Tuesday, July 24, 2007

July 8, 2007 Celebrating NC Jazz Musicians
It's been a long time since I've been without guests on my show. I missed the fun of meeting new musicians and hearing their music, but enjoyed having the evening to share some of my favorite jazz music with a special focus on that produced by NC jazz musicians. This painting is by jazz musician and artist, John Fayson.

I marked what would have been the 100th birthday this July 14th of legendary jazz singer and song writer, Bus Brown. Bus hailed from Baltimore but following the trail of Brother Yusuf Salim, he came to Durham and provided great inspiration for many a new jazz musician rising up in the area. Bus passed away this February. There was a great jazz jam in his honor on July 14th in Durham, and to mark his birthday and to celebrate the life and works of Brother Yusuf.

Play list
  • Nina Simone (b. Tryon, NC); Anthology CD; I Wish I Knew How it Would Feel to be Free
  • Solomon Burke; Don't Give Up on Me CD; None of Us are Free
  • Leonard Cohen; More of the Best of Leonard Cohen CD; Waltz & Democracy
  • Yusuf Salim (lives Durham, NC); Yusuf Sings Yusuf CD; A Hymm for Us All
  • Charlie Haden & Hank Jones; Steal Away CD; Wade in the Water & We Shall Overcome
  • Frankie Alexander (lives Durham, NC); Mad About the Words CD; Porgy & Bess
  • Dave Youngman (lives Raleigh, NC); Usual Suspects CD; Song for My Father & My Funny Valentine
  • Bus Brown (lived Durham, NC); The Story Teller album; Freedom & Money
  • Nina Simone; Anthology CD; Mississippi Goddamm
  • Bus Brown; Story Teller album; The Switch is On
  • Martin Eagle (lives Durham, NC) Trio; The Hipster CD; If Not for You
  • Adia Ledbetter (lives Durham, NC); First Take CD; Route 66
  • Nnenna Freelon; Heritage CD; Bewitched
  • Cesario Evora; Sao Vicente CD; Tiempo Y Silencio
  • Mary Lou Williams (died in Durham, NC); My Mama Pinned a Rose on Me CD; The Blues
  • Alan Neese (lives Greensboro, NC); Omen Seeker; Blue & Silver
  • Billy Taylor (born Greenville, NC) Trio; Music Keeps Us Young CD; I Wish I Knew How it Would Feel to be Free


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