2016—03 March Program Guide

The John Sinclair Foundation Presents

RADIO FREE AMSTERDAM 2016

BLUES, JAZZ & REEFER—KEEPING THE MUSIC ALIVE

Mondays

The John Sinclair Radio Show

Tuesdays

The Blues Show with Bruce Pingree

Wednesdays

Chicago Bound plus Messin’ With The Blues with Leslie Keros

Thursdays

Beyond The Groove Yard with George Klein

Fridays

Fly By Night with Steve The Fly

plus The Soul Lucille Show

Saturdays

Diggin’ The Roots with Tom Morgan

plus Blues From the Red Rooster Lounge with Cary Wolfson

Sundays

Jazz From The Hempshopper with John Sinclair

plus Jazz Lunatique with David Kunian

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I hope you enjoyed our special Mardi Gras programming last month. I’ve always wanted to program 24 hours of Mardi Gras music on that day, and now I’ve done it! We’re back to our regular schedule for March, with special shows by Leslie Keros & Bill Dahl in honor of Otis Clay and Maurice White, a two-part salute to David Bowie by David Kunian, and the year in jazz 1942 by Tom Morgan to end his year-by-year survey that started back in the late 19th century and begin his new weekly series of music from New Orleans.

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MARCH 2016 PROGRAM GUIDE

Tuesday, March 1

WALK RIGHT IN

THE BLUES SHOW 220

Bruce Pingree is playing music by Charles Brown in honor of his birthday, plus a birthday salute to Gus Cannon and his Jug Stompers and a splendid set of piano numbers by Texas Alexander.

Wednesday, March 2

MYSTERY TRAIN

CHICAGO BOUND 72

Leslie Keros is playing the blues from Chicago with great selections by Earl Hooker, Elmore James, Little Willie Anderson, Little Brother Montgomery, Buddy Guy, Sam Lay, James Cotton, Otis Rush, Lefty Dizz with Big Moose Walker, Little Walter, Johnny Shines, Carlos Johnson, George “Mojo” Buford, and Eddie Taylor.

PRECIOUS, PRECIOUS

MESSIN’ WITH THE BLUES 72

Leslie Keros and Bill Dahl team up for a Tribute to Otis Clay with opening music by Willie Mitchell, selections from the early recording career of the great Rev. Clay, who passed away on January 8 of this year, and excerpts from Bill Dahl interviews with the artist.

Thursday, March 3

COMIN’ BACK

BEYOND THE GROOVE YARD 78

George Klein is playing even more music recorded live by Dizzy Gillespie at Newport, Gabor Szabo at the Jazz Workshop in Boston, Hugh Masekela at the Village Gate in New York City, John Handy at the Monterey Jazz Festival, Tricia Boutte & the Ytre Sukoens Jass-Ensemble at St. Augustine Church in New Orleans, and Sonny Rollins at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco.

BLUES FUNCTION

BEYOND THE GROOVE YARD 79

George Klein is spotlighting the distinctive Blue Note sound in quintets in Episode 79, featuring Blue Note regulars including Herbie Hancock, Thelonious Monk, Lee Morgan, Art Blakey, Hank Mobley, Horace Parlan, Bennie Green, and Jackie McLean.

Friday, March 4

TECHNO JAM

FLY BY NIGHT 147

Steve The Fly reports: “While on his wayward adventures in America early in the previous decade, Steve Fly Agaric 23 hooked up with drummer Alan Hertz and his band, together with Eric Levy from Garaj Mahal on keyboards, bassist Liam Hanrahan, Tal Morris on guitar and DJ Fly Agaric 23 on sounds & turntables. These selections are from a short California tour and were recorded live at Moe’s Alley in Santa Cruz, CA on September 19, 2003.”

TRICK BAG

THE SOUL LUCILLE SHOW 35

Lucille DJ is back on the air from the heart of Italy with a killer hour of soul & super heavy funk with tunes by Wilson Pickett, Ann Peebles, the Isley Brothers, Al Green, the Commodores, Bottom & Co:, the Jimmy Castor Bunch, Howard Tate, the Soul Survivors, Ultrafunk, Muddy Waters:, the Johnny Otis Show, Ahmad Jamal, Arthur Alexander, Charles Williams, Earl King, and Merl Saunders.

