Sunday, October 08, 2006

October 8, 2006 It's a Blustery Fall Day
My show, Melva's Musings on Jazz, is dedicated to playing the best of NC's jazz music - pulling both from our past and our current musicians. Join me on WCOM out of Carrboro, North Carolina.
  • Nina Simone (born in Tryon, NC); Anthology CD; I Wish I Knew How it Felt to Be Free (theme song for my show)
  • Brother Yusef Salim (living in Durham, NC for last 25 years); Songs of Brother Yusef CD; songs A Hymm for Us All & Venus de Milo With Arms
  • Adia Ledbetter; First Take CD; Beautiful Love with Brother Yusef on piano, Freeman Ledbetter on bass, Raymond Codrington on trumpet, and Will Terrell on drums (Durham-based musicians)
  • Professor Longhair; Rum & Coke CD; 501 Boggie
  • Gabriel Pelli & Katharine Whalen (Triangle-based musicians); Europa Jazz CD; I cover the Waterfront
  • Chick Corea; My Spanish Heart CD; Armando's Rhumba
  • Alan Neese Quintet (musicians live in the Greensboro, NC area; Omen Seeker CD; Wood Heat
  • Frankie Alexander (Durham-based singer) & Scott Warner (lived and performed in greater Chapel Hill area for over ten; Jazz Vocalist CD; Feeling Like Someone in Love
  • Greg Brink (Triangle-based& Tony Galiani (Carrboro-based bass player); Jazz Duo CD; There is No Greater Love
  • Sawyer - Goldberg (all Durham-based musicians); Jazzadelia CD; Softly As In a Morning Sunrise
  • Gabe Evens Trio (Triangle-based musicians Gabe Evens on piano, John Brown on bass, and Bobby Cohen on Drums; Connection CD; Beep Bop
  • Kevin Van Sant (Durham-based guitar player) & Mahlon Hoard (Pittsboro-based sax player); On a Whim CD; Moonlight in Vermont
  • Michael D. Jones; It Makes You Wonder CD; Stella By Starlight
  • Bus Brown (lived in Durham for over 20 years, now in Baltimore and celebrating his 99th year); The Story Teller album; Did You Thank Allah
  • Joao Gilberto and Grady Tate on drums (he is from Durham); Amorosa/Brasil CD; Tin Tin Por Tin Tin
  • Max Roach (from New Land, NC); 3/4 Time CD; I'll Take Romance
  • Ray Charles & Van Morrison; Genius Loves Company CD; Crazy Love
  • Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie on piano (went to high school in Laurinburg, NC), Max Roach on drums (New Land, NC), Miles Davis on trumpet; Curly Russell on bass; Ken Burns Jazz CD- Charlie Parker; Anthropology
  • Robert Griffin (Carrboro-based piano player); NC: A State of Music CD; Killing Me Softly
  • Dizzy Gillespie; Ool-Ya-Koo CD; Ko Ko & Leap Here
  • Billy Taylor; Taylor Made at the Kennedy Center CD; I Wish I Knew How It Felt to be Free
Please join me again next week at on Sunday from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. EST on WCOM and 103.5 on the dial

Monday, October 02, 2006

October 1, 2006 Show of Melva's Musings on Jazz
I seemed to have the 'blues' going tonight with my choice of songs and mood. I played Blue Moon, Blues Waltz, The Blues, Blue Monk and Blue Salsa. My show features the sounds of NC jazz musicians.

Tonights playlist is:

