2016—04 April 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 Vintage Radio Vaults

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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There’s a significant change in our regular schedule with some special shows from our Vintage Radio Vaults replacing The Soul Lucille Show for April while Lucille DJ moves her massive record collection to a new domicile in Florence. A three-part tribute to the late saxophonist Steve Mackay produced by Dan Gunning, Dominic Trix & Loren Dobson at KFJC-FM in Palo Alto Hills CA runs the first three weeks of April, with David Kunian’s two-part salute to the late great Amiri Baraka filling out the month.

I’ll be celebrating Marijuana Month in Michigan with programs from the Hash Bash in Ann Arbor and the 420 festivities in and around Flint, my home town.

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APRIL 2016 PROGRAM GUIDE

Friday, April 1

MILES MAGUS

FLY BY NIGHT 151

Steve The Fly is starting this month with the great Miles Davis, playing selections from The Unique Miles Davis, Filles De Kilimanjaro, Dark Magus, Sorcerer, Kind Of Blue, and Round About Midnight.

HOMAGE TO STEVE MACKAY (PART 1)

VINTAGE RADIO VAULTS 109

Dominic Trix of KFJC-FM at Foothiils College in Palo Alto Hills CA brought in my old friends Dan Gunning (of WCBN-FM in Ann Arbor many years ago, posing as Nancy Reagan on this soundtrack) and Loren Dobson, formerly of KUSF in San Francisco and fiendish collector of Mackay recordings, to construct a four-hour tribute to the late Steve Mackay, tenor saxophonist of Ann Arbor and San Francisco and a good friend of mine since 1968. I edited the talking but not the tracks to three one-hour programs for the Vintage Radio Vaults and we present them here this month for your edification and delight, featuring recordings made by Steve Mackay from 1966 to the past year, including in the first hour Steve Mackay & The Randoms, Andre Williams, Sigmund Snopek III, The Stooges, ZEV, the Commander Cody Band, the Ralph Shine Blues Band, Carnal Kitchen, the Mojo Boogie Band, and the Violent Femmes.

Saturday, April 2

THROWIN’ THE HORNS

DIGGIN’ THE ROOTS 66

Tom Morgan is Diggin’ The Roots for Radio Free Amsterdam featuring music from New Orleans originally broadcast in January 2008 with Paul Gayten, Louis Armstrong, Kid Ory, the New Orleans Owls, Ellen Smith, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Matt Lemmler, and Nicholas Payton.

TEE NAH NAH

RED ROOSTER LOUNGE 194

Cary Wolfson is spinning at the Red Rooster Lounge with great blues sides by Billy  Branch & Living History Band, Paul Gayten, Clifton Chenier, Henry Butler, Junior Parker, King Biscuit Boy, Walter “Wolfman” Washington, Doug Macleod, and the Insomniacs.

Sunday, April 3

BOOGIE STOP SHUFFLE

JAZZ FROM THE HEMPSHOPPER 58

Episode 58 was beamed out from the Hempshopper store on the Singel canal in Amsterdam in the summer of 2011 with an hour of music from the giants of modern jazz with three sides by Charlie Parker and recordings by Charles Mingus, Count Basie& His Orchestra, Archie Shepp, Billie Holiday, Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers, Kenny “Pancho” Hagood, Coleman Hawkins, Eddie Jefferson, John Coltrane & Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, Lester Young, and Ella Fitzgerald.

CUT AND RUN

JAZZ LUNATIQUE 66

David Kunian is adding his twisted perspecctive to the WWOZ fund drive with this program of musical outness featuring music by Cecil Taylor, Jon Irabigan, Last Exit, Nicole Mitchell-Tamika Reed-Mike Reed, Mahva Elliott, and  Kidd Jordan & Fred Anderson.

Monday, April 4

HASH BASH

JOHN SINCLAIR RADIO SHOW 647

Episode 647 will be coming from an as yet unspecified location in Ann Arbor while I’m in town to participate in the 45th annual Hash Bash on the Diag of the University of Michigan, the Monroe Street Art & Music Fair that follows it, and the Blind Pig Café that night.

Tuesday, April 5

FLYING HOME

THE BLUES SHOW 225

Bruce Pingree is playing new blues recordings by Andy T & the Nick Nixon Band, Shemekia Copeland, Tommy Castro & The Painkillers, Zach Harmon, and Albert Cummings, plus great recordings by the recently departed tenor saxophone giant Joe Houston.

Wednesday, April 6

ALL ABOARD

CHICAGO BOUND 77

Leslie Keros is celebrating the birthday of Muddy Waters in Episode 77, born McKinley Morganfield outside of Rolling Fork, Mississippi on April 4, 1913, by playing an hour of his greatest recordings for Chess Records and for the Library of Congress.

