2015—02 February Program Guide

The John Sinclair Foundation Presents

RADIO FREE AMSTERDAM 2015

BLUES, JAZZ & REEFER—KEEPING THE MUSIC ALIVE

Mondays

The John Sinclair Radio Show

plus The Soul Lucille Show

Tuesdays

The Blues Show with Bruce Pingree

Wednesdays

Chicago Bound plus Messin’ With The Blues with Leslie Keros

Thursdays

Blues From the Red Rooster Lounge with Cary Wolfson

Fridays

Beyond The Groove Yard with George Klein

plus Fly By Night with Steve The Fly

Saturdays

Diggin’ The Roots with Tom Morgan

plus In The Soul Kitchen with Harry Duncan

Sundays

Caleb Selah Presents The Fuck You Sound

plus Jazz Lunatique with David Kunian

MARDI GRAS SPECIAL ALL DAY TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 17

Our February program schedule features the return of In The Soul Kitchen with Harry Duncan from KCSM-FM in San Francisco, heard here every Saturday evening following Tom Morgan and Diggin’ The Roots. Soul Lucille continues every Monday following The John Sinclair Radio Show and George Klein’s jazz show, Beyond The Groove Yard, every Friday preceding Fly By Night with Steve The Fly. David Kunian plays the Jazz Lunatique every Sunday evening and Leslie Keros continues to rule Wednesdays with Chicago Bound and Messin’ With The Blues.

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FEBRUARY 2015 PROGRAM GUIDE

Sunday, February 1

LORD BEEFINGTON’S REVENGE

THE FUCK YOU SOUND 132

A stimulating disquisition in music & word from Caleb Selah & Beefy Mason from the Blackheath studios of housedem.com in London.

Sunday, February 1

BACKLASH BLUES

JAZZ LUNATIQUE 05

David Kunian is venting his feelings about the racist police attacks on Americans all over the country with this program of music by Egg Yolk Jubilee, Public Enemy, James Brown, Charles Mingus, Roger Manning, Bob Dylan, Nina Simone, The Clash, Fishbone, Rage Against The Machine, Stetsasonic, Archie Shepp, and Superbass.

Monday, February 2

RADIO FUNERAL FOR BO DOLLIS

JOHN SINCLAIR RADIO SHOW 586

Episode 586 is coming from ground zero at the Fly Agaric 23 Studio in Amsterdam where I’m conducting a radio funeral service for Bo Dollis, Big Chief of the Wild Magnolias, who passed away in New Orleans on January 20 at the age of 71. I’ve followed Big Chief Bo Dollis faithfully since 1976 and in the streets at every Mardi Gras since 1982. This memorial program has spiritual music from the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, the 6th Ward All Stars, and Bo’s long-time partner, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux with the Forgotten Souls Brass Band, to open and close the show, and a suite of classic Wild Magnolias recordings from their albums Wild Magnolias, They Call Us Wild, and Super Sunday Showdown.

Monday, February 2

PSYCHEDELIC SALLY

THE SOUL LUCILLE SHOW 05

Lucille DJ is back on the air from the heart of Italy without a microphone, still recovering from a terrible fall but spinning like a champ with another killer hour of soul & super heavy funk with tunes by Deidre Wilson Tabac, Marlena Shaw, Baby Huey & the Babysitters, Albert King, Eddie Jefferson, Johnny Pate & Adam Wade, The Isley Brothers, King Hannibal, Sly & The Family Stone, Hearts Of Stone, Lee Fields, The Dramatics, Yusef Lateef, Lonnie Smith, and Willis Jackson.

Tuesday, February 3

BLUES IN MY SOUL

THE BLUES SHOW 165

Bruce Pingree is playing music in celebration of lthe birthday of Lurrie Bell with selections from his own albums and collaborations with the Sons of the Blues, Joe Louis Walker, his brothers and his father, the great harmonica star Carey Bell.

Wednesday, February 4

WALKING PAPERS

CHICAGO BOUND 29

Leslie Keros is blowing in from Chicago with great blues from the Windy City by Junior Wells, Buddy Guy, Dave Specter, Jimmy Johnson, Luther Allison, Carey & Lurrie Bell, Big Jack Johnson, and Aron Burton.

Wednesday, February 4

GO AHEAD ON

MESSIN’ WITH THE BLUES 28

Leslie Keros is Messin’ with the Blues in Episode 28 with tunes by the Ruff Kutt Blues Band, Finis Tasby, Zachary Harmon, Jason Lee Bruns, Helen Humes & The Buck Clayton Sextet, Dayna Kurtz, Andy T-Nick Nixon Band, David Egan, Anthony Paule Band with Frank Bey, The Claudettes, Jimmy Witherspoon, and the Nightcrawlers.

