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Radio Munson 12/10/15

Dec 11, 2015

There’s a “Swingin’ Sinatra Centennial Session” on this week’s Radio Munson. Snap that hat brim to just the right angle and start your finger-snapping for an all-star selection of Frank Sinatra’s recordings, plus a number of America’s best vocalists singing songs made famous by Old Blue Eyes. Curtain goes up at 7 in the Copa Room of the Sands Hotel in Vegas, and your stage-side table is waiting!

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Not even three years out of Bloomington High School, Matthew Curry has been playing his brand of southern inspired blues rock around the USA, Canada and Australia.  For the past year, Curry has been opening shows for now legendary names including the Doobie Brothers, Peter Frampton, and the Steve Miller Band.  He's also been touring as a headliner at smaller venues across the country, including this Saturday night (Dec 12) when Curry headlines the first annual Matthew Curry Fender Bender at The Castle Theater in downtown Bloomington. 

Jazz Artist Travels the World with Pocket Trumpet

Dec 9, 2015

Bob Coscuello

Trumpeter, vocalist, and composer Ginetta M is the leader of the jazzy, funky New York City based Ginetta's Vendetta.  She also records under the moniker Ginetta M.  On this edition of GLT Jazz Next, Ginetta tells Jon Norton her latest album as Ginetta M is Little Big Horn. She says the title is a nod to Native American culture, and a reference to her instrument of choice, the "pocket" trumpet.

Peoria Samba Band to play at Jazz UpFront

Dec 8, 2015

East Meets West in the Music of Exit 167

Dec 7, 2015

Radio Munson 12/3/15

Dec 4, 2015

There’s some Boogie Woogie on this week’s Radio Munson as Freddy Slack, Ray McKinley and the Will Bradley band swing through “Beat Me Daddy, Eight To the Bar.” Pianist Oscar Peterson is on Don’s playlist, along with Nat “King” Cole, Nancy Wilson, Steve Tyrell, Pearl Bailey, and Bloomington’s Pokey LaFarge.

After 27 years with the vocal ensemble New York Voices, vocalist Kim Nazarian has finally released an album under her own name.  On this edition of Jazz Next, Nazarian tells WGLT's Jon Norton that recording with family for her debut release was comforting, and about the joyful feeling she gets when singing with New York Voices.

Radio Munson 11/26/15

Nov 26, 2015

When the Hi-Los open Radio Munson Thanksgiving night by swinging "Seems Like Old Times,” they’ll be setting the stage for Don’s annual collection of “leftovers,” songs he has meant to play but just hasn’t gotten around to it till now. Included are pairings of Oscar Peterson with Clark Terry, Johnny Hodges with Duke Ellington, Chet Baker with Gerry Mulligan and even Willie Nelson with Wynton Marsalis. There’s a Chicago connection, too, thanks to Buddy Rich and his band and legendary saxophonist Von Freeman.

Radio Munson 11/19/15

Nov 23, 2015

Dean Martin, the Delta Rhythm Boys, Chris Connor and Curtis Stigers are on Don’s playlist for this week’s Radio Munson, plus historic recordings from November 19ths past from the swing bands of Chick Webb and Stan Kenton, and a rousing version of “After You’ve Gone" by Milwaukee/Chicago clarinetist Chuck Hedges.

Jacob Blickenstaff

Hammond B3 master Adam Scone has has been a sideman in a diverse array of settings.  Among others, he's played in the bands of jazz legend Lou Donaldson and roots rocker JJ Grey & Mofro.  The title of Scone's latest album as a leader is "I Scream Scone." 

Damian Battinelli

2010 GLT Summer Concert headlining band Gas House Gorillas  just released their new album.  GLT's Jon Norton caught up with the Gorillas front man and co-leader Rick Fink, who says though the band is quite happy with previous releases, they're thrilled with their latest, titled "Shut Up."

   

Radio Munson 11/12/15

Nov 18, 2015

Set ‘em up, Joe, because Don is playing some saloon songs on this week’s Radio Munson. Johnny Hartman, Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra and Dianne Reeves stick around till closing time to unload their troubles to the bartender. There’s also a table reserved for you along Bourbon Street in New Orleans to hear stride pianist Richard Scott plus room on the dance floor to swing to the bands of Artie Shaw and Ozzie Nelson.