THE SERMON

MESSIN’ WITH THE BLUES 77

Leslie Keros is back on the scene with an inspired mix of music by Chris Cain, Robert Jr. Lockwood, Freddie King, The Texas Horns, Nina Simone, Gregory Porter, the Bruce Katz Band, Catherine Russell, Lowell Fulson, Roomful of Blues, Benjie Porecki, Eden Brent, and the Jimmy McGriff-Hank Crawford Quartet.

Thursday, April 7

DANCING ON THE CEILING

BEYOND THE GROOVE YARD 88

George Klein is dealing one set each by clarinetists Alvin Batiste, Jimmy Hamilton, and Buddy DeFranco in Episode 88. Batiste and Hamilton are also heard in the Clarinet Summit, which also includes John Carter and David Murray.

EAST ST. LOUIS TOODLE-OO

BEYOND THE GROOVE YARD 88

George Klein has The Duke Ellington Orchestra and smaller groups from 1927 to late-career suites in the spotlight for Episode 89, including examples of Ellington’s erudite narratives and descriptions from A Drum is a Woman.

Friday, April 8

BIG BAND BLUES

FLY BY NIGHT 152

Steve The Fly is playing big band music and blues in Episode 152 with selections from Heliocentrics & Marvin Van Peebles, Sun Ra & His Arkestra, Lenny Bruce, Lambert Hendricks and Ross, Sarah Vaughn, Eddie Jefferson, Dizzy Gillespie & Stuff Smith, Jimi Hendrix, Magic Sam, Junior Wells, Otis Rush, Jimmy Reed, Cannonball Adderley, John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, and the Kenny Clarke-Francy Boland Big Band.

HOMAGE TO STEVE MACKAY (PART 2)

VINTAGE RADIO VAULTS 110

Dominic Trix, Dan Gunning, and Loren Dobson host the second hour of our 3-part tribute to the late saxophonist Steve Mackay from KFJC-FM at Foothiils College in Palo Alto Hills CA in this episode, featuring recordings from the fiendish Mackay collection of Loren Dobson that showcase Steve’s playing under his own name, as leader of Carnal Kitchen, and with artists like Sonny Vincent & Spit, John Sinclair, Estel with Mike Watt and Steve Mackay, Banyan, The Stooges, the Radon Ensemble, and the legendary Charging Rhinoceros Of Soul.

Saturday, April 9

KING CAKE

DIGGIN’ THE ROOTS 67

Tom Morgan is Diggin’ The Roots with music from New Orleans by Paul Gayten, Matt Lemmler, George French, Michael Pellera, Big Al Carson, Dr. John, Tuba Fats, Dave Bartholomew, Kermit Ruffins, and Big Chief Peppy with Trombone Shorty.

BORN TO THE BLUES

RED ROOSTER LOUNGE 195

Cary Wolfson is spinning at the Red Rooster Lounge with great blues sides by Lavelle White, Johnny Sansone, Taildragger & Bob Corritore, Otis Rush, Guy King, Johnny Rawls, Tom Waits, Blind Willie Johnson, Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi, Lucinda Williams, Sugarcane Harris, Little Boys Blue, and Darrell Nulisch.

Sunday, April 10

FESTIVAL JUNCTION E

JAZZ FROM THE HEMPSHOPPER 59

Episode 59 was beamed out from the Hempshopper store on the Singel canal in Amsterdam in mid-summer 2011 with an hour of music from Duke Ellington & His Orchestra recorded by Columbia Records “live” at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1956, starring Johnny Hodges, Paul Gonzales, Harry Carney, Ray Nance and an all-star cast of musicians.

VIETNAM

JAZZ LUNATIQUE 67

David Kunian is pursuring further realms of outness with this full-length presentation of the classic work by the Revolutionary Ensemble—Leroy Jenkins, violin; Sirone, bass; and Jerome Cooper, percussions—titled Vietnam 1 & 2, followed by Alice Coltrane and ending with Albert Ayler.

