The John Sinclair Foundation Presents
RADIO FREE AMSTERDAM 2015
BLUES, JAZZ & REEFER—KEEPING THE MUSIC ALIVE
The John Sinclair Radio Show
plus The Soul Lucille Show with Lucille DJ en Italiano
The Blues Show with Bruce Pingree
Chicago Bound plus Messin’ With The Blues with Leslie Keros
Blues From the Red Rooster Lounge with Cary Wolfson
Beyond The Groove Yard with George Klein
plus Fly By Night with Steve The Fly
Diggin’ The Roots with Tom Morgan
plus Highway 61 Blues with Scott Barretta
Jazz From The Hempshopper with John Sinclair
plus Jazz Lunatique with David Kunian
Lucille DJ has suffered a crippling computer crash so we are replaying her first four program episodes in May, and Leslie Keros has succumbed to overwork in real life so we’re replaying the first four episodes of her Chicago Bound and Messin’ With The Blues instead. Steve The Fly contributes an extraordinary audio experience focused on a reading from James Joyce’s Finnegan’s Wake that extends over two and a half one-hour programs.
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MAY 2015 PROGRAM GUIDE
Friday, May 1
THE AMEN CORNER
BEYOND THE GROOVE YARD 18
George Klein has another split spotlight in Episode 18, showcasing John Coltrane on Prestige Records and another crew of soulful keyboardists: Red Garland, Ramsey Lewis, John Wright, and Phineas Newborn.
FLY BY NIGHT 103
Steve The Fly has created an extraordinary audio experience fusing the immortal words of the bard James Joyce from Finnegan’s Wake (pp. 429-473) with the voices of William Sutton (pages 429-443 & 469-473) and Steven ‘Fly’ Pratt (pages 444-468) delivering the text to drums, guitar and turntables by Steve The Fly—assembled and mixed by The Fly at the Fly Agaric 23 Studio and Ei-Complex in Amsterdam, where the program was mastered by Tim Egmond. Episode 103 comprises the first hour of this 155-minute extravaganza.
Saturday, May 2
DIGGIN’ THE ROOTS 18
Tom Morgan is Diggin’ The Roots for Radio Free Amsterdam featuring tunes from the glorious past and present of African American popular music by Paul Gayten, Oscar Aleman, Charlie Byrd, Benny Carter, Nat “King” Cole. Al “Jazzbo” Collins, Paul Desmond, Paquito d’Rivera, Slim Gaillard, Grant Green, Johnny Guarnieri, Cannonball Adderley with Sergio Mendes, and Louis Jordan.
SHOUT THE BOOGIE
HIGHWAY 61 BLUES 44
Scott Barretta pulls out a pile of fantastic sides with Boogie in the title, including cuts by Big Joe Turner & Pete Johnson, the Snookum Russell Orchestra, Louis Jordan, Marilyn Scott, Mabel Scott, Memphis Minnie, Jessie Mae Hemphill, Little Esther & Mel Walker, the Johnny Otis Orchestra, Slim Gaillard, John Lee Hooker, Little Son Jackson, Carolina Slim (as Country Paul), Sticks McGhee, B.B. King, Amos Milburn, Lalo Guerrero, and the Harlem Hamfats.
Sunday, May 3
OUT OF THIS WORLD
JAZZ FROM THE HEMPSHOPPER 10
Classic modern jazz emanating from the Hempshopper on the Singel canal in Episode 10 with John Sinclair spinning great sides by Charlie Parker, the John Coltrane Quartet, the Bill Evans Trio, John Coltrane & Johnny Hartman, Charles Mingus, the Count Basie Orchestra, and Sun Ra & His Solar Myth Arkestra.
JAZZ LUNATIQUE 18
David Kunian is celebrating his birthday for another hour n Episode 18 with music by The Gun Club, The Who, The J. Geils Band, Johnny Cash, Violent Femmes, X, Louis Jordan, Louis Armstrong, Marko Benivento, Royal Fingerbowl, Rickie Lee Jones, and Bobby Love.