Thursday, February 5

TRAVELING SOUTH

RED ROOSTER LOUNGE 133

Cary Wolfson is spinning Episode 133 at the Red Rooster Lounge with great blues sides by Johnny Otis Orchestra, Linsey Alexander, Gary Clark Jr., Phillip Walker & Otis Grand, Johnny Winter with Eric Clapton, Jimmy Nolen, Jimmy Dawkins, 13 Featuring Lester Butler, the Paul Delay Band, Howell Devine, Mikey Jr.:, and Ronnie Earl.

Friday, February 6

TOWNSHIP JAZZ & JIVE

BEYOND THE GROOVE YARD 06

George Klein is venturing Beyond The Groove Yard with a program of South African township jazz and jive featuring Chris McGregor, Johnny Dyani, Louis Moholo, Jazz Epistles, Miriam Makeba, Gideon Nxumalo, African Jazz Pioneers, West Nkosi, Spokes Mashiyane, and the Sun Sounds Orchestra.

Friday, February 6

BARBERTOONS

FLY BY NIGHT 91

Steve The Fly is shavin’ ‘em dry in Episode 91 with tunes by Lou Millet, Lightnin’ Hopkins, John Sinclair, Dr. John, Magic Sam, Louis Armstrong, Bill ‘Jazz’ Gillum, Buddy Guy, Max Roach, MC5, Little Walter, The Impressions, Kenny Burrell, Idris Muhammad, and Yusef Lateef.

Saturday, February 7

FRANKIE AND JOHNNY

DIGGIN’ THE ROOTS 06

Episode 6 of Diggin’ The Roots with Tom Morgan for Radio Free Amsterdam features a plethora of versions of the American folk music classic “Frankie & Johnny” as performed by Fate Marable, Sidney Bechet, Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Lena Horne, Brook Benton, Sam Cooke, Furry Lewis, Clarence ‘Gatemouth’ Brown, Mississippi John Hurt, Jimmie Rodgers, Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Hank Snow, Gene Autry, and the Golden Gate Quartet.

Saturday, February 7

FUNKY CAT

IN THE SOUL KITCHEN 19

The award-winning In The Soul Kitchen show with the legendary San Francisco DJ Harry Duncan has found a new home at KCSM-FM after 27 years at KUSF in San Francisco. Episode 19 features great tunes from Al Green, Ann Peebles, Incognito, Harvey Scales & The Seven Sounds, James Knight & The Butlers, Gwen MacRae, Jimmy Bohorn, All The People, Wilson Pickett, Ruby Johnson, Clarence Carter, Laura Lee, The Temptations, Bootsy’s New Rubber Band, P- All Stars, The Chi-Lites, and Otis Redding.

Sunday, February 8

ZIPLESS FUCKING

THE FUCK YOU SOUND 133

Another hour of audio weirdness from Caleb Selah and his demented crew at housedem.com in London.

Sunday, February 8

BLUES & THE ABSTRACT TRUTH

JAZZ LUNATIQUE 06

David Kunian is continuing his commentary on the sad state of civic affairs in America today with an hour of music by Oliver Nelson, Hendrik Merkins & Mischa Segano, Fela Kuti, Antiballas Afro-Beat Orchestra, Marvin Gaye, Scott Joplin with a salute to the late Robin Williams, Yusef Lateef, and James Booker with the closing theme, “Gonzo.”

Monday, February 9

MIGHTY MIGHTY BIG CHIEF

JOHN SINCLAIR RADIO SHOW 587

Episode 587 is the second hour of our extended homage to the recently departed Big Chief Bo Dollis of the Wild Magnolias, coming out of Amsterdam on the day before I fly to New Orleans for the Mardi Gras.

Monday, February 9

GETTING FUNKY ROUND HERE

THE SOUL LUCILLE SHOW 06

Lucille DJ is on the air from the heart of Italy with a killer hour of soul & super heavy funk with tunes by Edwin Starr, The O’Jays, Esther Phillips, Madhouse, Fela Kuti, Merry Clayton, Cross Bronx Expressway, Eugene McDaniels, Lou Johnson, Black Nasty, Melvin Sparks, Rusty Bryant, The Chi-Lites, and Margie Joseph.

Tuesday, February 10

LUCKY STRIKES

THE BLUES SHOW 166

Bruce Pingree is playing blues tonight in honor of the birthday of Lucky Peterson and the 50th anniversary of the tragic death of Sam Cooke in the office of a seedy motel in Los Angeles, including a tribute to Sam Cooke by the great Otis Redding.

Wednesday, February 11

LOUISIANA BOUND

CHICAGO BOUND 30

Leslie Keros is exploring the Chicago-New Orleans connection in observance of the mardi Gras season with tunes by Roosevelt Sykes, Big Joe Williams, the Sunnyland Slim Blues Band, Eric Noden, Bumble Bee Slim, Mississippi Heat, The Claudettes, Lonnie Brooks, Willie Mabon, King Oliver, Erwin Helfer, Luther “Guitar Jr.” Johnson, Memphis Minnie, Lonnie Johnson with Jim McHarg’s Metro Stompers, and Little Brother Montgomery.

