The John Sinclair Foundation Presents
RADIO FREE AMSTERDAM 2016
BLUES, JAZZ & REEFER—KEEPING THE MUSIC ALIVE
The John Sinclair Radio Show
The Blues Show with Bruce Pingree
Chicago Bound plus Messin’ With The Blues with Leslie Keros
Beyond The Groove Yard with George Klein
Fly By Night with Steve The Fly
plus The Soul Lucille Show
Diggin’ The Roots with Tom Morgan
plus Blues From the Red Rooster Lounge with Cary Wolfson
Jazz From The Hempshopper with John Sinclair
plus Jazz Lunatique with David Kunian
Happy Mardi Gras! It’s February and time for the annual festivities in New Orleans, commemorated here by 24 hours of Mardi Gras programming from midnight to midnight on Carnival Day, February 9, 2016 consisting of John Sinclair’s Mardi Gras programs by himself or with Tom Morgan or David Kunian from the past 10 years since the Great Flood of 2005.
This special day of programming will complement our stellar weekly lineup of contributing producers Bruce Pingree, Leslie Keros, George Klein, Steve The Fly, Soul Lucille, Tom Morgan, Cary Wolfson, David Kunian, and John Sinclair. Leslie Keros will be offering two special series this month, one in three parts commemorating the 100th birthday of Billy Strayhorn and the other a four-part appreciation of Blind Pig Records.
All Radio Free Amsterdam programs are archived at our site under the name of each show. Once a program has been posted you can look it up and play it at any time.
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FEBRUARY 2016 PROGRAM GUIDE
Monday, February 1
JOHN SINCLAIR RADIO SHOW 638
Episode 638 is beaming out from my sumptuous guest suite above the Sensi Seeds shop in the Red Light District of Amsterdam, courtesy of Sensi proprietor Ben Dronkers and my friend Amber, who takes care of things on the ground level. Amber was a close friend of my late comrade and co-founder of The John Sinclair Radio Show and Radio Free Amsterdam, Dr. Larry Hayden, in whose beloved memory all our programming is offered—like this episode, the first of our two annual Mardi Gras shows this year, with music by Professor Longhair, Bill Sinegal, June Victory & the Bayou Renegades, Big Chief Peppy & Indians of the Nation, Big Chief Bo Dollis & the Wild Magnolias, Big Chief Smiley Ricks & Indians of the Nation, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux & the 101 Runners, Big Chief Little Charles Taylor, Big Chief Roddy Lewis of the Black Eagles, the Wild Magnolias with the ReBirth Brass Band, Big Chief Smiley Ricks & Indians of the Nation, and Big Chief Donald Harrison & the Guardians of the Flame.
Tuesday, February 2
YOU’RE SOMETHING ELSE
THE BLUES SHOW 216
Bruce Pingree is playing music by Jimmy Reed in honor of the bluesman’s birthday and also sending out a salute to the great pianist Sunnyland Slim, born September 5, 1906 or 1907.
Wednesday, February 3
RUNNING THE BOOGIE
CHICAGO BOUND 68
Leslie Keros is hosting the first of a two-part retrospective of Blind Pig Records featuring releases from 1977 to 2015—all Chicago blues artists in this episode, including Roosevelt Sykes, Pinetop Perkins. Billy Boy Arnold-Charlie Musselwhite-James Harman-Mark Hummel-Sugar Ray Norcia, George “Harmonica” Smith, Carey Bell & Tough Luck, Jimmy Dawkins, Johnny Shines & Snooky Pryor, Eddie C. Campbell, Charlie Musselwhite, Big Walter Horton, and Buddy Guy & Junior Wells.
MESSIN’ WITH THE BLUES 69
Leslie Keros is celebrating the Mardi Gras season with an hour of piano music from New Orleans by Fats Domino, Tuts Washington. Willie Tee, Professor Longhair, Henry Butler, Champion Jack Dupree, Dr. John, Marcia Ball. James Booker, and Eddie Bo.
Thursday, February 4
WILL THE CIRCLE BE UNBROKEN
BEYOND THE GROOVE YARD 70
George Klein is featuring even more piano players in Episode 70, mostly in trios, including Phineas Newborn, Ray Bryant, John Wright, Junko Onishi, Barry Harris, Bud Powell, Kenny Drew, Hank Jones, and Gene Harris.
