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Radio Munson 6/30/16

Jul 6, 2016

Some early Independence Day Weekend fireworks on this week’s Radio Munson from Jim Cullum’s Jazz Band, Keely Smith, and trombonists John Allred and Wycliffe Gordon; plus Frank Sinatra, Lee Wiley, Michael Buble and more. 

Radio Munson 6/23/16

Jun 24, 2016

Tony Bennett is on Don’s playlist for this week’s Radio Munson, along with Lee Wiley, Joe Williams, Earl “Fatha” Hines, Sarah Vaughan, and the Count Basie Band. 

Radio Munson 6/9/16

Jun 13, 2016

Don plays Ellington’s “Things Ain’t What They Used To Be”, but you can't say that about Radio Munson.  With sides from Les Brown, Carmen McRae, the Ames Brothers, and Eddie Cantor, it’s going to be two hours of radio—the way it used to be.

Neil Larimore Photograpy

Rico Wayne Johnson and Dove Benoit are a pair of Peorians bringing the sounds of Brazil, and other Latin American rhythms, to central Illinois. The Brazilionaires will kick off the GLT Summer Concert presented by CEFCU this Saturday June 11th in downtown Bloomington.

A few months ago, the group stopped by the GLT studios with a bunch of great local jazz musicians to play some tunes from their new CD, and talked with Bruce Bergethon about spreading sambas and boleros across the Heartland.

Radio Munson 6/2/16

Jun 3, 2016

Don’s sweet tooth catches up with him on this week’s Radio Munson and we catch him with his hand in the sugar bowl.  “Sugar Foot Stomp,” “Sugar Blues,” and “My Sugar Is So Refined” make their way to the turntable; Anita O’Day is on Don’s playlist, too, along with Jimmy Rushing and the bands of Count Basie and Les Elgart.

Radio Munson 5/26/16

May 27, 2016

Don is polishing his virtual Mirror Ballroom Ball for this week’s Radio Munson, with a set on his playlist of iconic romantic dance recordings by Tommy Dorsey, Glenn Miller and Artie Shaw.  Sammy Davis, Junior is on the evening’s card, too, along with Keely Smith, Nat “King” Cole, and Bill Allred’s Classic Jazz Band’s offering of the “Tin Roof Blues."

Danny Clinch

Experiencing the Preservation Hall Jazz Band is intoxicating in any venue.  To inhale the band in its home in New Orleans is an extra joyous occasion.  But you could easily miss Preservation Hall as you walk by the storied venue on St. Peters Street in the French Quarter.  The Hall’s creative director Ben Jaffe said the compact size is an appealing attribute.

“Isn’t that beautiful?  It’s as if we invited a group of our friends into our living room to experience us playing for ourselves.  That’s a super rare experience for anyone. For us to be able to do that every night is special.”

Radio Munson 5/12/16

May 12, 2016

Billy Eckstine, Catherine Russell, and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy put the swing into this week’s Radio Munson; plus a trip to 1937 to listen to some of Benny Goodman’s best soloists, the Buddy Rich Band roars through “Chicago (That Toddlin’ Town), Bobby Troup sings a song he wrote—“(Get Your Kicks on) Route 66,”--and Errol Garner plays one he wrote—“Misty."

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Matthew Mullins is a 17-year-old junior at Normal Community West High School with a passion for music bordering on obsessive.  He said he devours all types of music, but especially classic rock, blues, and jazz. 

"I actually got into jazz in general from my teacher at Normal West, Mrs. (Sarah) Williams, who introduced me to jazz.  And I had a deep appreciation for jazz around sixth grade.  I listened to all the greats ... Bill Evans ... Dave Brubeck.  Then I started expanding from there.

Radio Munson 5/5/16

May 5, 2016

Singers Matt Monroe, Mavis Rivers, Tony Bennett, and Nancy Wilson swing some familiar tunes on this week’s Radio Munson, along with the bands of Perez Prado, Ted Heath and Jimmy Dorsey, plus a classic live track from Oscar Peterson.