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New York native Todd Wolfe has opened for (and played with) some of the biggest names in the music business.  One of his more noteworthy gigs was playing guitar in Sheryl Crow's touring band following the monster success of Crow's "Tuesday Night Music Club" album in the 1990's.  On this edition of GLT Blues Next, Wolfe talks about his time with Crow, his musically rich childhood neighborhood, and about the new solo album from The Todd Wolfe Band.

Deborah Feingold

Mitchel Forman was born in Brooklyn and attended the presigious Manhattan School of Music.  As a young man, he played in the band of jazz legend Gerry Mulligan.  Later, he played with other legends including Wayne Shorter and John McLaughlin.  He's also recorded as a solo artist for Windham Hill Records.  GLT's Jon Norton talked with Foreman via Skype from his home in Simi Valley California. 

Radio Munson 11/5/15

Nov 9, 2015

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.

Joseph Rosen

Pianist Anthony Geraci is an original member of Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, and Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters.  He's also played with or behind some of the greatest names in blues, including B.B. King, Big Mama Thornton, Otis Rush, Chuck Berry, and Big Walter Horton.  Geraci's latest solo album "Fifty Shades of Blue" is backed by an all-star cast of Boston's top blues musicians.  On this edition of GLT's Blues Next, Geraci talks about his entry into the piano, his unexpected tour with a blues legend, and about "Fifty Shades of Blue."

Michelle Stella

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.

Radio Munson 10/29/15

Nov 3, 2015

Don checks in from Tucson, Arizona on this week’s Radio Munson with some some Sinatra “Witchcraft” and a dose of Ella’s “Old Black Magic” to help set the scene for Halloween weekend. There’s also Benny Goodman’s 1937 broadcast of “Stardust,” Cassandra Wilson offers “Autumn Nocturne” and, in a nod to the week’s sensational newspaper headlines, Fast Eddie Ericsson” sings “My Canary Has Circles Under His Eyes!”

Michael Farrell

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.

Radio Munson 10/22/15

Oct 26, 2015

GLT General Manager Bruce Bergethon joins Don in the studio for a special fundraising edition of Radio Munson during the 2015 Fall Fund Drive.

Ramsey Lewis Hit Puts Him In 'The In Crowd'

Oct 19, 2015
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Jazz pianist Ramsey Lewis says, in part, he can thank a coffee shop waitress for pointing him toward the song that helped make him a household name. In his own words, Lewis talks about the transformative effect of 'The In Crowd' that hit number 5 on the Billboard pop charts 50 years ago this month.

Radio Munson 10/15/15

Oct 16, 2015

Chicago’s Ramsey Lewis Trio did the unthinkable 50 years ago this week when their jazz version of “The In Crowd” made it to #5 on Billboard’s pop music chart, an unheard-of lofty place for a jazz instrumental in the midst of 1965 offerings by the Beatles, the Stones and Bob Dylan.  “The In Crowd” pops up again, a half century later, on this week’s Radio Munson, along with Sarah Vaughan, Ray Charles, Johnny Hartman and the Les Brown Band.

Marilyn Stringer

2015 is the 100th anniversary of the birth of blues legend Muddy Waters. In the late 1970's through 1982, John Primer was a guitarist in the last incarnation of the Muddy Waters Band.  In this edition of Talkin' Blues, Primer talks with GLT's Jon Norton about Waters, as well as the Rolling Stones.  Primer also talks about the new tribute album "Muddy Waters 100" which features a number of guest artists, and Primer on vocals and guitar on most of the tunes.

Kickapoo Creek Festival

Oct 15, 2015

One of the largest music events in Central Illinois history is virtually undocumented. GLT’s Jon Norton has the story of a Normal native and U-High grad whose life’s passion has been bringing his film of that event to national prominence.

Jimmy Katz

Tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander was a sideman for jazz greats including B3 master Charles Earland and pianist Harold Mabern.  On this edition of GLT Jazz Next, Jon Norton talks with Alexander about Mabern, who he calls a mentor, the importance of learning on the bandstand, and about his early connection to central Illinois.

Radio Munson 10/8/15

Oct 9, 2015

The Hot Sardines top Don’s playlist for this week’s Radio Munson.  “Bibs” Palazzo tickles the ivories and “Miz Elizabeth handles the vocal as the Sardines heat up a Fats Waller tune.  Gene Krupa’s band is also on the bill, along with a classic from Henry Mancini and vocal swingers from the Boswell Sisters and Joe Williams.

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.

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