Saturday, March 5

I GOT RHYTHM

DIGGIN’ THE ROOTS 62

Tom Morgan is Diggin’ The Roots for Radio Free Amsterdam featuring tunes from the glorious year of 1942 in African American popular music by Oscar Alleman, Django Reinhart, Hoagy Carmichael, the Lionel Hampton Orchestra, the Duke Ellington Orchestra, Andy Kirk & His Clouds of Joy, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, several unidentified artists, and the Jay McShann Orchestra

LOOKIN’ GOOD

RED ROOSTER LOUNGE 190

Cary Wolfson is spinning at the Red Rooster Lounge with great blues sides by Johnny “Guitar” Watson, Henry Butler, Irma Thomas, Magic Sam, Alvin “Shine” Robinson, Johnny Rawls, Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters, Koko Taylor, Billy Flynn & Friends, Robert Ward, Martin Grosswendt, and Shery Warner& the Southside Homewreckers.

Sunday, March 6

GALLOP’S GALLOP

JAZZ FROM THE HEMPSHOPPER 54

This week’s episode of Jazz from the Hempshopper with John Sinclair is beaming out from the Hempshopper store on the Singel canal in Amsterdam with a second consecutive 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 1968.

DIAMOND DOGS

JAZZ LUNATIQUE 6

David Kunian is clebrating the life and music of the receently departed David Bowie wiih a program of selections by the artist and a South American cover of “Rebel Rebel.”.

Monday, March 7

DREAM ON

JOHN SINCLAIR RADIO SHOW 643

Episode 643 is beaming out from the Man Cave at the Frenchy Compound centered at 8314 Oak Street in uptown New Orleans and we’re playing records by Benny Turner, James Andrews, Kermit Ruffins, Guitar Slim, Jr., Johnny Adams, Aaron Neville, Ironing Board Sam, Glen David Andrews & the Lazy Six, Irma Thomas, Tom Worrell, Allen Toussaint, the Forgotten Souls Brass Band, John Boutté, and and 2016 Grammy award-winner Jon Cleary. Since it’s Leap Day today, this e[isodeis dedicated again to my daughter Chonita, born this Leap Day in 1972.

Tuesday, March 8

CHOCOLATE TO THE BONE

THE BLUES SHOW 221

Bruce Pingree is playing music in Episode 221 by Barbecue Bob (with his brother, Laughing Charley) and by Jazz Gillum in honor of their birthdays, plus more recent cuts by Shemekia Copeland, Zach Harmon, the Andy T-Nick Nixon Band, and Luther Allison.

Wednesday, March 9

BORN IN CHICAGO

CHICAGO BOUND 73

Leslie Keros is playing blues from the Windy City in Episode 73 featuring the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Roosevelt Sykes, Tampa Red, Eddie C. Campbell, Chris James & Patrick Rynn, Johnny Drummer, Jimmy Burns, Muddy Waters, Billy Boy Arnold-John Primer-Billy Flynn-Johnny Iguana, Howlin’ Wolf, Big John Wrencher, and Sonny Boy Williamson.

VOICE YOUR CHOICE

MESSIN’ WITH THE BLUES 73

Leslie Keros & Bill Dahl offer a Tribute to Maurice White featuring his early years as a session drummer for Chess and other labels for artists like The Salty Peppers, Sugar Pie DeSanto, Slip-In Mules, Mitty Collier, Jackie Ross, Billy Stewart, Little Milton, The Knight Brothers, Fontella Bass, The Radiants, Tony Clarke, Ramsey Lewis Trio, Little Joe Blue, and Mighty Joe Young.

