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(The following describes the show as it took place from: September 13, 2014 to January 16, 2016)
Oregon Jazz Central where jazz and blues music conversation can stretch out. Journey and explore the full spectrum of styles and artists on KZSO 94.9FM. Listen on Saturdays 10am - Sundays 9pm - Tuesdays 7pm / / Sisters Oregon USA /

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Saturday, November 1, 2014

8. OJC November 1 2014

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“Autumn In New York” 
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With Sinatra each album and sometimes tune has an identity of its own. Couple of items for you - When Sinatra saw the album cover presented to him by Capital records producer Voyle Gilmore (pictured above with Sinatra), he didn’t like it. He thought it looked like an ad for TWA. This record though reached the number 1 position in 2 weeks and stayed there for five weeks. Voyle Gilmore, by the way was the father of Portland pianist, John Gilmore.

“Sitka In The Woods”

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 David Friesen playing his Hemage Bass. Photo by Watzek Photografie.
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David Friesen taught himself bass while in the army stationed in Germany about 1961. He toured in Europe often and has worked widely in jazz. He integrates those experiences into his music that includes Hard Bop (like Art Blakey) post bop and some spiritual new age elements. He settled in the Northwest in 1983.

“You Stepped Out of a Dream” 3:48
You Won't Forget Me
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This is a straight interpretation of this of this classic standard that is woven with the band which included Miles Davis, Toots Theilmans and Wynton Marsalis. She was well known for her ability to accompany herself on the piano while singing, which she did here. Arranger Johnny Mandel said it was “like having two heads.”

“Pent Up House”
Goza Mi Timbal
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Lots of solos, percussion, horns in this 99th record as a leader by legendary Tito Puente - this latin jazz, dance mambo work appeared on the Concord label in its Picante division. He was known as “El Rey de los Timbales” (The King of the timbales).

“Open For Business” 
Sum Serious Blues
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Some great blues material on this record. He made his professional debut at Small’s Paradise in New York’s Harlem in 1956 and was discovered by Blue Note Records boss, Alfred Lion.

Mel Brown Sextet Plays Music by Gordon Lee 
“Dues Blues” 
Gordon Bleu
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Gordon Lee brings his birthplace of New York City to his work. He is a talented musician, composer living in Portland Oregon, who began playing drums in a rock garage band. He took up piano at 14 and six months later was performing professionally. 

"Freddie Freeloader"
Magic Touch
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Stanley is from Chicago and this 1985 album defined a guitar sound, somewhere between smooth jazz and straight ahead jazz - a jazz fusion - in the mid 80’s on Blue Note Records and really put Stanley Jordan on the map. Bassist Charnett Moffett worked on this record with Peter Erskine on drums and it is an Al Di Meola production.

“Peel Me A Grape”
Love Scenes
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Diana Krall Love Scenes
This is album number 4 for Canadian jazz pianist Diana Krall who by the way is married to Elvis Costello who is English. Diana Krall - piano, vocals, Russell Malone - guitar, Christian McBride - double bass.

“Count's Place”
Kansas City 7
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Count Basie’s music is infectious. It has a beat that is so crisp and clear that it is impossible to not tap your foot. He was taught to play piano by his mother and was performing by his teens where he worked vaudeville. His career expanded greatly after he went to Harlem in 1924 to nearby cities like Chicago, St. Louis and Kansas City.

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