The weather outside might
be frightful this time of year, but the jazz that inspires us is delightful. We
embrace the cold and the impending holiday season with some winter
songs. From Ellington's take on the Nutcracker to Suite to Brubeck's
Winter Ballad, to BC's own Chris Davis, Karin Plato, and the B3
kings...we'll play a few of our favourite things, musically speaking.
This week on Hot Air...winter's coming, but there's plenty bloomin' in
BC's jazz garden. We've got a crop of new releases from folks like Dee
Daniels, Michael Blake, Jennifer Scott, Adonis Puentes, and Cory Weeds
Cellar Live label--including Champian Fulton, Louis Hayes and the
Cannonball Adderley Legacy Band
What makes a great jazz ballad? We'll find out from singer Joe
Coughlin. The two time national jazz winner wraps his smoky voice around
some real classics on his new album Saloon Standard. Joe Coughlin will be Margaret Gallagher's guest this Saturday afternoon on Hot Air.
This week on Hot Air, talent times two. Jillian Lebeck and Adam Thomas
started playing music together while in high school. That musical
friendship has blossomed through the years, and now they're creating an
album together of vocal duets, channeling the spirit of Ella and Louis
and Elis Regina and AC Jobim. We'll get a preview, this Saturday
afternoon and hear about their upcoming Heart and Soul concert on
November 27th at St. James Hall.
Alan Matheson answers the question "What Makes It Jazz?" with his
popular music appreciation courses at the VSO School of Music. This week
he joins us for a crash course in Swing. Alan will turn his
encyclopedia knowledge of jazz to the music of Duke Ellington, Billie
Holiday and Count Basie...with nods to notable swingin' Canadians too
This Saturday, Open Air, an occasional music series hosted by Grant Lawrence, returns with a highlights package from the 2014 CBC Music Festival.
Many of Canada's favorite pop and indie bands played the festival held at Burnaby's Deer Lake Park back on June 14th. You will hear pop sensations Tegan and Sara, the luscious-voiced Hannah Georgas, and straight-to-the-heart songsmith Dan Mangan and Blacksmith.
This Saturday afternoon, our guest will be singer Dawn Pemberton. We've
been looking forward to this day since the last time Dawn was on Hot
Air back in January with drummer Jesse Cahill. She told us then she was
working on the new album...and we made her promise to come back when it
was ready to go. "Say Somethin' " will be officially released on October
28th, but Dawn will give us an early listen this Saturday.
On Hot Air this week...jazz for the Thanksgiving weekend. We're
blessed with an abundance of wonderful jazz music - from the earliest
recordings in New Orleans through to the boundary challenging sounds of
today. So, we're asking - what jazz are you thankful for? Is it a
piece that simply makes you smile...or one that reminds you of someone
or a special time in your life? Giving thanks for great jazz...this weekend on Hot Air.