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Hot Air
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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Soul Party- One More Time!

This week on Hot Air...singing and swinging. Drummer Jesse Cahill and singer Dawn Pemberton guide us on a journey that explores collaborations between great singers and great bands, from Nancy Wilson and Cannonball Adderly to Joe Williams with Mel Lewis and Thad Jones...and more.

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40 Year Anniversary of Live at the Planetarium


This week we bring you jazz that's out of this world, as we head to the Planetarium, circa 1975.

That's when legendary Vancouver saxophonist Fraser MacPherson staged a historic concert which spawned the album, "Live at the Planetarium." It launched MacPherson's solo career, lead to worldwide touring, and inspired generations of aspiring jazz musicians.

On March 20, top BC jazz artists come together for a 40th anniversary concert at the Planetarium, with proceeds going to the Fraser MacPherson Scholarship Fund.

This Saturday, we'll get a preview of the concert with original guitarist Oliver Gannon and Fraser McPherson's son, Guy.

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Ella, Duke, Basie, Herbie and Oscar in the Archives

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This week Hot Air unlocks the vaults to bring you rare conversations with some of the giants of jazz. Longtime host Bob Smith would interview all the greats when they came to town, recording them backstage, in their hotel rooms or in studio. This week you'll hear Count Basie (1965), Herbie Hancock (1968), Ella Fitzgerald (1972), Duke Ellington (1962) and Oscar Peterson (1970).

CBC Music producer Michael Juk has posted full versions of some of these interviews online as part of a Giants of Jazz series. Click the links below to find out more.

Giants of Jazz: Herbie Hancock
Giants of Jazz: Ella Fitzgerald
Giants of Jazz: Duke Ellington
Giants of Jazz: Oscar Peterson

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40 Years of Music at VCC and Remembering Clark Terry

Dave Robbins founded the jazz studies department at VCC's School of Music
This week on Hot air, we celebrate 40 years of great music at Vancouver Community College. Some of the brightest lights on BC's jazz scene have studied and/or taught at VCC's School of Music, including Dave Robbins, Sharon Minemoto, Michael Blake and Alan Matheson.

We also remember the late, great Clark Terry. The trumpet legend touched many lives around the world. We'll hear from Ingrid Jensen, who considered him a mentor. Alan Matheson was part of project that temporarily named a Vancouver street after Terry. Click here to find out more.

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Neil's Nightclubs: Longtime Hot Air producer on jazz hotspots of yesteryear


Neil Ritchie produced Hot Air for 30 years, and has soaked up plenty of great live jazz over the years. This week we welcome Neil back to the Hot Air to share memories and music from great Vancouver jazz hotspots from yesterday. From the Tiffany lamp-filled Attic to the Jazz Cellar to Gastown's Classical Joint and Anchor--Neil was there. He'll bring us some great music, including hard to find tracks from folks like Almeta Speaks, Lance Harrison and the Dick Smith Trio.

Since Neil retired from CBC in 2008, he's been  busy teaching jazz appreciation classes. He's got classes coming up at the West Vancouver Public Library, the Jewish Community Centre of Greater Vancouver, and Brock House. And look out for his courses at SFU Continuing Studies.

Also on the program this week, we bring you a preview from Waxwing's newest album, A Bowl of Sixty Taxidermists. They've got a performance at Performance Works on February 22 at 12:30 as part of Winterupption.

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The Perfect Song for Valentine's Day

What is the perfect jazz recording for Valentine's Day? We asked people like Terri Lyne Carrington, Cory Weeds, Seamus Blake and Karin Plato. Tune into hear music from Louis Armstrong, Joni Mitchell, Ross Taggart, John Coltrane and John Alcorn (who performs in Vancouver on Valentine's Day). And yes, My Funny Valentine made the list. Tune in on Valentine's Day to find out whose version.
John Alcorn plays Vancouver's St. James Hall on Valentine's Day

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Seamus Blake on Eddie Harris, and more

Photo by Juan Carlos Hernandez

Vancouver-raised/New York based saxophonist Seamus Blake is back in town for a special concert called Eh! A tribute to the great American jazzman Eddie Harris. Seamus started these concerts at New York's
Smoke jazz club...and he's excited to be bringing the project to his hometown. Seamus brings us a preview of the show, plus shares unreleased tracks from his upcoming album, The Last Continent.

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Summer Evening Jazz with Alan Matheson


We'll take you from a summer's evening in Finland to Stan Kenton's Sunset Tower, with our special guest, Alan Matheson. Alan is a performer, composer, bandleader and teacher with a wealth of musical knowledge.

He's just released an album with longtime friend and collaborator, Helsinki bassist Wade Mikkola. "Summer Evening" is inspired by the music of Finnish composer Oskar Merikanto. Alan will be bring that album to to UBC's Music on the Point concert series on February 6, to the Jazz Vespers series at Saint Andrew's Wesley Church in Vancouver on February 8, and to the Scandanavian Community Centre on February 13.

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January 17, 2015 - Jazz inspired by light

In honour of the United Nations International Year of Light, we're playing music inspired by different types of light--from sunshine to starlight to moonglow. You'll hear from Ella Fitzgerald, Michael Occhipinti's Shine On, Laila Baila, Oscar Peterson and more. 

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Musical Mentors VI

Behind every great jazz musician is a great mentor or two (or more!). Hot Air talks to Jillian Lebeck, Michael Kaeshammer, Tommy Banks and Steve Kaldestad about their musical mentors. Plus lots of great music.
Michael Kaeshammer

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Latin Getaway

It's the time of year when we all need a tropical getaway, join us for a Latin jazz escape. Our co-pilot on this musical adventure is trumpet player Malcolm Aiken of the bands Tanga and Mazacote. He also happens to have a master's degree in ethnomusicogy. Malcolm takes us on a musical journey through time a space that included 1940s New York to present day Havana, with touchdowns in Vancouver and Toronto.
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