington Humility Harmony of Difference
Kamasi Washington Knowledge Harmony of Difference
Kamasi Washington Perspective Harmony of Difference
Kamasi Washington Integrity Harmony of Difference
Kamasi Washington Truth Harmony of Difference
Joe Sealy Sometimes I Dream Africville Suite
Joe Sealy Joe's Reflections Africville Suite
Joe Sealy Song of Hope Africville Suite
Sonny Greenwich Let Your Heart Sing Standard Idioms

Song of Hope

Welcome to Song of Hope. featuring a new album by Los Angeles native, tenor saxman Kamasi Washington.  "Harmony of Difference" is a six part suite composed as part of a project by the Whitney Museum of American Art which includes a film by A. G. Rojas and artwork by Kamasi's sister, Amani Washington.  Each of the six selections corresponds with the titles of Amani's paintings.  As Washington says, "My hope is that witnessing the beautiful harmony created by merging different musical melodies will help people realize the beauty in our own differences."  To see Amani Washington's six paintings go to my Facebook page, "Peter Prentice"and click on the most recent post on  my timeline.

Program Audio: 
  • Posted on: 11 March 2018
  • By: Jazz Spectrum
The Jazz Spectrum playlist for 03/04/2018
Artist Title Album Label Link
Jodi Proznick Listen Sun Songs
Jodi Proznick Beautiful Again Sun Songs
Jodi Proznick Let Go Sun Songs
Jodi Proznick Little Bluebird Sun Songs
Jodi Proznick Ancient Yearning Sun Songs
Jodi Proznick Storm Sun Songs
Jodi Proznick 3AM Sun Songs
Jodi Proznick So Near, So Far Sun Songs
Jodi Proznick The Book of Love Sun Songs

Strong Women, Strong Music

In celebration of International Women's Day, the 12th annual Strong Women, Strong Music concert series on March 6, 7 and 8 at Frankie's Jazz Club features the West Coast's most prominent women jazz musicians singing and playing up support for Enterprising Women's Making Art, a program of Atira Women's Resource Society, located in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside.  One of the fine musicians is Jodi Proznick, wife, mother, bass payer and educator of the highest order.  Listen to her album "Sun Songs", which explores themes of joy and sorrow as a metaphor for life as sunrise and sunset;; It's what I play!

Coastal Jazz - www.coastaljazz.ca
Atira Women's Resource Society - www.atira.bc.ca

Program Audio: 
  • Posted on: 4 March 2018
  • By: Jazz Spectrum
The Jazz Spectrum playlist for 02/11/2018
Artist Title Album Label Link
Quinn Bachand's Brishen Cheyenne (Quit Your Talking) Blue Verdun
Molly Johnson Now or Never Because of Billie
Black Gardenia I'm Confessin' That I Love You Lucky Star
Cari Burdett Quante Stelle Magnolia
Esperanza Spalding Winter Sun Chamber Music Society
Robi Botos Heisenberg Movin' Forward
Robi Botos Romungro Movin' Forward
Robi Botos Smedley's Attack Place to Place
Robi Botos Footprints Place to Place
Dave Young/Terry Promaine Octet Hindsight Dave Young/Terry Promaine Octet

I Think I'm Getting Closer To Sounding Like Me

Gypsy jazz, Italian love songs, chamber music , the blues and Robi Botos, in music but not in person.  Could it be "Big Night" all over again?  It's what I play!

Program Audio: 
  • Posted on: 11 February 2018
  • By: Jazz Spectrum
The Jazz Spectrum playlist for 02/04/2018
Artist Title Album Label Link
Cory Weeds Let's Groove Let's Groove: The Music of Earth Wind & Fire
P.J. Perry Two Bass Hit Alto Gusto
The Scott Hamilton Trio Darn That Dream Live at Pyatt Hall
Phil Stewart Erratic Melodious Drum
Adam Shulman Yeah...So Full Tilt
Jodi Proznick 3 AM Sun Songs
Emmet Cohen featuring Ron Carter Hindsight Masters Legacy Series Volume 2
BC Double Quartet Zattitude Departure
Andrew Scott Quartet Dreamin' The Brightest Minute
Ben Patterson When I Grow Too Old To Dream That Old Feeling

Cory Weeds' Music Wine Cellar

Featuring new and recent releases by artists on Vancouver impresario Cory Weeds' award winning Cellar Live music label.

It's what I play!