Wednesday, February 11

NO CITY LIKE NEW ORLEANS

MESSIN’ WITH THE BLUES 29

Leslie Keros takes us down to New Orleans in Episode 29 to get ready for the Mardi Gras with tunes by Earl King, David & Roselyn, Geno Delafose, Professor Longhair, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Clifton Chenier, Marcia Ball, Tab Benoit, James Booker, Henry Butler, Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas, Dr. John, and Allen Toussaint.

Thursday, February 12

I STAND ACCUSED

RED ROOSTER LOUNGE 134

Cary Wolfson is spinning Episode 134 at the Red Rooster Lounge with great blues sides by Baby Calloway, the Red Devils, Eddie Taylor, Neal Black & The Healers, T-Bone Walker, Mike Bloomfield, Benny Turner, Johnny “Clyde” Copeland, Walter “Wolfman” Washington, Sam Cooke, Mikey Jr., Jimmy Dawkns, and Jimmie Vaughan.

Friday, February 13

BAGS OF BAGS

BEYOND THE GROOVE YARD 07

George Klein demonstrates the versatility of vibraharpist Milt “Bags” Jackson in performance with John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, The Modern Jazz Quartet, Cannonball Adderley, and Ray Charles.

Friday, February 13

BLUEMOON & BOP

FLY BY NIGHT 92

Steve The Fly is s with cuts by pinning an all-vinyl show for Episode 92  with cuts by Lester Young, Ella & The Ink Spots, Bud Powell, Jimmy Smith, Kai Winding, Wes Montgomery, John Coltrane & Cannonball Adderley, Sonny Rollins, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Yusef Lateef, and The Moonglows.

Saturday, February 14

MARDI GRAS MAMBO

DIGGIN’ THE ROOTS 07

Episode 7 of Diggin’ The Roots with Tom Morgan for Radio Free Amsterdam features a full hour of Mardi Gras music classics, the entire gamut of what we hear all over New Orleans during Carnival Time, inlcuidng cuts by Dave Bartholomew, The Hawketts, Al Johnson, Chuck Carbo, Trombone Shorty, 6th Ward Big Shots, Troy & james Andrews, Jelly Roll Morton, The Dixie Cups, Champion Jack Dupree, Dr. John, the Golden Eagles, Los Hombres Caliente & Big Chief Bo Dollis, Professor Longhair, Roger & the Gypsies, and Big Chief Smiley Ricks.

Saturday, February 14

MAN OH MAN

IN THE SOUL KITCHEN 20

Episode 19 features great tunes from Betty Wright, Womack & Womack, Dorothy Moore, James Carr, June Conquest, Curtis Mayfield & The Impressions, The Persuasions, The Emotions, The Spinners, Dotty Pierson, O.V. Wright, Anne Sexton, Otis Clay, Etta James, Bobby Womack, Esther Phillips, and Timmie Thomas.

Sunday, February 15

TURN THE CORNER

THE FUCK YOU SOUND 134

Music & word mashed up and served by Caleb Selah and his twisted gang at housedem.com in London.

Sunday, February 15

CLASSIFIED

JAZZ LUNATIQUE 07

David Kunian is celebrating the birthday of his idol James Booker with an hour of the pianist’s classics abd rarities provided by Booker film documentarian Lily Keeber, including the rare album by the Lloyd Price Orchestra featuring Booker on organ and a single by Gerri Hall written for her by James Booker.

Monday, February 16

GOLDEN CROWN

JOHN SINCLAIR RADIO SHOW 588

Our first New Orleans show for 2015 will air the day before Mardi Gras with a third hour honoring our late Big Chief Bo Dollis & the Wild Magnolias will be coming from a site somewhere in the Crescent City.

Monday, February 16

I’M COMING TO YOUR RESCUE

THE SOUL LUCILLE SHOW 07

Lucille DJ is on the air from the heart of Italy with a killer hour of soul & super heavy funk with tunes by Osibisa, Isaac Hayes, Millie Jackson, Felice Taylor, The Triumphs, Donny Hathaway, Maceo & The King’s Men, Melvin Van Peebles, Eddie Kendricks, Dyke & The Blazers, Betty Wright, James Brown, The Mar-Keys, Joe Bataan, and Ray Charles.