Monday, May 4
IT’S MY LIFE BABY
JOHN SINCLAIR RADIO SHOW 599
Episode 599 is coming from my old stand at Frenchy’s Garage in New Orleans, right next to Frenchy’s house just across the Jefferson Parish line from Oak Street and the Frenchy Gallery, where I’ll be staying with Fenchy & Tina & little Leo for the next month. It’s my daughter Sunny’s birthday on May 4 but I’m still thinking of the weekend I spent in my home town of Flint, Michigan during the 420 holidays and all the thousands of records I heard as a teenager when I was coming up in Flint, so here’s another hour of sides I heard & owned & played during the second half of the 1950s by Big Joe Turner, The Clovers, Willie Mabon, The 5 Royales, Howlin’ Wolf, The Five Keys, Little Walter, Sonny Boy Williamson, Bobby “Blue” Bland, LaVerne Baker, James Brown & His Famous Flames, Clarence “Frogman” Henry, The Cadets, Huey ‘Piano’ Smith & the Clowns, Big Walter Horton, Ruth Brown, Jerry Butler & the Impressions, Jackie Wilson, and The Heartbeats.
GET UP & DRIVE YOUR FUNKY SOUL
THE SOUL LUCILLE SHOW 01
Lucille DJ has lost her files for May in a major computer crash so we are replaying her first four episodes of The Soul Lucille Show starting with number 1 featuring tunes by James Brown, Nina Simone, Barbara Dane, Gwen McRae, Merry Clayton, Bobby Womack, Ella Fitzgerald, Chuck Jackson, Darrow Fletcher, Mandrill, The Organization, Funkadelic, Lyn Collins, Maceo Parker, and Ike Turner & His Kings of Rhythm.
Tuesday, May 5
SHE WALKS RIGHT IN
THE BLUES SHOW 178
Bruce Pingree is playing piano music from New Orleans in Episode 178 with great selections by Professor Longhair, Tuts Washington, Kid Stormy Weather, Jelly Roll Morton, and Champion Jack Dupree.
Wednesday, May 6
CHICAGO BOUND 01
Leslie Keros is taking a necessary break from her programming duties at Radio Free Amsterdam this month so we’re replaying the first four episodes of Chicago Bound starting with the opening show in the series from January 2014 paying homage to five Chicago bluesmen who passed away in 2013: Magic Slim, Jimmy Dawkins, Aaron Moore, Artie “Blues Boy” White, and Eric Davis.
MESSIN’ WITH THE BLUES 01
Chicago broadcast producer Leslie Keros is taking a much-needed break this month from her programing duties here at radio Free Amsterdam, so we’re replaying the first four episodes of her program series Messin’ With The Blues with a show highlighting carefully assembled recordings from 2013 album releases by Lurrie Bell, Sugar Ray Rayford, Guy Davis, Mark Hummel, David Egan, Kara Grainger, Kevin Coelho, James Cotton & Keb’ Mo’, the Lenny Marcus Trio, Magic Sam, Robin Trower, Boz Scaggs, and Roosevelt Sykes (must be a reissue!)
Thursday, May 7
SHAKE IT UP
RED ROOSTER LOUNGE 146
Cary Wolfson is spinning at the Red Rooster Lounge with great blues sides by Mickey Baker, Joakim Tinderholt, Breezy Rodio, Sue Foley, James Harman, King Biscuit Boy, Little Freddie King, Lloyd Jones, Chris Daniels & The Kings, Charles Morris, Maurice John Vaughn, Big Maybelle, and Otis Grand.
Friday, May 8
JUST IN TIME
BEYOND THE GROOVE YARD 19
George Klein is featuring the Hammond B3 organ in Episode 19 with Booker Ervin occupying the middle position in each set, including appearances by Booker Ervin, Jimmy Smith, Gloria Coleman, Freddie Roach, Don Patterson, Jack McDuff, and Sonny Phillips.
FLY BY NIGHT 104
Episode 104 comprises the second hour of an extraordinary 155-minute audio experience fusing the immortal words of the bard James Joyce from Finnegan’s Wake (pp. 429-473) with the voices of William Sutton (pages 429-443 & 469-473) and Steven ‘Fly’ Pratt (pages 444-468) delivering the text to drums, guitar and turntables by Steve The Fly—assembled and mixed by The Fly at the Fly Agaric 23 Studio and Ei-Complex in Amsterdam, where the program was mastered by Tim Egmond.