  • Nina Simone (born in Tryon, NC); Anthology CD; theme song which I open and close my show with - I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free by Billy Taylor from Greenville, NC.
  • Elvis Presley; A Touch of Platinum CD; Blue Moon. Elvis does not hail from NC but he certainly knows how to sing gospel and the blues - two vital tap roots of jazz; and I love his interpretation of this great song.
  • Aaron Neville; Nature Boy CD; Cry Me A River. I rarely miss the opportunity to throw into the mix a song by Aaron.
  • Max Roach (born in New Land, NC); 3/4 Time CD; Blues Waltz.
  • Lola Youngman; This Can't Be Love CD; I Don't Stand a Ghost of a Chance with You. Lola was accompanied by the Dave Youngman Quartet from Greensboro, NC.
  • Bus Brown; Story Teller record; It Never Was Always. Bus Brown is a 99-year young jazz singer, performer, teacher, composer and a fine generous-hearted man. He lived for over 10 years in Durham, NC and has returned to his hometown of Baltimore.
  • Mahlon Hoard (from NC and living in Chapel Hill) with Tyson Rogers and Rick Lassiter; The Land Outside CD; Falling Arch.
  • Brother Yusef Salim; The Songs of Yusef CD; A Humn For Us All. This plaintiff anti-war song is unfortunately a song for all seasons. The song is written and performed by Brother Yusef, who was originally from Baltimore but has lived and performed in the Durham area for the last 25 years.
  • Kevin Van Sant/Mahlon Hoard; On a Whim CD; Blue Monk. Kevin lives in Durham, NC.
  • Gabe Evens Trio with John Brown on bass and Bobby Cohen on drums; Connection CD; Blue Salsa. Gabe lives in Durham and is currently back in school to further his musical studies at the University of Miami.
  • Al Green & Lyle Lovett; Rhythm, Country & Blues CD; Funny How Time Slips Away. This is a wonderful CD that mixes artists from differing genres - check it out!
  • Sawyer-Goldberg; Jazzadelia CD; Black Orpheus. The group is from Durham, NC.
  • Mary Lou Williams; My Mama Pinned a Rose on Me CD; The Blues. Mary Lou Williams finished her life as a teacher, mentor and inspiration at Duke University in Durham, NC. On this song, she is accompanied by Cynthia Tyson, a Durham-based singer. I was saddened to hear that Ms. Tyson has passed away.
  • Frankie Alexander & Scott Warner; Jazz favorites demo: Feeling Like Someone in Love and Alone Together. Frankie is a jazz singer and resides and performs in the Triangle area of NC. She will have a new CD coming out in December, 2006. Scott Warner lived, taught, wrote and performed in the Triangle Area. He currently resides in Oakland, CA.
  • Joao Gilberto with Grady Tate on drums; Amoroso/Brazil CD; Besame Mucho. Grady Tate grew up in Durham, NC and attended there the North Carolina Central University.
  • Dizzy Gillespie; Ool-Ya-Koo CD; Cubana Be. Dizzy went to high school in Laurinberg, NC.
  • Al Neese; The Omen Seeker CD; Wood Heat. Al lives in Greensboro, NC.
  • Ray Charles; Genius Loves Company CD; You Don't Know Me with Diana Krall joining him on this song.
  • Robert Griffin; NC: A State of Music CD; Killing Me Softly. Robert lives in Carrboro, NC and performs in the greater Triangle area.
  • Charlie Parker/Dizzy Gillespie/Max Roach; Charlie Parker; Ken Burns Series CD; Koko.
  • Chick Corea; My Spanish Heart CD; Day Danse. He will perform on Oct. 14th at Memorial Hall on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
  • Tony Galiani on bass and Greg Brink on piano; jazz CD demo; There is No Greater Love. Tony lives in Carrboro, NC and was a primary volunteer who helped organize the jazz sector of the Carrboro Music Festival. Thanks, Tony!
  • Billy Taylor; Taylor Made CD; I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to be Free. Billy Taylor is from Greenville, NC. I begin and end my show with his song.

Please join me on the web for a webstreaming version of my show which comes to you live from the WCOM studio in downtown Carrboro at Just click on the button in the upper-righthand corner and you'll be connected. My show is every Sunday night from 7:00 - 9:00 EST.

September 24, 2006 "Happy Birthday, John Coltrane!"
I celebrated the music and birthday (September 23th) of jazz legend John Coltrane. John was born in Hamlet, North Carolina. Half of my playlist consisted of his recordings and the other half were songs of the NC jazz artists who performed at the Carrboro Music Festival on Septeber 24th. Please join us next year for the Music Festival and a wonderful day in Carrboro.

I want to thank my young d.j. assistants of Erin, Heather, Nell, and Molly who helped me in the studio. Please join me by web-broadcast by going to My show is on every Sunday night from 7:00-9:00 EST and features the music of NC jazz musicians - past and present.