The John Sinclair Foundation Presents
RADIO FREE AMSTERDAM 2016
BLUES, JAZZ & REEFER—KEEPING THE MUSIC ALIVE
The John Sinclair Radio Show
plus Fly By Night with Steve The Fly
The Blues Show with Bruce Pingree
plus Blues From the Red Rooster Lounge with Cary Wolfson
Messin’ With The Blues with Leslie Keros
plus Sounds of Blue with Bob Putignano
Beyond The Groove Yard with George Klein
plus Ancestor Worship with John Sinclair
Sounds of Blue with Bob Putignano
plus The Soul Lucille Show
The Dr. Doo Wop Show with Bill Levy
plus Party Train with Linda Lexy
Mood Indigo with Leslie Keros
plus Jazz Lunatique with David Kunian
As a rhythm & blues Christmas music fanatic it’s always kicks to assemble some special Xmas music shows at this point in the programming year—now beginning our 13th at Radio Free Amsterdam.
This month adds a series of Christmas shows from our archives to our regular programming for December 23-24-25, including seasonal gems from Scott Barretta, George Klein, Leslie Keros, Tom Morgan, John Sinclair, Bruce Pingree, Cary Wolfson, Steve The Fly, and David Kunian.
We’re also featuring Leslie Keros’s new show, Mood Indigo, on Sunday mornings and two doses of Bob Putignano’s Sounds of Blue show each week, plus weekends with Soul Lucille, Dr. Doo Wop, and Linda Lexy. Tune in to our 24/7 Stream for continuous wall-to-wall programming.
DECEMBER 2016 PROGRAM GUIDE
Thursday, December 1
BEYOND THE GROOVE YARD 153
George Klein presents music from Detroiters in the 1950s, 60s and beyond, including Curtis Fuller, Tommy Flanagan. Milt Jackson, Paul Cjambers, Ron Carter, Doug Watkins, Kenny Burrell, Dorothy Ashby, and Pepper Adams.
BIRD & DIZ AT TOWN HALL
ANCESTOR WORSHIP 18
Episode 18 features a “live” concert by the Dizzy Gillespie & Charlie Parker sextet with Don Byas, Al Haig, Curley Russell, Max Roach, and special guest drummer Big Sid Catlett at Town Hall in New York City on June 22, 1945, introduced by Symphony Sid, and “live” sessions featuring Bird with the Jazz at the Philharmonic All Stars of Norman Granz recorded in 1946 (or either 1947) and 1949.
Friday, December 2
SOUNDS OF BLUE 27
Bob Putignano is cooking in Episode 27 with more music from the Allman Brothers live at Ludlow’s Garage in Cincinnati plus sides by Kenny “Blue” Ray & Jackie Payne, Roy Buchanan, Tower of Power, and Bobby Rush.
THE SOUL LUCILLE SHOW 69
Lucille DJ is on the air from the heart of Italy with a killer hour of soul & super heavy funk and a guest sot by John Sinclair with tunes by Aretha Franklin, Betty Harris, 100% Pure Poison, Billy Paul, Earnest Jackson, Eldridge Holmes, the Fatback Band, Harvey Scales, Johnny Mae Matthews, John Lee Hooker, John Schroeder, Cody Black, The Pharaohs, Gary Bartz, Vernon Garrett, Margie Hendricks, and King Curtis.
Saturday, December 3
HONKY TONK BLUES
THE DR. DOO WOP SHOW 23
Dr. Doo Wop has a stunning selection of music in Episode 23 from Mother Maybelle Carter, the Amsterdam Klezmer Band, The Ventures, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Hank Williams, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, Papa Doo Run Run, The Chords, Richard Barry & The Pharaohs, Roy Orbison, Sherif & The Revels, The Falcons, and a pair of unidentified artists before it’s over.
DANCE OF THE INFIDELS
PARTY TRAIN WITH LINDA LEXY 27
Detroit’s own Linda Lexy is driving the Party Train all the way from Funky D Studios in Royal Oak, where she’s playing music in Episode 27 by Tino Gross, B.B. King, Gene Chandler, Chuck Jackson & Maxine Brown, Al Reed, War, Soul Unlimited, Isaac Hayes, Senator Jones, Staples Singers, Ben E. King, Barrino Bros., Otis “Smokey” Smothers with Freddie King, Jackie Wilson, The Marvelettes, Larry John McNally, Aretha Franklin, John Sinclair, the Howling Diablos, and Boogie Woogie Red.
Sunday, December 4
IF YOU LIVE
MOOD INDIGO 05
Leslie Keros is remembering bassist Bob Cranshaw and pianists & vocalists Mose Allison and Leon Russell with music from their recordings with Sonny Rollins, Sonny Red, Sonny Criss, Horace Silver, Stanley Turrentine, and those headed by Mose Allison.
SIMPLE TWIST OF FATE
JAZZ LUNATIQUE 101
David Kunian is celebrating Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize for Litertaure with an hour of Bardic delights drawn from the past 50+ years.