Thursday, March 10

SISTER SADIE

BEYOND THE GROOVE YARD 80

George Klein is back in Episode 80 with more distinctive Blue Note quintets including Freddie Redd, Freddie Roach, Kenny Dorham, Sonny Clark, Dexter Gordon, Horace Silver, Lou Donaldson, and Tina Brooks.

TARIFF

BEYOND THE GROOVE YARD 81

George Klein is focused on Detroiters recorded in the 1950s & 60s during the flowering of the Detroit jazz scene with Thad Jones, Curtis Fuller, Billy Mitchell, Tommy Flanagan, Barry Harris, Lonnie Hillyer, Charles McPherson, Kenny Burrell, Pepper Adams, Paul Chambers, Donald Byrd, Ron Carter, Elvin Jones, Milt Jackson, and Sonny Red.

Friday, March 11

INSTRUMENTALITY

FLY BY NIGHT 148

Steve The Fly is spinning live cuts from the fly Agaric vaults by the Alan Hertz Band, recorded in California on August 21 and September 19, 2003, featuring special guests Eric Levy from Garaj Mahal on keyboards, bassist Liam Hanrahan, Tal Morris on guitar and DJ Fly Agaric 23 on sounds & turntables (September 19. tracks 1-4).

MISS FUNKY FOX

THE SOUL LUCILLE SHOW 36

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, The Last Poets, The Meters, Bernard Purdie, Betty Adams, Clifford Coulter, Exit 9, Calvin Arnold, James Duncan, Leon Spencer, Little Johnny Taylor, The Bar-Kays, and The Chi-Lites.

Saturday, March 12

SWINGING AT THE HAVEN

DIGGIN’ THE ROOTS 63

Tom Morgan is Diggin’ The Roots for Radio Free Amsterdam featuring New Orleans pianists on New Year’s Day 2008 with Paul Gayten. Jelly Roll Morton, Clarence Williams, Tom McDermott, Josh Paxton, Ellis Marsalis, and Archibald, with some opening cuts from Luis Armstrong.

HILL COUNTRY STOMP

RED ROOSTER LOUNGE 191

Cary Wolfson is spinning at the Red Rooster Lounge with great blues sides by Magic Sam, Tony Mcphee & Dick Heckstall-Smith, J.J. Appletion & Jason Ricci:, R.B. Stone, Mark Nomad, Bee Houston, Hurricane Ruth Lamaster, Johnny Rawls, Barbara Carr, Tedeschi-Trucks Band, Mike Bloomfield & Friends, Dave Herrero, and Sonny Thompson.

Sunday, March 13

GETTIN’ THE MESSAGE

JAZZ FROM THE HEMPSHOPPER 55

This week’s episode of Jazz from the Hempshopper with John Sinclair is beaming out from the Hempshopper store on the Singel canal in Amsterdam with an hour of music culled from the treasure trove of former LPs from the collection of Wes Race in Dallas, Texas, transferred to the digital realm and shipped to Radio Free Amsterdam by Dave Ranney in Kansas City, including numbers by the Three Souls, Sonny Phillips, Carmell Jones, Jackie Ivory, Richard “Groove” Holmes, the Gerald Wilson Orchestra featuring Richard “Groove” Holmes, Johnny “Hammond” Smith, Willis Jackson, the Ernie Freeman Combo, Jon Thomas, and Hank Marr.

STATION TO STATION

JAZZ LUNATIQUE 63

David Kunian is continuing his celebration of the life and music of David Bowie with more classic selections by the artist and another South American cover version.

Monday, March 14

COMING FROM NEW ORLEANS

JOHN SINCLAIR RADIO SHOW 644

Episode 644 will be my last show from New Orleans, where I’ve been in  residence at the Frenchy Gallery compound centered at 8314 Oak Street since early February, and I’ll be training up to Chicago and then Grand Rapids and Detroit for the next few weeks..

Tuesday, March 15

I WISH YOU WOULD

THE BLUES SHOW 222

Bruce Pingree is playing music by B.B. King recorded live at the Apollo Theater and two long sets by Billy Boy Arnold, including sides with Bo Diddley, in honor of Billy Boy’s birthday.