Saturday, May 9
DIGGIN’ THE ROOTS 19
Tom Morgan is Diggin’ The Roots for Radio Free Amsterdam featuring tunes from the glorious past and present of African American popular music this week by Paul Gayten, Stan Getz & Charlie Byrd, Slim Gaillard, Ahmad Jamal, J.J. Johnson, Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra, Louis Jordan, Paquito D’Rivera, and Charlie Parker.
LET THE DOORBELL RING
HIGHWAY 61 BLUES 45
Scott Baretta is featuring New Orleans piano blues in this weeks’ episode of Highway 61 with selections by Fats Domino, Jelly Roll Morton, Tuts Washington, Roosevelt Sykes, Archibald, James Booker, Champion Jack Dupree, Professor Longhair, Eddie Bo, Davell Crawford, Henry Butler & Corey Harris, and Dr. John & B.B. King.
Sunday, May 10
BIG JOHN SPECIAL
JAZZ FROM THE HEMPSHOPPER 11
Friday evening at the Hempshopper on the Singel canal in Amsterdam with John Sinclair playing modern jazz classics by Charlie Parker, Charles Mingus, Miles Davis, Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers. Billie Holiday, “Pancho” Hagood with the Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra, the Duke Ellington Orchestra, Planet D Nonet, Sonny Rollins, Freddie Redd with Jackie McLean, Yusef Lateef, Archie Shepp, and Sun Ra & His Arkestra
RIDE INTO THE SUN
JAZZ LUNATIQUE 19
David Kunian is featuring the great cellist, vocalist and composer Helen Gillet in Episode 19 with a series of long conversations, some live performances in the WWOZ studio, and selections from her pair of new CD releases, plus cuts by Ido Zinn and the Jason Roethke Octet.
Monday, May 11
WHAT IT IS
JOHN SINCLAIR RADIO SHOW 600
Episode 600 will be coming from an as yet unselected location in New Orleans with the sort of program of music and commentary you’ve come to expect from this show.
HEAD ON COLLISION WITH HEARTBREAK
THE SOUL LUCILLE SHOW 02
Lucille DJ is replaying her second episode of The Soul Lucille Show this week with a killer hour of soul & super heavy funk from Bobby Byrd, Erma Franklin, Rare Earth, The Fatback Band, Eddie Long, Shirley Bassey, The Three Degrees, Tommy Hunt, Terry Callier, Gil Scott Heron, Ivory, Wilson Pickett, The Temptations, The Modulations, and Jimmy Smith.
Tuesday, May 12
HAVING A GOOD TIME
THE BLUES SHOW 179
Bruce Pingree is playing more piano music from New Orleans with selections by Champion Jack Dupree, Fats Domino, James Booker, Huey “Piano” Smith, Allen Toussaint, Ronnie Barrron, Doctor John, Eddie Bo, Professor Longhair, and Willie Tee with the Wild Magnolias.
Wednesday, May 13
THIS IS THE BLUES
CHICAGO BOUND 02
This week’s installment of Chicago Bound with Leslie Keros is a replay of her second program in the series featuring Windy City blues artists Old Friends with Big Walter Horton & Sunnyland Slim, James Cotton, Joe Filisko & Eric Noden, Otis Spann (along with a dedication to Otis by Muddy Waters & Lucille Spann onstage at the 1972 Ann Arbor Blues & Jazz Festival), David Maxwell, James Wheeler, Mississippi Heat, Bob Stroger, and Otis Clay.
THAT’S A GOOD IDEA
MESSIN’ WITH THE BLUES 02
Leslie Keros is blowing in from Chicago with this replay of Episode 2 of Messin’ With The Blues featuring a program of great music of several descriptions by Erwin Helfer, W.C. Clark, Roomful of Blues, Curtis Salgado, Leadbelly, Dr. John, Roscoe Chenier, Eddie Harris, Peggy Lee, John Coltrane & Milt Jackson, Bobby “Blue” Bland, Freddy Cole, and Eric Bibb.
