The John Sinclair Foundation Presents
RADIO FREE AMSTERDAM 2017
BLUES, JAZZ & REEFER—KEEPING THE MUSIC ALIVE
The John Sinclair Radio Show
plus Fly By Night with Steve The Fly
The Blues Show with Bruce Pingree
plus Blues From the Red Rooster Lounge with Cary Wolfson
Messin’ With The Blues with Leslie Keros
plus Sounds of Blue with Bob Putignano
Beyond The Groove Yard with George Klein
plus Ancestor Worship with John Sinclair
Sounds of Blue with Bob Putignano
plus The Soul Lucille Show
The Dr. Doo Wop Show with Bill Levy
plus Party Train with Linda Lexy
Mood Indigo with Leslie Keros
plus Jazz Lunatique with David Kunian
Steve Pratt begins his second month as Executive Producer of Radio Free Amsterdam programming, overseeing the productions processed, edited and posted by Program Director John Sinclair at the rate of two hours of new programs by our international staff of volunteer producers each day.
Radio Free Amsterdam is in the process of upgrading and overhauling our venerable website to provide better service and reach more listeners around the world. The RFA site will In turn be integrated into our new comprehensive site at www.johnsinclair.us
Stay turned for our relaunch and our expanded Program Guide, hopefully to debut next month. In the meantime, to hear our programming at its best, tune in to our 24/7 Stream and ride the stream.
FEBRUARY 2017 PROGRAM GUIDE
Wednesday, February 1
LONE STAR SHOOTOUT
MESSIN’ WITH THE BLUES 121
Leslie Keros is honoring the late Otis Clay and Long John Hunter and wishing a happy 81st birthday to Eddy Clearwater with music from Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, Otis Clay, Johnny Rawls, Billy Price, Magic Slim and the Teardrops, Bobby “Blue” Bland, Leroy Lloyd, Roy Gaines, Eddy Clearwater, and Long John Hunter.
SOUNDS OF BLUE 44
Bob Putignano is digging multiple sides by Deborah Coleman, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Howard Roberts, and Albert Collins, and one by Sue Foley with Deborah Coleman and Ruthie Potvin.
Thursday, February 2
BEYOND THE GROOVE YARD 162
George Klein presents tough tenor saxophonists Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis and Johnny Griffin working in tandem on three different Riverside/ Jazzland albums cut in the early 1960s.
ANCESTOR WORSHIP 27
This week we’re worshipping the great Billie Holiday once again with a live concert issued as the album Billie’s Blues and several selections from an album called Stormy Weather.
Friday, February 3
OUTSKIRTS OF TOWN
SOUNDS OF BLUE 45
Episode 45 comprises part two of Bob Putignano’s 70th birthday salute to Duane Allman with two long jams by the Allman Brothers for your listening and dancing pleasure.
CROSS THE TRACK
THE SOUL LUCILLE SHOW 78
Lucille DJ is on the air from the heart of Italy with a killer hour of soul & super heavy funk and a guest spot from John Sinclair with tunes by Maceo & The Macks, Charlie Whitehead, Richard “Groove” Holmes, Ella Fitzgerald, Boogaloo Joe Jones, Bobby “Blue” Bland, Ella Washington, Dee Dee Warwick, Billy Jones, Sir Joe Quaterman & Free Soul, Lou Rawls, Willie West, Oscar Brown Jr., The Coasters, Gil Scott Heron, and March Wind.
Saturday, February 4
GET WISE BABY
THE DR. DOO WOP SHOW 32
William Levy has unearthed a new series of cassettes from his earliest days as Dr. Doo Wop on Radio 100 in Amsterdam including this great program from March 1988 featuring music from the Golden Age of American Music by The Clovers, The Drifters, The Ravens, The El Dorados, Lee Andrews & The Hearts, The Chimes, The Dukes, Arthur Lee May & The Crowns, Tony Allen & The Champs, The Crystals, Ben Zeppa & The Zeppfers, The Crowns, and The Five Keys.