Program Audio: 
  • Posted on: 4 February 2018
  • By: Jazz Spectrum
The Jazz Spectrum playlist for 01/28/2018
Artist Title Album Label Link
Nick Maclean Quartet Cantaloupe Island Rites of Ascension
Luke Sellick Q-Tippin' Alchemist
Brenda Navarrete Anana Oye Mi Mundo
Brenda Navarrete Caravana Mi Mundo
Thirsty Howell Lorelei Music From Somewhere Warm
Raiatea Maile Swing Sweet & Lovely
Dean Taba Tim-ay! Camarillo Waltz
Bop Tribal Manoa Mist Bop Tribal
Hugh Masekela Mandela (Bring Him Back Home) Hope
Hugh Masekela Grazin' in the Grass Hope 1939-2018
Tommy Banks Two for the Road Yes, Indeed! 1936-2018
Hilario Duran Danzon Farewell (Danzon de la Partida) Contumbao

Music From Someplace Warm

Pushing back at the dreariness of late January with music that is warm or created by people in warm places.  Also tributes to legends Hugh Masekela and Tommy Banks, who both passed away this week.

It's what I play!

Program Audio: 
  • Posted on: 28 January 2018
  • By: Jazz Spectrum
The Jazz Spectrum playlist for 01/21/2018
Artist Title Album Label Link
Cory Weeds & The Jeff Hamilton Trio How Do You Like Them Apples Dreamsville
Emmet Cohen Hindsight Masters Legacy Series Vol. 2
Emmet Cohen Holy Land Masters Legacy Series Vol. 2
Emmet Cohen Dear Ruth Masters Legacy Series Vol. 2
Emmet Cohen It's About Time Masters Legacy Series Vol. 2
Cole Birney-Stewart Sextet That Sounds Like a You Problem Champlain Bridge
Sam Kirmayer Synecdoche Opening Statement
Sam Kirmayer Opening Statement Opening Statement

And the Julian Goes To...

Patrick Julian is in-studio to announce the winner of the 2018 Julian Award of Excellence for Emerging Canadian Jazz Artists.  And the Julian goes to...Sam Kirmayer, "Opening Statement".  Sam wins $750.  The runner-up and winner of $350 is Cole Birney-Stewart Sextet.  Congratulations to Sam and Cole and also to Nick Maclean and Luke Sellick.  Worthy nominees all!

It's what I play!

Program Audio: 
  • Posted on: 21 January 2018
  • By: Jazz Spectrum
The Jazz Spectrum playlist for 01/14/2018
Artist Title Album Label Link
Cory Weeds & The Jeff Hamilton Trio How o You Like Them Apples Dreamsville
Luke Sellick Prologue Alchemist Julian Award nominee
Luke Sellick Q-Tippin' Alchemist
Nick Maclean Quartet Nation's Unrest: Tribal Conflict Rites of Ascension Julian Award nominee
Sam Kirmayer Resonance After Dark Opening Statement Julian Award nominee
Cole Birney-Stewart Sextet That Sounds Like a You Problem Champlain Bridge Julian Award nominee
Rubim de Toledo Water The Gap
MEM3 Shire Song Circles
P.J. Perry Stablemates Alto Gusto

Tequila, Stat!

Featuring the four finalists for the Julian Award of Excellence for Emerging Canadian Jazz Artists.  The Julian Award is presented each January to the artist or band who has released a debut or second album in the past year which contains original music by the artist or group.   The four finalists are Cole Birney-Stewart Sextet, Sam Kirmayer, Nick Maclean Quartet and Luke Sellick.  You can hear each artist's music on Bandcamp.  You also get to vote!  Go to my Facebook page, "Peter Prentice" and click  on the Survey Planet link to vote.  Or...you can vote here!  https://s.surveyplanet.com/SkgNgFNEz   

It's what I play!

 

 

Program Audio: 
  • Posted on: 14 January 2018
  • By: Jazz Spectrum
The Jazz Spectrum playlist for 01/07/2018
Artist Title Album Label Link
Cory Weeds & The Jeff Hamilton Trio How Do You Like Them Apples Dreamsville
Cole Birney-Stewart Sextet Cepheus Champlain Bridge Vancouver, Montreal - Self Produced
Sam Kirmayer Synecdoche Opening Statement Montreal - Self Produced
Nick Maclean Quartet Goldberg Machine Rites of Ascension Toronto - Browntasauras REcords
Luke Sellick The Alchemist Alchemist Winnipeg, New York - Cellar Live
BC Double Quartet Zattitude Departure
Carn Davidson 9 Reason, Season, Lifetime Murphy
BC Double Quartet Departure Departure
  • Posted on: 8 January 2018
  • By: Jazz Spectrum
The Jazz Spectrum playlist for 01/07/2018
Artist Title Album Label Link
Cory Weeds & The Jeff Hamilton Trio How Do You Like Them Apples Dreamsville Cellar Live
Cole Birney-Stewart Sextet Cepheus Champlain Bridge Vancouver, Montreal - Self Produced
Sam Kirmayer Synechdoche Opening Statement Montreal - Self Produced
Nick Maclean Quartet Goldberg Machine Rites of Ascension Toronto - Browntasauras REcords
Luke Sellick Alchemist The Alchemist Winnipeg, New York - Cellar Live
BC Double Quartet Zattitude Departure Cellar Live
Carn Davidson 9 REason, Season, Lifetime Murphy Addo Records
BC Double Quartet Departure Departure Cellar Live