Monday, December 5
IT’S ALL GOOD
JOHN SINCLAIR RADIO SHOW 682
Episode 682 celebrates our 12 years of broadcasting the John Sinclair Radio Show with a presentation of our program launch of November 22, 2004 at the Coffeeshop Amnesia upon the opening of the 2004 Cannabis Cup festivities in Amsterdam. The John Sinclair Radio Show was conceived and plotted in a series of informal meetings at Amnesia by Henk Botwinik, Larry Hayden, Anthony Murrell and myself, and we wanted to start our programming from our home base. After our opening theme, “It’s All Good” by John Sinclair with the Dutch rap duo Langefrans & Baas B, there was the obligatory singing of “Indian Red” by Big Chief Monk Boudreaux with the Forgotten Souls Brass Band and music by James Brown, Little Richard, Andre Williams, and John Sinclair & His Blues Scholars. Our official Opening Tokes, the Hog, were furnished by THSeeds, and our first guests included Adam Dunn from THSeeds and the HempWorks clothing shop, brother Itay from the Amnesia management, Mr. Lee Bridges—The Cannabis Poet—reading from his works, and Marcus & Jurgen, developers of the Volcano vaporizer. The show closes with our ending theme “It’s All Good” by Rockin’ Jake. The first edition of the John Sinclair Radio Show was posted by Henk Botwinik on www.johnsinclair radio.com at 11:00 pm on November 22, 2004—38 weeks prior to the introduction of podcasting—and 681 programs later we begin our 13th year of internet broadcasting today with this slightly edited version of our original episode.
FLY BY NIGHT 186
Steve The Fly is spotlighting the new vinyl release of John Sinclair’s Beatnik Youth album from IronMan Records in England, produced by Youth and featuring the late great Howard Marks on the opening cut, plus sides by Sonny Rollins, Sun Ra, the Miles Davis Sextet, Eddie Jefferson, Selah Ragab, and Johnny ‘Guitar’ Watson, and a closing cut from Sinclair’s Mohawk album in honor of he late great Lee Bridges—The Cannabis Poet.
Tuesday, December 6
THE BLUES SHOW 260
Bruce Pingree is playing music in celebration of the birthday of Boston blueswoman Annie Raines and the 81st birthday of harmonica giant James Cotton.
RED ROOSTER LOUNGE 229
Cary Wolfson is spinning at the Red Rooster Lounge with great blues sides by Young John Watson, the Corey Dennison Band, Elvin Bishop, Jimmy Morello, Alberta Adams, Jade Maze, Mighty Joe Young, Melissa Etheridge, Robert Lee Mccoy, Corey Harris, Eddie Taylor, and Ike Turner.
Wednesday, December 7
THE JUMPIN’ BLUES
MESSIN’ WITH THE BLUES 112
Leslie Keros is spinning a whole mess of blues by Erwin Helfer, Harry Connick Jr., Dinah Washington, Jay McShann & His Orchestra, Garfield Angove, Roy Gaines, Anthony Geraci, Johnny Copeland, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Albert King, Planet D Nonet, Johnny Adams, Ray Charles, Leadbelly, John Lee Hooker, Washboard Willie & His Super Suds of Rhythm, and the Lyman Woodard Organization.
SOUNDS OF BLUE 28
Bob Putignano is strutting down the center of your radio dial with music in Episode 28 by Howard Wales & Jerry Garcia, Junior Mance, Stuff, Tower of Power, Patrick Butler, Bobby Rush, Roy Buchanan, Kenny “Blue” Ray & Jackie Payne, Joe “Guitar” Hughes, and the Larry Baeder Group.
Thursday, December 8
BEYOND THE GROOVE YARD 154
George Klein presents an hour of music from the legacy of Detroit jazz, including Terry Pollard, Yusef Lateef, Regina Carter, Barry Harris, Kenny Garrett, Thad Jones, Straight Ahead, Donald Byrd, and rhe Detroit Jazzmen meeting Kenny Clarke.
ANCESTOR WORSHIP 19
Episode 15 offers another thrilling installment of classic jazz from 1956 mined from the seven-disc set called The Complete Prestige Recordings of Sonny Rollins, featuring the Clifford Brown-Max Roach Quintet and selections from the album accurately titled Saxophone Colossus.
Friday, December 9
SOUNDS OF BLUE 29
Bob Putignano is playing music in Episode 29 by Howard Wales & Jerry Garcia, Larry Coryell with Steve Marcus, Patrick Butler, Henry Kaiser, Dave Stryker, and George Benson.
THE SOUL LUCILLE SHOW 70
Lucille DJ is back on the air from the heart of Italy with another killer hour of soul & super heavy funk and a guest spot by John Sinclair with tunes by Betty Everett, Candi Staton, Isley Brothers, Black Sugar, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, Chuck Brown & The Soul Searchers, Clarence Reid, Fred & The New JB’s, Herbie Hancock, Baby Boy Warren, Mr. Bo, James Carr, Renaldo Domino, The Kaldirons, The Contours, and Labi Siffre.
Saturday, December 10
ROOM TO ROCK
THE DR. DOO WOP SHOW 24
Dr. Doo Wop has another killer hour of great music from the Golden Age of American Music as played on his programs for Radio 100 in Amsterdam from the turn of the century. This week the Doctor is hosting the 400th program of an internet rockabilly program by Benny Dingo with classic and obscure cuts by Jr. Parker & The Blue Flames, The Doomsday Rockers, Tracy Pendarvis, Levi Dexter, Wanda Jackson, Carl Perkins, The Medallions, Dawn Solton, Janice Martin, Barbara Pittman, Roy Orbison, Connie Ness & The Revenge, Sonny Burgess & The Pacers, Bill Haley & The Saddlemen, Brenda Lee, Ricky Nelson, The Esquire Boys, Sonny Dae & The Knights, and Bill Haley & The Comets.