Thursday, May 14
LIFE OF THE PARTY
RED ROOSTER LOUNGE 147
Cary Wolfson is spinning at the Red Rooster Lounge with great blues sides by Eight O’Five Jive, Debbie Davies, Robben Ford, Slam Allen, Anthony Gomes, Gaye Adegbalola, Pokey LaFarge, Michael Falzarano, Beth Hart, James Day & The Fish Fry, J.D. McPherson, Biber Herrman, Michael Jerome Browne, and Gregor Hilden.
Friday, May 15
WALK ON THE WILD SIDE
BEYOND THE GROOVE YARD 20
George Klein is bringing more Hammond B-3 organs in Episode 20 with tenor saxophonist Booker Ervin featured in the middle of each set of music by Booker Ervin, Jimmy Smith, Richard “Groove” Holmes, Shirley Scott, Stanley Turrentine, Lyman Woodard, John Patton, and Larry Young.
FLY BY NIGHT 105
Episode 105 comprises the final portion of an extraordinary 155-minute audio experience fusing the immortal words of the bard James Joyce from Finnegan’s Wake (pp. 429-473) with the voices of The Fly and William Sutton delivering the text to music backgrounds provided by the drums, guitar and turntables of Steve The Fly, Garaj Mahal, the Gregory James Band, and The Illuminatus Trilogy audio book—assembled and mixed by Steve The Fly at the Fly Agaric 23 Studio and Ei-Complex in Amsterdam, where the program was mastered by Tim Egmond. The presentation from Finnegan’s Wake is followed by a sound collage of voices & music aseembled & remixed by Steve The Fly including selections titled “Flutawake,” “L.P’s Keys,” “Oily Thorsday,” “Joyce and Coincidance,” “Blue Finnertz,” “Bicycle In Bombay” featuring Robert Anton Wilson on The Synchronicity, “Aspect of Finnegans Wake,” and “Gulam Sabri.”
Saturday, May 16
WE LIKE MAMBO
DIGGIN’ THE ROOTS 20
Tom Morgan is Diggin’ The Roots for Radio Free Amsterdam featuring tunes from the glorious past and present of African American popular music by Paul Gayten, Louis Armstrong, Dave Bartholomew, Lloyd Price, Classie Ballou, Jr, The Hawks, Eddie Bo, Los Po-Boy Citos, John Nagy, Sam Butera & the Witnesses, Cubanismo, Fredy Omar & John Boutte, and the Panorama Jazz Band.
I‘M TORE UP
HIGHWAY 61 BLUES 46
Scott Barretta is featuring blues from the Macon area of eastern Mississippi on this week’s edition of Highway 61, including selections by Eddie Clearwater, Carey Bell, Big Joe Williams, Austin Peete, John “Short Stuff” Macon, Amelia Johnson, and Willie King.
Sunday, May 17
JAZZ FROM THE HEMPSHOPPER 12
Modern jazz on a Friday afternoon at the Hempshopper on the Singel canal in Amsterdam with John Sinclair and stellar recordings by Charlie Parker, Yusef Lateef, Kenny “Pancho” Hagood with the Mary Lou Williams Orchestra, Thelonious Monk, Charles Mingus, Planet D Nonet, Miles Davis, Jackie McLean, Fela Kuti, the Count Basie Orchestra, and the John Coltrane.Quartet.
JAZZ LUNATIQUE 20
David Kunian is playing music from across the spectrum in Episode 20 by Barry Halverson, CeDell Davis, Elvis Costello, XTC, the Charles Mingus Sextet, Van Morrison, Stevie Wonder, and the Charles Mingus Jazz Workshop with Eric Dolphy, Ted Curson and Dannie Richmond.
Monday, May 18
JOHN SINCLAIR RADIO SHOW 601
Episode 601 will be coming from somewhere in New Orleans with music from the Crescent City and wherever else our minds might wander.
GOTTA STAND FOR SOMETHING
THE SOUL LUCILLE SHOW 03
Lucille DJ is spinning this week’s show straight for the dance floor without a mike, featuring music by Freddie King, Darrow Fletcher, Allen Toussaint, Little Sister, Cymande, Bill Withers, Apple & The Three Oranges, Roy Ayers, the Soul Searchers, Aretha Franklin, Fred Wesley, Patti Drew, The Crusaders, and the Lyman Woodard Organization.
