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The Jazz Show begins the month of February not forgetting that it is Black History Month and during this month’s shows we will be honouring Black History Month with some music to pay tribute to what this month stands for. However our Jazz Features this month will be paying tribute to some great women Jazz instrumentalists. We begin with Jazz pioneer Mary Lou Williams. Ms.Williams not only is an innovative pianist but a fine composer who contributed mightily to Jazz history. Mary Lou is accompanied by two fine bassists on different tunes, Milton Suggs and Bob Cranshaw. When with Cranshaw, the drummer is the great Mickey Roker and with Suggs, the drummer is conga master Tony Waters. With one exception all the tunes are by Mary Lou Williams. “Zoning” is a wonderful musical experience and tonight’s Jazz Feature.
Tonight’s Jazz Feature is called “Deep Cove” and it is by one of Canada’s finest pianists namely Renee Rosnes. Renee is now based in New York and she has worked with all of the living Jazz Masters. However this album is special as it was recorded on a short return visit to Vancouver and Renee is paired with the wonderful alto and soprano saxophonist Campbell Ryga, Victoria-born Neil Swainson on bass and Vancouver born Rudy Petchauer on drums. The album features compositions by Renee and Campbell and some others. The album is a tribute to the great artistry of these fine musicians.
Emily Remler is tonight’s Jazz Feature and her guitar playing is unmatched. She was a musician of more than great promise who we lost due to drugs. She was only 32 when she died but did leave a fine legacy of recordings. Emily was also a formidable composer too. Tonight we’ll hear Emily accompanied by a variety of musicians playing her tunes and some standards and Jazz favourites. She was destined for greatness and I’m sure you’ll agree when you hear her work.
Our final women’s Jazz Feature for this month is Jane Ira Bloom. Ms. Bloom is a wonderful virtuosa of the often tricky and difficult soprano saxophone. Ms.Bloom has her our own lovely sound on the horn and an abundance of original ideas as well. She is also a fine composer. Tonight’s Jazz Feature is her album “Mighty Lights”. Jane Ira is accompanied by the great Fred Hersch on piano, and a stellar rhythm combination of the late Charlie Haden on bass and Ed Blackwell on drums. 5 of the 6 tunes are hers plus a gorgeous version of Kurt Weill’s touching “Lost in The Stars”. This album is both challenging and accessible. Enjoy “Mighty Lights”.