Your Efficiencies Have Overtaken Your Deficiencies

Introducing the four finalists for the Julian Award of Excellence for Emerging Canadian Jazz Artists.  They are Cole Birney-Stewart Sextet , Sam Kirmayer, Nick Maclean Quartet and Luke Sellick.  The Julian Award is a listener generated award.  The artist or group must meet SOCAN's MAPL criteria for Canadian content, it should be their debut or second album and must contain original music written by the artist or the group.  This year's finalists are excellent examples of the best in jazz performance and composition.  Check out their music on Bandcamp!  It's what I play!

Program Audio: 
  • Posted on: 8 January 2018
  • By: Jazz Spectrum
The Jazz Spectrum playlist for 12/31/2017
Artist Title Album Label Link
Cory Weeds & The Jeff Hamilton Trio How Do You Like Them Apples Dreamsville
Quatuor Andre Lachance The Orange Challenge The Orange Challenge
Cory Weeds The Way of the World Let's Groove: The Music of Earth Wind and Fire
Jodi Proznick 3 AM Sun Songs feat: Laila Biali, vocals
Simon Millerd ACIM Lesson 70 Lessons and Fairytales
Ernesto Cervini's Turboprop REV REV
Chris Wallace's Many Names A Prairie Son Someplace Sacred
Oliver Gannon Warm Easy Sailing Appointed Member Order of Canada
Jamie Saft Trio Loneliness Road Loneliness Road feat: Iggy Pop, vocals
Chelsea McBride's Socialist Night School Arrival of the Pegasus Twilight Fall

Wrapping It Up

Wrapping up 2017 with some favourite tunes played by local, national and international artists this past year on The Jazz Spectrum.  Also, congratulations to Oliver Gannon on being appointed a Member of the Order of Canada! Thanks to the fabulous musicians for some truly marvelous music, to you the listener, to Pat, to my amiable associate Jose, and of course, D. and G.!  Have a happy,  healthy and peaceful 2018!

Program Audio: 
  • Posted on: 31 December 2017
  • By: Jazz Spectrum
The Jazz Spectrum playlist for 12/24/2017
Artist Title Album Label Link
B3 Kings Twelve Bars of Christmas Laughing All the Way
Karin Plato Jingle Bells Snowflake Season
Donato/Leduc/Provencal Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy Noel en harmonie, Vol. 2
Fawn Fritzen Sleep Well Little Children Fawn Fritzen with Dave Restivo Bandcamp
Paul Bley The Christmas Song Justin Time For Christmas
D.D. Jackson with David Murray O Little Town of Bethlehem Justin Time For Christmas
Luke Sellick Hark the Herald Christmas EP Bandcamp
Mennonite Jazz Committee O Come O Come Emmanuel Dawn of Grace
Jen Hodge All Stars God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen Christmas Treats Bandcamp
We Three Queens La Jornada Happy Holiday
Broadsway Breath of Heaven/Mary Did You Know The Most Wonderful Time...Maybe
Donato/Leduc/Provencal Joy to the World Noel en harmonie, Vol. 2
Donato/Leduc/Provencal We Wish You a Merry Christmas Noel en harmonie, Vol. 2
Donato/Leduc/Provencal The Christmas Waltz Noel en harmonie, Vol. 2
Mike Janzen Angels We Have Heard On High Carols

A Canadian Christmas

Christmas and seasonal favourites performed by some of Canada's finest jazz musicians.  May joy and peace be your constant companion this Christmas season and throughout 2018.

