Jazz After Dark January 21 2020

Coming up at 8 pm tonight on Jazz After Dark: Count Basie, Sonny Stitt, Ken Sykora, Bobby Hackett, The Tommy Flanagan Trio, Charlie Byrd, Les McCann & Eddie Harris, Abdullah Ibrahim & Buddy Tate, Benny Carter, Tito Puente, Clark Terry, Gabor Szabo.

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Photo, clockwise from upper left: Tommy Flanagan, Tito Puente, Ken Sykora, Bobby Hackett.

High Country Music Radio Alternative Country and Bluegrass

Tomorrow, Tuesday January 21st, High Country Music Radio will open with Rhiannon Giddens performing a beautiful a cappella cover of Pretty Bird,  a song written by coal country activist Hazel Dickens. Hazel Dickens also appears on this week's playlist performing  two of her songs. Carolina Chocolate Drops alum Dom Flemons is featured as well with a pair of songs from his post Chocolate Drops catalog.

Rusty will also feature the Lonesome Ace String Band who are performing locally this week, the Brothers Comatose, The Lowest Pair and others on High Country Music Radio at KDRT 95.7 FM.

Jazz After Dark January 14 2020

Coming up at 8 pm tonight on Jazz After Dark: Erroll Garner, Duke Ellington, Ahmad Jamal, Paul Desmond & Gerry Mulligan, Johnny Hodges, Ben Webster, Dave Brubeck, Ella Fitzgerald & Joe Pass, Joe Pass, Houston Person, Ben Paterson.

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Jazz After Dark selected favorite songs from 2019

  • artist         song         album         year
  • Doris Day/Les Brown       Sentimental Journey       1944
  • Nat King Cole      Orange-Colored Sky        The Majestic      1950
  • Richard Twardzik Russ Freeman      Round Midnight       Richard Twardzik & Russ Freeman Trio      1953
  • Ken Sykora     Oh, Lady Be Good !      The Man with the Guitar       1954-73
  • Billie Holiday      I Cover the Waterfront       At Carnegie Hall      1956
  • Lou Donaldson    Grits And Gravy       Swing and Soul        1957
  • Gerry Mulligan       Four and One More       Gerry Mulligan Vol.01        1958

Bluegrass and Americana on High Country Music Radio

Tomorrow, Jan 13th, at 11:00 a.m on High Country Music Radio host Rusty Nail will warm up these cool days with songs from the award winning AJ Lee & Blue Summit, Special Consensus, The Grateful Dead, Rita Hosking, Asleep at the Wheel along with other great artists. Tune in at KDRT 95.7 fm or stream on! You can listen to High Country Music Radio anytime by visiting iTunes and subscribing to the podcast. 

Adrian West Visits KDRT this Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, at 4 p.m.

Ask Adrian what kind of music The Adrian West Band  plays and he'll say "Yes." Or if he's feeling cocky, he'll say "Good."

The longer answer: original acoustic rock that sounds like Paul Simon meets Dave Matthews meets Talking Heads. The band features vocal harmonies, guitar, electric violin, bass, drums, sometimes an alto sax, and a bit of live “looping.”

Born and raised in Montreal, Adrian is an exciting performer. A gifted vocalist, he moves effortlessly between guitar & violin, sometimes using live looping to add layers of sound and intrigue to his songs. With a knack for language that's simple yet poetic, he's not afraid to tackle difficult topics in his songwriting. "Safe Streets" tells an allegory about police violence, "Close Your Eyes" laments the beauty bias that pervades the mass media, and "Senses" entreats you to appreciate your senses while you can. But Adrian doesn't take any of this stuff too seriously; his lyrics are infused with a sense of hope and a touch of whimsy.  

Adrian started playing violin at 4, and in his teens he studied classical violin at the McGill Conservatory of Music in Montreal. He later learned drums and guitar, and developed his vocal and songwriting technique. He moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1995, where as a sideman violinist he began supporting Bay Area bands, playing some of the area's better known venues including the Fillmore, Yoshi's SF (main stage), Slim’s, The Independent and The Sweetwater. In 2005 he formed the Adrian West Band, which has performed steadily at venues and festivals all over the Bay Area.

Check out his new album "The Human Touch"

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Folk Brothers albums of 2019

Some of Peter's favorites (in no particular order):

Judy Collins, Jonas Fjeld, and Chatham County Line/Winter Stories

Mandolin Orange/Tides Of A Teardrop

I See Hawks In LA and The Good Intentions/Hawks With Good Intentions

Daoiri Farrell/A Lifetime Of Happiness

Lankum/The Livelong Day

Christy Moore/Magic Nights

Joan Shelley/The River Loves The Sea

Show Of Hands/Battlefield Dancefloor

Andrew Marlin/Buried In A Cape

Jake Xeres Fussell/Out Of Sight

Tom Russell/October In The Railroad Earth

The Crooked Jades/Empathy Moves The Water

Kora Feder/In Sevens

Various Artists/Vision and Revision: The First 80 Years Of Topic Records

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Jazz After Dark January 07 2020

Spanning the decades tonight on Jazz After Dark: 1930 – 2008. Ella Fitzgerald & Duke Ellington, Jimmy Dorsey with Spike Hughes  and His Three Blind Mice, Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Billie Holiday, Stan Kenton And His Orchestra, Gene Krupa, Earl Bostic, Ben Webster & Johnny Hodges, Louis Prima, Earl Hines, Jerry Fielding, Robert ‘Bootsie’ Barnes, Jim Galloway's Wee Big Band, Piano Connection & Marcs Boogie.

Live at 8 pm on 95.7 FM, KDRT-LP in Davis CA.

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Alt Country and Bluegrass

Following a short break for the holidays, today's High Country Music Radio will kick-off the new year with mandolin driven songs from Sam Bush, David Grisman and Peter Rowan. We’ll then journey into alt country with Dolly Parton, Uncle Tupelo, Wilco, Lucinda Williams and Gillian Welch with David Rawlings. I updated today's playlist to include a song from the exciting alt country band Sarah Shook & The Disarmers. Hope you can join us at 11:00 a.m on KDRT 95.7FM or stream live at!