Tuesday, February 17

YOU’RE LOOKING GOOD

THE BLUES SHOW 167

Bruce Pingree is playing plenty of blues tonight with cuts by Otis Redding, Kansas City Kitty, Elzadie Robinson, Tampa Red, Bumble Bee Slim, Hank Jones & Charlie Haden, Mud Morganfield, Harmonica Hines, Dave Ray & Tony Glover, Paul Speigel Band, Layla McCalla, Ruthie Foster, B.B. King, Sonny Boy Williamson, Jimmy Reed, and Little Walter.

MARDI GRAS SPECIAL

GO TO THE MARDI GRAS

John Sinclair Radio Show 538

Episode 538 is coming out of Frenchy’s studio in New Orleans with the classic tunes of Mardi Gras by Professor Longhair, Bill Sinigal & the Skyliners, Dave Bartholomew, Sugar Boy & the Cane Cutters, The Hawketts, and Al Johnson, plus Wild Indian music by Los Hombres Calientes, Chief Smiley Ricks, Big Chief Peppy withTroy Andrews, Bayou Renegades, War Chief Juan, Chief Alfred Doucette & the Flaming Arrows, the Mandingo Warriors, and the Wild Magnolias.

INDIANS JUMPIN’ ON FIRE

John Sinclair Radio Show 482

Episode 482 is my annual Mardi Gras Indian Music Special coming from the sidewalk outside the Oak Street Café in uptown New Orleans with classic selections by the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Young Guardians of the Flame, Wild Magnolias, Neville Brothers, Wild Apaches with the Mahogany Brass Band, 101 Runners, Guardians of the Flame, Big Chief Peppy with Troy Andrews, and the Forgotten Souls Brass Band with Big Chief Monk Boudreaux.

THE MAIN EVENT

John Sinclair Radio Show 427

Episode 427 of the John Sinclair Radio Show—our Mardi Gras show for 2012—is coming out of the Who Dat Café at the corner of Mandeville & Burgundy in the Bywater district of New Orleans, just down the street from where I’m staying with Dr. Prof. Barry Kaiser and Mary Gottschalk Moses during the Carnival season. This program was assembled last night at the Frenchy Gallery on Oak Street and finished off here at the Who Dat Café on this rainy Saturday evening before Fat Tuesday, with Carnival favorites by the ReBirth Brass Band—celebrating their Grammy award last week—and Professor Longhair, Roger & The Gypsies, the Wild Magnolias, Dr. John, 101 Runners, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Walter “Wolfman” Washington & the Roadmasters, and the BlueBrass Project.

PASS THE HATCHET

John Sinclair Radio Show 429

Episode 429 of the John Sinclair Radio Show is beaming out from the Gold Mine Saloon on Dauphine Street in the French Quarter of New Orleans, where the great Dave Brinks holds forth with music & poetry every Thursday night, and we’re playing music today by the Stooges Brass Band, Chuck Perkins, Kermit Ruffins & the Barbeque Swingers, Cyril Neville, Roger & the Gypsies, 101 Runners, John Sinclair & His International Blues Scholars, the Golden Comanche, Big Chief Alfred Doucette, Jumbo Layer, Tom Worrell, and Allen Toussaint before driving across the lake with Gilles Riberolles & Tom Worrell to see Carlo Ditta, Rick Coleman and my pal Jerry Brock this evening, witha special shout out to my daughter Chonita, a leap-year baby who’s celebrating her 10th official birthday today.

GOT TO GET READY

John Sinclair Radio Show 75

Tom Morgan at WWOZ Radio in New Orleans is a key participant in our Radio Free Amsterdam internet radio project and we podcast episodes of his splendid Jazz Roots program every other Wednesday. I was in New Orleans to enjoy the Christmas holidays with my daughter Celia and do performances at the Gold Mine Saloon and the Louisiana Music Factory. On the Tuesday after Christmas I went down to the new WWOZ studios in the French Market and joined Tom for his New Orleans Music Show. Tom supplied all the music by the Golden Eagles, Big Chief Peppy & Troy Andrews, Junior “Izzycoo” Gordon, Eddie Bo, Dave Bartholomew, Sugar Boy & the Cane Cutters, Earl King, Lee Dorsey, Jessie Hill and Kermit Ruffins, and we had some good conversations about New Orleans after the Flood.

MY INDIAN RED

John Sinclair Radio Show 76

I met up with my good friend and colleague Tom Morgan at the new WWOZ studios in the French Market on the Tuesday morning before Mardi Gras to make a “joint production” with his New Orleans Music Show. Before I got to the studio Tom had laid down a beautiful tapestry of music and commentary on the Mardi Gras Indians of New Orleans, including contributions from Dr. John, Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Dumaine, a bunch of Mardi Gras Indians recorded in 1956 by Sam Charters, Donald Harrison Jr, the Meters, Algiers Brass Band, Big Chief Donald Harrison Sr, the Wild Tchoupitoulas, Indians of the Nation, the Dixie Cups, the late Big Chief Tootie Montana of the Yellow Pocahontas, and the great Dave Bartholomew.

