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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:

Cellar Live Celebrates 100 Albums!

This week on Hot Air, Cory Weeds. His vibrant Cellar Live music label is celebrating the release of its 100th album this month. Cory released his first Cellar Live CD 14 years ago and the music he's supported is some of the best to come out of the west coast.He'll drop by to share some stories and play a few of his favourite tracks from the first 100. Join us!

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Maestro Bramwell Tovey

This week on Hot Air...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 travel into the Hot Air studio this weekend to share some of his favourite Gershwin tunes.

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The Jensen Sisters!

This week on Hot Air, the Jensen sisters. Raised in Nanaimo Christine focused on the saxophone & Ingrid on the trumpet - and both have gone on to worldwide acclaim for composing, playing and teaching. They're coming to Vancouver to premiere a new work by Christine with the Hard Rubber Orchestra and they'll take a break from rehearsing to drop by our studio for a chat.
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Photo by Rochester Jazz

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Jazz in Bloom!

This week on Hot Air, we'll take time to appreciate the garden of jazz. The blooming flowers at this time of year remind us of the rich profusion of jazz inspired by nature...or composed by people like Lily Frost, Blossom Dearie...or dare we say, our old friend Cory Weeds.
Join us for a stroll along these musical pathways this Saturday afternoon.
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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