Monday, April 11

BURNING DOWN THE HOUSE

JOHN SINCLAIR RADIO SHOW 648

Episode 648 will be coming from somewhere in Detroit but I’ll be playing music recorded live at the House of Blues in February 2000 at the benefit concert staged for my wife Penny and myself after our house on Rampart St.had burnt up, with music by Coco Robicheaux, Deacon John & Eddie Bo, the Treme Brass Band, Snooks Eaglin, James Andrews & Trombone Shorty, the Wild Magnolias, Jon Cleary & The Absolute Monster Gentlemen, Ernie K-Doe, John Boutte, and Kermit Ruffins,

Tuesday, April 12

MOVIN’ UP

THE BLUES SHOW 226

Bruce Pingree is playing new blues recordings by Andy T & the Nick Nixon Band, Shemekia Copeland, Tommy Castro & The Painkillers, Zach Harmon, and Albert Cummings, plus great recordings by the recently departed tenor saxophone giant Joe Houston.

Wednesday, April 13

THE REAL McCOY

CHICAGO BOUND 78

Leslie Keros is playing the blues from Chicago with great tunes in Episode 78 by Little Walter, Luther “Guitar Junior” Johnson & the Magic Rockers, Johnny Little John, Magic Slim, Snooky Pryor, Muddy Waters, Robert Nighthawk, Andrew “Big Voice” Odom, Howlin’ Wolf, Bobby Rush, Mississippi Heat, and Katherine Davis.

CAT WALK BOOGIE

MESSIN’ WITH THE BLUES 78

Leslie Keros is messin’ with the blues in Episode 78 with selections from Little Debra Miller, Memphis Minnie, Albert Collins, Blind Boys of Alabama, Mark Hummel, Anson Funderburgh & the Rockets, Warner Willams: Mel Brown, Coco Montoya, Larry Davis, Poncho Sanchez, and Harrison Kennedy.

Thursday, April 14

IN THE LIMELIGHT

BEYOND THE GROOVE YARD 90

Composer, arranger & trumpeter Gerald Wilson is in the limelight for Episode 90, leading his orchestra from 1946 to 2005 including tracks from several of his Pacific Jazz albums in the 1960s.

ONCE UPON A GROOVE

BEYOND THE GROOVE YARD 91

George Klein is playing classic hard bop by Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers in Episode 91, plus three Blue Note albums featuring extensive African percussion: Orgy in Rhythm, Holiday For Skins, and The African Beat.

Friday, April 15

FLY FUNK MASHUP 4Q

FLY BY NIGHT 153

Steve The Fly is celebrating his landmark 40th birthday this week with a flurry of funk and breaks mixed by The Fly from his vinyl collection, featuring tracks from The Incredible Bongo Band,  James Brown, Funkadelic, Rufus Thomas, Jimi Hendrix, The Meters, and hundreds of breakbeats spanning the 1960s and ’70s. My apologies for not providing a detailed track listing. Records used for this mix include: Breaktionary Volume 1, Carry-On-Breaks Volume 1, and DJ Peabird—Breakz R Uz.  All mixing and scratching was recorded in Bristol at the T4QS HQ.

HOMAGE TO STEVE MACKAY (PART 3)

VINTAGE RADIO VAULTS 111

Dominic Trix, Dan Gunning, and Loren Dobson present the third hour of our 3-part tribute to the late saxophonist Steve Mackay from KFJC-FM at Foothiils College in Palo Alto Hills CA in Episode 111, featuring recordings from the fiendish Mackay collection of Loren Dobson that showcase Steve’s playing under his own name, as leader of Carnal Kitchen, and with artists like “Blue” Gene Tyranny, Steve Mackay-Marlon Kasberg-Loren Dobson, the Moonlighters, United Scum, Smegma, Snakefinger, Joe Goldmark, James Williamson, and Round Eye.

Saturday, April 16

LET IT ROLL

DIGGIN’ THE ROOTS 68

Tom Morgan is Diggin’ The Roots with music from New Orleans by Paul Gayten, the Wild Apaches with the Mahogany Brass Band, Larry Williams, Huey “Piano” Smith & The Clowns, Eddie Bo, Lloyd Price, Cookie & The Cupcakes, Earl Palmer & Big T Tyler, Jessie Hill, James Andrews, the Treme Brass Band, and Brother Tyrone & The Mindbenders.

HIGH & LONESOME

RED ROOSTER LOUNGE 196

Cary Wolfson is spinning at the Red Rooster Lounge with great blues sides by King Biscuit Boy & Crowbar, Marc Benno & The Nightcrawlers, Jimmy Reed, John Hammond, Joe Louis Walker, Guy King,Terry Hanck Band. Chris Thomas King, Martin Grosswendt, Little Boys Blue, Blind Mississippi Morris. Eddie Kirkland, and Johnny Copeland.