BEYOND THE GROOVE YARD 71
George Klein is spotlighting tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins on Prestige Records in the 1950s in the company of Clifford Brown, Max Roach, Thelonious Monk, Tommy Flanagan, Red Garland, John Coltrane and others.
Friday, February 5
FLY BY NIGHT 143
Steve The Fly is featuring vinyl albums in Episode 143: Breakin’ Bread by Fred Wesley & The JB’s and the Curtis Mayfield album Back To The World.
SONG OF THE UNIVERSE
THE SOUL LUCILLE SHOW 31
Lucille DJ is on the air from controradio in the heart of Italy with a killer hour of soul & super heavy funk with tunes by Both Worlds, The Southside Movement. Larry Saunders, Baby Face Willette, Billy Stewart, Esther Phillips, Creative Source, the Turner Brothers, 24 Carat Black, Tony Leveille et Ses Challengers Sound, The Challengers, Milt Buckner, Caesar Frazier, and Herbie Hancock.
Saturday, February 6
LIKE A GANGBUSTER
DIGGIN’ THE ROOTS 58
Tom Morgan is Diggin’ The Roots for Radio Free Amsterdam featuring tunes from the glorious year of 1939 in African American popular music by The Cats & The Fiddle, The Three Peppers, the Golden Gate Quartet, The Oleanders, Louis Jordan, Nat “King” Cole & The King Cole Trio, Jimmy Yancey, Fat Hayden, Sidney Bechet, Roy Eldridge, Jelly Roll Morton, and Louis Armstrong.
RED ROOSTER LOUNGE 186
Cary Wolfson is spinning at the Red Rooster Lounge with great blues sides by Champion Jack Dupree, Johnny Dyer with Rick Holmstrom, Taildragger with Bob Corritore, Mindi Abair & The Boneshakers, LaVelle White, Benny Turner, Luther Allison, Ebony Jo-Ann, Jimmy Dawkins, Snooks Eaglin, J.J. Appleton & Jason Ricci, Ragpicker String Band, and Barry Levenson.
Sunday, February 7
JAZZ FROM THE HEMPSHOPPER 50
Episode features John and his quintet with Eric Dolphy with an hour of “live” music recorded at the Village Vanguard in New York City in 1961 and his quartet with McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Garrison & Roy Haynes at the Newport Jazz Festival in July 1963. <em>Jazz from the Hempshopper with John Sinclair</em> is beaming out once again from the Hempshopper store on the Singel canal in Amsterdam.
JAZZ LUNATIQUE 58
David Kunian is playing a wide variety of music in Episode 58 starting with The Claudettes, David Weld & The Imperial Flame, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Tom Petty, and Alejandro Escovedo, and in tribute to the 100th birthday of Billy Strayhorn, sides by Johnny Hartman & John Coltrane, John Coltrane & Duke Ellington, the Duke Ellington Orchestra, Deacon John, and Archie Shepp.
Monday, February 8
WHAT THEY TALK ABOUT
JOHN SINCLAIR RADIO SHOW 639
Episode 639 will be coming from the new Frenchy Gallery on Oak Street, right next to the Maple Leaf Bar, in New Orleans, on the day before Mardi Gras, so you can well imagine what kind of music we’ll be playing. This show kicks off our 24 hours of Mardi Gras programming from midnight to midnight on February 9, sequencing many Carnival editions of The John Sinclair Radio Show since Christmas 2005 and Mardi Gras 2006.
HAPPY MARDI GRAS!
Tuesday, February 9
GOT TO GET READY
MARDI GRAS SPECIAL, PART 1
I was in New Orleans to enjoy the 2005 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
MARDI GRAS SPECIAL, PART 2
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 2006 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
MARDI GRAS SPECIAL, PART 3
This episode is part two of Tom Morgan’s Mardi Gras Indian Music Special from 2006 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.
MARDI GRAS SPECIAL, PART 4
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.
MARDI GRAS SPECIAL, PART 5
Back in New Orleans for the 2007 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 got to spend the entire two hours in the co-pilot’s chair as Tom rolled 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
MARDI GRAS SPECIAL, PART 6
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
MARDI GRAS SPECIAL, PART 7
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, 143) 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
MARDI GRAS SPECIAL, PART 8
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 for 2008, 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.