SOUL, SOUL, SOUL

John Sinclair Radio Show 77

Part 2 of Tom Morgan’s Mardi Gras Indian Music Special with recordings by Big Chief Smiley Ricks, Big Chief Peppy with Troy Andrews, Big Chief Tootie Montana, Ernest Skipper & FiYiYi, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, J. Monque’D & the Creole Wild West, Big Chief Donald Harrison Sr, and the Wild Magnolias.

BIG CHIEF

John Sinclair Radio Show 93

David Kunian’s Mardi Gras Indian Music Special was recorded in New Orleans at Mardi Gras time in 2006 on the Kitchen Sink Show, later edited and assembled by myself into a coherent Mardi Gras Indian music show from the great music Kunian provided by Professor Longhair, the Wild Tchoupitoulas, Dr. John, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux and plenty of Wild Magnolias.

IKO IKO

John Sinclair Radio Show 123

Back in New Orleans for the Mardi Gras and time for what’s now our annual Mardi Gras show in a Joint Production with Tom Morgan’s New Orleans Music Show on WWOZ Radio. This year I get to spend the entire two hours in the co-pilot’s chair as Tom brings out his comprehensive presentation of Mardi Gras Indian music, starting with Jelly Roll Morton’s reminiscences and demonstrations of Mardi Gras Indian tunes from the turn of the 20th century and recordings by the Louis Dumaine orchestra, Danny Barker & His Creole Cats, the Mardi Gras Indians interviewed by Sam Charters in 1956, Sugar Boy & the Cane Cutters, Big Chief Tootie Montana interviewed by Royce Osborne, the Dixie Cups, and Huey “Piano” Smith & The Clowns.

OLD TIME INDIANS

John Sinclair Radio Show 143

This episode is a Mardi Gras Indian Music Special for 2007, made as a Joint Production with Tom Morgan at WWOZ Radio in New Orleans. Tom assembled all the Wild Indian tunes for this seasonal extravaganza, with recordings by Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, Big Chief Alfred Doucette, Los Hombres Calientes, the Wild Tchoupitoulas, Big Chief Donald Harrison Jr, the Golden Comanches, Young Apaches, Hard Head Hunters, Big Chief Little Charles Taylor & the Indians of the Nation, and Big Chief Kevin Goodman & the Flaming Arrows.

THEY CALL US WILD

John Sinclair Radio Show 147

In a fit of obsessive compulsion one day I decided to trim down to one hour each my several New Orleans Mardi Gras shows on WWOZ with Tom Morgan and David Kunian (episodes #75, 76, 77, 123, and the unissued #20-0703) and assemble this new episode from the excised material. The result is basically a full-scale Mardi Gras Indian Special conducted by Tom Morgan and myself, with recordings by Dave Bartholomew, the Wild Magnolias with the White Eagles, the Guardians of the Flame and the Young Guardians of the Flame, plus cuts by Lee Dorsey, Jessie Hill and Kermit Ruffins, excerpts from Royce Osborne’s interviews with Big Chief Tootie Montana, and a reading from my essay “They Call Us Wild!”

HO NA NAE

John Sinclair Radio Show 187

I joined Tom Morgan at the WWOZ studios in the French Market in New Orleans for the second and third hours of his annual Mardi Gras Indian Music Show, a Joint Production with the John Sinclair Radio Show and Radio Free Amsterdam. There’s a “live” recording from the Unified Indian Practice at Handa Wanda’s last Sunday night (January 27), music from the Wild Tchoupitoulas and the Golden Comanches, a special feature with excerpts from Tom Morgan’s 2005 interview with Willie Tee at the Cutting Edge Music Conference cut in with recordings by the Wild Magnolias with Willie Tee & the New Orleans Project, and closing cuts from the Wild Magnolias in the 1990s. (The program continues as #188.)

INDIANS, THEY COMIN’ THROUGH

John Sinclair Radio Show 188

Tom Morgan’s 2008 Mardi Gras Indian Music Show continues into its third hour on WWOZ with this episode of the John Sinclair Radio Show and features “live” recordings of the Unified Indian Practice with the Wild Magnolias and the Black Eagles at the Handa Wanda Bar at 2nd & Dryades last Sunday night (January 27), plus excerpts from Tom Morgan’s historic interviews with the late, great Big Chief Tootie Montana of the Yellow Pocahontas, and recordings by Big Chief Bo Dollis & the Wild Magnolias, Big Chief Jolly & the Wild Tchoupitoulas, Spyboy Juan & the Golden Comanches, Big Chief Donald Harrison Sr and the Guardians of the Flame, Hard Head Hunters, Big Chief Donald Harrison Jr and the Congo Nation, Big Chief Little Charles Taylor & Indians of the Nation, Big Chief Little Bo & the Wild Magnolias, the Young Guardians of the Flame, plus James Booker and the Pin Stripe Brass Band.

