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Album Review: For One to Love, by Cecile McLorin Salvant

Ever since winning the Thelonius Monk International Jazz Competition in 2010, Cecile McLorin Salvant has been one of the rising stars in jazz. For One to Love is a fine showcase for her fantastic voice. Her range in both pitch and emotions is remarkable, as she sings both high and low, innocently and angrily. This album mixes originals and covers in a soft, classic style, using only uses three instruments (piano, drums, bass) in a minimalist and simple fashion, allowing Salvant's voice to take centerstage, where it shines. Her voice, combined with romantic lyrics, convey powerful emotion throughout, especially on tracks "Look at Me" and "Monday." The album also has a lighter side, as demonstrated by tracks "Growlin' Dan" and the whimsical "The Trolley Song." For One to Love is a solid third album for Salvant and a worthwile listen for fans of Salvant and classic jazz.

250th Episode of Jazz After Dark: November 24th 2015, 8 pm

For the 250th episode of Jazz After Dark I’m serving up an hour of mainstream jazz from the 30’s and 40’s. Swing with Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Count Basie, Fats Waller, Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Earl Hines, Tommy Dorsey, Glenn Miller, Ella Fitzgerald, and Duke Ellington.  

Live broadcast Tuesday at 8 pm.

Replays Thursday at 11 pm, Friday at midnight, and Saturday at 9 pm.

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Davisville, 11/23/15: A good year for movies heads for a good finish

This week I'm glad to welcome Davis film critic Derrick Bang back to Davisville for our annual end-of-the-year movie show. 2015 has been a good year for movies, he says, and today we get his take on films to see and skip this season, the continuing importance of the Thanksgiving-New Year’s stretch to Hollywood, and the films he considers to be the most unappreciated movies of Christmas.

Album Review: Mariachi El Bronx (III), by Mariachi El Bronx

Mariachi El Bronx is the third self-titled LP by Mariachi El Bronx, the alter ego of LA punk group The Bronx, which formed in 2002. In contrast with their hardcore punk, Mariachi El Bronx plays acoustic instruments in classic Latin style. On their latest album, the group does use some synthesizers and electronic elements but largely stays true to the Latin sound they brought to their first two albums. The singer, Matt Caughthran, is quite good, carrying many of the songs with his smooth voice and vague, thoughtful lyrics. While some of the quieter, low-tempo songs are relaxing and soothing, such as the melancholy "Nothing's Changed," the album is at its best when there is a quick beat and the trumpets blare loud and proud, on songs such as "Wildfire" and the infectious "Raise the Dead." While Mariachi El Bronx isn't for everybody, it is a very fun Mariachi El Bronx album that expands their sound while staying true to their Latin roots.

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11/30/2015 - 7:00pm


Roots, Shoots, and Leaves

Live Tuesday 6-8pm
Replays Saturday 12-2pm


dj tree kilpatrick

Your host, Tree, loves music.  And his theory of music involves a tree of sorts. Suffice to say it involves a trinity, exploration of themes and connections amongst recording artists, and otherwise very few boundaries.  Listen in as Tree plays music old and new, known and unknown.  Eventually if you listen long enough you might experience some musical enlightments. In the meantime, let him show you the way to the music from the tree of life.

Building Ideas / Solving Problems

Live Tuesday 4-5pm


Building ideas and solving problems in concert with you, Mother Nature, Davis, and surrounding areas--Australia to the moon! Your idea, our show, simple/unique questions in relation to an idea, roofing, and life. We are stronger together, proactively piecing it together, so join us in figuring out a thing or two. Bring us a problem, lets solve it together.

Jazz After Dark

Live Tuesday 8-9pm
Replays Thursday 11pm-Friday 12am, Saturday 9-10pm


20th-century jazz! Selections from across the decades, from all kinds of jazz. Boogie woogie, blues, ragtime, New Orleans ... lots of cool and West Coast ... bebop, hard bop, soul jazz, straight ahead jazz, bossa nova and Brazilian, some fusion, some big band and swing.... always something by Ella.   Current playlists archived here:


Duniya Dur Darshan

Live Monday 6-7pm
Replays Tuesday 9-10pm


Host CharSoVeese presents a musical journey through Bollywood, from the Golden Age to the modern day, along with some interesting detours through Indian classical, hip-hop, Bhangra, pop, and world music!