Tuesday, May 19
KEEPER OF THE CROWN
THE BLUES SHOW 180
Bruce Pingree is playing music by the Wild Magnolias in honor of Big Chief Bo Dollis, who passed away on January 20, 2015
Wednesday, May 20
OLD TIME BOOGIE
CHICAGO BOUND 03
Our replay of Episode 3 of Chicago Bound features Leslie Keros blasting the blues from the Windy City by Robert Lockwood, Sunnyland Slim, Elmore James, Demetria Taylor, Byther Smith, Artie “Blues Boy” White, John Brim, Carlos Johnson, Curtis Jones, Deitra Farr, Dave Specter & Barkin’ Bill, Jimmy Rogers, and Sonny Boy Williamson.
MESSIN’ WITH THE BLUES 03
Leslie Keros is mixing it up in this replay of Episode 3 of Messin’ with the Blues with cuts from Erwin Helfer, Pete Thomas & The Horns-a-Plenty, Karrin Allyson, Rod Piazza, Cécile McLorin Salvant, Peter Cincotti, Ben Webster, Ray Charles, Joe Williams, Albert King, Paul Rishell, Janis Joplin, Corey Ledet, Charles Brown, Memphis Slim, and Mark Hummel.
Thursday, May 21
LITTLE BY LITTLE
RED ROOSTER LOUNGE 148
Cary Wolfson is spinning at the Red Rooster Lounge with great blues sides by Jessie Mae Hemphill, Junior Wells, Susan Tedeschi, Billy Flynn, Johnny “Guitar” Watson, Chuck Willis, the Wallace Brothers, Chuck Jackson, Jim Suhler & Monkey Beat, Michael Bloomfield, Roy Buchanan, Taj Mahal, and Charlie Musselwhite.
Friday, May 22
THE SECOND LINE
BEYOND THE GROOVE YARD 21
George Klaein is down in New Orleans in Episode 21 with sides by Pony Poindexter, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Alvin Batiste, Tony Dagradi, Steve Masakowski, Johnny Vidacovich, Nat Adderley, Germaine Bazzle, and the New Orleans Legacy Ensemble.
FLY BY NIGHT 106
Steve The Fly is celebrating the centennial of Billie Holiday’s birth with this programs of Lady Day classics.
Saturday, May 23
DIGGIN’ THE ROOTS 21
Episode 21 of Diggin’ The Roots with Tom Morgan features music from Cuba, the Caribbean and South America by Antonio Carlos Jobim, Astrid Gilberto, Luis Bonfa, Virginia Rodriguez, Mario Bauza, the Buena Vista Social Club, Ibraham Ferrer, and Ernesto Nucona.
HARD HEARTED WOMAN
HIGHWAY 61 BLUES 47
Scott Barretta spotlights the great harmonica master Big Walter Horton in this week’s episode of Highway 61 featuring a series of his classic recordings with Joe Hill Louis, Calvin & Phineas Newborn, Little Buddy Doyle, Jimmy Rogers, Tampa Red, Johnny Shines, Robert Nighthawk, Johnny Young, and Carey Bell.
Sunday, May 24
LET’S COOL ONE
JAZZ FROM THE HEMPSHOPPER 13
John Sinclair is spinning the classic jazz jams from the Hempshopper on the Singel canal in Amsterdam on a beautiful Friday evening in the summer of 2008 with sides from Charlie Parker, Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers, the Sun Sounds Orchestra, Planet D Nonet, Fela Kuti, Duke Ellington, Miles Davis with the Gil Evans Orchestra, James Andrews, Charlie Parker with strings, Thelonious Monk, and Sun Ra & His Solar Myth Arkestra.
BODY AND SOUL
JAZZ LUNATIQUE 21
David Kunian is celebrating the 100th birthday of Billie Holiday in Episode 22 with a series of selections by the great singer and related cuts by Stevie Wonder, Nicholas Payton, J.C. Brooks & The Uptown Sound, Jose James, and Amanda Shiers.
Monday, May 25
JOHN SINCLAIR RADIO SHOW 602
Episode 602 will find us in New Orleans for another program of music from the immediate environs and whatever else we might feel like playing.
