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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:

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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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.
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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New Releases!

This week on Hot Air...winter's coming, but there's plenty bloomin' in BC's jazz garden. We've got a crop of new releases from folks like Dee Daniels, Michael Blake, Jennifer Scott, Adonis Puentes, and Cory Weeds Cellar Live label--including Champian Fulton, Louis Hayes and the Cannonball Adderley Legacy Band
Photo by P. Ditchburn

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Joe Coughlin - Saloon Standard!

What makes a great jazz ballad?  We'll find out from singer Joe Coughlin. The two time national jazz winner wraps his smoky voice around some real classics on his new album Saloon Standard. Joe Coughlin will be Margaret Gallagher's guest this Saturday afternoon on Hot Air.

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The Art of the Duet with Jillian Lebeck and Adam Thomas

This week on Hot Air, talent times two. Jillian Lebeck and Adam Thomas started playing music together while in high school. That musical friendship has blossomed through the years, and now they're creating an album together of vocal duets, channeling the spirit of Ella and Louis and Elis Regina and AC Jobim. We'll get a preview, this Saturday afternoon and hear about their upcoming Heart and Soul concert on November 27th at St. James Hall.

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Swing Jazz with Alan Matheson

Alan Matheson answers the question "What Makes It Jazz?" with his popular music appreciation courses at the VSO School of Music. This week he joins us for a crash course in Swing. Alan will turn his encyclopedia knowledge of jazz to the music of Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday and Count Basie...with nods to notable swingin' Canadians too