SMELL THE FUNK
PARTY TRAIN 36
Detroit’s own Linda Lexy is driving the Party Train all the way from Funky D Studios in Royal Oak, where she’s playing music by Tino Gross, The Fabulous Peps, The Sherrys, Priscilla Page, The Main Ingredient, Carolyn Franklin, Bobby Dee, Jo Armstead, The Inner Drive, Jeanette Willliams, The Energetics, Marvin Holmes & The Uptights, the Dee Felice Trio, John Lee Hooker, Marvin Gaye, Yvonne Fair, Otis Redding, Jimmie Bones, and Andre Williams.
Sunday, February 5
UP IN SMOKE
MOOD INDIGO 14
Leslie Keros is juxtaposing various shades of blue in Episode 14 with selections by Shirley Scott & Stanley Turrentine, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Deacon John Moore, Dr. John, Jack McDuff, Ian Hendrickson-Smith, Hugh Masekela, and Ray Brown.
JAZZ LUNATIQUE 110
David Kunian is spinning the second hour of music by Sun Ra & His Arkestra in his annual New Year’s show, with selections drawn from a wide range of recent Sun Ra reissues and classic LPs.
Monday, February 6
MINGUS PRESENTS MINGUS
JOHN SINCLAIR RADIO SHOW 691
Episode 691 is coming from the splendid studio apartment of Christian Greer and his partner Michelle in the western part of Amsterdam where I’ve gratefully been taken in for the next week following my residency at the Sensi guest spot in the Red Light District. I’m getting ready to leave for New Orleans on Valentine’s Day, but this week I’m going to pause and celebrate the life and achievements of the late Nat Hentoff, who passed away early this year at the age of 91. Hentoff was a great writer but also had a brief career as A&R Director for a label called Candid Records at the end of the 1950s and the early 60s, producing records with Max Roach & Abbey Lincoln, Booker Little, Booker Ervin, the Newport Jazz Rebels, and the Charles Mingus Jazz Workshop, which we’ll listen to tonight from the Candid album Charles Mingus Presents Charles Mingus in its entirety, featuring Eric Dolphy, Ted Curson, Mingus and Danny Richmond—and produced by Nat Hentoff.
CHANT OF THE WEED
FLY BY NIGHT 195
Steve The Fly is out at night again with this program of selections by Billy Larkin, Gil Evans, Mississippi John Hurt, Julia Lee, MC5, Garaj Mahal, Robert Anton Wilson, Shipibo Ceremony, Sun Ra, Mezz Mezzrow, Leon Gardner, Buddy Rich, Charlie Parker Quintet, Cab Calloway & His Orchestra, and Kenny Dorham.
Tuesday, February 7
THE BLUES SHOW 269
Bruce Pingree is playing music in celebration of the birthdays of Chicago bluesmen Floyd Jones and Floyd McDaniels, featuring Floyd Jones’ 1948 recordings with Snooky Pryor & Moody Jones and more recent material with Eddie Taylor, Johnny Shines, Big Walter Horton, and Sunnyland Slim, plus Floyd McDaniels’ 1952 recordings with the Four Blazes and selections from his work with Delmark Records in the 1990s.
BOOT THAT THING
RED ROOSTER LOUNGE 238
Cary Wolfson is spinning at the Red Rooster Lounge with great blues sides by Ronnie Baker Brooks, Mississippi Heat, Sharon Lewis & Texas Heat, Jim Koeppel, Mitch Kashmar, John Long, Big Jon Atkinson & Bob Corritore, Taj Mahal, Roosevelt Sykes, Joe Louis Walker, Sugar Ray & The Bluetones, Duke Robillard, and Lazy Lester.
Wednesday, February 8
WINTER TIME BLUES
MESSIN’ WITH THE BLUES 122
Leslie Keros and Bill Dahl co-host tributes to the late Long John Hunter, Joe Houston, and Clarence Reid; a dose of wintertime blues from Albert Collins, Sonny Boy Williamson, Lightnin’ Slim, Smoky Babe, Big Maceo, Mercy Dee Walton, and Ray Charles, plus a farewell to Otis Clay.
