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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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Coming Up:

40 Years of Music at VCC and Remembering Clark Terry

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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

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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.
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John Alcorn plays Vancouver's St. James Hall on Valentine's Day

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Seamus Blake on Eddie Harris, and more

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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

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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.
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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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The Best of 2014

We look back on the year that was with highlights from our favourite shows. Hear how the legendary Tommy Banks ended up on the road at 15. Saxophonist Steve Kaldestad reveals his soft spot for Kenny G, and Huey Lewis and the News. Pianist Cat Toren shares stories of what it's like to be starting out in New York City. And as well, Michael Kaeshammer shares his love of B.C. and tells the story of hanging with the legendary bandleader and former Senator Tommy Banks.
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Winter Jazz

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.
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Photo by June Hunter



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Hot Air - More from our musical vaults

We take another trip to the Hot Air Archives. BC's jazz show has been on the air since 1947, and we'll bring you archival gems from the shows early days.
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