THE SOUL LUCILLE SHOW 04
Lucille DJ is still spinning from home without a microphone but she’s coming through like a champ with a program of music by Vernon Harrel, Slim Harpo, Marvin Gaye, the Four Tops, Dennis Coffey, Reuben Wilson, Black Heat, the Buddy Rich Big Band, Kay-Gees, Graham Central Station, The Meters, The New Birth, Lou Donaldson, Sonny Phillips, and Johnny Nash.
Tuesday, May 26
BEGGIN’ THE BLUES
THE BLUES SHOW 181
Bruce Pingree is playing muusic celebrating the birthdays of the very much alive Mary Flower and the late lamented Georgia Sea Islands singer Bessie Jones (1902-1974).
Wednesday, May 27
HOMAGE TO MAGIC SAM
CHICAGO BOUND 04
This week’s replay of Episode 4 of Chicago Bound with Leslie Keros features a tribute to Magic Sam on the occasion of the new release Live at the Avant Garde, including interviews with blues producer Dick Shurman, guitarist Billy Flynn, and tenor saxophonist Eddie Shaw.
COOKIN’ IN STYLE
MESSIN’ WITH THE BLUES 04
Leslie Keros is stirring the pot in this replay of Episode 4 of Messin’ With The Blues with music by Johnnie Bassett, James Booker, B.B. King, Freddie King, Shemekia Copeland, Etta James, Johnny Heartsman, Solomon Burke, Chris Cain, Irene Reid, Percy Mayfield, Sam Cooke, and Johnny Adams.
Thursday, May 28
RED ROOSTER LOUNGE 149
Cary Wolfson is spinning at the Red Rooster Lounge with blues sides by Procol Harum, Fairport Convention, John Renbourne, Peter Green Splinter Group, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, Fleetwood Mac, Mick Taylor, Mick Abrahams, Kim Simmons’ Savoy Brown, Otis Grand, Tony McPhee & Dick Heckstall-Smith, and Percy Sledge.
Friday, May 29
THE ISLE OF ORLEANS
BEYOND THE GROOVE YARD 22
George Klein goes to New Orleans again for Episode 22 with music by the American Jazz Quintet, Bonerama, Alvin “Red” Tyler, Astral Project, Tim Laughlin, the New Orleans Nightcrawlers, Los Hombres Calientes, 3now4, and Donald Harrison Jr.
THE GENIUS OF LENNY BRUCE
FLY BY NIGHT 107
Steve The Fly presents the genius of Lenny Bruce in this recording of his historic performance at Carnegie Hall in New York City on February 4th, 1961.
Saturday, May 30
DIGGIN’ THE ROOTS 22
Episode 22 of Diggin’ The Roots with Tom Morgan features another hour of Latin music from Cuba, the Caribbean, North and South America by Cal Tjader, Virginia Rodriguez, Aster Piazzola, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Willie Bobo, Luis Bonfa, Stan Getz, Quarteto Patria, and the Buena Vista Social Club.
HOW BLUE CAN YOU GET
HIGHWAY 61 BLUES 48
Episode 48 of Hghway 61 with Scott Barretta features a series of live recordings by B.B. King in honor of the opening of the B.B. King Museum in Indianola, Mississippi, including cuts from the Regal Theatre, the International Club and the Cook County Jail in Chicago, Live in Japan, at Ole Miss in Oxford, Mississippi and with Bobby “Blue” Bland in Los Angeles
Sunday, May 31
MY SHINING HOUR
JAZZ FROM THE HEMPSHOPPER 14
Jazz from the Hempshopper on the Singel canal in Amsterdam with John Sinclair on a summer Friday evening in 2008 playing classic jazz music by Charlie Parker, Sun Sounds Orchestra, Yusef Lateef, John Coltrane, Freddie Redd, Thelonious Monk, Planet D Nonet, Billie Holiday, Kenny “Pancho” Hagood with the Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra, Jackie McLean, and Sun Ra & His Solar Myth Arkestra.
GOD BLESS THE CHILD
JAZZ LUNATIQUE 22
David Kunian is continuing his observance of the Billie Holiday centennial wit this program of selections by Lady Day and The Write Brothers, Fats Domino, Otis Brown III, Hank Williams, the Memphis Jug Band, and Lou Reed.
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