SOUNDS OF BLUE 46
The third hour of Bob Pitignano’s 70th birthday salute to Duane Allman
features the great guitarist with the Allman Brothers Band, on his own, with his first band The Hourglass, and as a sideman with Wilson Pickett, Aretha Franklin, King Curtis, and Herbie Mann.
Thursday, February 9
BEYOND THE GROOVE YARD 163
George Klein presents guitarist Gabor Szabo as a member of Chico Hamilton’s band in the 1960’s and leading his own sessions on Impulse Records.
LADY IN SATIN
ANCESTOR WORSHIP 28
Our third hour of music by Billie Holiday includes some of Billie Holiday’s Greatest Hits and the entire Lady In Satin album from Columbia Records in 1958.
Friday, February 10
SOUNDS OF BLUE 47
Bob Putignano is hosting his Duane Allman 70th birthday celebration with the final segment featuring Duane with Derek & the Dominos, Boz Scaggs, the Allman Brothers Band, Delaney & Bonnie, and King Curtis.
THE SOUL LUCILLE SHOW 79
Lucille DJ is on the air from the heart of Italy with a killer hour of soul & super heavy funk and a guest spot from John Sinclair with tunes by James Brown, Jim Gilstrap, Ann Sexton, Joe Williams, Cyril Neville, Al Wilson, Sound Experience, Grant Green, Morning, Noon & Night, Chairmen Of The Board, Pete Rodriguez, Charles Kynard, Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, King Solomon, and Aretha Franklin.
Saturday, February 11
ROCK ALL NIGHT
THE DR. DOO WOP SHOW 33
Dr. Doo Wop is spinning with both hands while he celebrates his first year on the air at Radio 100 in Amsterdam, cutting up versions of songs he’s featured during his first year into bizarre sound collages and punctuating the collages with full-sized versions of songs by Shirley & Lee, The Moonglows, The Jacks, Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers, The Teen Queens, The Heartbeats, The Monotones, Mickey & Sylvia, Huey “Piano” Smith & The Clowns, and Smoky Johnson.
PUSH AND SHOVE
PARTY TRAIN 37
Detroit’s own Linda Lexy is driving the Party Train all the way from Funky D Studios in Royal Oak, where she’s playing music by Tino Gross, the Li’l Soul Brothers, The Poets, Ted Taylor, Dave Hamilton Band, Little Beaver, Cherry Fog, Cheryl Dorsey, Eddie Bo & Inez Cheatham, The Commodores, James Harris & The Flaming Hearts of Rhythm, Willie Wiley, Black Nasty, Rosie Lopez, Bobby Moore & The Rhythm Aces, Brenda & The Tabulations, SueAnn Jones, and John Sinclair & His Blues Scholars.
Sunday, February 12
MOOD INDIGO 15
Leslie Keros is celebrating Benny Golson’s 88th birthday with music recorded by Benny and by other jazz greats like Clifford Brown, Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, Ella Fitzgerald, Kenny Barron & Stan Getz, the Curtis Fuller Quintet, and Blue Mitchell.
PALM COURT STRUT
JAZZ LUNATIQUE 111
David Kunian is celebrating the birthday of Danny Barker and the Danny Barker Festival in New Orleans last month with this broadcast of his five- part series on Mr. Barker produced in 2009 for the Danny Barker Centennial, edited here into a single episode of Jazz Lunatique.
Monday, February 13
HAIL KING ZULU
JOHN SINCLAIR RADIO SHOW 692
Episode 692 will be coming from our final location in Amsterdam for the winter just as I’m leaving town for Paris and thence to New Orleans on Valentine’s Day to begin my Mardi Gras celebration, so there’ll probably be an hour’s worth of Wild Indian music from New Orleans In this episode.
