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June is Jazz Festival Month and as we do on The Jazz Show every year, we present our special Jazz Festival Preview. Gavin will take a back seat and introduce his good friend, John Orysik, the long time Media Director and Founding Father of the Coastal Jazz & Blues Society, the producers of the Vancouver International Jazz Festival. John will bring a whole batch of great music that will be part of this year’s festival. Despite his many years with the Festival, John’s enthusiasm and energy never seem to diminish. It’s always a fun and lively get-together and you’ll get an inside look at one of the biggest events of Vancouver’s festival season and an insider’s perspective of one of the most diverse and innovative Jazz Festivals in North America. This is a “don’t miss” show so don’t miss it!
Miles Davis in Sweden March 22,1960 is tonight’s Jazz Feature. Miles Davis and his Quintet were booked for a European tour and Miles’ saxophonist John Coltrane had told Miles that he wished to leave the band as he had begun his own projects and wanted to move ahead with them Davis begged Coltrane to do the tour and reluctantly Mr. Coltrane said “yes”. Miles Davis had always given Coltrane much freedom to play as long as he wished in the band and Coltrane took full advantage in this last go-around. The music is superb and there is a special energy in the whole band. Miles and Coltrane make the most of the music and the rhythm section of pianist Wynton Kelly, bassist Paul Chambers and drummer Jimmy Cobb rise to the occasion. As a special treat, we’ll hear also a short but revealing interview with John Coltrane done backstage during the intermission by Swedish Jazz writer Carl-Eric Lindgren. There’s some good listening tonight!
Tonight’s Jazz Feature puts vibes master Bobby Hutcherson and his band in the spotlight. This was a great working band that was based in San Francisco. They recorded for Blue Note but for many years the recordings were hard to find. It was one of the finest groups of the 1970’s. Bobby of course is on vibraphone, Manny Boyd on soprano and tenor saxophone, Larry Nash on acoustic and electric piano, James Leary on bass and Eddie Marshall on drums. “The View From The Inside” is a marvelous musical experience. Join me tonight to check it out.
Tonight’s Jazz Feature caps off the month with one of the more innovative Jazz recordings from the 1960s. Trombonist/composer Grachan Moncur 111 leads an incredible band with Lee Morgan on trumpet, Jackie McLean on alto saxophone, Bobby Hutcherson once again on vibes, Bob Cranshaw on bass and the phenomenal Tony Williams on drums. Tony was still in his teens here and is amazing. Four of Moncur’s compositions are explored and despite the music being recorded in 1963 it still sounds modern and futuristic. Grachan Moncur 111: “Evolution” is the ticket tonight.