Wednesday, March 16

CUT THE HEAT ON

CHICAGO BOUND 74

Leslie Keros is blowing in from Chicago with great blues cuts by Fenton Robinson, Matthew Skoller, Johnny “Yard Dog: Jones, Luther “Snake Boy” Johnson, Dave Specter, Rob Stone & the C-Notes, Earl Hooker, Little Johnny Jones, Barrelhouse Chuck Goering & Erwin Helfer, Henry Gray & Morris Pejoe, Magic Sam, Magic Slim & the Teardrops, Billy Branch & Kenny Neal, and Charlie Musselwhite.

THINK

MESSIN’ WITH THE BLUES 74

Leslie Keros is Messin’ With The Blues with recently discovered live sides by John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers and honoring Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees Stevie Ray Vaughan (with his idol, Albert King), the “5” Royales, and Bill Withers, and spotlighting Hammond B-3 organ players featured in the film Killer B-3: Jimmy McGriff, Papa John DeFrancesco, and Dr. Lonnie Smith.

Thursday, March 17

BASS REGION

BEYOND THE GROOVE YARD 82

George Klein is featuring more Detroiters in Episode 82, mostly from the 1950s & 60s with music by Curtis Fuller, Tommy Flanagan, Hugh Lawson, Roy Brooks, Doug Watkins, Yusef Lateef, Kenny Burrell, Dorothy Ashby, Paul Chambers, Ron Carter, and Regina Carter.

NATIVE TONGUE

BEYOND THE GROOVE YARD 83

George Klein is conducting further explorations of the Detroit jazz scene in Episode 83 with music by Paul Chambers, Tommy Flanagan, Straight Ahead, Yusef Lateef, Kenny Garrett, Dorothy Ashby, Lyman Woodard, Ursula Walker & Buddy Budson, Kenny Cox & the Contemporary Jazz Quintet, and Sonny Red.

Friday, March 18

CALIFORNIA JAMMIN’

FLY BY NIGHT 149

Steve The Fly is spinning another hour of live cuts from the Fly Agaric vaults by the Alan Hertz Band, recorded in California on August 21, 2003, featuring special guests Eric Levy from Garaj Mahal on keyboards, bassist Liam Hanrahan, Tal Morris on guitar, Alan Hertz on drums and DJ Fly Agaric 23 on sounds & turntables.

THE SOUL THING

THE SOUL LUCILLE SHOW 37

Lucille DJ is on the air from the heart of Italy with a killer hour of soul & super heavy funk with tunes by Black Sugar, Brothers Johnson, Caesar Frazier, Gonzalez, Infernal Blues Machine, Jimmy McGriff, Los Dinamicos Exciters, Mfalme, Nancy Wilson, Parliament, The Sahara All Stars Of Jos, and William De Vaughn.

Saturday, March 19

ON THE Q.T.

DIGGIN’ THE ROOTS 64

Tom Morgan is Diggin’ The Roots for Radio Free Amsterdam featuring New Orleans pianists on New Year’s Day 2008 with music by Paul Gayten, Henry Butler, Jonathan Batiste, Willie Tee, Jesse McBride & New Generation, Dr. John, Harry Connick Jr., Art Neville, Joe Krown, John Autin, James Booker, Marcia Ball, Davell Crawford, and Allen Toussaint.

NINE POUND STEEL

RED ROOSTER LOUNGE 192

Cary Wolfson is spinning at the Red Rooster Lounge with great blues sides by Omar Kent Dykes, Junior Wells, Luther Allison, Buddy Guy & Jr. Wells, Jackie Payne-Steve Edmonson Band, Muddy Waters, Snooks Eaglin, Buckwheat Zydeco, Louisiana Red, Albert King with Rory Gallagher, and Ronnie Earl.