PARTY TRAIN WITH LINDA LEXY 28
Linda Lexy is driving the Party Train all the way from Detroit, where she’s playing music in Episode 28 by Tino Gross, Jay & The Techniques, Yvonne Wise, The Four Larks, The Four Shells, The Explosions, Gi Gi, The Commodores, Soul Brothers Six, Lyn Collins, Jeanne & The Darlings, Carl Westmoreland, Rose Royce, Johnny Thunder, Tammi Terrell, The Delfonics, The Main Ingredient, Tino G, and the Howling Diablos.
Sunday, December 11
A SONG FOR YOU
MOOD INDIGO 06
Leslie Keros is playing music in commemoration of the recently departed pianist and singer Mose Allison playing with Zoot Sims, Al Cohn & Phil Woods, covered by Karrin Allyson and featured on his own recordings, plus the late bassist Bob Cranshaw playing with Hank Mobley, Fred Wesley & the J.B.’s, and Lee Morgan, and a salute to the late pianist Leon Russell with a pair of his compositions performed by Donny Hathaway and by Gene Harris to close the show.
RING DEM BELLS
JAZZ LUNATIQUE 102
David Kunian is paying homage to Nobel Prize for Literature recipient Bob Dylan with selections ranging over the past 50+ years, including several especially energetic live performances of tunes from the Bardic repertoire.
Monday, December 12
FREE JOHN NOW
JOHN SINCLAIR RADIO SHOW 683
Episode 683 is my annual celebration of the John Sinclair Freedom Rally of December 10, 1971 and my release from prison three days later after serving 2-1/2 years of a 9-1/2-to-10-year sentence for possession of two joints, but this program will feature music from 45 years later: On the occasion of my 75th birthday on October 2, 2016, my friends Robert Jr. Whitall and Don Was assembled a stellar band of Blues Scholars to accompany my own performance and back up a procession of front men & women in a birthday concert they staged for me at the Third Coast Compassion Center mansion between Ann Arbor & Ypsilanti, headlined by the great Bettye LaVette & her band with Brett Lucas & Al Hill. My band had Showtime Johnny Evans on tenor saxophone, Jeff Grand & Laith al-Saadi on guitars, immy Bones on piano, Don Was on bass and Tino Gross at the drums. One of my high points was the appearance of a young woman, daughter of saxophonist Bob Schultz of Jackson MI whose name I don’t remember, singing a very salty version of “Stormy Monday” in the middle of the proceedings. Plus there’s the John Lennon song composed on my behalf and a new tribute song performed by Ivan Kral at the birthday party to start out this episode.
THE RITUAL OF THE COBRA
FLY BY NIGHT 187
Steve The Fly is performing the ritual of the cobra with musical accompaniment by Jimi Hendrix, The Peddlers, Lalo Schifrin, Toots & the Maytals, Jimmy Cliff, The Wild Bunch, King Tubby, Lee “Scratch” Perry, Don Ralke, Peter Tosh, Sun Ra & His Arkestra, and Funkadelic.
Tuesday, December 13
MEMPHIS SOUL STEW
THE BLUES SHOW 261
Bruce Pingree has Wayne Jackson and Andrew Love—the Memphis Horns—in his musical spotlight in Episode 261, playing sides they enhanced by The Markeys, Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Rufus Thomas, King Curtis, James & Bobby Purifoy, Joe Tex, Aretha Franklin, Solomon Burke, Ann Peebles, Carla Thomas, Al Green, Wilson Pickett, Otis Clay, Eddie Floyd, Luther Allison, Buddy Guy, with a bonus cut by Roy Hamilton to close out the show.
WHEEL OF FORTUNE
RED ROOSTER LOUNGE 230
Cary Wolfson is spinning at the Red Rooster Lounge with great blues sides by Hound Dog Taylor, Brian Templeton, David Booker, Rory Block, Jesse Yawn, James Kinds, Roy Buchanan, Doyle Bramhall, Otis Grand. Jimmie Vaughan & Luann Barton, Kenny Parker, and Otis Grand.
Wednesday, December 14
GOOD TIME CHRISTMAS
MESSIN’ WITH THE BLUES 113
Leslie Keros is filling our Christmas stockings with really hip Xmas tunes by Willie Pickens & Nicholas Payton, Count Basie & Jimmy Rushing, Charles Brown, Irvin Mayfield & Ronald Markham, Dave McKenna, Shemekia Copeland, Take 6, John Black, and the Christian McBride Trio.
FUNK O’ DE FUNK
SOUNDS OF BLUE 30
Bob Putignano is down with pure D funk this week with music by Howard Wales & Jerry Garcia, Josh Charle, Bobby Rush, The Meters, Larry Ridley, and Roy Buchanan.
Thursday, December 15
THE REAL BLUES
BEYOND THE GROOVE YARD 155
George Klein presents an hour of jazz steeped in the blues in Episode 155, including selections by Sonny Rollins, the MJQ, Bessie Smith, Kenny Burrell, Jackie McLean, Ray Brown, Milt Jackson, Booker Ervin, Billie Pierce, and John Coltrane.