Radio Munson 4/28/16

May 3, 2016

Helen O’Connell is “Steppin’ Out With a Memory Tonight” on Radio Munson while Louis Armstrong climbs “Blueberry Hill” and Bobby Darin predicts “I’ll Remember April.”  Don samples a track from a newly discovered and issued album by jazz piano great Bill Evans and salutes the recording anniversaries of iconic songs by Jack Teagarden and the Glenn Miller Orchestra.

Radio Munson 4/21/16

Apr 22, 2016

They’ll be dancing in the aisles to Glenn Miller’s “In the Mood” on this week’s Radio Munson.  Buddy Greco offers a finger-snapping version on “Satin Doll,” both Arthur Prysock and Ella Fitzgerald swing with the Basie Band, Buddy Rich leads his 1970-s band through “Love For Sale," and Joe Williams is joined by Supersax as he sings the Gershwins’ “Embraceable You."

Radio Munson 4/14/16

Apr 14, 2016

“One More Time," Don gives a spin to the iconic Count Basie recording of “April in Paris” on this week’s Radio Munson, along with Woody Herman’s BeBop classic, “Lemon Drop,” and Duke Ellington’s favorite, “Chelsea Bridge.”  Toni Tennille is also on Don’s playlist, plus Tony DeSare, Dinah Washington, Frank Sinatra, and more.

Radio Munson 4/7/16

Apr 8, 2016

Radio Munson does its best to answer a question posed by Tony Bennett on this week’s show when he sings “Are You Having Any Fun?”  Bob Dorough and Sammy Davis, Junior romp through some upbeat lyrics, and so do Stacey Kent and the Boswell Sisters.  There’s Woody Herman’s famous “Four Brothers” and Stan Kenton’s band plays the only known song dedicated to a car’s automatic transmission, “Dynaflow."

Radio Munson 3/31/16

Apr 1, 2016

Annie Ross, Billy Eckstine, Sarah Vaughan, and Frankie Laine are among the vocalists on this week’s Radio Munson, plus the Ellington and Basie bands, the Hot Club of Cowtown, Fats Waller and more.

Radio Munson 3/24/16

Mar 28, 2016

There’s another eclectic lineup on this week’s Radio Munson with Norah Jones, Bob Crosby’s Bobcats, the Hot Club of Cowtown, and Leon Redbone, among others.  There’s a cool jazz version of Rogers and Hart’s song “Spring Is Here” and, before all is said and done, Oscar Peterson plays “Easter Parade.”

Elizabeth Geyer is an Australian singer/songwriter/instrumentalist who says creating albums can be a lengthy process for her.  She says she waited seven years after her last album to the record her latest.  In this Skype conversation with WGLT's Jon Norton, Geyer explains how she was inspired by Peoria multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Paul Adams to write and record her latest album, titled "The Bridge."

Matthieu Bitton

Dr. Lonnie Smith is now in his fifth decade of recording and performing as a solo act, and behind a virtual who's who of jazz legends.  Smith makes a stop in Chicago to play the Jazz Showcase this weekend (March 24-27). In a conversation with WGLT's Jon Norton, Dr. Smith says he remembers longing for a chance to make music from an early age.

Radio Munson 3/10/16

Mar 10, 2016

Ella Fitzgerald invokes the coming Spring on this week’s Radio Munson with a classic Cole Porter song, along with swingers from Bobby Short, Blossom Dearie, and the Delta Rhythm Boys.  Don also plays a 1927 recording by Bix Beiderbecke on the iconic 1920s jazzman’s birthday, plus sides by the Buddy Rich and Artie Shaw bands.

Ralph Weisheit

High School holds more potential than studying, proms and zits.  Joining the high school jazz band can help students learn lessons not found in the classroom.  Twin Cities teens have practiced, practiced, practiced, and now they're taking the stage at Normal Community West High School for Jazz Night.  Jazz Director Ryan Budzinski  previews the upcoming concert.

*Jazz Night is Friday, March 11th at NCWHS.  The music starts at 5:30 PM.

*In addition to Normal West, the Parkside and Kingsley Junior High and NCHS bands will be performing.