INDIANS, THEY COMIN’ THROUGH
MARDI GRAS SPECIAL, PART 9
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
MARDI GRAS SPECIAL, PART 10
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
MARDI GRAS SPECIAL, PART 11
In our last episode 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 2008. 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
MARDI GRAS SPECIAL, PART 12
One week before Mardi Gras 2009 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.
MARDI GRAS SPECIAL, PART 13
This episode is the second part of my 2009 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
MARDI GRAS SPECIAL, PART 14
I came back to WWOZ on this Tuesday night in 2009 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 (Mardi Gras Special 12 & 13)—a tribute to the wealth of Mardi Gras music available today.
ALL ON A MARDI GRAS DAY
MARDI GRAS SPECIAL, PART 15
David Kunian’s Kitchen Sink show on WWOZ for Mardi Gras 2009 continues for a second hour 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
MARDI GRAS SPECIAL, PART 16
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.
MARDI GRAS SPECIAL, PART 17
It’s Mardi Gras 2010 in New Orleans and I’m broadcasting on St. Valentine’s Day 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, 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!
THE MAIN EVENT
MARDI GRAS SPECIAL, PART 18
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
MARDI GRAS SPECIAL, PART 19
This Mardi Gras 2012 episode 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 with a special shout out to my daughter Chonita, a leap-year baby who’s celebrating her 10th official birthday today.
INDIANS JUMPIN’ ON FIRE
MARDI GRAS SPECIAL, PART 20
My annual Mardi Gras Indian Music Special for 2013 is 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.
I WENT TO THE MARDI GRAS
MARDI GRAS SPECIAL, PART 21
This post-Mardi Gras 2013 show features 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 the title tracj by Snooks Eaglin.
GO TO THE MARDI GRAS
MARDI GRAS SPECIAL, PART 22
Our Mardi Gras Special for 2014 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 with Troy Andrews, Bayou Renegades, War Chief Juan, Chief Alfred Doucette & the Flaming Arrows, the Mandingo Warriors, and the Wild Magnolias.
WE LOVE BIG CHIEF
MARDI GRAS SPECIAL, PART 23
This Mardi Gras Special for 2015 is coming from Frenchy’s Garage in New Orleans where I do my smoking, reading and thinking while I’m staying with Frenchy and Tina and Two Bears, their son, just across the Old Jefferson Parish line from Oak Street, Frenchy’s studio & gallery and the Maple Leaf Bar. It’s the Friday before Mardi Gras and we’re still trying to lay our Big Chief to rest with the third episode of our Radio Funeral for Big Chief Bo Dollis of the Wild Magnolias, who passed away on January 20 at the age of 71. This third hour of our memorial service offers a suite of selections from the AIM Records album called 30 Years…And Still Wild that was issued in the 1990s and contains the first recorded performance by Bo Dollis at a White Eagles Indian practice at Stanley’s Bar in the 7th Ward circa 1970; the first appearance of the Wild Magnolias with Willie Tee and his band at the 2nd Tulane University Jazz Festival; a rehearsal session and the master version of their first 45 rpm release in 1970, “Handa Wanda”; a pair of Wild Magnolias numbers recorded with Donald Harrison Jr. in the 1990s; and the final recording of Big Chief Bo Dollis from the recording sessions for the album called A New Kind Of Funk; plus my own homage to Big Chief Bo Dollis called “We Love Big Chief” with my Blues Scholars in Amsterdam with Tom Worrell on keyboards. Big Chief Monk Boudreaux and the Forgotten Souls Brass Band close out the service with their reading of the Wild Indian prayer that started the show, “Indian Red.” Special thanks to Steve The Fly for helping me get my hands on the AIM album for this show.
MARDI GRAS SPECIAL, PART 24
This is an instant replay of the first of our two Mardi Gras shows for 2016, with music by Professor Longhair, Bill Sinegal, June Victory & the Bayou Renegades, Big Chief Peppy & Indians of the Nation, Big Chief Bo Dollis & the Wild Magnolias, Big Chief Smiley Ricks & Indians of the Nation, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux & the 101 Runners, Big Chief Little Charles Taylor, Big Chief Roddy Lewis of the Black Eagles, the Wild Magnolias with the ReBirth Brass Band, Big Chief Smiley Ricks & Indians of the Nation, and Big Chief Donald Harrison & the Guardians of the Flame.