Sunday, April 17

ROYAL FLUSH

JAZZ FROM THE HEMPSHOPPER 60

John Sinclair returns to The Hempshopper by the Singel Canal in Amsterdam spinning modern jazz classics and new releases by Charlie Parker, Charles Mingus, Sun Ra & His Arkestra, Salah Ragab & the Cairo Jazz Band, Billie Holiday, Wes Montgomery, Sonny Clark, Thelonious Monk, Simone Weissenfels, and Rahsaan Roland Kirk.

MACHINE GUN

JAZZ LUNATIQUE 68

David Kunian is observing the spring fund drive of WWOZ with some pretty far out music by Egg Yolk Jubilee, the Peter Brotzman Octet, Dave Capello-William Parker-Jeff Albert, John Erbigon, Archie Shepp, Matthew Shipp & Matt Valerian, Ken Vandemark & Bridge 61, and Albert Ayler.

Monday, April 18

PASS THE REEFER

JOHN SINCLAIR RADIO SHOW 649

Episode 649 will be coming from somewhere in the Motor City in preparation for the annual 420 celebrations in Michigan with the kind of music we like to hear.

Tuesday, April 19

THE HIGH SIDE

THE BLUES SHOW 227

Bruce Pingree is playing new and classic blues recordings in Episode 227 by The Soggy Po’Boys, the Kentucky Headhunters with Johnnie Johnson, David Michael Miiller, Victor Wainwright & the Wild Roots, Joel Zoss, Mavis Staples, Pops Staples, Sonny Landreth, Robben Ford, Joe Houston, and Walter “Wolfman” Washington & The Roadmasters.

Wednesday, April 20

RUN THIS BOOGIE

CHICAGO BOUND 79

Leslie Keros is blowing in from Chicago with choice blues cuts in Episode 79 by Roosevelt Sykes, John Primer & Steve Gibbons, Jimmy Burns, Jimmy Dawkins, Buddy Guy & Junior Wells, Barrelhouse Chuck, Steve Freund, Billy Boy Arnold, Fruteland Jackson, Omar Coleman, Johnny Young, Johnny Drummer, Big Walter Horton, Big Time Sarah & the BTS Express, and Little Walter.

LIGHTNIN’ BUG

MESSIN’ WITH THE BLUES 79

Leslie Keros is jammin’ the blues with a program of music in Episode 79 by Walter Rhodes, W.C. Clark, Paul Geremia, Gregg Allman, Albert King, Doctor Ross, Carl Sonny Leyland Trio, Kenny Burrell, Little Johnny Taylor, the Mannish Boys, Jackie Payne with Steve Edmonson Band, and T-Bone Walker.

Thursday, April 21

AFRICAN COOKBOOK

BEYOND THE GROOVE YARD 92

George Klein is showcasing pianist and composer Randy Weston’s explorations of the African spirit in albums such as Uhuru Afrika, Highlife, African Cookbook, Tanjah, African Sunrise, and more

GOIN’ DOWN HOME

BEYOND THE GROOVE YARD 93

George Klein has the spotlight on organist Don Patterson in Episode 93 and his Prestige and Jazzland sessions of the 1960s with Booker Ervin, Houston Person, Howard McGhee, Charles McPherson, and Sonny Stitt.

Friday, April 22

STONE FREE

FLY BY NIGHT 154

Steve The Fly presents an entire hour of musical selections by Jimi Hendrix in Episode 154.

HOMAGE TO AMIRI BARAKA (PART 1)

VINTAGE RADIO VAULTS 101

This episode of Vintage Radio Vaults celebrates the life and art of the great American poet, playwright, novelist, historian, social critic and political and cultural activist Amiri Baraka with music & verse from Baraka, Howling Wolf, the New York Art Quartet, Sun Ra & His Arkestra, Roy Campbell, David Murray, and Albert Ayler.

Saturday, April 23

DO THE DO

DIGGIN’ THE ROOTS 69

Tom Morgan is Diggin’ The Roots with music from New Orleans by Louis Armstrong, Sharkey Bonano, Wingy Manone, Danny Barker & The Creole Cats, Papa French, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Allen Toussaint, John Boutte, Alvin “Red” Tyler, and Peter Martin.

BUSY BEE

RED ROOSTER LOUNGE 197

Cary Wolfson is spinning at the Red Rooster Lounge with great blues sides by Taj Mahal, Rusty Zinn, Jimmie Vaughan, Freddie King, Betty Harris, Walter “Wolfman” Washington, B.B. King, J.J. Appleton & Jason Ricci, Zakiya Hooker, and Bee Houston.