 

Picture: The master at work, 1985

Program Audio: 
  • Posted on: 24 December 2017
  • By: Jazz Spectrum
The Jazz Spectrum playlist for 12/17/2017
Artist Title Album Label Link
Cory Weeds & The Jeff Hamilton Trio How Do You Like Them Apples Dreamsville
Prime Time Big Band Sing, Sing, Sing Live at the Ironwood
The Willows Dear Gussy Tea for Three
Collective Order Millionaires Collective Order vol.2
Sam Kirmayer One for Pete Opening Statement
Ben Frost Quartet Pete's Seat Ben Frost Quartet
Vince Guaraldi Christmas is Coming A Charlie Brown Christmas
Al Harris Go Tell It on the Mountain Christmas Time is Here...
Dave Brubeck We Three Kings A Jazz Christmas
Joey DeFrancisco O Holy Night Home for the Holidays
B3 Kings Silent Night You Better Watch Out!

My Friends Call Me Peter

Songs done in the classic way, songs that bear "re-peteing", and classic songs jazzed up for the season.  Music that is more than just a tacky sweater right here... on The Jazz Spectrum!

Program Audio: 
  • Posted on: 17 December 2017
  • By: Jazz Spectrum
The Jazz Spectrum playlist for 12/10/2017
Artist Title Album Label Link
Cory Weeds & The Jeff Hamilton Trio How Do You Like Them Apples Dreamsville
Collective Order Laniakea Volume 2
Monik Nordine Trio Bubbe's Blues The Old-New Town
Jodi Proznick Storm Sun Songs
Gary Peacock Trio December Greenwings Tangents
Teri Parker Strange Dreams in the past
Keith Price Double Quartet Solstice Keith Price Double Quartet
Laila Biali Shine House of Many Rooms
Jimmy Greene Ana's Way Beautiful Life
Sam Kirmayer Resonance After Dark Opening Statement

Hot Music for a Cold Morning

Cold mornings...fog...frosted windshields...lots of scraping....Come inside and listen to great new jazz by Canadian and international artists.  Hot music for a cold morning!  It's what I play!

Ana-Grace Marquez-Greene and Jimmy Greene photo by K. Rifkind Photograhy

Program Audio: 
  • Posted on: 10 December 2017
  • By: Jazz Spectrum
The Jazz Spectrum playlist for 12/03/2017
Artist Title Album Label Link
Cory Weeds & Jeff Hamilton Trio How Do You Like Them Apples Dreamsville Cancon
Tony Allen On Fire The Source
Tony Allen Cool Cats The Source
Nick McLean Quartet Temptations of the Crossroads: Blue vs. Brown Rites of Ascension Cancon
Abdullah Ibrahim Blues for a Hip King Blues for a Hip King
Ben Frost Quartet Pete's Seat Ben Frost Quartet Cancon
Murphy's Laq Tumbarumba ::telling tales
Jodi Proznick 3AM Sun Songs Cancon

Coffee! Coffee! Cafe!
Great music originating south of the equator by groundbreaking artists as well as new music by two of Canada's finest young jazz musicians. It's coffee! coffee! cafe! and it's what I play!

Program Audio: 
  • Posted on: 3 December 2017
  • By: Jazz Spectrum
The Jazz Spectrum playlist for 11/26/2017
Artist Title Album Label Link
Cory Weeds & The Jeff Hamilton Trio How Do You Like Them Apples Dreamsville
Cory Weeds Let's Groove Let's Groove: The Music of Earth Wind & Fire
Jodi Proznick Let Go Sun Songs
Jodi Proznick Storm Sun Songs
Laila Biali Let's Dance Single-lailabiali.com
Laila Biali Upside Down House of Many Rooms
Laila Biali Yellow Single-Soundcloud
Laila Biali Heart of Gold Single-Soundcloud
Laila Biali Sparrow House of Many Rooms
Laila Biali Secret Heart From Sea to Sky

Your Mercies Are New Every Morning
Great new music by two of Canada's finest musicians, Jodi Proznick and Laila Biali. "Sun Songs" is Ms. Proznick's second album and features Laila Biali singing vocals. Ms. Biali is one of Canada's finest jazz and pop vocalists and is a dynamic interpreter of iconic pop and rock songs as well as an accomplished songwriter in her own right. Be blessed by thought provoking music by award winning artists!

It's what I play!