GO GET YOUR BIG CHIEF

John Sinclair Radio Show 191

I was at Unified Indian Practice at the Handa Wanda club at 2nd & Dryades on the evening of Sunday, January 27, 2008, when I decided to whip out my compact Olympus 320M digital recorder and take down the proceedings, which were centered on Big Chief Little Bo of the Wild Magnolias, Big Chief Roddy of the Black Eagles, and assorted Indian singers who took over the mike from time to time in front of the massive drum choir on the stage behind them. I recorded again the next Sunday, when it was “Two More Days” until Mardi Gras, and then chopped the results down to an hour’s worth of Wild Indian music recorded in context just before Carnival Day.

MARDI GRAS IN NEW ORLEANS

John Sinclair Radio Show 194

In episode #191 we went inside Unified Indian Practice with the Mardi Gras Indians at the Handa Wanda club at 2nd & Dryades in New Orleans the two Sundays before Mardi Gras. This follow-up program takes to the streets on Mardi Gras Day with recorded music by the 6th Ward All Stars, the Treme Brass band and Snooks Eaglin and actualities from the Unified Second Line Parade with the Hot 8 Brass band on Lundi Gras, the St. Martinville High School Marching Band at the Zulu Parade and the Wild Indians at 2nd & Dryades on Mardi Gras morning, the Backstreet Cultural Museum in Treme with Ernest Skipper and the Spirit of Fi Yi Yi in the afternoon, and the 6th Ward Brass Band in the streets of the 6th Ward on Ash Wednesday playing for the funeral of Big Fritz from the Money Wasters Social Aid & Pleasure Club. Recordings by John Boutte, the 6th Ward Big Shots, Snooks Eaglin and the Wild Magnolias close out the show.

IT’S THAT TIME

John Sinclair Radio Show 254

One week before Mardi Gras in New Orleans I joined Tom Morgan on his New Orleans Music Show on WWOZ-FM for our annual Wild Indian Music Special. This episode is the first of two and features conversations with War Chief Juan of the Golden Comanches, Second Chief David Montana of the Yellow Pocahontas, and John Driver of the Mardi Gras Indian Orchestra, plus a recorded conversation with the late lamented Big Chief Tootie Montana of the Yellow Pocahontas, conducted by Royce Osborne, and testimony from Jelly Roll Morton at the Library of Congress in 1938. There’s great music from Tom’s opening theme, “Dr. Daddy-O” by Paul Gayten to “Indian Red” by the Golden Eagles and cuts by the Wild Magnolias, War Chief Juan & the Golden Comanches, Big Chief Donald Harrison & Congo Nation, the Young Guardians of the Flame, the Flaming Arrows, & the New Orleans Rhythm Conspiracy.

INDIAN STORY

John Sinclair Radio Show 255

This episode is the second part of my annual Mardi Gras Indian Music Special, a Joint Production with Tom Morgan for his Tuesday New Orleans Music Show on WWOZ-FM. Tom and I share several substantial conversations and enjoy music by Idrees Muhammad, the Wild Magnolias, a gang of Wild Indians recorded by Samuel Charters at Mardi Gras 1956, Big Chief Little Charles Taylor & the Indians of the Nation, the Hard Head Hunters, Big Chief Peppy of the Golden Arrows, Big Chief Monk Boudreau with the Forgotten Souls Brass Band, and the Young Guardians of the Flame. Mighty Coup de Fiyo!

BURY THE HATCHET

John Sinclair Radio Show 256

I came back to WWOZ on this Tuesday night to join David Kunian for his Kitchen Sink show from 10:00 pm-midnight and help him celebrate the Carnival season by selecting and playing Mardi Gras music favorites and new releases, including cuts by the Hawketts, Professor Longhair, the Golden Eagles, Lucien Barbarin, the Wild Magnolias, Danny Barker & His Creole Cats, Roger & the Gypsies, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, the Wild Tchoupitoulas, Big Chief Peppy with Trombone Shorty, and the Bayou Renegades. Note the paucity of overlap with the programming of Tom Morgan earlier the same day (#254-255)—a tribute to the wealth of Mardi Gras music available today.

ALL ON A MARDI GRAS DAY

John Sinclair Radio Show 257

David Kunian’s Kitchen Sink show on WWOZ continues for a second hour (viz. #256) in celebration of the Carnival season with more carefully selected Mardi Gras music by Dr. John, the Wild Magnolias, New Orleans Nightcrawlers, Re-Birth Brass Band, All That, Galactic, the Meters, and Professor Longhair.

