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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:

Michael Kaeshammer!

This week on Hot Air,  boogie-woogie pianist Michael Kaeshammer.
He'll share some of his favourite tracks by Art Tatum, Louis Armstrong and Count Basie as well music from his many popular albums.
Join us for a cookin' hour with Michael Kaeshammer this Saturday afternoon in an encore presentation of Hot Air.

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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 we have an encore performance of Hot Air when we remember 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 pay tribute to Linton Garner with some special friends and special music.

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Musical Mentors

This week on Hot Air, another in our series on musical mentors. We'll find out  why Brad Turner inspired Christine Jensen, how Don Thompson helped launch Joe Coughlin's career and why bassist Adam Thomas regards singer Kate Hammett-Vaughan as his musical mentor.


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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 in 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.
This Saturday, in an encore presentation of Hot Air, our guests are guitarist Oliver Gannon -who played on the album and Fraser McPherson's son, Guy.

"Live at the Planetarium" by the Fraser MacPherson Trio is now available for download from CDBaby and iTunes, including 2 bonus tracks.

The original version of this Hot Air broadcast is available to stream on

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The Jill Townsend Big Band plays the music of Ross Taggart!

This week our guests will be Jill Townsend and Bill Coon. They're releasing a new album at the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival with the Jill Townsend Big Band called "Legacy: The Music of Ross Taggart". It's a project they've been working on ever since Ross passed away in 2013 and we're really looking forward to hearing these new arrangements of his music. Join us!

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Tim Tamashiro!

This week our guest will be Tim Tamashiro. You may recognize him as the host of "Tonic" - CBC Radio 2's national jazz show, but Tim is also a singer of note. He's a fan of "drinky jazz"  and he'll be bringing it to this year's Vancouver International Jazz Festival. Find out what "drinky jazz" is this Saturday at 5:05, 6:05 (Mtn).

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Jazz Festival Season!

This week, we'll help you fill your dance card with some more picks from the upcoming festival season. We're throwing a spotlight on some of the talented BC artists playing the Vancouver and Victoria jazz festivals, including New Yorkers like Cat Toren, Renee Rosnes and Seamus Blake who are coming back for a hometown gig. Please join us.


If you'd like tickets to the Hot Air 65th Anniversary Concert on June 22 at 5:30 in CBC Studio 40, please RSVP at and put Hot Air 65 in the subject line.

If you would like to attend the Chris Tarry Group concert on Saturday night please come down to the CBC at 700 Hamilton Street. This is a first come, first served event. It begins at 5:30 in CBC Studio 40.

You can also find out more on the website for the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival.

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Encore: Bicycle Jazz!

This week on Hot Air, we'll get you geared up for the summer biking season and wrap up Bike to Work Week by showcasing jazz with cycling connection. This encore pres From Dave Brubeck to Emilie Claire Barlow to the Nightcrawlers, the bicycle edition of Hot Air is sure to put some air in your tires.

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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