ANCESTOR WORSHIP 20
Episode 20 examines some of the brilliant music created by Charles Mingus & his Jazz Workshop for Atlantic Records between 1956 and 1959, starting with his startling recording of “Pithecanthropus Erectus” from January 30, 1956 with Jackie McLean and J.R. Monterose and ending with selections from the session of February 4, 1959 with Jackie McLean, Booker Ervin, Pepper Adams, Jimmy Knepper, Horace Parlan and Dannie Richmond that produced the album Blues & Roots. Some of these selections may be found on the Atlantic collection titled Thirteen Pictures: The Charles Mingus Anthology.
Friday, December 16
SOUNDS OF BLUE 31
Bob Putignano is cruising in Episode 31 with music by Howard Wales & Jerry Garcia, Mike Post, Larry Ridley, Stuff, Dave Stryker, Donny Hathaway, Cold Blood, and Tower of Power.
THE SOUL LUCILLE SHOW 71
Lucille DJ is on the air from the heart of Italy with a killer hour of soul & super heavy funk and a guest spot by John Sinclair with tunes by with tunes by Eddie Floyd, Eddie Kirk, Eve Barnum, Eddie Simpson, Bettye Swann, The O’Jays, Ann Alford, The Staple Singers, Tonistics, Ice, Lou Courtney, Joe L., One-String Sam, Wendell Harrison, The Four Tops, M.I.S.T., The Nu People, S.O.U.L., and Johnny Hammond.
Saturday, December 17
COUNT EVERY STAR
THE DR. DOO WOP SHOW 25
Bill Levy has more great music from his Dr. Doo Wop program on Radio 100 in Amsterdam from the turn of the century featuring The Students, Younger Days, Norman Fox & The Rob Roys, the Amsterdam Klezmer Band, Johnny Maestro & The Brooklyn Bridge, The Fascinators, The Regents, The Five Boroughs, The Ravens, The Paragons, The Cadillacs, The Drifters, and a pair of unidentified artists near the end of the show.
SHOOT YOUR SHOT
PARTY TRAIN WITH LINDA LEXY 29
Linda Lexy is driving the Party Train all the way from Funky D Studios in Detroit, where she’s playing music in Episode 29 by Tino Gross, Bo Diddley, Jr. Walker & the All Stars, Melvin Davis, Lillian DuPree, Billy Sha-Rae, Bobby Byrd, The Genies, Al Green, The Four Shades, Gwen McCrae, Johnny “Guitar” Watson, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, Cookie & His Cupcakes, Billie Holiday, Ruby & The Romantics, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, the Howling Diablos, and Willie King & The Liberators.
Sunday, December 18
CHANGIN’ THE BLUES
MOOD INDIGO 07
Leslie Keros is playing music in Episode 7 by Bobby Hutcherson, Tom McCormick, Earl Hines, Dinah Washington, Stan Hope, Charles Earland, Teddy Edwards, Henry Butler, Freddie Hubbard, Ellis Marsalis & Jonathan Batiste, and Ray Charles
JAZZ LUNATIQUE 103
David Kunian is observing the 2016 presidential election returns with an episode of music by women including Aretha Franklin, The Pretenders, Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Shemekia Copeland, Mavis Staples, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Aimee Mann, The Supremes, Janis Joplin with Big Brother & The Holding Company, Etta James, Richard & Linda Thompson, Dolly Paton & Porter Wagoner, and Liz Phair.
Monday, December 19
MERRY CHRISTMAS BABY
JOHN SINCLAIR RADIO SHOW 684
Episode 684 will be coming from the heart of Amsterdam in the middle of the holiday season with our annual Christmas show, the exact size and shape of which has yet to be determined at presstime.
SEND IN THE VIPERS
FLY BY NIGHT 188
Steve The Fly is spotlighting the vinyl edition of the new John Sinclair album Mobile Homeland on Funky D Records and Jett Plastic Recordings out of Detroit and spinning other bardic cuts accompanied by Michael and the Cats in Amsterdam, Planet D Nonet in Detroit, The Dirty Strangers and Beatnik Youth in London, the Blues Scholars at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, plus cuts by noted Sinclair associates The Wild Magnolias, Sun Ra & His Arkestra, and the MC-5.
Tuesday, December 20
I’LL TAKE YOU THERE
THE BLUES SHOW 262
Bruce Pingree has Wayne Jackson and Andrew Love of the Memphis Horns in the musical spotlight again in Episode 262, with songs they recorded with Tutu Jones, Tracy Nelson, Marcia Ball, and B.B. King & Irma Thomas, plus a salute to the recently departed Bernie Worrell featured with the Robben Ford Band and with Buddy Guy, and finally a series of splendid recordings by Mavis Staples and the Staples Singers.
RED ROOSTER LOUNGE 231
Cary Wolfson is spinning at the Red Rooster Lounge and lamenting the nation’s entrance into Trumpville with great blues sides by Donny Hathaway, John Lee Hooker, Booba Barnes, Big Jack Johnson, Charlie Musselwhite, Floyd Dixon, Willie King & The Liberators, the Staple Singers, Jimmy Reed, Luther Allison, Otis Rush, Blind Willie Johnson, and Ronnie Earl.
