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The Latest Adds to the Jazz 88 Music Library
Blog Name: Jazz 88.3 Library Blog - New This WeekAuthor: Vince Outlaw Posted on: February 16, 2011
NEW THIS WEEK FOR 2/17/11 - Finally adding the Mingus Big Band 2010 Grammy Winner for Best Large Ensemble Jazz Album...hoo ray! New Charlie Haden music and new music from Art Hillery, the pianist for our last Jazz Live with Red Holloway and Plas Johnson.

BANN – “AS YOU LIKE” (Saxophone/highly electrified guitar quartet, doing mostly
originals and some standards).

PETER ELDRIDGE – “MAD HEAVEN” (Vocalist/pianist, doing mostly straight-ahead,
original material).

DIRK FISHCER & GEORGE STONE – “COMING OF AGE” (Swinging big band, with
a mix of originals and jazz tunes).

quartet, with all-star females on vocal tracks, backed by strings).

CURT HANRAHAN QUARTET – “SOULJOURNER” (Saxophonist/flutist, recorded
live. Mix of originals and jazz tunes).

ARET HILLERY – “WORKS OF ART” (Pianist, leading various band configurations.
All originals, with 3 vocal tracks).

MAD ROMANCE – “AIM HIGH” (Vocal ensemble, doing Great American Songbook,
with a couple of new standards).

vocalist, with a good voice, doing mostly standards).

recorded live, mostly progressive performances).

ALON NECHUSHTAN – “WORDS BEYOND” (Hard driving piano trio, doing all

PLUNGE – “TIN FISH TANGO” (Various horns, backed by only a bass, doing all
The Red Holloway Quartet w Plas Johnson at Jazz Live San Diego 2011.02.08
Blog Name: Jazz LiveAuthor: Vince Outlaw Posted on: February 8, 2011
I'm blogging the show live and you can listen at or 88.3 FM in San Diego....

9:23 Tune 11 <a blues shouter> They didn't say this was the end, but it sure looks like it based on the time...heading downstairs....

Looks like this will be the tune before the last one...then it's down for the close and onto the rest of the show...

9:14 Tune 10 "Theme from Pink Panther" Plas Johnson plays on the tune that made him knew he recorded the famous saxophone solo on this tune, right?!

9:07 Tune 9 "Delilah" featuring pianist Art Hillary. Richard Reid is really growly playing the bass...his microphone pickup on the bass really picks him up...sounds great! Everyone's taking a turn on this one...Garryck King on drums just did a nice thing with mallets...I think.

9:01 Tune 8 "Drink Muddy Water" with Red taking the lead on vocals and letting the theatre audience get a few responses in to his calls. The band swings.

8:58 Station ID Break and Q&A: We heard stories about Red and Plas' time in the Army. Red as a bandleader, after doing a stint in the motor pool and 'red lining' his pay...I guess that means he didn't take his pay for some reason. Plas was happy to be done with his time!

Time for me to figure out what we are going to banter and babble about at the 9PM station ID break.

8:47 Tune 7 "Caravan" Red sings the lyric to remember the name of the tune...featuring Garryck King on the buckets.

8:38 Tune 6 "Talk of the Town" Nice ballad choice. Again, Plas calling the tunes as he sees them from the stage. And his buddy Red is hanging right there with the band on he wishes he was playing side by side with Plas (they talked about this in the pre-recorded interview).

8:31 Tune 5 "I Feel Good" A little James Brown being pulled out of the hat by Plas. The crowd is loving it!

8:25 Tune 4 "Yes, Yes" - Red does some magic rhyming 'pass' with 'yes'.

Red schmoozing the fine ladies with a tune he just wrote...I think I know the title...I cleared this for on-air...we'll see if I regret that decision!

8:17 Tune 3 "Hittin The Jug" - Plas wailing on a slow blues, after deciding what they were going to play. Looks like there isn't a set list for tonight's festivities!

8:10 Tune 2 <some title> Red Holloway leads the packed Seville Theatre in a blues sing-a-long.

8:01 Tune 1 "Lucky So and So" We didn't quite hit the 8:00 mark with the first tune, so I wonder what the 'toss' sounded like...the end of Tune 0 and then we went right into the show...LIVE radio with Jazz Legends at it's most unpredictable!

7: 56 Tune 0 "My Shining Hour" Supposed to be for the theatre only, as a last mix check for broadcast...but they didn't quite finish before the 8:00 toss from the studio, so I'm sure the radio audience heard the end of it, with my "LIVE from the Seville Theatre..." opener.

Some pre-show stuff...

Plas, Richard, and Garryk at the soundcheck...
Me with Red and Plas after the Jazz Live San Diego interview...
VO, Red Holloway, Plas Johnson - Plas Johnson Soundcheck - Jazz Live San Diego TONIGHT 8-10PM PT Jazz 88.3 FM

VO, Red Holloway, Plas Johnson - Plas Johnson Soundcheck - Jazz Live San Diego TONIGHT 8-10PM PT Jazz 88.3 FM

Jazz Live San Diego TONIGHT 8-10PM PT @Jazz88 88.3 FM Red Holloway w Plas Johnson!!

Noah Preminger - Before The Rain
Blog Name: Jazz 88.3 Library Blog - New This WeekAuthor: Vince Outlaw Posted on: February 7, 2011

Interview with Noah on The New Jazz Thing, Monday, February 28, 2011
  Noah Preminger "Before The Rain" by Vince Outlaw

Noah Preminger - Before The Rain

Trio of Oz - Trio of Oz
Blog Name: Jazz 88.3 Library Blog - New This WeekAuthor: Vince Outlaw Posted on: February 7, 2011

Omar Hakim and Rachel Z of The Trio of Oz on The Jazz Thing 201102028 by Vince Outlaw
Trio of Oz is Rachel Z piano, Omar Hakim drums, and Maeve Royce bass.

