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Coming Up:

Musical Portrait of Clark Terry with Alan Matheson

This week on Hot Air...we pay tribute to the late great Clark Terry. Fellow trumpet player Alan Matheson is planning a special concert in Victoria in Clark Terry's honour. Alan will join us to share some favourite music and stories from his old friend.

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Springtime New Releases

This Saturday on Hot Air, spring has arrived and, as sure as April showers bring May flowers, the new season brings us a great burst of fresh recordings from artists near and far. We'll hear music by Oliver Gannon & Miles Black, The Dan Brubeck Quartet, Laila Biali, The Cookers Quintet and many more.


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

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Tribute to Billie Holiday

This week on Hot Air

, we'll celebrate singer Billie Holiday.  The legendary vocalist has influenced generations of
jazz artists. One hundred years after her birth, hits like "Strange Fruit", "God Bl
ess the Child" and "Ain't Nobody's Business" still inspire performers today.
This Saturday, we'll devote the hour to "Lady Day" and also hear from some of the singers who've fallen under her spell.

Molly Johnson talks about her Billie Holiday tribute on

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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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Remembering a Legend: Linton Garner's 100th Birthday

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Photo: Brian Nation, 2002

This week on Hot Air, remembering Linton Garner. The talented pianist played with the likes of Miles Davis, Billy Eckstine and Duke Ellington in the 1940s, but remained lesser known than his famous younger brother Erroll Garner.

In 1974, Lint
on Garner settled in Vancouver where he became a beloved fixture at Rossini's restaurant until his passing in 2003. His brother remained close to his heart, and near the end of his life, Garner staged a moving tribute concert to his brother called "I Never Said Goodbye," which became a documentary. This weekend, we'll celebrate what would been Linton Garner's 100th birthday with some special friends and special music.

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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.