HEARD SOMEBODY SAY

John Sinclair Radio Show 258

Our Mardi Gras show for 2009 features new “live” recordings from Indian Practice at Handa Wanda’s at 2nd & Dryades in New Orleans on the Sunday night before Mardi Gras with Big Chief Roddy of the Black Eagles controlling the microphone, plus some selections from new releases by Joe Krown-Walter “Wolfman” Washington-Russell Batiste “live” at the Maple Leaf, Brother Tyrone, Felice, and Shannon McNally, and closing with the Charles Neville text called “History 101” interpreted by John Sinclair & His Blues Scholars with Wayne Kramer, Charles Moore & the cats.

WAY UPTOWN

John Sinclair Radio Show 311

It’s Mardi Gras in New Orleans and I’m brioadcasting from the venerable Zotz Coffeeshop on Oak Street in uptown New Orleans, just up the street from the Maple Leaf Bar and the Frenchy Gallery, where I was supposed to meet the great artist Frenchy for this episode but had to go ahead without him, playing Carnivalesque music by Stop Inc., Professor Longhair, War Chief Juan of the Golden Comanches, Earl King, Smokey Johnson, the New Orleans Nightcrawlers, Aaron Neville, John Sinclair with the New Orleans Jazz Vipers, ReBirth Brass Band, and the Young Guardians of the Flame. That’s my valentine for you, dear friends, and Happy Mardi Gras!

I WENT TO THE MARDI GRAS

John Sinclair Radio Show 483

Episode 483 is a post-Mardi Gras show with classic selections by Donald Harrison Jr, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Chief Smiley Ricks & Indians of the Nation, Cha Wa, Brother Tyrone & the Mindbenders, Chuck Carbo, Dave Bartholomew, Charmaine Neville, Davell Crawford, Huey “Piano” Smith & the Clowns, the Dixie Cups, and Snooks Eaglin.

HAPPY MARDI GRAS!

Wednesday, February 18

BLUES IS ALL AROUND ME

CHICAGO BOUND 31

Leslie Keros with the deep blues from Chicago in Episode 31 with tunes by Otis Rush, Nick Moss & The Fliptops, Washboard Sam, Earl Hooker, Matthew Skoller, Fenton Robinson, Sunnyland Slim, Melvin Taylor, J.B. Hutto, Steve Freund & Gloria Hardiman, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Jimmy Reed, and Lurrie Bell.

Wednesday, February 18

CROSS MY HEART

MESSIN WITH THE BLUES 30

Leslie Keros has a mess of blues in Episode 30 with sides by Steve James, Big Bill Broonzy, Eden Brent, Percy Mayfield, Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, Mississippi John Hurt, Shirley Griffith, Skip James, Harrison Kennedy, Sleepy John Estes, Elizabeth Cotton, Jimmy Witherspoon, Memphis Slim with Big Bill Broonzy & John Lee Williamson, Leroy Carr, Lead Belly, and Big Walter Horton.

Thursday, February 19

AIN’T THAT THE BLUES

RED ROOSTER LOUNGE 135

Cary Wolfson is spinning at the Red Rooster Lounge with great blues sides by Teeny Tucker, Brian Templeton, Luther Allison, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton, Glenn Lane, Robert Ward, Deitra Farr, Magic Slim & The Teardrops, Albert Collins, B.B. King, and Larry Coryell.

Friday, February 20

THE SOUL OF MILT JACKSON

BEYOND THE GROOVE YARD 08

George Klein limns a soulful portrait of vibraphonist Milt Jackson in recordings with Coleman Hawkins, Miles Davis, Bobby Jaspar, The Modern Jazz Quartet, Ray Charles, and John Coltrane.

Friday, February 20

STRANGE LOVE

FLY BY NIGHT 93

Steve The Fly is loving some strange in Episode 93 with tunes by Medeski, Martin, Scofield & Wood, Moondog, Jimi Hendrix, Larry Young, The Sound Dimensions, Etta James, Little Milton, James Brown, Chocolate Milk, Funkadelic, Lowell Fulson, B.B. King, and Elmore James.

Saturday, February 21

HAWAIIAN HOSPITALITY

DIGGIN’ THE ROOTS 08

Tom Morgan is Diggin’ The Roots for Radio Free Amsterdam with a primer in music from Hawaii his week by Al Kealoha Perry & his Singing Surfriders, Alika Hawaiian Trio, Andy Iona, Andy Sanella, Sol Hoopii, The Four Aces, Four Hawaiian Guitars, Louis Armstrong with Andy Iona & his Islanders, the Georgia Jumpers, Harry Owens & his Royal Hawaiians, Fats Waller, the Honolulu Beach Players.

Saturday, February 21

SOUL MACHINE

IN THE SOUL KITCHEN 21

Episode 21 features great tunes from Ted Taylor, Denise LaSalle, Howard Tate, Albert Washington, Rufus Thomas, The Meters, Don Covay & The Jefferson Lemon Blues Band, Roger Collins, LaBelle, Bill Withers, Incognito, The Notations, Dyke & The Blazers, Rance Allen, The Ebonies, and Quiet Elegance.