Sunday, April 24

AFFIRMATION

JAZZ FROM THE HEMPSHOPPER 61

Episode 61 is beaming out from the Hempshopper store on the Singel canal in Amsterdam in August of 2011 with an hour of music by the Walter Szymanski Quintet with Scott Peterson, Dexter Gordon, Charles Mingus, Lester Young & Harry “Sweets” Edison, Charlie Parker & Jazz at the Philharmonic, Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers, Herbie Hancock, and Annette Peacock.

GHOSTS

JAZZ LUNATIQUE 69

David Kunian is celebrating outness again in Episode 69 with selections from Egg Yolk Jubilee, the Albert Ayler Trio, the Art Ensemble of Chicago, the John Coltrane Quintet, and Sun Ra & His Arkestra.

Monday, April 25

COMING FROM THE D

JOHN SINCLAIR RADIO SHOW 650

Episode 650 will be my last show from Detroit until the end of the summer, coming from an as yet unknown location in the Motor City with music from wherever we can find it.

Tuesday, April 26

CHILLS

THE BLUES SHOW 228

Bruce Pingree is playing an 81st birthday tribute to bluesman Eddy Clearwater with a string of his recordings dating back to 1958, plus a memorial salute to the recently departed guitarist Long John Hunter.

Wednesday, April 27

FOOTRACE

CHICAGO BOUND 80

Leslie Keros is bringing the blues from Chicago with music in Episode 80 from Jimmy Burns, Detroit Jr., Billy Branch, Chris James & Patrick Rynn, Willie Buck, Koko Taylor, Chuck Berry, Junior Wells, Otis Rush, L. C. Walker & Tom Crivellone, Martin Lang, Otis “Big Smokey” Smothers, Bonnie Lee, and Johnny “Big Moose” Walker.

DO YOU KNOW

MESSIN’ WITH THE BLUES 80

Leslie Keros is back with more great soulful blues and jazz recordings by Charlie Musselwhite, Johnny Heartsman, Earl King, Andrew “Jr. Boy” Jones, Roomful of Blues, Angela Strehli, The Jimmys, Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson & the Hollywood Blue Flames, Champion Jack Dupree, Sonny Rhodes, The 4 Jacks, Aretha Franklin, Martijn Schok, and Joe “Guitar” Hughes.

Thursday, April 28

MAJOR AFFAIR

BEYOND THE GROOVE YARD 94

George Klein is featuring organist Larry Young in Episode 94 and his 1960s Blue Note recordings with Woody Shaw, Joe Henderson, Sam Rivers, Lee Morgan, Herbert Morgan, Grant Green, and Elvin Jones.

GOT THE SPIRIT

BEYOND THE GROOVE YARD 95

George Klein turns the Groove Yard spotlight on three great modern jazz trombonists in Episode 95:  J.J. Johnson, Slide Hampton, and Bennie Green. J.J. Johnson is featured with Clifford Brown, Jimmy Heath, Tommy Flanagan & Kai Winding; Slide Hampton with Maynard Ferguson & leading his own bands; and Bennie Green from several late 1950s Blue Note sessions.

Friday, April 29

JAMES METERS THE FUNK

FLY BY NIGHT 155

Steve The Fly is kicking hard in Episode 155 with multiple James Brown and The Meters cuts and plenty of funky sides by Norman Harris, The Headhunters, Kool & The Gang, The O’Jays, Norwich Street Extension, Rufus Thomas, Eddie Bo, Mulatu Astatke, Pieces of Peace, Hank Ballard, Fred Wesley & The New JB’s, Chris Jones, Bonnie & Sheila, Prophet Soul, and Sisters Seven.

HOMAGE TO AMIRI BARAKA (PART 2)

VINTAGE RADIO VAULTS 102

The second hour of David Kunian’s tribute to the great American poet, playwright, novelist, historian, social critic and political and cultural activist Amiri Baraka features music & verse from Baraka, Yusef Lateef, Miles Davis, The Roots, and David Murray with Baraka and Steve McCall.

Saturday, April 30

CHICKEE LA PAS

DIGGIN’ THE ROOTS 70

Tom Morgan is Diggin’ The Roots with music from New Orleans by Paul Gayten, John Boutte, Zigaboo Modeliste, Allen Toussaint, Donald Harrison, Ernest Skipper, Los Hombres Calientes, the Golden Comanches, and Dr. John.

SO MANY ROADS

RED ROOSTER LOUNGE 198

Cary Wolfson is spinning at the Red Rooster Lounge with great blues sides by J.B. Lenoir, Bob Dylan, Muddy Waters, Lurrie Bell, Billy Flynn, John Mayall with Otis Rush, Greg Nagy, Zac Harmon, Linsey Alexander, Mike Kindred, Marcia Ball & Angela Strehli, and Ronnie Earl.

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