Program Audio: 
  • Posted on: 26 November 2017
  • By: Jazz Spectrum
The Jazz Spectrum playlist for 11/19/2017
Artist Title Album Label Link
Idioteque 15 Step Youtube-Live at Club Soda, Montreal Radiohead-In Rainbows
Tara Kannangara Atoms For Peace Some Kind of the Truth Radiohead-The Eraser
Turtleboy Pyramid Song Smart Matter Radiohead-Amnesiac
Ernesto Cervini's Turboprop The Daily Mail REV Radiohead-download single
Melody Diachun High and Dry Melody Diachun EQ Radiohead-The Bends
Ernesto Cervini Quartet 2 + 2 = 5 Little Black Bird Radiohead-Hail to the Thief
Scott Bradlee's Post Modern Jukebox Creep The Essentials Radiohead-Pablo Honey
Brad Mehldau Trio Everything In It's Right Place Anything Goes Radiohead-Kid A
Laila Biali feat. Adam Thomas Heart of Gold Youtube-Live at ACT Centre, Maple Ridge Neil Young-Harvest

Jazz Meets Radiohead
Radiohead, as imagined by some of Canada's finest young jazz artists as well as a couple of international interpretations. From Mehldau to Cervini and Scott, everything is in its right place.

It's what I play!

Program Audio: 
  • Posted on: 20 November 2017
  • By: Jazz Spectrum
The Jazz Spectrum playlist for 11/12/2017
Artist Title Album Label Link
Cory Weeds & The Jeff Hamilton Trio How Do You Like Them Apples Dreamsville
P.J. Perry Quartet Stablemates Alto Gusto
Sam Taylor Quartet Wild Is Love Along the Way
The Jazz Descendants Prayer to Release the Troops Red
The Liberation Jazz Collective An Afterlife For Jeffrey Miller Rebel Portraiture
The Liberation Jazz Collective Kent State Rebel Portraiture
D.D. Jackson Peace-Song Peace-Song
Oliver Jones Hymn to Freedom A Class Act

Necessary Evil or...Necessarily Evil                            
New music from albums by Canadian alto sax legend P. J. Perry and up and coming tenor man Sam Taylor. In the second half of the show I will commemorate Remembrance Day. It's what I play!

"War may sometimes be a necessary evil. But no matter how necessary, it is always evil, never a good. We will not learn to live together in peace by killing each other's children." Jimmy Carter - Nobel Peace Prize lecture, 2002

Program Audio: 
  • Posted on: 18 November 2017
  • By: Jazz Spectrum
The Jazz Spectrum playlist for 11/05/2017
Artist Title Album Label Link
Cory Weeds & Jeff Hamilton Trio How Do You Like Them Apples Dreamsville
Ernesto Cervini's Turboprop The Libertine REV
Rubim de Toledo Heat Rises The Gap
Matt Herskowitz Trio Forget Me Not Forget Me Not feat. Lew Soloff
Ori Dagan Straighten Out and Fly Right Nathaniel: A Tribute to Nat King Cole feat. Sheila Jordan
Ori Dagan Keep It Simple Nathaniel: A Tribute to Nat King Cole
Ori Dagan Bibimbap Nathaniel: A Tribute to Nat King Cole
Jordana Talsky Neither of Either Neither of Either
Cole Birney-Stewart Sextet Cepheus Champlain Bridge
Teri Parker Taurus Blues In the Past

Turn Back, Look Forward

Crisp, clear music from the warmth of Studio A.  Great new Canadian jazz from some of Canada's finest young (and not so young) musicians.  It's what I play!

Program Audio: 
  • Posted on: 5 November 2017
  • By: Jazz Spectrum
The Jazz Spectrum playlist for 10/29/2017
Artist Title Album Label Link
Cory Weeds & The Jeff Hamilton Trio How Do You Like Them Apples Dreamsville
McCoy Tyner Passion Dance The Real McCoy feat. McCoy Tyner
Larry Young Monk's Dream Unity feat. Elvin Jones
John Coltrane Giant Steps Giant Steps feat. John Coltrane
Pat Metheny Bright Size Life Bright Size Life feat. Pat Metheny
Weather Report Havona Heavy Weather feat. Jaco Pastorius
Miles Davis So What Kind of Blue feat. Miles Davis
Steve Kaldestad Shimmy! Blow Up feat. Steve Kaldestad

Upping the Ante
The feature article in the October edition of Jazz Times Magazine showcases forty essential jazz solos as chosen by musicians and contributors to the magazine. I have selected six from the forty, each featuring a different instrument. Everything from the "build a house in under five minutes" frenzy of John Coltrane to the restrained elegance of Miles Davis. Some of the greatest jazz artists of all time, who have had a profound effect on the next generations of musicians.

It's what I play!