Sunday, February 22

DO IT SOME MORE

THE FUCK YOU SOUND 135

Caleb Selah is not stopping with the weirdness and insists on yet another hour of audio madness from housedem.com in London.

Sunday, February 22

GONZO

JAZZ LUNATIQUE 08

David Kunian is continuing his annual celebration of the birth of James Carroll Booker III this week with filmmaker Lily Keeber, director of the recent James Booker documentary, using Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite as background music in honor of the holidays, and playing recordings by James Booker in solo performance, with his own bands, and backing up Lars Edegran, Little Richard, Art Neville, and Huey “Piano” Smith & The Clowns with Mack Rebennack, and a live BBC recording of “Gonzo.”

Monday, February 23

CARRYING ON

JOHN SINCLAIR RADIO SHOW 589

Episode 585 will be coming from somewhere in New Orleans on the Monday after Mardi Gras  with another thrilling hour of music & verse of several possible descriptions but probably issuing from the treasure trove of recordings from the Crescent City.

Monday, February 23

GET IN THE GROOVE

THE SOUL LUCILLE SHOW 08

Lucille DJ is on the air from the heart of Italy with a killer hour of soul & super heavy funk with tunes by Curtis Mayfield, Solomon Burke, Stevie Wonder, Wanda Robinson, Fred Wesley & The Horny Horns, The Foundations, Tammi Terrell, Clarence Carter, Denise LaSalle, The Mighty Hannibal, The Pointer Sisters, Les McCann, and Willie Bobo.

Tuesday, February 24

ROCKIN’ WITH THE BLUES

THE BLUES SHOW 168

Bruce Pingree is paying homage to the recently departed Finis Tasby with music from his own albums and collaborations with The Mannish Boys, Alex Schultz, J.W. Jones, and Jimmy Thackery.

Wednesday, February 25

HIDDEN CHARMS

CHICAGO BOUND 32

Leslie Keros has got the blues in Chicago for Episode 32 with Buddy Guy, Robert Nighthawk, Hubert Sumlin, Bob Stroger & Kenny “Beady Eyes” Smith, Steve Freund & Gloria Hardiman, Jimmy Johnson, Jimmy Dawkins,lie Kero James Cotton, Eddy Clearwater, Johnny Little John, Art Hodes, Jimmy Rogers, Johnnie Johnson, and Johnny B. Moore.

Wednesday, February 25

PERSON TO PERSON

MESSIN’ WITH THE BLUES 31

Leslie Keros is mixing it up and messin’ with the blues as played by Leola Manning, Benny Green, Billy Eckstine, Sherrie Maricle & The Diva Jazz Orchestra, Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson, Mose Allison, Andrew “Jr. Boy” Jones, Duke Robillard, Reuben Wilson, Irene Reid, the Planet D Nonet, and Mr. B.

Thursday, February 26

MOANIN’ & SCREAMIN’

RED ROOSTER LOUNGE 136

Cary Wolfson is spinning at the Red Rooster Lounge with great blues sides by Lonnie Mack with Stevie Ray Vaughan, Darrell Nulisch, Junior Wells, Diamond Joe, Bettye Lavette, Jean Wells, Julius Pittman & The Revival, Kelly Brothers, Barrence Whitfield & The Savages, and Jimmie Vaughan & Lou Ann Barton.

Friday, February 27

DEXTER CALLING

BEYOND THE GROOVE YARD 09

George Klein paints a compelling portrait of Dexter Gordon with contributions from Horace Parlan, Herbie Hancock, Bud Powell, and Jackie McLean.

Friday, February 27

UNFUNKY UFO

FLY BY NIGHT 94

Steve The Fly is flying the friendly skies in Epiode 94 with selections from Robert Anton Wilson, Parliament, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, Charles Mingus, James Brown, The Meters, and Sun Ra & His Arkestra.

Saturday, February 28

TOTALLY MAD

DIGGIN’ THE ROOTS 09

Tom Morgan is Diggin’ The Roots for Radio Free Amsterdam featuring tunes from two Mad Magazine parody albums: Mad Twist Rock & Roll (1962) and Think Along With Mad (1963).

Saturday, February 28

IN THE HOLE

IN THE SOUL KITCHEN 22

Episode 22 of In The Soul Kitchen with Harry Duncan features great tunes from The Fantastic Four, The Isley Brothers, The Stylistics, Shirley Brown, Bobby Byrd with James Brown: Hangups,The Bar-Kays, Mabel John, Bobby Womack, Betty Wright, Clarence Carter, William Bell, Little Beaver, O.V. Wright, Ann Peebles, Johnny Taylor, and Monte Negro.

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