FABLES OF FAUBUS
FLY BY NIGHT 196
Steve The Fly is winging through the night with this program of extreme mental patience featuring selections by Steve Fly & Leslie Lopez, Charles Mingus, Lalo Schifrin, Ken Campbell & Chris Fairbank, Gil Evans, Water Colour, Arthur Monday, and Allan Moore & Gary Lloyd.
Tuesday, February 14
MAKE IT GOOD TO ME
THE BLUES SHOW 270
Bruce Pingree is playing a set of music by Floyd McDaniel in honor of his July birthday, followed by tunes from Al Smith, Bettye LaVette, Esther Phillips, Ella Washington, Fontella Bass, Della Humphrey, Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens, Aretha Franklin, Sharon Jones, Terry & Joy Leroy, and DeeDee Sharp.
RED ROOSTER LOUNGE 239
Cary Wolfson is spinning at the Red Rooster Lounge with great blues sides by Rusty Zinn, the Holmes Brothers, Maurice John Vaughn, Hacksaw Harney, Mitch Kashmar, Betty Harris, Sharon Lewis & Texas Fire, Finis Tasby, Frank Frost, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Luther Tucker, and Ronnie Earl.
Wednesday, February 15
MESSIN’ WITH THE BLUES 123
Leslie Keros is spinning Ladies First: Valentine’s Day blues by Lavelle White, Big Mama Thornton, Angela Strehli-Lou Ann Barton-Marcia Ball, Aretha Franklin, Irma Thomas, Bonnie Raitt, Janiva Magness, Denise LaSalle, Billie Holiday with Louis Armstrong, Dinah Washington, Big Maybelle, Ella Fitzgerald & Joe Pass, and Etta James.
A HEAD LIKE THAT
SOUNDS OF BLUE 48
Bob Putignano is celebrating Frank Zappa’s 76th birthday with an hour of music from the voluminous Zappa archives featuring the composer with Jean-Luc Ponty and George Duke and a long Frank Zappa Interview titled “The Crux of the Biscuit.”
Thursday, February 16
BEYOND THE GROOVE YARD 164
George Klein presents a feature on guitarist Steve Masakowski in a variety of settings as a leader and with fellow New Orleans musicians in sessions from the 1980s & 90s.
ANCESTOR WORSHIP 29
Episode 29 is delving into an extensive collection of the works of the great pianist, composer and bandleader Horace Silver for Blue Note Records called Retrospective with a selection of his spectacular recordings from the second half of the 1950s.
Friday, February 17
SOUNDS OF BLUE 49
Bob Putignano is back with the second hour of his Frank Zappa 76th birthday tribute featuring the Zappa Family album release of live dates from 1972 called Imaginary Diseases following the second half of the Biscuit suite continued from Episode 48.
THE SOUL LUCILLE SHOW 80
Lucille DJ is on the air from the heart of Italy with a killer hour of soul & super heavy funk and a guest spot from John Sinclair with tunes by Etta James, Otis Redding, Eddie Bradford, The Meters, Junior Wells, Joe Tex, Laura Lee, Doris Duke, The Dramatics, Family Tree featuring Sharon Brown, Shirley Scott, Little Beaver, Dobie Gray, Al Green, Albert King, and Johnny Pate.
Saturday, February 18
CUT-UP OR SHUT-UP
THE DR. DOO WOP SHOW 34
Dr. Doo Wop is celebrating his first year on the air at Radio 100 in Amsterdam in 1988 with a collage approach to re-exposing the great records from the Golden Age of American Music he’s played over the past 12 months, touching on artists too numerous to delineate completely but including Clyde McPhatter, The Dells, The Del-Vikings, The Cadillacs, The Five Satins, Eddie Cochrane, Gene Vincent & The Blue Caps, Buddy Holly, and The Everly Brothers.
DO THE 45
PARTY TRAIN 38
Detroit’s own Linda Lexy is driving the Party Train all the way from Funky D Studios in Royal Oak, where she’s playing music by Tino Gross, Cynthia & The Imaginations, The Sharpies, Frenchy & The Chessmen, Dee Edwards, Funkadelic, Casey Jones, Prophet & His Disciples, Vicki Anderson, The Staple Singers, George Woods, General Crook, Stevie Wonder, Charles Brown, Billy Stewart, Tina Britt, LaBelle, John Sinclair, and the Treme Brass Band.
