Friday, June 29, 2007

June 17th Jazz Mix Night
Focusing on NC's jazz music and it's musicians, I pull from quite a mix of music. My weekly jazz radio show, coming to you from WCOM in downtown Carrboro, NC, is certainly a 100 Watts of Wonder and community radio at its best. So if you're nearby, please stop by. I'm on every Sunday night from 7:00 - 9:00. You can hear me on the radio at 103.5 fm or on the internet by going to and clicking on the webstreaming button in the upper right-hand button. In honor of Father's Day, I played one of my favorite jazz songs, Horace Silver's Song for My Father. Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there.

My son, Will Okun (photo website is traveling with Nicholas Kristof , and Leana Wen, in Rwanda, Burundi, and E. Congo. Will and Leana won the national competition, Win-A-Trip, sponsored by the New York Times. Their travel adventures are being recorded by video, photographs (including above photo of mother and child by Will Okun), and blogging and all posted on the NY Times website, in the editorial section under the title, Two for the Road. In honor of his journey, I played some from Angelique Kidjo's CD, Orami; she is a Benim-based singer; and Cesaria Evora from St. Vincent.

Playlist -
  • Nina Simone (b. Tryon, NC); Anthology CD; I Wish I Knew How it Would Feel to be Free
  • Frankie Alexander (Durham-based singer); Mad About the Words CD; Taking a Chance on Love
  • Erich Leith & Gabriel Pelli (Carrboro area musicians); Song for My Father
  • Paulo Lopez (Chapel Hill based singer and musicians); Brazilian Soul CD; So Quero um xodo
  • Angelique Kidjo; Orami CD; Never Know
  • Brother Yusuf Salim (Durham piano player); Yusuf Sings Yusuf CD; A Hymn for Us All
  • Cesario Evora; Sao Vicente CD; Dor Di Amor
  • Stanley Turrentine; On a Misty Night CD; Georgia on My Mind
  • Baby Laurence; DanceMaster CD; Baby at Birdland
  • Mary Lou Williams (lived Durham, NC); My Mama Pinned a Rose on Me CD; Blues for Peter
  • Madison Smartt Bell & Wyn Cooper: Forty Words for Fear CD; on 8 miles with Chris Frank from Carrboro playing different instruments on all the songs
  • Solomon Burke; Don't Give Up on Me CD; None of Us are Free
  • Greyboy Allstars; What Happened to TV? CD; Deck Shoes
  • Frank Kimbrough (b. Roxboro, NC); Frank Kimbrough Play CD; Beginning
  • Charlie Haden & Hampton Hawes; As Long as There's Music CD; Hello/Goodby
  • Bus Brown (lived 10 years in Durham); The Story Teller album; Freedom
  • Frankie Alexander; Mad About the Words; Once I Loved
  • Keith Jarrett/Gary Peacock/Jack DeJohnette; Whisper Not CD; Groovin' High


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