Wednesday, December 21
MESSIN’ WITH THE BLUES 114
Leslie Keros teams up with Bill Dahl for an hour of Christmas soul and blues from B.B. King, Freddy King, Mr. Bo & His Boys, Riff Ruffin, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Washboard Pete, Sonny Boy Williamson, Robert Nighthawk, Jimmy Butler, Big Bud, Lou Rawls, Clarence Carter, Solomon Burke, Little Willie John, James Brown, Otis Redding & Carla Thomas, The Gems, Count Sidney & the Dukes, and J. Hines & the Boys.
DANCE TO THE MUSIC
SOUNDS OF BLUE 32
Bob Putignano is jamming with music by Howard Wales & Jerry Garcia, Steve Gadd & The Gadd Gang, Larry Ridley, Donny Hathaway, Stuff, Henry Kaiser, and The Meters.
Thursday, December 22
SCREAMIN’ THE BLUES
BEYOND THE GROOVE YARD 156
George Klein presents an hour of jazz steeped in the blues in Episode 156, including selections by Grant Green. Nina Simone, Yusef Lateef, Oliver Nelson, Gerry Mulligan, Johbby Hodges. Horace Silver, Irma Thomas, and Thelonious Monk.
NOSTALGIA IN TIMES SQUARE
ANCESTOR WORSHIP 21
Episode 21 starts with selections by the Charles Mingus Jazz Workshop from the Atlantic Records album Blues & Roots, recorded in February 1959 with Jackie McLean, Booker Ervin, Pepper Adams, Jimmy Knepper, Horace Parlan, Mingus and Dannie Richmond, and finishes with the Charles Mingus Quintet at the Nonagon Art Gallery later in 1959 from an album originally issued by United Artists Records as Nostalgia in Times Square (also titled at various times Jazz Portraits and Mingus In Wonderland) with John Handy on alto saxophone, Booker Ervin on tenor, Richard Wyands at the piano, Charles Mingus on bass, and Dannie Richmond on drums.
Friday, December 23
CLOSER TO HOME
SOUNDS OF BLUE 33
Bob Putignano opens Episode 33 with “Twilight Zone” from TV Classic Hits and heads for home with cuts by Grand Funk Railroad, Eric Krasno with Derek Trucks, several tracks from Jeff Beck’s new album, plus Patrick Butler, Roy Buchanan, and Stevie Ray Vaughan.
THE SOUL LUCILLE SHOW 72
Lucille DJ is on the air from the heart of Italy with a special hour of soul & funk and a guest spot by John Sinclair with tunes by Clarence Carter, Wess & the Airedales, Al Green, Dr. John, Luther Ingram, Etta James, Tina Turner, Esther Phillips, The Commodores, The African Music Machine, Sly & The Family Stone, James Brown, Dinah Washington, Billy Ward & The Dominoes, The Isley Brothers, Curtis Mayfield, The Ohio Players, Bazuka, and Labi Siffre.
BLUES FOR CHRISTMAS
HIGHWAY 61 BLUES 30
Scott Barretta features a power-packed program of blues Christmas music on this episode of Highway 61 with classic selections by Charles Brown, Mabel Scott, Big Joe Turner, Jimmy Llggins, Li’l Esther & Mel Walker, Lightning Hopkins, John Lee Hooker, Sonny Boy Williamson, Jimmy Reed, Big Joe Williams, Lowell Fulson, Jimmy McCracklin, Papa Hop (Wilson), Detroit Junior, Jerry McCain, Sam Myers, and Big Jack Johnson.
BEYOND THE GROOVE YARD
George Klein is spinning 1950s & 60s Christmas Jazz by Charlie Parker, Dexter Gordon, Ella Fitzgerald, John Coltrane, Kenny Burrell, Nina Simone, Duke Pearson, Ramsey Lewis, and the World’s Greatest Jazz Band.
SHAKE HANDS WITH SANTA CLAUS
NEW ORLEANS MUSIC SHOW 04
The first episode from Tom Morgan’s Christmas edition of the New Orleans Music Show on WWOZ-FM for 2007 features a set by Louis Armstrong & Bing Crosby, new music from Debbie Davis & Matt Perrine, tunes by Armand Hug and Lionel Ferbos, and Christmas classics by Louis Prima, Cousin Joe, Babs Gonzales, Lord Buckley, Big Al Carson, Charmaine Neville, and Pops himself.
SANTA CLAUS GO STRAIGHT TO THE GHETTO
JOHN SINCLAIR RADIO SHOW 528
Episode 528 brings us back to the 420 Café in Amsterdam (after six weeks in London) for our annual Christmas music program for 2013, and this time it features a few selections out of the many recordings I picked up on thanks to Caleb Selah & Sam Jones, the Lesbian Horse, during my residency at the studios of the Fuck You Sound in London this month and last, particularly Christmas songs from The [Complete] Singles of James Brown, Volumes 4, 5 and 7, and from the Trojan Records Christmas Box Set including cuts from Jacob Miller, Yellowman, Alton Ellis & The Lipsticks, The Granville Williams Orchestra, and John Holt. Merry Christmas, everybody!
SANTA CLAUS, SANTA CLAUS
THE BLUES SHOW 157
Bruce Pingree is playing Christmas blues this week by Lightnin’ Hopkins, William Clarke, Jerry McCain, Sonny Boy Williamson, Anson Funderburgh & The Rockets, Charlie Musselwhite, The Insight, Billy Ward & The Dominoes, Louis Jordan, Charles Brown, Louis Armstrong, and the 5 Keys.