Sunday, February 19
BLUES ON DOWN
MOOD INDIGO 16
Leslie Keros is celebrating Benny Golson’s 88th birthday with another hour of original compositions written by Benny and played by the saxophonist and other jazz greats like Roy Hargrove & Antonio Hart, Shirley Scott & Stanley Turrentine, Ethan Iverson, and The Jazztet.
FIGHT THE POWER
JAZZ LUNATIQUE 112
David Kunian is greeting the Mardi Gras season and getting his rocks off playing music by Egg Yolk Jubilee, Professor Longhair, Lee Dorsey, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Public Enemy, Amanda Shires, Bottle Rockets, New Orleans Susopects, Darcy Malone & The Tangle, Todd Snider, Drive By Truckers, James Booker, The Meters, and Earl King.
Monday February 20
JOHN SINCLAIR RADIO SHOW 693
Episode 693 will be beaming out from a location in New Orleans yet to be selected with an hour of music and conversation improvised to fit the Mardi Gras season as usual.
HOUSE RENT BOOGIE
FLY BY NIGHT 197
Steve The Fly has his wings on tonight with this thrilling program of selections from Charlie Parker & Dizzy Gilespie, John Lee Hooker, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, Memphis Minnie, Willie Mabon, Delores Ealy, L.A Bare Faxx, 4th Comig, Lee Dorsey, Winter, Gil Evans, Mr Clean, J.G.D and the New Breed, Chuky Thurman, King Solomon, Steve Fly & Leslie Lopez, Ray Charles, Louis Armstrong, and Robert Anton Wilson.
Tuesday, February 21
COME SEE ABOUT ME
THE BLUES SHOW 271
Bruce Pingree is playing a lot of great music by Buddy Guy in honor of his 80th birthday in July 2016, including a long live set comprising the second half of this episode.
RED ROOSTER LOUNGE 240
Cary Wolfson is spinning at the Red Rooster Lounge with great blues sides by Luther Allison, Buckwheat Zydeco, Boo Boo Davis, John Hammond, Joe Louis Walker, Mia Vermilllion, Walter “Wolfman” Washington–Joe Krown–Russell Batiste, Jr, Tommy Castro, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, and Canned Heat.
Wednesday, February 22
TREAT ME RIGHT
MESSIN’ WITH THE BLUES 124
Leslie Keros is playing the Valentine’s Day blues by Bobby Rush, Joe Louis Walker, B.B. King, Otis Rush, Little Milton, Byther Smith, Fenton Robinson, Jimmy Johnson, Johnnie Bassett, Magic Sam, Freddie King, and Robert Cray with Albert Collins.
SOUNDS OF BLUE 50
Bob Putignano is celebrating Frank Zappa’s 76th birthday with another hour of music by the great composer & guitarist in the company of his band and co-stars Sugarcane Harris and Jean-Luc Ponty.
Thursday, February 23
BEYOND THE GROOVE YARD 165
George Klein presents recordings on the Savoy label from the 1950s featuring Detroiters including Pepper Adams, Kenny Burrell, Tommy Flanagan, Paul Chambers, Dorothy Ashby, Donald Byrd, Yusef Lateef, Milt Jackson, and Curtis Fuller.
BLOWIN’ THE BLUES AWAY
ANCESTOR WORSHIP 30
Episode 30 comprises the second installment of our month-long investigation into the compositions and performances of pianist Horace Silver and his stellar Quintet, recording for Blue Note Records between 1959 and 1962 when they were one of the leading jazz attractions in America, featuring saxophonist Junior Cook, trumpeter Blue Mitchell, bassist Gene Taylor and drummer Louis Hayes, replaced by fellow Detroiter Roy Brooks when Hayes joined the Cannonball Adderley Quintet in 1959. John Harris Jr. replaces Brooks on the final selection, from 1962.
