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Joanne Mathiasen

Vocalist Michelle Lordi grew up listening to the great jazz combos in the clubs of her hometown of Philadelphia.  B3 great Trudy Pitts was a particular favorite. But she was also enamored with jazz legends Chet Baker and Blossom Dearie.  On this edition of Jazz Next, Lordi talks with GLT's Jon Norton about her new album "Drive," the sometimes tense relationship between vocalists and instrumentalists, and how she approaches her craft.

Radio Munson 10/1/15

Oct 2, 2015

Legendary Tony Bennett must be the youngest 89-year-old to record music in a long time, and his new album of Jerome Kern songs stands as proof.  Bill Charlap’s trio backs Tony’s spot-on interpretations of songs everybody knows and Don plays one of them on this week’s Radio Munson.  The McGuire Sisters are on Don’s playlist, too, along with Lionel Hampton’s vibes, Stuff Smith’s jazz fiddle, and a welcome to October from the Four Freshmen.

Bob Marquart

In this episode of GLT's Talkin' Blues, we  catch up with the premier slide guitar player in the world before an appearance in Bloomington-Normal. 

Tim Carter

Robert Randolph is at the forefront of what's known as the secular "Sacred Steel" movement. Coming out of the Church Of God, this music is has quickly spread across the country and the globe in the last decade. On this podcast, Randolph talks about the origins of the lap steel guitar in his church, as well as how uplifting music and popularity aren't necessarily mutually exclusive.

A lot has happened for Bloomington native Matthew Curry since we talked last summer: Opening for Peter Frampton, playing a showcase at the legendary Troubadour in Los Angeles, and acting a bit part in the upcoming sequel to "Joe Dirt." On this Talkin' Blues segment with GLT's Jon Norton, Curry talks about his now viral video with Frampton, his movie debut, and how life on the road has brought him closer to his family.

Talkin' Blues: Buddy Guy

Sep 28, 2015
Brian Thompson

At 80 years old, blues legend Buddy Guy is still revved up about his two year old album on RCA-Silvertone records. It's titled "Born To Play Guitar." On this edition of GLT's Talkin' Blues, Guy talks with Jon Norton about his new album, Muddy Waters, and why the gumbo at "Legends," his club in Chicago, is better than what you get in the French Quarter in New Orleans.

A small independent Chicago record label has been documenting Chicago's unsung jazz, blues, and gospel keyboard players since the 1970's. One of the founders of the label is Steven Dolins, who started "The Sirens Records" as a teenager in the 1970's. After a couple early pressings, he says he took a long break from recording to focus on his professional life. Today, Dolins is the chair of the Computer Science department at Bradley University. Since the early 2000's, he picked up where he left off in the 1970's, and to date the label has nearly two dozen recordings in its vault.

On this edition of GLT Jazz Next, we catch up with Portland, Oregon based Dan Wilensky, who talks about his his new album titled "Made in Portland," and about the thriving jazz scene in Portland that reminds him of his time living in New York City. You can purchase "Made in Portland" at: http://www.danwilensky.com/

Vocalist and lyricist Lorraine Feather has been quite busy in the last few years. In addition to recording and performing as a solo artist, she's been performing as part of a duo called "Nouveau Stride" with talented young stride pianist Stephanie Trick. She's also self produced a number of video's to accompany her CD's, including a fully animated video of a Fats Waller adaptation that played in 35 festivals internationally. Recently GLT's Jon Norton caught up with Lorraine Feather via Skype from her home in Washington state.

Vocalist and songwriter Dee Dee McNeil's new release is a straight jazz recording of mostly original songs. On this edition of GLT Jazz Next, McNeil talks with Jon Norton about her new album "Storyteller,">which is available at: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/deedeemcneil3. She also talks about her time as a writer with Motown Records, and about her time in the jazz/spoken group Watts Prophets, and how the issues they were writing about in the early 1970's are still relevant today.