Program Audio: 
  • Posted on: 30 October 2017
  • By: Jazz Spectrum
The Jazz Spectrum playlist for 10/22/2017
Artist Title Album Label Link
Cory Weeds & The Jeff Hamilton Trio How Do You Like Them Apples Dreamsville
The Joe Bowden Project Mingus That You For Listening
Mariah Parker Indo Latin Jazz For the Waters Live in Concert
Chris Wallace's Many Names Many Roads Someplace Sacred
Jen Siukola Lighthouse Reverie Lighthouse Reverie
Jordana Talsky Neither of Either Neither of Either
Jane Ira Bloom Big Bill Wild Lines: Improvising Emily Dickinson
John Coltrane Equinox Coltrane's Sound
Brad Turner Trio Sasha Here Now

I Said Sprocket, Not Socket!

Spinning great new music from across Canada and around the world...and John Coltrane! 

It's what I play!

 

 

 

 

Program Audio: 
  • Posted on: 26 October 2017
  • By: Jazz Spectrum
The Jazz Spectrum playlist for 10/08/2017
Artist Title Album Label Link
Cory Weeds & The Jeff Hamilton Trio How Do You Like Them Apples Dreamsville
Jordana Talsky Run Neither of Either
Cory Weeds & The Jeff Hamilton Trio Blue Daniel Dreamsville
Hilario Duran Contumbao Contumbao
John Stetch & VulneraVille Oscar's Blue-Green Algebra The Vancouver Concert
Teri Parker Oy, Regy! In the Past
Eliana Cuevas Alegria Golpes y Flores
Chris Wallace's Many Names Chapter Zero Someplace Sacred
Chris Wallace's Many Names Someplace Sacred Someplace Sacred
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Breakdown Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers You And I Will Meet Again Into The Big Wide Open

Odes of Joy

Music has great power to heal  It can be a balm to sooth battered souls in times of trouble and uncertainty.  These are odes of joy and solace presented for you to en-joy.  May they bring moments of peace to you as you journey through your life.  You and I will meet again!

Program Audio: 
  • Posted on: 8 October 2017
  • By: Jazz Spectrum
The Jazz Spectrum playlist for 10/01/2017
Artist Title Album Label Link
Robbie King Showtime in the Main Lounge Showtime in the Main Lounge
Cory Weeds Getaway Let's Groove: The Music of Earth Wind & Fire
Cory Weeds Devotion Let's Groove: The Music of Earth Wind & Fire
Impressions of Lightfoot Beautiful Impressions of Lightfoot
Impressions of Lightfoot If You Could Read My Mind Impressions of Lightfoot
Impressions of Lightfoot Sundown Impressions of Lightfoot
David Blake World Famous Sometimes I Get To Practice Flying
Heilig Manouevre The Belshaw Slide Thoughtful Fun
Brad Cheeseman All In The Tide Turns

Serpentine Fire & Lightfoot

This week we celebrate seven years of The Jazz Spectrum by playing new music by forward thinking west coast musicians that pays tribute to two legendary and very different acts of the 1970's and 80's, Earth Wind & Fire and Gordon Lightfoot. New music for a new year!  It's what I play!

 

Program Audio: 
  • Posted on: 1 October 2017
  • By: Jazz Spectrum
The Jazz Spectrum playlist for 09/24/2017
Artist Title Album Label Link
Trombone Shorty Hurricane Season Backatown
Midcoast The Morning, The Lake Steps
Roland Rahsaan Kirk Ain't No Sunshine Inspired - Jazz From the Soul
Geri Allen Feed the Fire Twenty One
Michael Herring Quartet Treefology A Very Large Gap
Ernest Stuart We Can't Breather Same Walking Animals
Quatuor Andre Lachance Critter Wonderland Orange Challenge
Laura Crema Blue Shadows on the Trail Blue Shadows on the Trail
Jim Head Ghost Riders Zoetrope
Adam Thomas Willow Weep For Me For My Love

There is Nothing That Will Not Burn

Playing songs that reflect the  wildfires in British Columbia and natural disasters around the world in 2017 and the brave men and women, the "Ghost Riders" who fight them.

 

Program Audio: 
  • Posted on: 24 September 2017
  • By: Jazz Spectrum
The Jazz Spectrum playlist for 09/10/2017
Artist Title Album Label Link
Cory Weeds & The Jeff Hamilton Trio How Do You Like Them Apples Dreamsville
Cory Weeds Rakin' and Scrapin' As Of Now
Steely Dan Pretzel Logic Pretzel Logic
Kenny Colman Days of Wine and Roses Dreamscape
Ferenc Nemeth War Night Songs
Robi Botos Romungro Movin' Forward
Kalman Olah Trio Always Always
John Abercrombie Up and Coming Up and Coming
David Blake Small Abyss Next Year People

Buda or Pest?