Friday, February 24
SOUNDS OF BLUE 51
Bob Putignano is bringing his four-hour Frank Zappa 76th birthday salute to a close in Episode 51 with cuts featuring Zappa with Jack Bruce, Grand Funk Railroad, Sugarcane Harris, Shuggie Otis, and Jean-Luc Ponty.
THE SOUL LUCILLE SHOW 81
Lucille DJ is on the air from the heart of Italy with a killer hour of soul & super heavy funk and a guest spot from John Sinclair with tunes by Edwin Starr, Just Brothers, Eddie Bo, Leo Muller, Curtis Mayfield, Alder Ray Black, The Majestics, Judy Clay, Grover Washington Jr., Marie “Queenie” Lyons, Stu Gardner, Hal Singer, Stevie Wonder, Millie Jackson, Jo Ann Garrett, and Hank Crawford.
Saturday, February 25
ONE FINE DAY
THE DR. DOO WOP SHOW 35
Dr. Doo Wop is featuring the vocal group called the Chiffons in this episode along with other great music from the Golden Age of American Music as played on his programs for Radio 100 in Amsterdam back in 1988, including cuts by Big Joe Turner & The Cookies, Bruce Springsteen, The Persuasions, Gene Chandler, Teo & The Bottletops, The Shields, The Fleetwoods, Bill Doggett, and Curtis Mayfield.
PARTY TRAIN 39
Linda Lexy is driving the Party Train all the way from Funky D Studios in Detroit, where she’s playing music by Tino Gross, The Love Notes, E. Rodney Jones, Irma Thomas, J.T. Rhythm, Tommy Bush, The Stony Island Band, Eddie Long, Donnie Brown, Cliff Coburn, Gene Ludwig, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, Little Ann, Al Green, Bea Ford & James Brown, Big Sambo & The House Wreckers, Gene Cooper, StaggoLee, and the Bayou Renegades.
Sunday, February 26
HOT & HEAVY
MOOD INDIGO 17
Leslie Keros is commemorating the life and music of the popular Chicago pianist known as Barrelhouse Chuck, who passed away in Chicago on December 12, with music and reminiscing by Erwin Helfer, Kim Wilson’s Blues All Stars, Sunnyland Slim, Blue Smitty, Nick Moss & the Fliptops, and lots of music by Chuck himself.
JAZZ LUNATIQUE 113
David Kunian produced a series of Mardi Gras music commentaries with Bill Taylor several years ago featuring the narration of Jack Snyder explaining the origins of classic Carnival songs by Professor Longhair, the Wild Magnolias, the Wild Tchoupitoulas, Bill Sinegal, Stop Inc., Al “Carnival Time” Johnson, The Hawketts, and the ReBirth Brass Band, all presented here along with the original recordings themselves.
Monday, February 27
RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER
JOHN SINCLAIR RADIO SHOW 694
Episode 694 will be coming from somewhere in New Orleans on Lundi Gras with music perfectly suited for the occasion.
FLY BY NIGHT 198
Steve The Fly presents a Gil Evans spectacular with additional material by the Wild Magnolias, Edwards Generation, Gil Scott Heron, Breakestra, and Ken Campbell.
Tuesday, February 28
THE BLUES SHOW 272
Bruce Pingree is playing music by Big Jack Johnson in honor of his July birthday with selections by his band The Oilers and the Jelly Roll Kings, closing with a live cut by T.J. Wheeler & The Smokers.
RED ROOSTER LOUNGE 241
Cary Wolfson is spinning at the Red Rooster Lounge with great blues sides by Delbert McClinton, Elvin Bishop’s Big Fun Trio, Irma Thomas, Marcus King Band, Teeny Tucker, Kris Wiley, Demetria Taylor, Bobby “Blue” Bland, T-Bone Walker, Ted Taylor, Jack Yoder & The 2 Piece Suit, John Long, and Ronnie Earl.
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