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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:

Gypsy Jazz!

Ever wanted to spend April in Paris? Hot Air will take you there this weekend with a gypsy jazz special, featuring Budge Schachte of Van Django. The talented guitarist shares a few of his favourite tracks of  manouche music as his swinging quartet gets ready to play the 8th Annual April in Paris Gypsy Jazz Festival at St. James Hall. From Django Reinhardt's Hot Club of France to Vancouver's own Hot Club of Mars...Budge will take you on a springtime flight of musical fancy.
Photo by Mark Brennan

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Denzal Sinclaire

This week our guest will be singer Denzal Sinclaire. He's in Vancouver for a very special project - a tribute to Frank Sinatra. He'll be joined by the Jill Townsend Big Band for two nights of great music inspired by Frank's days at the Sands in Las Vegas where he performed with the Count Basie Orchestra. We'll hear some of those classic recordings and catch up with Denzal.

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Juno Jazz!

In honour of Juno Week we'll celebrate the best in BC jazz...according to Juno. We'll play tracks from nominees like Phil Dwyer and Don Thompson, Brandi Disterheft, Christine Jensen, Ian MacDougall, Peggy Lee and others.

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Jazz Mentors!

This weekend on Hot Air, we'll pay tribute to teachers & mentors. Jazz musicians are always happy to talk about the players who have influenced them and helped become better players. We'll find why Hugh Fraser picked fellow trombonist Slide Hampton, why saxophonist Mike Allen looks to guitarist Sonny Greenwich as his mentor. We'll also hear from singer Dawn Pemberton, bassist Jenn Hodge and many more.

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Cellar Finale

The Saturday on Hot Air...we'll bring you the final sets from Cory Weeds' Cellar Jazz Club.
We were there for this emotional end of an era evening for performances by some of  Vancouver's finest musicians and singers. You'll hear Jennifer Scott, Hugh Fraser, Mike Allen, Miles Black, Cory Weeds of course and, many others.
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BC Women in Jazz!

Brandi Disterheft, Jodi Proznick, Sharon Minemoto, Amanda Tosoff, Kate Hammett-Vaughan, Ingrid and Christine Jensen, Jennifer Scott, Laila Biali...these are just a few of the BC women who make the jazz scene shine. This Saturday is International Women's Day. So Hot Air is spinning great tracks from great BC jazz musicians who happen to be women.

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New Releases!

They say March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. We've got that kind of dynamic range in musical form!  We'll kick off a new month with some brand new jazz releases. We've got the latest from Seamus Blake, Jaclyn Guillou, the Arntzens, the prolific Cellar Live label and more.


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Vancouver's Historic Jazz Clubs

This weekend on Hot Air we welcome a special guest and an old friend, longtime Hot Air producer Neil Ritchie. He's taking us on a sentimental journey to some of the city's swinging jazz clubs of yesteryear...from the Cave to the Palomar to the Bayside Room. You'll hear Oscar Peterson, Ella Fitzgerald, Fraser MacPherson and more...and Neil share some great memories and music...including a few rare gems.

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Jazz for Family Day!

This week on Hot Air...we'll celebrate Family Day in BC. Musicians with strong family ties often make wonderful music together - and on Saturday afternoon we'll share some of our favourite tracks by the Arntzen family, the Brubeck clan, the Jensen sisters and the Adderley brothers to name just a few.
Photo: F.G. Ditchburn

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Jazz for Winter Fun!

This week on Hot Air...Winter fun and games with a jazz twist. The Winter Olympics are right around the corner. So we're playing gold medal music that celebrates cold weather adventures. From skiing to skating to chilling out afterwards...we even have some hockey.
Photo by June Hunter

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Soul Party!

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.