SEE YA NEXT YEAR!
Wednesday, February 10
EVERY DAY I HAVE THE BLUES
THE BLUES SHOW 217
Bruce Pingree is playing music commemorating the birthdays of the great blues pianists Sunnyland Slim (Albert Luandrew) and Memphis Slim (Peter Chatmon), concluding with the classic B.B. King reading of the Memphis Slim anthem, “Every Day I Have The Blues.”
CHICAGO BOUND 69
Leslie Keros is back with the second hour of a four-part retrospective on Blind Pig Records featuring releases from 1977 to 2015 by Chicago artists including Otis Clay, Henry Gray, the Chicago Rhythm & Blues Kings, Magic Slim & the Teardrops, Mighty Joe Young, Joanna Connor, Hubert Sumlin, Willie “Big Eyes” Smith with Kim Wilson, Muddy Waters, Otis Rush, and Billy Branch & the Sons of Blues.
BLUES IN ORBIT
MESSIN’ WITH THE BLUES 69
Leslie Keros begins her special three-hour investigation of the music and life of the great composer and arranger Billy Strayhorn in honor of the centennial of his birth in 1916 with an hour of music featuring Duke Ellington & Count Basie, Duke Ellington & His Orchestra, Warren Vache, Stan Getz, Tammy McCann, Bill Charlap, Don Braden & Mark Rapp, Fred Hersch, and Billy Strayhorn himself.
Thursday, February 11
YOU GOT IT
BEYOND THE GROOVE YARD 72
George Klein is featuring alto saxophonist Cannonball Adderley on Riverside Records in the 1950s & 60s with Nat Adderley, Yusef Lateef, Bobby Timmons, Barry Harris, Joe Zawinul, Sam Jones and Louis Hayes.
NIGHTS AT THE TURNTABLE
BEYOND THE GROOVE YARD 73
George Klein is investigating baritone saxophonist Gerry Mulligan’s early piano-less quartets with Chet Baker and Bob Brookmeyer, his Tentette, and collaborations with Annie Ross, Johnny Hodges, Thelonious Monk and Dave Brubeck.
Friday, February 12
KEEP ON TRIPPIN’
FLY BY NIGHT 144
Steve The Fly is completing his vinyl investigations into the Curtis Mayfield album called Back To The World begun in Episode 143 and then playing most of the first volume of Keb Darge’s Legendary Deep Funk series on vinyl with selections by The Fun Company, Ernie & The Top Notes, Ray Frazier & The Shades Of Madness, Frank Penn, Prophet Soul:, The UFO’s, Timothy O’Nealy, Pearly Queen,, Billy, Cross Bronx Expressway, Smokin’ Shades of Black, Ronnie Keaton, Joyce Williams, Norwich Street Extension, and Family Of Eve.!
THE SOUL LUCILLE SHOW 32
Lucille DJ is on the air from controradio in the heart of Italy with a killer hour of soul & super heavy funk with tunes by Bernie Hayes, Camille Bob, Billy Garner, Joe Torres, Thelma Jones, Mfalme, Ronnie Keaton, Rickey Calloway with the Soul Surfers, The Boogaloo Combo, Billy Garner, The Bar Kays, Hunt’s Determination Band, Bubbha Thomas & The Lightmen, Carolyn Franklin, Keith Mansfield Orchestra, Daniele Patucchi, United Family, The Daktaris, and Marva Whitney.
Saturday, February 13
DIGGIN’ THE ROOTS 59
Tom Morgan is Diggin’ The Roots for Radio Free Amsterdam featuring tunes from the glorious year of 1940 in African American popular music history by Cab Calloway, Slim Gaillard, Teddy Bunn, The Four Blues, Three Peppers, The Cats & The Fiddle, the Mills Brothers & Louis Armstrong, The Quintones, Erskine Hawkins & The Duke Ellington Orchestra, the Benny Carter & His Orchestra, Ella Fitzgerald, and a couple of as-yet unidentified artists.
RED ROOSTER LOUNGE 187
Cary Wolfson is spinning at the Red Rooster Lounge with great blues sides by Elmore James., John Hammond, Otis Rush, Magic Sam, Blind Willie Johnson, Ollabelle, Blind Willie Johnson, Long John Hunter, Dave Herrero, Corey Harris & Henry Butler, Jimmy Dawkins with B.B. Odom, and Clarence “Bluesman” Turner.