This week I am remembering three artists who recently passed away: Walter Becker of Steely Dan, Vancouver crooner Kenny Colman and American guitarist John Abercrombie.  As well I will celebrate the music of Hungary by playing tunes by three of their finest exports, Ferenc Nemeth, Robi Botos and Kalman Olah.  You'll hear great jazz with classical and Romany influence.  Is it Buda or Pest?

Program Audio: 
  • Posted on: 10 September 2017
  • By: Jazz Spectrum
The Jazz Spectrum playlist for 09/03/2017
Artist Title Album Label Link
Cory Weeds & The Jeff Hamilton Trio How Do You Like Them Apples Dreamsville
Pete Mills New School Sweet Shadow
Heillig Manoeuvre Extreme Strolling Thoughtful Fun
Cole Birney-Stewart Sextet Sounds Like A You Problem Champlain Bridge
The Ian McDougall Sextet September Nights in Vancouver
Bloom Trev's Blues Bloom
Christine Jensen Jazz Orchestra Dark and Stormy Blues timelines
Miles Black and Tom Keenlyside Clear September Synergy

The Elephant Hill  in the Cariboo

Today, I am playing a mixed bag of music relating to September, the return to school for many, the Elephant Hill wildfire in the Cariboo and some other great new tunes by fine Canadian artists.

Program Audio: 
  • Posted on: 3 September 2017
  • By: Jazz Spectrum
The Jazz Spectrum playlist for 08/27/2017
Artist Title Album Label Link
Cory Weeds & Jeff Hamilton Trio How Do You Like Them Apples Dreamsville
Mariah Parker Affinity Minus One Indo Latin Jazz Live in Concert
Andrew McAnsh Sextet Seven Seconds Live at the Jazz Room
Jim Mair Misty Live at Jazz Winnipeg Festival-Volume One
Hancock, Metheny, Holland, DeJohnette Cantaloupe Island Parallel Realities-Live
Don Ellis Great Divide Don Ells at Fillmore
Longhand with Tyson Naylor Long Walk Youtube-Live at Vancouver International Jazz Festival

Laying It Out Live! 
Summer is the best time to hear live jazz. It is a thrill to watch and listen to great jazz artists work together to improvise on a theme. It brings out the best in them and the spontaneity is unsurpassed. Listen to the best Canadian and international musicians as they "Lay It Out Live!"

Program Audio: 
  • Posted on: 31 August 2017
  • By: Jazz Spectrum
The Jazz Spectrum playlist for 08/20/2017
Artist Title Album Label Link
Cory Weeds & Jeff Hamilton Trio How Do You Like Them Apples Dreamsville
Paul Tynan & Aaron Lington L's Groove Bicoastal Collective: Chapter Four
Andrew Scott Quartet Ain't It So The Brightest Minute
Film in Music Epilogue to Part 1 Tell Tale
Brian Dickinson Quintet 'Tude Rhythm Method
Innocent When You Dream Down in the Hole Dirt in the Ground
MEM3 4ES Circles
Nomad Zune Tune As We Are
Composer's Collective Big Band Baker's Dozen The Composer's Collective Big Band

Don't Leave Home For Second Place

Great new music from coast to coast and a few places in between.

Program Audio: 
  • Posted on: 31 August 2017
  • By: Jazz Spectrum
The Jazz Spectrum playlist for 07/30/2017
Artist Title Album Label Link
Cory Weeds & Jeff Hamilton Trio How Do You Like Them Apples Dreamsville
Doe Bender Dance Me To The End Of Love Journey of Love
Fawn Fritzen If It Be Your Will Bedroom Voice
Laila Biali Anthem From Sea to Sky
Jennifer Scott Free Man in Paris Emotional Girl
Emilie-Claire Barlow I Don't Know Where I Stand Clear Day
Rebecca Binnendyk Night Ride Home Some Fun Out Of Life
Heather Bambrick Lovers In A Dangerous Time You'll Never Know
Jennifer Scott Looking Out For Number One Interactive
Fawn Fritzen Straighten Out Pairings
Laila Biali feat. Adam Thomas Heart of Gold Heart of Gold

Home Grown Classics (Or Soon to Be!)
Songs from the Great Canadian Songbook featuring Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, Bruce Cockburn, Randy Bachman, Burton Cummings and Neil Young and sung by seven of Canada's finest female jazz vocalists.

