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Frank Kohl No Longer Under The Radar

Jan 18, 2016

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.

Bruce Bergathon: A Musical Family Affair

Jan 15, 2016

The Legacy of David Bowie

Jan 15, 2016

When Champaign-Urbana based Kilborn Alley plays Jazz UpFront in downtown Bloomington tomorrow night, Virginia based vocalist Jackie Scott will be sitting in with the band.  On this edition of GLT's Talkin' Blues, Andrew Duncanson tells Jon Norton that Scott brings an exciting presence to Kilborn Alley.

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.

Remembering Otis Clay: An Open Mind and Giving Heart

Jan 13, 2016

Soul singer and Blues Hall-of-Fame inductee Otis Clay died of a heart attack January 8th in Chicago.  WGLT's Jon Norton talked with Clay just last year about his busy work schedule.  That schedule included a solo album, a duet album with Johnnie Rawls, guest vocals on guitarist Dave Specter's latest album, and a soundtrack to the film "Take Me To the River."

Bruce Bergathon Highlights: Abigail Washburn

Jan 12, 2016

Sound Ideas Preview: 1/11/16

Jan 11, 2016

Jazz Next: Roberta Donnay

Jan 11, 2016

Art and Administration at IWU

Jan 11, 2016

Raymond Van Tassel

Recent GLT Jazz Cabaret performer Roberta Donnay says when she found out as a small child that she was white, she got angry.  On this edition of GLT Jazz Next, Donnay talks to Jon Norton about where that anger came from, and about her latest album of prohibition era jazz, titled "Bathtub Gin."

Radio Munson 1/7/16

Jan 8, 2016

Benny Goodman is generally regarded as the guy who introduced what became the “Swing Era” in 1935, but Duke Ellington’s Orchestra recorded a pre-cursor three years earlier.  Don spins the original 1932 Ellington recording “It Don’t Mean a Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing” on this week’s Radio Munson, along with Sarah Vaughan, Jeff Lindberg’s Chicago Jazz Orchestra, and the Hot Club of Cowtown.

Taking the Spotlight a Long Time Coming

Jan 7, 2016

Trish Badger

Jonn Del Toro Richardson spent years playing guitar in the blues bands of Otis Taylor and vocalist Diunna Greenleaf.  He also spends time working with mandolin great Rich Del Grosso.  On this edition of GLT's Talkin' Blues, Richardson talks to Jon Norton about incorporating some Latin sounds into his music, and why it's taken so long to record Tengo Blues, his first album as a leader:

Honoring Lemmy Kilmister on the Turntable

Jan 6, 2016

From Ray Charles to Saturday Night Live

Jan 4, 2016

Trombone and conch shell player Steve Turre  has been a member of the Saturday Night Live band since 1984.  He also played in the Jazz Messengers, the band led by legendary drummer Art Blakey.  On this edition of GLT Jazz Next, Turre says it was a decade earlier during his time in the Ray Charles Band where he learned the importance of of being a professional, and the importance of "giving your all" every night. 

Radio Munson 12/24/15

Dec 24, 2015

Don proves that it is possible for a DJ to hold a glass of egg nog in one hand while spinning songs of the season with the other on the Christmas Eve edition of Radio Munson. Swing along with Louis Armstrong, Stacey Kent, Take Six, Leon Redbone and Diana Krall, plus Ellington, Basie, and Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band.

Radio Munson 12/17/15

Dec 22, 2015

Have you ever researched which old song was most popular on the day you were born? Well, Don Munson did this week and found out a bit more than he had bargained for. The website Don chose told him what he wanted, but then asked if he wanted to know the song that was number one 9 months prior to that—you know, the song that perhaps his mom and dad, uh, danced to. It’s all revealed on this week’s Radio Munson along with the web address for curious music lovers...

Yan Pritzker

On this edition of GLT Jazz Next, meet a Chicago based vocalist and composer who just released her second album.  In her own words, Keri Johnsrud explains how the jazz bug found her in her rural Iowa hometown, and how that bug eventually led her to the Windy City.

Holiday Music Spins on 'What's On Your Turntable'

Dec 17, 2015

GLT's Audio Holiday Postcard

Dec 16, 2015

Bengt Nyman

Blues and Cajun singer/songwriter Tab Benoit makes a return appearance at the Castle Theater in downtown Bloomington Thursday. The Louisiana native has won a number of B.B. King Entertainer of the Year awards from the Blues Foundation.  Benoit begins this conversation with GLT's Jon Norton ... talking about the art of entertaining.

Tab Benoit on the Art of Entertaining

Dec 15, 2015

The Future Is Now For Up and Coming Tenor Player

Dec 14, 2015

Second Generation Photography

Philadelphia native Sam Taylor is a talented young tenor player now immersed in the New York City jazz community.  On this edition of Jazz Next,  Taylor talks with GLT's Jon Norton via Skype from his home in New York about absorbing the soulful sounds of his hometown, and about his debut album, My Future Just Passed.

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