Sunday, February 14
DO IT TO DEATH
JAZZ FROM THE HEMPSHOPPER 51
Episode 51 is coming from the Hempshopper store on the Singel canal in Amsterdam in the summer of 2011 with an hour of music selected from the treasure trove of soul jazz LPs donated to the Radio Free Amsterdam archives by Wesley Race of Dallas, Texas by way of Dave Ranney of Kansas City, who transferred the vinyl into the digital realm and sent a pile of discs on to us, including music by the Gerald Wilson Orchestra featuring Richard “Groove” Holmes, Jackie Ivory, the Three Souls, the Ernie Freeman Combo, Max Roach, Sonny Phillips, Carmell Jones, .Sonny Cox, The Crusaders, Johnny “Hammond” Smith, and Willis Jackson.
JAZZ LUNATIQUE 59
David Kunian is getting ready for the holidays in New Orleams by playing music from The Clash, The Pretenders, 007, Rob Mazurek’s Exploding Star Orchestra featuring Roscoe Mitchell, Theryl “Houseman” Clouet, Robert O’Keene, Jon Cleary, and Frank Sinatra.
Monday, February 15
DIRECTLY FROM MY HEART TO YOURS
JOHN SINCLAIR RADIO SHOW 640
Episode 640 will be celebrating Valentine’s Day in New Orleans, where I’ll be performing over the weekend with Tom Worrell, Lionel Batiste Jr. & Frenchy in a “Piano-Poetry-Paint” event at the new Frenchy Gallery, and with the Carlo Ditta Trio at the Louisiana Music Factory, so maybe the show will come from there.
Tuesday, February 16
THE BLUES SHOW 218
Bruce Pingree is playing music in Episode 218 by B.B. King, Dave Maxwell, Jimmy Reed, Memphis Slim, and a birthday salute to the great pianist Meade Lux Lewis.
Wednesday, February 17
I GOT TO GO
CHICAGO BOUND 70
Leslie Keros returns with the third hour of a four-part retrospective look at Blind Pig Records featuring releases from 1977 to 2015 by artists not based in Chicago (although the label was strongly identified with the Windy City as well as San Francisco) including Mark Hummel, James Harman, Smokey Wilson, Mr. B,, Chris Cain, Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band. Debbie Davies with Albert Collins, Coco Montoya, Pee Wee Crayton, Rod Piazza & the Mighty Flyers, Nick Curran & the Nitelifes, and Magic Slim & The Teardrops.
MESSIN’ WITH THE BLUES 70
Leslie Keros returns with the second hour of her observation of the Billy Strayhorn centennial with performances of the maestro’s compositions and arrangements by Terell Stafford, Joe Williams, John Coltrane & Johnny Hartman, Johnny Hodges, Roberta Gambarini, Duke Ellington & John Coltrane, Billy Strayhorn, Don Braden & Mark Rapp, Joe Henderson, and Hank Jones.
Thursday, February 18
THE FINE CRYSTAL
BEYOND THE GROOVE YARD 74
George Klein is featuring music by trumpeter and flugelhornist Art Farmer with various quartets and quintets in the 1950s and ‘60s, in collaborations with Eddie Costa and Donald Byrd, in his long-standing partnership with guitarist Jim Hall, and with a brass choir.
IF YOU COULD SEE ME NOW
BEYOND THE GROOVE YARD 75
George Klein is playing classic “live” recordings in Episode 75 by Gene Harris with Stanley Turrentine at the Blue Note in New York City, Yusef Lateef at Pep’s Lounge in Philadelphia, Charles Lloyd at the Monterey Jazz Festival, Junko Onishi and Kenny Burrell at the Village Vanguard, Wes Montgomery with Wynton Kelly at the Half Note, and Patti Richards and Lyman Woodard at the Montreux-Detroit Jazz Festival.
Friday, February 19
FLY BY NIGHT 145
Steve The Fly is playing selections from the second volume of Keb Darge’s Legendary Deep Funk vinyl series, with cuts by the Golden Toadstools, B.O. Junior, T.J. & The Group, James Polk & The Brothers, Aaion Butler & The New Breed Band, Googie Rene, The Fabulous Mark III, Carleen & The Groovers, Ricky Calloway & His NT Express, Billy Ball & The Upsetters, Leon Garden, Bad Medicine, The Rappers, Joe Washington, Society, The Blenders LTD, Beverly Crosby, Harris & Orr, Ramsey & Co., and the Sons of the Kingdom.