RED ROOSTER LOUNGE 80
Cary Wolfson is spinning for Christmas at the Red Rooster Lounge with great blues sides by Huey “Piano” Smith & The Clowns, Angel Rissoff, Chick Willis, Dave Keyes, B.B. Coleman & Blues Boy Willie, Honey Davis, Lord Buckley, Fruteland Jackson, Ingrid Lucia, Irma Thomas, Paul Oscher, Little Esther & Mel Walker, Elvin Bishop, and Charles Brown.
Saturday, December 24
DO YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN
THE DR. DOO WOP SHOW 26
Bill Levy is celebrating his long reign as Dr. Doo Wop for Radio 100 in Amsterdam on the Ides of March 2002 in Episode 26 with a killer program of music by The Four Friends, The Shirelles, The Excellents, Ricky Nelson, The Olympics, Ike & Tina Turner, The Marcels, The Cleftones, Chet Baker, Ben E. King, Chuck Willis, and The Moonglows, along with three unidentified artists.
SAY YEAH YEAH
PARTY TRAIN WITH LINDA LEXY 30
Linda Lexy is driving the Party Train all the way from Funky D Studios in Detroit where she’s playing music by Tino Gross, Bobby Day & The Satellites, DeeDee Warwick, Ruth Brown, Andre Williams & the Five Dollars, the Big Apple Band, King Solomon, Barbara Lynn, Ray Fazier & Shades of Madness, TD & Jimmy James 3, Tony Owens, Yvonne Fair, Soul Tornadoes, Vicki Labat, Martha & The Vandellas, H.B. Barnum, Percy Sledge, the Royal Blackbirds, and the Lyman Woodard Organization.
HIGHWAY 61 BLUES 31
Episode 31 of Highway 61 Blues features Scott Barretta’s second hour of Christmas music for 2007 with soul blues selections by B.B King, Albert King, Sir Mack Rice, Jerry McCain, Sam Myers, Robert Ward, Earl King, Vernon Garrett, Pete Mayes, Hot Rock Hayes, James Brown, Otis Redding, Solomon Burke, Charles Brown, Dr. John, Little Johnnie Taylor, and Huey “Piano” Smith & the Clowns.
JOY TO THE WORLD
BEYOND THE GROOVE YARD
George Klein is bringing a second hour of 1950s & 60s Christmas Jazz by Charlie Parker, Dexter Gordon, Ella Fitzgerald, John Coltrane, Kenny Burrell, Nina Simone, Duke Pearson, Ramsey Lewis, and the World’s Greatest Jazz Band.
BIG FAT SANTA CLAUS
NEW ORLEANS MUSIC SHOW 05
Tom Morgan’s New Orleans Christmas Music Show combines Louisiana XMas tunes by Ingrid Lucia, A.J. Loria, Aaron Neville, Lynn August, Clifton Chenier, Fats Domino, the Dixie Cups, Earl King, and Huey “Piano” Smith & the Clowns with seasonal birthday salutes to Crescent City musical greats Dave Bartholomew, Professor Longhair, and Art Neville, plus XMas novelties by Jim Backus, Tom Lehrer, and Patsy Ray.
HEY SANTA CLAUS
JOHN SINCLAIR RADIO SHOW 580
Episode 580 is our annual Christmas program for 2014 coming from the 420 Café in Amsterdam with a selection of songs about Santa Claus that were gleaned from other programs by RFA deejays in the Christmas music series this year, including cuts by Shakora Syeeda, Jerry McCain, Albert King, B.B. King, Louis Jordan, Walter Davis, Bo Carter, Sonny Boy Williamson, The Moonglows, James Brown, Earl King, Al Basile, Shemekia Copeland, and Sir Mack Rice.
FLY BY NIGHT 85
This festive selection of holiday tunes was the first program created by Steve The Fly for Radio Free Amserdam. The tracks were selected from his vinyl LP collection and recorded Wednesday 22nd December 2009 on a H4 Zoom Recorder.
THE BLURS SHOW 158
Bruce Pingree is playing the Christmas blues with his 2014 Holiday Edition featuring music by Jimmy Witherspoon, Gatemouth Moore, Julia Lee & Her Boyfriends, Little Esther, Joe Lutcher, Lloyd Glenn, Sugar Chile Robinson, Mabel Scott, Maria Muldaur, Dr. John: Keb Mo, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Dan Crary, William Clarke, Little Jimmy King, Eddie C. Campbell, and Rod Piazza & The Mighty Flyers.
SANTA CLAUS IS SMOKIN’ REEFER
NEW ORLEANS MUSIC SHOW 06
Tom Morgan is mixing Christmas numbers by Johnny Adams, Jim Backus, Johnny Guarniari, Edd “Kookie” Byrnes, Sister Teedy: (Tricia Boutte), and Leroy Carr with selections by December birthday celebrants Alvin “Shine” Robinson, Kermit Ruffins, and Art Neville, closing out with the Wild Magnolias and “Indian Red.”