When Jon Norton last talked with Mark Winkler, the Los Angeles based vocalist and songwriter had just released two tribute albums. One paying homage to Laura Nyro, the other a salute to 1950's west coast jazz. On this edition of GLT Jazz Next, Norton talks via Skype with Winkler about his latest album that includes his own songs alongside those of those of George Gershwin, Dave Frishberg, and Paul Simon. We start with the title track to the album "Jazz and Other Four Letter Words.”

It's time to catch up with jazz pianist Cyrus Chestnut. This Baltimore native has a new album titled "A Million Colors in Your Mind." On this edition of GLT Jazz Next, Chestnut talks about the genesis of the album's title, why he chose to record with older players, and how those players helped evolved his sound. This podcast was produced by Jon Norton.

Marisa Klug-Morataya

Pianist Johnny Iguana likes that his music with drummer Michael Caskey is difficult to categorize. Together they play their bluesy, jazzy, R&Bish music all over Chicago and the world as The Claudettes. It's an interesting and catchy sound, as is the story behind the groups name.

JC Smith

Sep 28, 2015

On this edition of GLT Blues Next, west-coast bluesman John Smith, aka "JC Smith" of the "JC Smith Band" details his bands new album, titled "Love Mechanic." He also recalls meeting a blues legend -- before he realized who the legend was -- and before he realized they were related.

Ghost Town Blues Band

Sep 28, 2015

There are a number of young blues artists based in Memphis, the so-called "home of the blues." Getting gigs in Memphis isn't always easy, but there are a lot of musical collaborations. On this edition of GLT Blues Next, Jon Norton talks with Matt Isbell, guitarist and vocalist with the Memphis based Ghost Town Blues Band, about one of those collaborations, and about the bands new album, Hard Row to Hoe.

Balkun Brothers

Sep 28, 2015
Katrina Kelly / Kats Eye Press

The blues-rock band the Balkun Brothers pulls its influences from classic rock even from hard rock bands like Black Sabbath. Drummer Nick Balkun talks about shaping the band’s sound in this edition of GLT Blues Next.

Compass Records

Everybody in Nashville recognizes the name of fiddle virtuoso and singer Andrea Zonn. A native of Champaign/Urbana, she's backed up George Jones, George Strait, Vince Gill, Lyle Lovett, and for the last 12 years has been a member of James Taylor's band. This month, she's released her second solo CD, "Rise." It features a stellar cadre of singers like Gill and Taylor, and a set of songs catalyzed by the medical travails of Zonn's son Leonard. GLT's Bruce Bergethon spoke with Zonn about the new release.

Radio Munson 9/17/15

Sep 18, 2015

Did you know legendary jazz pianist Erroll Garner was left-handed?  The fact Garner was a leftie greatly influenced his keyboard style.  Don provides a sample or two of Erroll Garner's great audience appeal on this week’s Radio Munson;  plus Dinah Shore, Jane Monheit, Louis Jordan, Stan Kenton and an invite to help clean out the GLT studios courtesy of Ralph Flanagan’s "Rag Mop".

Radio Munson 9/10/15

Sep 10, 2015

It may be too soon to officially throw in the towel on Summer, but it's not to early for Don to play Nancy Wilson's legendary version of "The Things We Did Last Summer";  It's on this week's Radio Munson playlist, along with Stan Kenton, Michael Buble, Keely Smith, and Harry James and his band with "September Song".

Radio Munson 8/20/15

Aug 20, 2015

The bands of Doc Severinsen, Nelson Riddle and Tommy Dorsey are on Don's playlist this week on Radio Munson, along with vocals from Dianne Reeves, Steve Tyrell and Dinah Washington, plus two of the most distinctive and recognizable instrumentalists ever, clarinetist Eddie Daniels and bass trombonist George Roberts.

Radio Munson 8/13/15

Aug 13, 2015

The term "Lounge Act" has developed a rather cheesie image over the years, but a "Lounge SINGER" was and is an icon that, though largely extinct today, was once an ever-present icon.  Don invites you to sit near the bar with him on this week's Radio Munson to listen to two of the best lounge singers, Bobby Troup and Matt Dennis.  Les Paul and Mary Ford are also on Don's bill, along with Artie Shaw, Bob Crosby's Bobcats, and June Christy with "Something Cool."

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