Ray Charles is on this week’s Radio Munson playlist, along with Billie Holiday, Freddy Cole, Paul McCartney, Benny Goodman, and a red-headed, fair skinned heart-throb vocalist from the 1930's called Pinky Tomlin.
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.
If you ask him, and Jon Norton did, Mort Weiss will tell you he's the best clarinet player in the world. Norton and the feisty Weiss covered many other topics and ideas as well on this edition of GLT Jazz Next.
They also played songs from his his CD "Mort Weiss is a Jazz Reality Show," a reference to the drama he's experienced in his 80 years of life.
Vocalist and George Mason University Jazz Director Darden Purcell returns to Central IL this Thursday night for a "one-off" 7:00 P.M performance at the Iron Post in Urbana. Her backing band will include saxophonist Chip McNeill, her 4 year mentor at the University of Illinois, where she received a D.M.A. in Jazz studies. GLT's Jon Norton caught up with Purcell via Skype last week from her home in the Washington D.C. area.