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Jazz Night in America with Christian McBride
Jazz Night in America with Christian McBride Mon, Jul 13th from 9:00PM - 10:00PM
A Mambo Expedition In The Valley Of The Sun
A decade ago, "the world's only global musical instrument museum" opened in Phoenix. The Musical Instrument Museum, or MIM, now boasts almost 14,000 objects and instruments in their collection, with 370 exhibits from all over the globe — a testament to music's universal human truths. "We're doing the same stuff in different parts of the world," says Lowell Pickett, Artistic Director of the MIM Music Theater, "and we're using the same materials to make the instruments. We're using them to express the same emotions." That borderless conviction also shines bright in the music of Orquesta Akokán, a Cuban big band. Formed by a couple of Americans, pianist Michael Eckroth and guitarist Jacob Plasse, the band is a living salute to mambo's mid-century heyday — the domain of legends like Pérez Prado and Benny Moré. With a roster of Cuban musicians, including lead singer José "Pepito" Gómez, Orquesta Akokán plays new, original music in that style, with a balance of humility and pride.

We hope this episode leaves you with a dual admiration for mambo and the connecting tissue of the human experience through global music cultures. We'll hear about the MIM's massive collection with members of Akokán as our guide, as well as listen to highlights from the band's recent performance at the world-class MIM Music Theater.
Desert Island Jazz Encore Presentation
Desert Island Jazz Encore Presentation Fri, Jul 17th from 9:00AM - 10:00AM
Kristen Strom
Desert Island Jazz is listening back this Spring/Summer to Encore shows with our Bay Area Giants of Jazz! Bay Area Sportswriter & son of Gordon Jenkins, Bruce Jenkins.
I'm Talkin' Jazz
<strong>I'm Talkin' Jazz</strong><br> Sun, Jul 19th from 8:00AM - 8:30AM
Cedar Walton with Dick Conte
Celebrated pianist and composer Cedar Walton became an NEA Jazz Master in 2010 after 5 decades of excellence as a bandleader, writer and member of the Art Farmer/Benny Golson Jazztet and Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers. Many of his compositions such as Bolivia, Mode for Joe and Holy Land have become jazz standards.
Jazz Night in America with Christian McBride
Jazz Night in America with Christian McBride Mon, Jul 20th from 9:00PM - 10:00PM
'The Black Messiah' And The Legacy Of Cannonball Adderley
Cannonball Adderley was a mere 46 when he died, of a brain hemorrhage, in 1975. An alto saxophonist of robust intellect and irrefutable soul, he left a monumental legacy during his two decades in the spotlight — as a member of the Miles Davis Sextet, an exemplar of 1960s soul jazz and the leading avatar of a brand of post-bop modernism with popular appeal.

This episode of Jazz Night in America takes a fond look at that legacy, illuminating it from multiple angles. Guided by our host, self-avowed Cannonball fanatic Christian McBride, we'll hear from some of Adderley's former bandmates, like drummer Roy McCurdy and tenor saxophonist Ernie Watts. We'll spend quality time with Patrick Bartley Jr., a young alto saxophonist who has taken Cannonball Adderley's music and message to heart. And we'll pull the curtain back on The Black Messiah, a 1971 album that has come to be seen as a classic.
Desert Island Jazz Encore Presentation
Desert Island Jazz Encore Presentation Fri, Jul 24th from 9:00AM - 10:00AM
Desert Island Jazz is listening back this Spring/Summer to Encore shows with our Bay Area Giants of Jazz! Bay Area's legendary Pete Escovedo.