Program Audio: 
  • Posted on: 31 August 2017
  • By: Jazz Spectrum
The Jazz Spectrum playlist for 07/23/2017
Artist Title Album Label Link
Crash Shuffulufogus Crash
Five Alarm Funk DDPP Sweat
Five Alarm Funk Humans Sweat
Five Alarm Funk May the Funk Be With You Sweat
Omar Souleyman Ya Boul Habari To Syria, With Love
Adrienne Fenemor's Kiwi Jam Rainy Day Blues Blues Jam
Crash Steppin' On Lemons Crash
The Spanish Harlem Orchestra La Banda Un Grand Dia an el Barrio
The Souljazz Orchestra As The Crow Flies Inner Fire
Crash The Big Lie Crash

Peter's Summer Jam
Steaming music for a hot summer day featuring Five Alarm Funk, Crash, Omar Souleyman and other great Canadian and international acts. Enjoy a healthy helping of Peter's Summer Jam!

It's what I play!

Program Audio: 
  • Posted on: 31 August 2017
  • By: Jazz Spectrum
The Jazz Spectrum playlist for 07/16/2017
Artist Title Album Label Link
Cory Weeds & Jeff Hamilton Trio How Do You Like Them Apples Dreamsville
Simon Millerd ACIM Lesson 70 Lessons and Fairytales
Simon Millerd Montreal March Lessons and Fairytales
Simon Millerd The Tale of Jonas and the Dragon Lessons and Fairytales
Fran Jare Copy Cat Coo Coo Copy Cat Coo Coo
Fran Jare Dorian Dance Copy Cat Coo Coo
The Composer's Collective Big Band Cities and Cell Phones The Composer's Collective Big Band
The Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra French Canadian/Metis Suite (The Voyage) The Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra
The WInnipeg Jazz Orchestra French Canadian/Metis Suite (The New Nation) The Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra
Tony Giancola Trio De Dah Fundamentals

The Unusual Suspects
This week I am playing great new music by unusual suspects Simon Millerd, Fran Jare, The Composers Collective Big Band and Trevor Giancola. In addition I am playing the Suite Metisse/Canadienne-francaise written by Winnipeg native and proud Metis woman, pianist Michelle Gregoire and performed with the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra.

It's what I play!

Program Audio: 
  • Posted on: 31 August 2017
  • By: Jazz Spectrum
The Jazz Spectrum playlist for 07/02/2017
Artist Title Album Label Link
Roger Doucet O Canada! O Canada!
Phil Nimmons Harbours Atlantic Suite
Oscar Peterson Trio Place St. Henri Canadiana Suite
Elizabeth Shepherd Parkdale Parkdale
Shuffle Demons Hockey Night in Canada Greatest Hits
Company B Jazz Band The Hockey Song Company B Jazz Band
Jon McCaslin Sunalta Sunalta
Hutchinson Andrew Trio Prairie Wind Prairie Modern
Mike Allen Quartet Grouse Grind Vancouver
Christine Jensen Jazz Orchestra Arbutus treelines
John Stetch Inuit Talk Bruxin'

Canada's Sesquicentennial

This week on The Jazz Spectrum we are celebrating Canada's sesquicentennial, 150 Years of Canadian confederation.  I am playing music that represents every region of this great nation, from the harbours of the east coast to the arbutus trees of Vancouver Island to the Inuit of the north.  And of course, hockey!  Join with me as we explore the "True north, strong and free".

Program Audio: 
  • Posted on: 3 September 2017
  • By: Jazz Spectrum
The Jazz Spectrum playlist for 04/16/2017
Artist Title Album Label Link
Noah Haidu Against the Sky Infinite Distances
Metalwood Easter Island Metalwood 2
Metheny/Mehldau Quartet Toward the Light Metheny/Mehldau Quartet
Charles Lloyd Lift Every Voice and Sing Lift Every Voice
Stockton Helbing The Morning Of Crazy Aquarius
Bill Coon/Ron Peters Footprints No Boundaries
Nelson Boschman Trio Jerusalem Hymn Keeping Time
Nelson Boschman Trio When I Survey The Wondrous Cross Keeping Time
Nelson Boschman Trio Waking Up Happy Keeping Time
Nelson Boschman Trio Fairest Lord Jesus Keeping Time
Jerrold Dubyk Quintet Every Sinner Has a Future /, invi'tei.shens/

An Empty Tomb and Sunny Skies

This week I am presenting an hour of music of hope and light. breaking forth like the dawn.  It's Easter and amidst the candy eggs and chocolate bunnies is a message of love, forgiveness, reconciliation and hope.  May the light of God's love shine into your life and through you into the lives of others!
It's what I play!

Painting: Late Afternoon by Lawrie Dignan

 

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  • Posted on: 10 September 2017
  • By: Jazz Spectrum