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Jazz After Dark April 19, 2016

Miles Ahead, the new biographical movie about Miles Davis starring Don Cheadle in the title role, opens this week in theaters in Sacramento. A fitting time for Jazz After Dark to feature Miles Davis. Nine Grammy awards, 48 studio albums, 36 live albums: Miles Davis was one of the most influential and creative musicians of all time. We’ll hear selections from some of Miles’ work recorded 1951 – 1958: Bags' Groove * Miles: The New Miles Davis * Blue Moods * Dig * Porgy & Bess * Steamin' With The Miles Davis Quintet. Then work by others celebrating some of his signature pieces. Eddie Jefferson vocalizing So What, Al Jarreau on Heaven and Earth, and two by Shirley Horn: You Won’t Forget Me, with Miles in a rare performance as sideman, and then Shirley’s version of Summertime. Finally, Maids of Cadiz from the last Miles Davis album, Miles Davis and Quincy Jones Live at Montreux.

Jazz After Dark April 12, 2016

New Orleans jazz tonight! Pete Fountain * Louis Armstrong & Billie Holiday * Louis Armstrong * Jim Robinson's New Orleans Band * Gerry Mulligan Quartet * Percy Humphrey's Crescent City Joymakers * Ella Fitzgerald & Duke Ellington * Bobby Hackett * Louis Prima * James Rivers * New Orleans' Own The Dukes of Dixieland * James Rivers * Preservation Hall Jazz Band * Roy Clark & Joe Pass

Jazz After Dark April 05, 2016

First some cool jazz from Gerry Mulligan, then Ella sings the blues. Gabor Szabo on guitar, Frank Wess performs on flute, Toots Thielemans is live on harmonica. Eva Cassidy duets with Chuck Brown, Etta Jones performs live with Houston Person. Winston Walls and Brother Jack McDuff have Georgia on their minds, on the organ. Taylor Eigsti is live at Filoli; yes, he was 16 years old when this was recorded…. And then Rodrigo y Gabriela do some dazzling guitar and violin.

Jazz After Dark March 08, 2016

Tonight: some swing, some mainstream jazz, and featuring the vocals of Eva Cassidy -- a great crossover artist from the early 1990’s. Eva Cassidy * Duke Ellington and His Orchestra & Oscar Peterson * Clark Terry, Paul Gonsalves * Johnny Hodges * Frank Sinatra * Ella Fitzgerald & Nelson Riddle and His Orchestra * Weather Report * Toshiko Akiyoshi * Gerry Mulligan * The Ray Brown Trio * Eva Cassidy & Chuck Brown * Jim Hall