MERRY CHRISTMAS BLUES
JOHN SINCLAIR RADIO SHOW 475
Episode 475 is my Christmas Eve Show for 2012 with music from Ramsey Lewis, the Five Keys, Champion Jack Dupree, Kermit Ruffins, Huey ‘Piano’ Smith & the Clowns, Fats Domino, James Brown, Alberta Adams, Sir Mack Rice, Billy Davis, Thornetta Davis, the Howling Diablos, Howlin’ Wolf, Robert Johnson, Sonny Boy Williamson, Lil McClintock, Johnny Guaranari, Lena Horne, and the great Detroit tenor saxophonist and dear departed friend, LaMonte Hamilton, live from Cobb’s Corner.
THE BLURS SHOW 159
Bruce Pingree is playing more Christmas blues in his 2014 Holiday Edition featuring music by Harmonica Fats, Billy Boy Arnold, Detroit Junior, Huey “Piano” Smith & The Clowns, Fats Domino, Louis Armstrong, James Andrews, Sonny Landreth & The Dixie Cups, John Lee Hooker, Canned Heat, Koko Taylor, Shemekia Copeland, Big Maybelle, Big Joe Turner, B.B. King, J.D. Sumner, Jimmy Reed, and Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers.
RED ROOSTER LOUNGE 185
Cary Wolfson is spinning Christmas tunes for 2015 at the Red Rooster Lounge with great blues sides by Billy Gibson Band, Little Jimmy Thomas, the Holmes Brothers, Carey Bell, Kenny Neal, Bobby Allen & The Exceptions, Chick Willis, Smokey Wilson, Sugar Chile Robinson, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Prof. Louie & The Crowmatix, The Blind Boys with Tom Waits, Irma Thomas, and Charles Brown.
I HEAR JINGLE BELLS
JOHN SINCLAIR RADIO SHOW 361
Larry Hayden & I are at the 420 Café in the center of Amsterdam playing my annual Christmas program for 2010 with a full slate of seasonal music that we can only play once a year—by Charmaine Neville, Ike & Tina Turner, Big Joe Turner (no relation) & Pete Johnson, Stevie Wonder, Alberta Adams, the New Orleans Spiritualettes, Duke Pearson, Freddy King, and Thornetta Davis—plus a cut from Howard Glazer’s new album Wired For Sound with his EL 34s and something by me from The Zen Album with the International Blues Scholars, recorded here in Amsterdam last August with Tom Worrell, Vicente Pino, Leslie Lopez and Steve the Fly. At the top and bottom of the show are our salutes to the recently deceased Captain Beefheart and the beloved Detroit poet James Semark. Merry Christmas, everybody!
THE BLUES SHOW 160
Bruce Pingree is playing the Christmas blues with Part 3 of his 2014 Holiday Edition featuring music by Charles Brown, Roomful of Blues, Duke Robillard, Jay McShann, Roscoe Gordon, T.J. Wheeler, Sir Mack Rice, Clarence Carter, Chuck Berry, Rockie Charles, Staples Singers, the Bill Evans Trio, and Charlie Parker.
JOHN SINCLAIR RADIO SHOW 632
Episode 632 is our annual Christmas music show for 2015, coming from the T4QS Studios in Bristol UK where I’m visiting with Caleb Selah for the holidays, with musical selections carefully culled from Christmas programs by my fellow deejays at Radio Free Amsterdam including seasonal tunes by The Drifters, Babs Gonzales, the Bill Evans Trio, James Brown, The Moonglows, Sonny Boy Williamson, Johnny Guaraneri, Ingrid Lucia, Eartha Kitt, Thornetta Davis, Albert King, Jerry McCain, Earl King, Shemekia Copeland, and Sugar Boy Crawford.
JAZZ LUNATIQUE—VINTAGE RADIO VAULTS 85
David Kunian is celebrating Xmas in New Orleans on his Jazz Lunatique program at WWOZ-FM on Christmas Day 2003, with music from Michael Ray & The Cosmic Krewe, Frank Zappa, the Ken Vandemark Five, Nina Simone, Sam Rivers, Santa Claus, Spike Jones, Sugar Boy Crawford, Jack Teagarden, Babs Gonzales, Johnny Guaraneri, Kermit Ruffins, The Drifters, and Charlie Parker.
Sunday, December 25
MOOD INDIGO 08
Leslie Keros is playing some hip music in Episode 8 by Ray Charles, Chet Baker, Nicolas Bearde, Gene Harris, Joey Alexander, Max Roach, Nat Adderley, Guy King, Henry Butler, and Nat Simpkins.
JAZZ LUNATIQUE 104
David Kunian is following the election returns in the 2016 presidential race with songs by women including the Dresden Dolls, Sleater-Kinney, Hole, The Pretenders:, P.J. Harvey, Donna Summer, Grace Jones, Lena Lovich, Yvonne Ellman, Chaka Khan, Patti Smith, Abbey Lincoln, and Billie Holiday.
Monday, December 26
HAPPY NEW YEAR
JOHN SINCLAIR RADIO SHOW 685
Episode 685 willl be our last entry for 2016, coming from
an Amsterdam location yet to be determined and featuring an hour of music yet to be selected.
FLY BY NIGHT 189
Steve The Fly is playing music by his cooperative ensemble called Dr Marshmallow Cubicle with Vicente Pino on guitars and the Fly on drums & percussions, plus a pair of cuts from the John Sinclair album Let’s Go Get ’Em on which they are featured and a pair of new numbers by Vinnie & Fly.