  • PopMatters: " The album lacks for nothing as far as musical talent, with Hakim’s deft handiwork on drums, Rachel Z’s rollercoaster waves of piano movements, and Royce’s rumbling bass lines. They even manage to add flavor to some of the original compositions with flourishing solos and tempo changes, as in the Trio’s revisit of “Angry Chair” by Alice in Chains. " "The downside is that the Trio doesn’t always mesh as a single unit. At times, their collaboration seems more like three soloists playing at once, each one elbowing the other for coveted space."
  • Sea of Tranquility (John Neudorf): "The trio produces a full rich sound that will have all jazz fans reaching for their wallets. This may in fact be my favourite jazz CD this year and when you look at the players it is not hard to see why." "What makes this album a little different is the choice of songs the trio chose to tackle. Instead of the usual standards of the past, they have mostly reworked recent rock and pop compositions, making this a completely refreshing and rewarding listen. Although I encourage rock/pop fans to give this a listen, this is still a jazz recording through and through, albeit a very good one."
  • (Jeff Winbush): "The eclectic and restless musical tastes of drummer Omar Hakim and pianist Rachel Nicolazzo (aka Rachel Z) offer some mighty impressive bait to reel them in, The Trio of Oz's repertoire reading like an hour's worth of college radio station programming." "...rendering their creation of new ways to splice the seemingly contradictory jazz and rock idioms together into some sort of mutant hybrid—capturing the fun of the latter without compromising the integrity of the former—completely understandable."
The Latest Adds to the Jazz 88 Music Library
Blog Name: Jazz 88.3 Library Blog - New This WeekAuthor: Vince Outlaw Posted on: February 3, 2011
Some great new added by Joe, including the Marcus Shelby, Lisa Hilton...will be interesting to hear the Marcus Miller and Omar Hakim/Rachel Z things. You can hear a lot of this for the first time on radio weekly on The New Jazz Thing (, 6-8 PM PT Thursdays on Jazz 88.3 FM and


HERB ALPERT & LANI HALL – “I FEEL YOU” (Mostly vocal album, with a
contemporary vibe).

MATIJA DEDIC TRIO – “MD IN NYC” (Piano trio, with a mixed bag of standards and
originals, quiet tunes and progressive jams).

PHIL DeGREG – “AMAZONAS” (Nice Brazilian grooves on originals, jazz tunes and

MIKE DiRUBBO – “CHRONOS” (Saxophone-organ trio, with an edgy groove to it,
doing all originals).

OMAR HAKIM/RACHEL Z – “THE TRIO OF OZ” (Piano trio, doing jazz versions of
tunes by Alice in Chains, Coldplay, Depeche Mode and the like).

LISA HILTON – “UNDERGROUND” (Typically nice release from this pianist, doing all
her own compositions).

AMY LONDON – “LET’S FLY” (Female vocalist doing standards and jazz tunes. Nice

GENE LUDWIG – “LOVE NOTES OF COLE PORTER” (Great jams on Porter tunes by
this organist, who died last year. Various band configurations).

MARCUS MILLER – “A NIGHT IN MONTE CARLO” (Bassist, backed by the Monte
Carlo Philharmonic, with a mixed bag of contemporary, straight-ahead and Brazilian

release of vocals on one, and progressive instrumentals on the two).

big band recordings of songs made famous during the Civil Rights Movement).

DENNIS TAYLOR – “STEPPIN’ UP” (Saxophone/organ trio, funky but straight-ahead
versions of originals and new standards).

DOUG WEBB – “RENOVATIONS” (Another outstanding, straight-ahead quartet
release by this saxophonist, doing all standards).
The Latest Adds to the Jazz 88 Music Library
Blog Name: Jazz 88.3 Library Blog - New This WeekAuthor: Vince Outlaw Posted on: January 26, 2011
NEW THIS WEEK FOR 1/27/11 - I'll be featuring a lot of this music for the first time on Jazz Radio Thursday, January 26, 2011 on The New Jazz Thing with Vince Outlaw (, Blog

ERNESTINE ANDERSON – “NIGHTLIFE” (Legendary singer, backed by an all-star
band, recorded live).

STEVE COLE – “MOONLIGHT” (Saxophonist, backed by strings, doing old and new

SHAWN COSTANTINO – “WALTZ FOR ANNIE” (Multi-reed player, doing an edgy
mix of originals and standards).

MAC GOLLEHON – “STRAIGHT AHEAD” (Trumpeter, with a lot of overdubs, doing
originals and standards, with a great back up band).

ROBERT HURST – “BOB YA HEAD” (Very eclectic mix of contemporary, bass solos
and word jazz).

GRACE KELLY/PHIL WOODS – “MAN WITH THE HAT” (The two aloists, with a
great rhythm section, doing a straight-ahead mix of originals and standards).

TOM LUER – “PROJECT POPULAR” (Sax player, doing an edgy mix of all original

NANCY MARANO – “MAGIC” (Female vocalist, doing mostly the Great American
Songbook, backed by an all-star band).

CAROLYN NELSON – “COME A LITTLE CLOSER” (Female vocalist, doing
standards and jazz tunes).

JAIMEE PAUL – “MELANCHOLY BABY” (Female vocalist, doing old and new

JEREMY PELT – “THE TALENTED MR. PELT” (Trumpet/sax quintet, with a
collection of great, straight-ahead originals).

“SEVENTH HEAVEN” – (Various group configurations, doing all straight-ahead

DIEGO URCOLA – “APPRECIATION” (Trumpeter, with original tunes paying tribute
to his favorite artists).

MARTY WILLIAMS – “LONG TIME COMIN” (Male pianist/vocalist, doing jazz tunes
and standards).
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