Sunday, March 20

BEYOND THE PURPLE STAR ZONE

JAZZ FROM THE HEMPSHOPPER 56

This week’s episode of Jazz from the Hempshopper with John Sinclair is beaming out from the Hempshopper store on the Singel canal in Amsterdam with an hour of music from Sun Ra & His Omniverse Jet Set Arkestra recorded in concert at the Detroit Jazz Center during the week between Christmas and New Year’s 1980 and taken from the Art Yard album called Beyond the Purple Star Zone > Oblique Parallax.

HANDA WANDA

JAZZ LUNATIQUE 64

David Kunian is blowing it out on the week before Mardi Gras with seasonal numbers by the Wild Tchoupitoulas, the Golden Eagles, Danny Barker & The Creole Cats, the Wild Magnolias, Papa Mail with Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, Tom Waits & The Presevation Hall Band, 101 Runners with Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, Sugar Boy & The Cane Cutters, Champion Jack Dupree, and Big Chief Peppy with Trombone Shorty.

Monday, March 21

PASS THE REEFER

JOHN SINCLAIR RADIO SHOW 645

Episode 645 will be coming from the Michigan Medical Marijuana exposition in Grand Rapids with music from the Motor City.

Tuesday, March 22

SINGING THE BLUES

THE BLUES SHOW 223

Bruce Pingree is playing music by Billy Boy Arnold and Ruthie Foster in honor of teir birthdays, with a surprise appearance by the Blind Boys of Alabama.

Wednesday, March 23

BROKE AND HUNGRY

CHICAGO BOUND 75

Leslie Keros has got the blues from Chicago in Episode 75 by Omar Coleman, Freddie King, Good Rockin’ Charles, the Cash Box Kings, Skip Towne & The Greyhounds, Forrest Sykes, J.B. Hutto & His Hawks, Eddie Boyd, Lurrie Bell, Little Walter, Otis Spann, Carl Weathersby, Willie “Big Eyes” Smith & Bob Stroger, and Son Seals.

SUNDAY NIGHT CRAWFISH

MESSIN’ WITH THE BLUES 75

Leslie Keros is listening to music by artists playing at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in April-May 2015 with selections by Larry Garner, Irma Thomas with Tom McDermott, Robert Cray Band, Joe Krown-Walter “Wolfman” Washington- Russell Batiste, Geno Delafose, Tab Benoit, Allen Toussaint, Eric Lindell, ReBirth Brass Band, Anders Osborne-Cyril Neville-Davell Crawford, Corey Ledet, and Taj Mahal.

Thursday, March 24

X-RAY BLUES

BEYOND THE GROOVE YARD 84

George Klein is painting a musical portrait of three Detroit jazz greats in Episode 84 with a focus on Milt Jackson with Ray Charles, Horace Silver, and Hank Jones, Donald Byrd with Pepper Adams and brass & voices, and Kenny Burrell with Jimmy Smith, Major Holley, and leading a Blue Note jam.

TIME WAS

BEYOND THE GROOVE YARD 85

George Klein is limning mini-profiles of three tenor saxophonists in Episode 85: One set each for sessions led by John Coltrane, Tina Brooks, and Dexter Gordon in the 1950s & 60s.

Friday, March 25

NUMBERS GAME

FLY BY NIGHT 150

Steve The Fly is spinning another hour of live cuts from the Fly Agaric vaults by the Alan Hertz Band, recorded in California on August 21, 2003, featuring special guests Eric Levy from Garaj Mahal on keyboards, bassist Liam Hanrahan, Tal Morris on guitar, Alan Hertz on drums and DJ Fly Agaric 23 on sounds & turntables.

GOOSE BUMPS

THE SOUL LUCILLE SHOW 38

Lucille DJ is on the air from the heart of Italy with a killer hour of soul & super heavy funk with tunes by the Detroit Emeralds, Jeremy Steig, John Boutté, Larry Saunders, Oneness of Juju, Superfunk Special, The Blackbyrds, Tim Maia, Tribe, Ural Thomas & The Pain, and Walter Heath.