Radio Munson 3/3/16

Mar 3, 2016

There’s a bit of tap dancing on Radio Munson this week as “Fast Eddie” Francisco lets it fly with the Hot Sardines and a rousing version of “Honeysuckle Rose.”  Don also has vocals by Sammy Davis, Junior, Ray Charles, Peggy Lee, and Rebecca Kilgore, swinging big band sides by Tommy Dorsey and Woody Herman, plus Slim and Slam’s memorable hit from 1938 titled “Flat Foot Floogie (With the Floy, Floy)."

Radio Munson 2/18/16

Feb 17, 2016

There’s some “Jumpin’ Jive” from Big Bad Voodoo Daddy on this week’s Radio Munson, along with a 1936 Benny Goodman set featuring vocals by Helen Ward and Lionel Hampton plus Benny’s iconic recording of “Sing, Sing, Sing.”  Ann Hampton Callaway is on Don’s playlist along with piano great Art Tatum.

Ralph Weisheit

One of the musicians behind Sweet Megg & the Wayfarers is also now working with another New York City hot jazz band, "Jessy Carolina and The Hot Mess." Normal native and saxophonist Ryan Weisheit, along with vocalist Megg Farrell played the 2014 GLT Summer Concert in downtown Bloomington and their group continues to thrive in New York City's vibrant hot jazz scene. 

Radio Munson 2/11/16

Feb 12, 2016

Radio Munson makes a promise to take the chill off your Thursday evening with the Pointer Sisters’ rousing version of “Steam Heat,” plus Louis Armstrong’s rousing “Swing That Music, Johnny Hartman’s treatment of “Lush Life", and songs from two veterans of the vaudeville circuits—George Burns and Jimmy Durante.

Radio Munson 2/4/16

Feb 4, 2016

Carmen McRae, Charlie Barnet, Ethel Merman, and George Shearing are among the greats on Radio Munson this week as Don hosts Radio Munson from Southern Arizona, plus, in honor of this week’s Tucson Gem and Mineral Show, the world’s oldest and largest, Don gives a spin to Glenn Miller’s classic “String of Pearls."

Radio Munson 1/28/16

Jan 28, 2016

It’s “Buddy” week on Radio Munson as Don spins swingers from Buddy Bregman’s Band, singer Buddy Greco, and legendary drummer Buddy Rich with his band.  Make that three Buddys and one “Bunny,”—the great trumpeter Bunny Berigan.  Vocalist Annie Ross is on Don’s playlist along with Cab Calloway, The Boswell Sisters, and pianist Erroll Garner.

To peg San Francisco based Kim Nalley as just a vocalist and songwriter would be selling her short.  She's also an actor, a featured writer in various Bay Area publications, a former club owner, and a PhD candidate in history at UC-Berkeley.  Nalley covers some of that ground with GLT's Jon Norton on this edition of GLT Jazz Next.  She begins by talking about her new album "Blues People," which was inspired by the famous book by LeRoi Jones.

Radio Munson 1/21/16

Jan 22, 2016

Brothers take the spotlight on this week’s Radio Munson as Don plays Woody Herman’s famous 1947 song “Four Brothers,” plus a 1932 classic by the harmonizing Mills Brothers.  Terry Gibbs, Natalie Cole, Paul McCartney, and Peggy Lee are also on the playlist.

New York City area native Frank Kohl was drawn to the guitar at a very young age.  He became proficient enough to be admitted to the prestigious Berklee School of Music in the 1970's, where his fellow students included fellow guitarists Pat Metheny and John Scofield.  On this edition of Jazz Next, Kohl talks to WGLT's Jon Norton about his new album "Invisible Man," how he came to love jazz, and how as a young child he says he had an "a-ha" moment watching The Beatles on the Ed Sullivan show.

Radio Munson 1/14/16

Jan 14, 2016

When Elmo Tanner, vocalist with the Ted Weems Orchestra, learned that his boss had just hired a young Perry Como to sing with the band, Elmo got serious about his gift for whistling and, in turn, saved his job.  Tanner contributed a memorable whistling solo to the band’s next recording, “Heartaches,” and re-launched a second career with Weems’ group.  You’re invited to whistle along with Elmo when Don spins “Heartaches” on this week’s Radio Munson.

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