Sunday, August 31, 2008

May 18, 2008 In a Coltrane Kind of Mood
I was in a John Coltrane mood. Coltrane is a native of Hamlet, NC. He is certainly one of North Carolina's, the nation's and the world's finest jazz player. It was a great evening focusing on his music tonight. You can hear my show on WCOM every Sunday evening from 7:00 - 9:00 at 103.5 FM in the Carrboro/CH area or any where in the world by going to the web.

Here's a YouTube posting of a young Coltrane playing with a young Miles Davis - enjoy.

Playlist -
  • Nina Simone (b. Tryon, NC); Anthology CD; I Wish I Knew How it Would Feel to be Free
  • John Coltrane (b. Hamlet, NC); My Favorite Things CD: But Not For Me
  • John Coltrane Quartet; Ballads CD; All or Nothing at All
  • John Coltrane; My Favorite Things CD; Everytime We Say Goodbye
  • John Coltrane; Lush Life CD; Lush Life
  • John Coltrane; Ballads; You Don't Know What Love Is
  • John Coltrane: A Love Supreme CD; Acknowlegment
  • Eva Cassidy & Chuck Brown; The Other Side CD: Over the Rainbow
  • Jamuna (lives Chatham County, NC); The Innocence to Cry CD; Moscow Night
  • Ray Charles; You Don't Know Me
  • Frankie Alexander (lives Durham, NC); Mad About the Words CD; I Loves You Porgy
  • Buena Vista Social Club CD; Chan Chan
  • Cesaria Evora; Sao Vicente CD; Sao Vicente Di Longe
  • Joao Gilberto with Grady Tate on drums (Durham, NC); Amoroso/Brasil CD; Besame Mucho
  • Robert Griffin (lives Carrboro, NC); NC: A State of Music; Killing Me Softly
  • Elmer Gibson (lives Raleigh, NC); The Reach of Memory CD; Changes
  • Greg Brink & Tony Galiani (lives Carrboro, NC); You & the Night & the Music

May 11, 2008 Young, Cool, Jazzy Cats
Clif Wallace and jazz friends, Ron Baxter and Jack Hill, played live on my show in the studios of WCOM. Clif is a talented jazz drummer, and a recent graduate of the Jazz Program at NC Central University. After being away from the area for a while, he can now be heard in local clubs. Joining him were Ron and Jack. Ron Baxter is also a recent graduate of NCCU and now teaches jazz at Shaw University in Raleigh. Ron plays sax. Jack Hill is a current jazz student at UNC-CH. Ron and Jack were guests on my show previously, and it was great to have them back. Clif and Ron are players and composers and have great promise.

Playlist -
  • Straight No Chaser
  • Fe Fi Fo Fum
  • Very Early
  • Heaven
  • Mr. PC
  • Rhythm-A-Ning
  • Stella By Starlight
  • Invitation
  • Pinochio

April 20, 2008 Stephen Anderson & Trio
I was pleased to have the Stephen Anderson and Trio join me in the studio to play their music live and to share music from Steve Anderson's new CD, Forget Not. He is on the faculty in the UNC-CH Music Department. Steve grew up in a musically talented family, and during the show his parents and brother called in from Utah. Steve was raised on classical music and hymns and then moved into jazz, where he incorporates components of his earlier training and love of music. Joining Steve in the studio was Dan Davis on drums and Peter Innocenti on bass. Steve lives in Chapel Hill, Peter in Durham, and Dan in Cary. They have dates at clubs in the area. I was thrilled to have Steve with me on the show and am a great fan of his CD, which is available in local stores.

Playlist -
  • Bye Bye Blackbird
  • Rhythm-A-Thing
  • T'so Political
  • But Not For Me
  • I Love You for Sentimental Reasons
  • In Walked Bud
Melva's Musings on Jazz is broadcast every Sunday evening from 7:00-9:00 from the studios of WCOM in downtown Carrboro, NC. Please join me in the immediate area on the dial at 103.5 fm or from anywhere in the world on the internet by going to WCOM's website at and clicking on the web-streaming button. You can call me during the show at 919 929-9601.