Saturday, March 26

BALL THE WALL

DIGGIN’ THE ROOTS 65

Tom Morgan is Diggin’ The Roots for Radio Free Amsterdam featuring New Orleans pianists on New Year’s Day in 2008 with Paul Gayten, Eddie Bo, Professor Longhair, Huey ‘Piano’ Smith & The Clowns, Fats Domino, Archibald, Champion Jack Dupree, Dr. John, and a trio of unidentified artists.

DRAWERS TROUBLE

RED ROOSTER LOUNGE 193

Cary Wolfson is spinning at the Red Rooster Lounge with great blues sides by Reginald Cooper, Rusty Zinn, James Brown, the 5 Royales, Paul Rishell & Annie Raines, Rory Block, Robert Johnson, Terry Evans, Chuck Carbo, Johnny “Guitar” Watson, Ronnie Earl, Omar Kent Dykes, Otis Rush, Canned Heat, and King Curtis.

Sunday, March 27

THE WAILER

JAZZ FROM THE HEMPSHOPPER 57

This week’s episode of Jazz from the Hempshopper with John Sinclair is beaming out from the Hempshopper store on the Singel canal in Amsterdam with an hour of music from Charlie Parker, Max Roach, Thornell Schwartz, Sonny Cox, the Gerald Wilson Orchestra featuring Richard “Groove” Holmes, Radio I-Ching, Samirah Evans, Johnny Smith, and Willis “Gator Tail” Jackson.

SHOO FLY

JAZZ LUNATIQUE 65

David Kunian is playing Wild Indian music on the week before Mardi Gras with tunes by Big Chief Peppy with Trombone Shorty, War Chief Juan Pardo, the Golden Comanches, Ernest Skipper, the Wild Magnolias, the Wild Tchoupitoulas, the Flaming Arrows, Cha Wa, Big Chief Black Feather & Indians Of The Nation, and Roger & The Gypsies.

Monday, March 28

BIG RECOGNITION

JOHN SINCLAIR RADIO SHOW 646

Episode 646 will be emanating from an as yet undesignated location in Detroit in honor of my ex-wife and mother of my children, Leni Sinclair, upon being named Detroit’s Eminent Artist of the Year by the Kresge Foundation..

Tuesday, March 29

KING OF THE GUITAR

THE BLUES SHOW 224

Bruce Pingree is playing music by guitarist, singer & composer Ruthie Foster in advance of her New Hampshire appearance the folowing week, plus cuts from new releases by Shemekia Copeland, Brother Jacob, Zach Harmon, the Andy T—Nick Nixon Band, and David Michael Miller, plus a few classic cuts by B.B King in honor of his 90th birthday, ending with the opening numbers of his live album at the Cook County Jail.

Wednesday, March 30

WANG DANG DOODLE

CHICAGO BOUND 76

Leslie Keros has got the blues from Chicago in Episode 76 wu=ith great cuts by James Cotton, George “Mojo” Buford, Omar Coleman, Otis Spann, Willie Buck, Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup, Lurrie Bell, Fenton Robinson, Dave Specter, Willie Dixon, Jimmy Yancey, Bumble Bee Slim, and Junior Wells.

SERVANT’S PRAYER

MESSIN’ WITH THE BLUES 76

Leslie Keros has a mess of great music in Episode 76 with tunes by the Texas Horns, Reverend Raven & the Chain Smoking Altar Boys, Billy Price & Otis Clay, John Cocuzzi, Willie Pooch, Phillip Walker, Ray Charles, Freddy Cole, Ronnie Earl, and B.B. King, who was laid to rest in Indianola, Mississippi on this day in 2015.

Thursday, March 31

THE LAMP IS LOW

BEYOND THE GROOVE YARD 86

George Klein is back with three more tenors: One set each for sessions led by saxophonists Booker Ervin, Hank Mobley, and Sonny Rollins in the 1950s & 60s.

SOMBRERO SAM

BEYOND THE GROOVE YARD 87

Episode 87 has George Klein featuring one set each by Charles Lloyd playing flute with his own band and with Chico Hamilton’s band; Yusef Lateef playing flute on various Prestige and Riverside sessions; and flutist Herbie Mann on some Atlantic and United Artists sessions.

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