Tuesday, December 27
BLUES TIME IN AMERICA
THE BLUES SHOW 263
Bruce Pingree is playing music in Episode 263 by the Michael Hill Blues Mob, Willie King & The Liberators, Lurrie Bell, Irma Thomas, Mavis Staples, Walter Trout, Luther Allison, Jimmy Johnson, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Guitar Shorty, Leadbelly, Blind Blake, Charley Jordan, Blind Lemon Jefferson, and Charley Patton:
ROLL OVER BABY
RED ROOSTER LOUNGE 232
Cary Wolfson is spinning at the Red Rooster Lounge with great blues sides by Ike Turner & The Kings Of Rhythm, Howlin’ Wolf, Taj Mahal & Ben Harper, Guitar Shorty, Sean Costello, Jerry Garcia Band with Maria Muldaur & Donna Godchaux, the Original 5 Blind Boys Of Alabama, Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters, Scott Ainslie, Irma Thomas, Koko Taylor, the Hollywood Fats Band, Li’l Ed & The Blues Imperials, and the Hollywood Blue Flames.
Wednesday, December 28
SANTA CLAUS GOT THE BLUES
MESSIN’ WITH THE BLUES 115
Leslie Keros is swinging the blues at Christmas time with cuts by Smokey Wilson, the Blind Boys of Alabama & Taj Mahal, Travis Haddix, Dave McKenna, Pillars of West Coast Jazz, Joey DeFrancesco, Marc Broussard, Irvin Mayfield & the New Orleans Jazz Playhouse Review, Johnny Adams, Harry Allen, Butch Thompson, Floyd Dixon with Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers, the Sons of Heaven, and King Curtis.
MESSIN’ WITH THE BLUES 116
Leslie Keros and Bill Dahl are throwing down some deep Christmas soul and blues sides featuring Booker T. & the MG’s, Roy Milton & the Solid Senders, Titus Turner, Jimmy Liggins & His Drops of Joy, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Julia Lee, John Lee Hooker, the Marshall Brothers, Sugar Chile Robinson, Oscar McLollie & the Honey Jumpers, The Moonglows, The Cadillacs, Albert King, Detroit Jr., Big Bud, Amos Milburn, J. D. McDonald, Nathaniel Mayer, and Ike & Tina Turner
SOUNDS OF BLUE 34
Bob Putignano is playing the blues big time by Deborah Coleman, Albert Collins-Robert Cray-Johnny Copeland, Coco Montoya, Keb ‘ Mo’, Luther Kent, Albert Collins, and Stevie Ray Vaughan.
Thursday, December 29
WALKIN’ AND TALKIN’
BEYOND THE GROOVE YARD 157
George Klein presents more blues-based jazz, including selections by Cannonball Adderley, Aretha Franklin, Ray Bryant, Horace Parlan, J.J. Johnson, Dinah Washington, and Bennie Green.
WAY OUT WEST
ANCESTOR WORSHIP 22
Episode 17 finishes up our long investigation into the early recordings of Sonny Rollins, closing with the Sonny Rollins Quintet with Kenny Dorham on Prestige in 1956 and the Sonny Rollins Trio sessions in Los Angeles in 1957 for Contemporary Records with Shelley Manne on drums and Ray Brown on bass for the album titled Way Out West.
Friday, December 30
SOUNDS OF BLUE 35
Bob Putignano is cruising through space this week with Howard Wales & Jerry Garcia, the Grateful Dead, Henry Kaiser, and music from television’s greatest hits.
THE SOUL LUCILLE SHOW 73
Lucille DJ is funking it up from the heart of Italy with a guest spot by John Sinclair and cuts by Bettye LaVette, Bobby Rush, the Bob Thiele Emergency, Chocolate Milk, Howard Tate, Clarence Wheeler & The Enforcers, The Commodores, The Impressions, Hugh Masekela, Doug Carn, Freddie Hubbard, David Batiste & The Gladiators, Ike & Tina Turner, The Isley Brothers, Jimmy Witherspoon, Big John Hamilton, Billy Preston, Horace Silver, and Ann Peebles.
Saturday, December 31
DECK THE HALLS
THE DR. DOO WOP SHOW 27
Dr. Doo Wop offers a twisted Christmas show as played on Radio 100 in Amsterdam in 2001 with classics and sick obscurities from The Youngsters, Sesame Street, Slim & Slam, Bill Levy, The Happy Hamsters, Billy Joel, Brenda Lee, Bobby Helms, The Drifters, Younger Dayz, The Illumens, Dion, The Ronettes, Diana Ross & The Supremes, Elmo & Patsy, Ike & Tina Turner, and a few unidentified artists.
PARTY TRAIN WITH LINDA LEXY 31
Linda Lexy is driving the Party Train all the way from Funky D Studios in Detroit where she’s playing music in Episode 31 by Tino Gross, Wynonie Harris, Ike & Tina Turner, Don Covay & the Goodtimers, Big Dee Irwin, Lee Fields & The Explorers, Sisters Love, Albert Ayler, Mr. Percolater, Jody Gayles, Little Junior Parker, Hank Johnson, Pearly Queen, Al Wilson, Chuck Willis, Don Gardner & Dee Dee Ford, Little Ann, the Howling Diablos, and John Sinclair.
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