STICKY BOOM BOOM
THE SOUL LUCILLE SHOW 33
Lucille DJ is on the air from controradio-fm in the heart of Italy with a killer hour of soul & super heavy funk with tunes by Bobby Blue Bland, The Bar Kays, Bottom & Company, Charles Earland, Chet Baker, Exit 9, Funk Factory, Ray Charles & Milt Jackson, Jamal Trice, Roberta Flack, Ronnie Foster, Sammy Ambrose, Smash, and United Soul Association.
Saturday, February 20
JAM AND JIVE
DIGGIN’ THE ROOTS 60
Tom Morgan is Diggin’ The Roots for Radio Free Amsterdam featuring tunes from the glorious year of 1941 in African American popular music history by the Benny Carter Orchestra, Django Reinhardt, Oscar Alleman, Eddie South, Charlie Christian with Thelonious Monk, Slim Gaillard, The Cats & A Fiddle, the Delta Rhythm Boys, the Golden Gate Quartet, and Wingy Manone & Eddie Marr in the first three parts of the title number, Jam And Jive.
TRYING TO LIVE MY LIFE WITHOUT YOU
RED ROOSTER LOUNGE 188
Cary Wolfson is spinning at the Red Rooster Lounge with great blues sides by the recently departed soul music giant Otis Clay, including duets with Johnny Rawls and Billy Price, plus cuts from Lonnie Mack, Dave Weld & The Imperial Flames, Luther Allison, and Larry Coryell.
Sunday, February 21
JAZZ FROM THE HEMPSHOPPER 52
Episode 52 is beaming out from the Hempshopper store on the Singel canal in Amsterdam in the summer of 2011 with another hour of music selected from the treasure trove of soul jazz LPs donated to the Radio Free Amsterdam archives by Wesley Race of Dallas, Texas by way of Dave Ranney of Kansas City, who transferred the vinyl into the digital realm and sent a pile of discs on to us, including music by Willis Jackson, Sonny Phillips, Johnny “Hammond” Smith, the Gerald Wilson Orchestra, Richard “Groove” Holmes, the Ernie Freeman Combo, Sonny Cox, Thornell Schwartz, Hank Marr, Joe Houston, Carmell Jones, and the Three Souls.
RETURN THE TIDE
JAZZ LUNATIQUE 60
David Kunian is featuring more music from cornetist & composer Rob Mazurek with his ensemble called Black Cube SP, plus a closing number by Charles Mingus from The Black Saint And The Sinner Lady.
Monday, February 22
FEEL SO GOOD
JOHN SINCLAIR RADIO SHOW 641
Episode 641 will be coming from an as yet undisclosed location in New Orleans with an hour of music from New Orleans.
Tuesday, February 23
ALL MY LIFE
THE BLUES SHOW 219
Bruce Pingree is playing a birthday salute to guitarist, singer & songwriter Sheryl Arena and an extended birthday celebration featuring the works of pianist, vocalist & composer Charles Brown, including numbers with Johnny Moore’s 3 Blazers, Dr. John, and Ruth Brown..
Wednesday, February 24
JUMP FOR JERRY
CHICAGO BOUND 71
Leslie Keros concludes her four-part salute to Blind Pig Records upon its recent demise after 38 years of service with another hour of music from Blind Pig releases between 1977 and 2015 by Mitch Woods & His Rocket 88s, Ronnie Earl. Jimmy Thackery, Duke Robillard, Joe Louis Walker, Roy Rogers with Allen Toussaint, Norton Buffalo, Deanna Bogart, Johnny Dyer, Smokin’ Joe Kubek & Bnois King, Nappy Brown, and Deborah Coleman.
TAKE THE ‘A’ TRAIN
MESSIN’ WITH THE BLUES 71
Leslie Keros is completing her celebration of the Billy Strayhorn centennial with a fourth hour of the composer’s music as played by Duke Ellington, Dianne Reeves, Lena Horne, the Keith Ingham-Harry Allen Quintet, Ella Fitzgerald & Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn & Duke Ellington, Bill Charlap, the Billy Strayhorn’s Septet, and Ozzie Bailey.
