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with Margaret Gallagher

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Hot Air on Saturdays at 5:05 p.m. (6:05 p.m. MT)
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Coming Up:

Rejean Marois on Billy Strayhorn

This Sunday would have been composer Billy Strayhorn's 100th Birthday. To honour this jazz legend, Hot Air has asked Rejean Marois to tell us about his life and play some favourite tracks - everything from "Take the 'À' Train" to Lush Life, UMMG and many more. We'll also have a clip from the Hot Air archives featuring Billy Strayhorn and Duke Ellington in conversation with Hot Air founding host Bob Smith.
 Rejean Marois teaches at Capilano University and early in the new year he is organizing a special concert to pay tribute to Billy "Sweet Pea" Strayhorn.

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Encore: The Jill Townsend Big Band plays the music of Ross Taggart!

This week we have an encore performance of a show we broadcast last June. Our guests are Jill Townsend and Bill Coon. They released an album with the Jill Townsend Big Band called "Legacy: The Music of Ross Taggart". It's a project they'd worked on ever since Ross passed away in 2013 and the show was rich in emotion and music.

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Fall New Releases

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e're featuring some of the stack of great new jazz releases we've been enjoying this fall. Folks like Susie Arioli, Morgan Childs, Emilie-Claire Barlow, Mazacote. Michael Kaeshammer and more. 
ot new jazz tracks to warm up your cool autumn nights


Check our playlist section for more information on the music we're playing on Hot Air this week.

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Brad Turner - Two New Albums!

This week on Hot Air - Brad Turner. One of our most fearless artists, Brad is a celebrated musician, teacher and producer. The multi-instrumentalist has won many awards 
 is releasing a double album's worth of highly anticipated new music this weekend
​. It's 
his first release as a leader in many years. He'll stop by to give us a preview.
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Halloween Jazz

Trick or treaters will be haunting your doorstep when  Hot Air hits the airwaves this Saturday. And though it might be scary outside, we'll provide a sweet soundtrack for your Halloween festivities - nothing to rattle your chains - just a swingin' hour of devilishly fine jazz from BC and beyond...the grave.

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Africa Roots - African Future with Dr. Kofi Gbolonyo

This week on Hot Air - exploring the African jazz roots of jazz and looking ahead to new global music. Margaret's guest will be Dr. Kofi Gbolonyo, a renowned musical educator and performer. He and his group Adanu Habobo are collaborating with the Capilano University Jazz Studies faculty & students this weekend. They'll present an evening that combines African music, dance and jazz and creates some new musical forms. We'll get a taste this Saturday afternoon.
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Image courtesy UBC

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Chef Chuck Currie cooks up some jazz!

Chuck Currie is best known from his long gig as the Executive Chef of White Spot, and
as the smiling guy from those TV spots. But Chuck is also a fine saxophone player who loves making music as much as he loves cooking. 
Join us for Hot Air this weekend, when Chuck Currie serves up a few of his jazz favourites...plucked from his massive music library.

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Thanksgiving Jazz!

It's the time of year when we love to gather with family and friends and enjoy some fine food. We'll take some of your favourite jazz and blend it gently with a pinch of ours and together create feast of music for your 
 weekend listening pleasure

Photo by garussell11 (Creative Commons)

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Downtown Jazz with Coastal Jazz and Cory Weeds

his week on Hot Air, a jazzy boost for Vancouver. Coastal Jazz - the folks behind the annual Vancouver international jazz festival - are creating a much needed new venue downtown at Frankie's Italian Kitchen at 765 Beatty Street.. Cory Weeds is at the helm, and we'll ask him what he's got planned

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Encore: Maestro Bramwell Tovey

This week on Hot Air - an encore presentation...the Maestro meets Gershwin. You probably know Bramwell Tovey as the celebrated conductor of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. You may not know that he is also a fine jazz pianist and an expert on Gershwin.
 In fact, he travels all over the world, leading great orchestras as they play the music of Gershwin. The always-entertaining Bramwell Tovey will join us this weekend to share some of his favourite Gershwin tunes.

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Autumnal jazz...and a fond farewell to summer

This week on Hot Air we'll say a fond good-bye to summer and welcome in the fall. This time of year is full of change - letting go of some familiar things while embracing what the new season has to bring. It's inspired many jazz musicians over the years and this Saturday we'll play some of our favourites. Join us!
Photo by Phillip Ditchburn