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  • Saxophonist, Educator, Intellectual and Music theorist Dr. Teodross Avery stands as one who defines live music - best experienced front row and full throttle. He joins Pete in the Doodlin' Lounge.
  • Vocalist, Veronica Swift was surrounded by some of the greatest musicians in jazz growing up, including her parents, pianist Hod O’Brien and, vocalist Stephanie Nakasian. Veronica’s influences range from this early exposure to jazz to the Fred Astaire movies she loved as a kid to classic rock. Her CD, This Bitter Earth challenges us to think about the times we’re in, how we view ourselves and others and how we take responsibility for it all. Veronica is not only a skilled musician, she is a thoughtful one, who uses her music to entertain, provoke and enlighten the listener, at least the ones who are paying attention. We recorded this conversation in February 2021.
  • Special Hour-Long Women History Month Special. “Women in Congress” is an award-winning documentary public affairs presentation Franklin and hosted by Patricia Murray and Dr. Jean Moore. The documentary takes an historical look at election of two pioneering women, Jeannette Rankin, a U.S. Representative elected from Montana in 1916 and Shirley Chisholm, a U.S. Representative elected from New York in 1968.
  • James Brown: 1956-58. This week features one of R&B and Rock n' Roll's greatest acts, James Brown. Born into a poor community in South Carolina, James Brown worked his way to the very top in the entertainment business, but it wasn't without a struggle. As we'll hear, Brown had to suffer through a mess of unsuccessful records, in order to find his "sound." His first single for Federal Records, "Please, Please, Please" caught fire and shot into the R&B top 5 in 1956, but it was a blessing and a curse. He wouldn't make the charts again for almost 3 years. But once "Try Me" topped the R&B lists in early 1959, Brown was on a roll that would extend over the next 20 plus years. Tune in for highlights of James Brown and the Famous Flame's string of early singles for Federal as we bear witness to an artist trying to find himself. Along the way, we discover some pretty great and almost forgotten songs and performances.
  • Jackie McLean/Hartford (NEW!) We’ll explore how Hartford, Connecticut – once a pass-through city directly in between New York City and Boston – became a destination for jazz, education, and the celebration of culture thanks to the arrival of saxophonist Jackie McLean over 50 years ago.
  • The Great Ray Brown – Part One (Originally Aired 10.13.2013) Perhaps the most widely known bassist in Jazz, Richard Hadlock surveys the career of Ray Brown. A number One bass player in the polls for decades, Brown had a lot of exposure playing with Oscar Peterson and working for Norman Granz. Influenced by Jimmy Blanton and Oscar Pettiford, he was a powerful but careful player who played with great taste, terrific swing, and drive.
  • Eki Shola’s music transcends genre, as she seamlessly draws from jazz, electronica, and soul music to create a sonic landscape all her own. A vocalist, pianist, and internal medicine physician, Eki Shola uses her music as a conduit for healing. She stops by the Doodlin' Lounge for a chat with Pete.
  • Celebrate International Women’s Day on Friday, March 8th, from 6am-12am (PST), with twelve hours honoring women in Jazz and the Blues with Jayn Pettingill, Rachelle Rabin, Jayne Sanchez, and Kathleen Lawton.
  • Charles Osgood. My 2003 conversation with the late radio personality and host of CBS Sunday Morning Charles Osgood who passed away in January 2024. Osgood compares jazz playing and his own writing for radio and TV.
  • Revolutionary Mothering and Reproductive Justice. In the mid-1990s, the Reproductive Justice movement was formed by Black and indigenous women as a response to the limitations of the “reproductive rights” movement. Movement leaders argue, “rarely do we find ourselves fighting for just one aspect of reproductive justice such as abortion rights” – SisterSong. Dr. Alexis Pauline Gumbs, scholar and writer, joined us to talk about her book Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Frontlines, her experience being a teenager during the formation of the Reproductive Justice Movement and what she’s reading now to inform this moment.
  • Dr. Margie Baker is an educator, vocalist and jazz ambassador and she share her passion of jazz and love of her beloved city of San Francisco, California.
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