Thursday, February 25
SACK O’ WOE
BEYOND THE GROOVE YARD 76
George Klein is featuring classic “live” recordings in Episode 76 by Astral Project at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Abdullah Ibrahim, Carlos Ward and Ron Carter at Sweet Basil in New York City, Cannonball Adderley and the Modern Jazz Quartet at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach, and Jackie McLean and Dexter Gordon at the Montmartre Jazzhuis.
BLUES IN THE CLOSET
BEYOND THE GROOVE YARD 77
George Klein is featuring more music recorded live at clubs, concerts & festivals by Stan Getz and J.J. Johnson at the Opera House, Ray Brown at the Loa, Carla Bley at the Great American Music Hall, the Modern Jazz Quartet at Carnegie Hall, Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers at Birdland, Charles Mingus at Antibes, and Thelonious Monk at the Five Spot.
Friday, February 26
FUNKY IN HERE
FLY BY NIGHT 146
Steve The Fly is playing music in Episode 146 from the third set of Keb Darge’s Legendary Deep Funk vinyl series with cuts by Prince Valiant, Lee Sykes, The Dynamic Concepts, The Unknown, Freedom Now Brothers, Franciene Thomas, Reggie Saddler, Johnnie Morrisette, Arthur Monday, Paul Jackson, the Dayton Sidewinders, River City, Enrique Olivarez, The Personations, Black Fur, Scacy & The Sounds of Sunshine, Brass Horizon, Willie J. & Company, Record Player, and Courtial, with Detroit’s own 8th Day added at the end to close the show, courtesy of Soul Lucille.
THE SOUL LUCILLE SHOW 34
Lucille DJ is on the air from controradio-fm in the heart of Italy with a killer hour of soul & super heavy funk with tunes by Brother To Brother, Brothers Johnson, Candido, Ebo Taylor, Esther Marrow, Helene Smith, Jean Dushon, Jon Hendricks, Junior Parker, Kenny Bernard, MonoMono, Shirley Scott & The Soul Saxes, the Staple Singers, Tamiko Jones, The Highlighters Band, and The Hygrades
Saturday, February 27
KNOCK ME A KISS
DIGGIN’ THE ROOTS 61
Tom Morgan is Diggin’ The Roots for Radio Free Amsterdam featuring tunes from the glorious year of 1941 in African American popular music history by Wingy Manone & Eddie Marr, Ella Fitzgerald, the Duke Ellington Orchestra featuring Billy Strayhorn, Louis Armstrong, Louis Jordan, Ella Fitzgerald, Lena Horne, Connee Boswell, Jimmy Rushing with the Count Basie Orchestra, and Clarence Williams & Eva Taylor.
BETWEEN HEAVEN & HELL
RED ROOSTER LOUNGE 189
Cary Wolfson is spinning at the Red Rooster Lounge with great blues sides by Irma Thomas-Tracy Nelson-Marcia Ball, Otis Grand, Nick Moss & The Flip Tops with Lurrie Bell, Eric Clapton, Robert Johnson, Louisiana Red, Buckwheat Zydeco, Clarence Dobbins, The Soul Of John Black, John Németh. and Tommy Castro.
Sunday, February 28
JAZZ FROM THE HEMPSHOPPER 53
Episode 53 is beaming out from the Hempshopper store on the Singel canal in Amsterdam in the summer of 2011 with an hour of live music from pianist Thelonious Monk and his quartet with Charlie Rouse, recorded live at the It Club in Los Angeles by Columbia Records in 1964
GUARDIAN OF THE GROOVE
JAZZ LUNATIQUE 61
New Orleans drummer & composer James Black is the focus of WWOZ broadcast producer David Kunian’s radio documentary Guardian of the Groove, wherein the life, career, music and impact of James Black are carefully examined with the assistance of program host Charles Siler and the testimony of a host of prominent Crescent City musicians and James Black’s friends, family & contemporaries.
Monday, February 29
LESTER LEAPS IN
JOHN SINCLAIR RADIO SHOW 642
Episode 642 celebrates my daughter Chonita’s Leap Year Day birthday in 1972—her 11th birthday this year—from an as yet undesignated location in New Orleans with plenty og good music in honor of my baby girl.
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