Miles Davis’ Nephew Talks Rubberband And…

Miles Davis shocked the music world in 1985 when he left Columbia Records after thirty years to join Warner Bros. Records. In October of that year, he began recording the album Rubberband in L.A. at Ameraycan Studios with producers Randy Hall and Zane Giles. The musical direction Miles was taking during the sessions marked a radical departure, with the inclusion of funk and soul grooves; with plans to feature guest vocalists Al Jarreau and Chaka Khan. Eventually, the album was shelved and Miles went on to record Tutu, leaving the Rubberband songs unheard and untouched for over 30 years. Miles Davis’ fans finally got a taste of the iconic trumpeter’s long-lost album last year with the release of a four-song Rubberband EP for Record Store Day, which is also available digitally. Now Rhino is excited to announce that the entire 11-song Rubberband album made its debut on September 6 on CD, digitally, and as a 180-gram 2-LP set. It was finished by the original producers Hall and Giles; with Davis’ nephew, Vince Wilburn, Jr., who played drums on the original sessions for the album in 1985-86. The cover art for the album is a Davis original painting from the time.

In 2017 – 32 years after Davis started recording Rubberband– Hall, Giles, and Davis’ nephew, Wilburn, Jr., began work to finish the album. The final version includes several guest artists including singers Ledisi (a 12-time Grammy nominee) and Lalah Hathaway (daughter of soul legend Donny Hathaway). Miles Davis – who plays both trumpet and keyboards on the album – was joined in the studio by keyboardists Adam Holzman, Neil Larsen and Wayne Linsey; percussionist Steve Reid; saxophonist Glen Burris; and Wilburn, Jr. on drums. The sessions were engineered by Grammy®-winner Reggie Dozier, whose brother Lamont Dozier was part of the legendary Motown songwriting team Holland-Dozier-Holland.

I had the honor of catching up with Miles Davis’ nephew, Vince Wilburn Jr. to talk about the path this new album has taken from the earlier sessions to it finally being released in September. We get deep into how his uncle was not one to stand still too long in the same sounds and how evolution was always something he would strive towards. I have to tell you it was thrilling to hear about some of the ins and outs of Miles Davis from Vince, a person that spent a lot of personal time with and creating music time with the “Chief”. We also find out why Vince would suggest to anyone who wants to know more about the real story of Miles to check out Stanley Nelson‘s new documentary Miles Davis: Birth Of The Cool. And you don’t think Vince is just sitting round relishing in the fact he has this legend of an Uncle – we find out what other things are going in his musical world and how the music of Miles Davis, still keeps on evolving as others take knowledgeable visions and breath life into them.

Miles Davis – Rubberband (Mini-Documentary)

With Jerry In Our Ears

I was able to get an extra hour added on to this week’s proGram to air my conversation with friend of the program, Jay Blakesberg about his latest Jerry-centric project, “JERRY GARCIA: Secret Space Of Dreams”. So what better way for me to be able to go into the attics of my listening life and find a few tracks that make some sense to me…for you….

Grateful Dawg- Jerry Garcia & David Grisman (live)
Think- Jerry Garcia Band (November 23rd, 1991 Bradley Center)
Neighbor Neighbor- Legion Of Mary (12/14/1974)
Zillionaire- Rob Wasserman Ft. Jerry Garcia & Edie Brickell
***pre-recorded conversation with Jay Blakesberg***
Deal- Jerry Garcia band (October 31, 1987)
He’s Gone- Grateful Dead (Rheinhalle, Dusseldorf 4/24/72)

In Your Hoodie

The final portion of the proGram knew how best to find you where you already are:

Gogo Rock- Kaleta & Super Yamba Band
Summertime- Stick Figure Ft. Citizen Cope
Rewind- Lee “Scratch” Perry
Like A Megawave- Lee “Scratch” Perry

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The Light- Wax Tailor
Gone- Romare
187- G&D
My Fancy Free Future Love- Common
Dirty Laundry- Danny Brown

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Don’t Want This to Be Over- Kraak & Smaak Ft. Satchmode
Get With The Program- Doug Shorts
Nothing but You (Lindstrøm & Prins Thomas Remix)- Bob Moses
Weekender- Avian Comfort

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Neutron Orbiter- Marcus Rezak Ft. Joel Cummings, Allen Aucoin & Josh Fairman

Photo Bombing Fly Bye

The second portion of the proGram saw what was out there we almost didn’t see:

I Feel So Good- GA-20
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Freight Train- The Melody Trucks Band
**pre-recorded conversation with Melody Trucks**
Can You Feel Me Now- The Melody Trucks Band

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Gimme Some More- Nooky Jones
After Two- Nooky Jones Ft. Corey Wong
Shake It- The New Mastersounds Ft. Lamar Williams Jr.
Funk Back- Analog Son
Feels Good Inc.- Cookin’ On 3 Burners

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Funk Ain’t Ova- Brooklyn Funk Essentials
Gladys- Manycolors Ft. Brant Williams/Eric Luba/Braxton Kahn/Kirwan Brown/Monique Brooks-Roberts
Out West- The Echo System Ft. Joe Tatton/Josh Fairman/Jeff Franca/Mike Tallman
Love Tree- The Echo System Ft. Joe Tatton/Josh Fairman/Jeff Franca/Mike Tallman

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Momento- JEDI Ft. Dominic Lalli, Borahm Lee & Josh Fairman
Back Atcha- JEDI Ft. Eddie Roberts, Dominic Lalli, Borahm Lee & Garrett Sayers

The Coffee In The Pot

The first portion of this week’s proGram had a fresh pour, with big sips:

Bus Route- Tyler Childers
Interlude (Sunrise)- Scott Fisher

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Repetition- Ride
Black Betty- Burn This Song
Heyell- Stone Jack Jones
Story- Stone Jack Jones
Unswung- GospelbeacH

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Say It’s All The Same- Marco Benevento
Send it On A Rocket- Marco Benevento

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Mean Bone- Helene Cronin
Boogie At The Showplace- Giles Robson
Joe’s House Rent Party (part 1)- Tall Paul Hankins & The Hudson Bros.
Joe’s House Rent Party (part 2)- Tall Paul Hankins & The Hudson Bros.
Red Lips- Willie Hudson

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greenarrowradio promo- Vaneese Thomas
Gypsy Lady- Ghalia
Voodoo Man- Miss Bix & The Blues Fix Ft. Leslie Bixler

Walking In Gratitude With Melody Trucks

After touring with her father, Butch Trucks and the Freight Train, Melody Trucks immersed herself in the increasingly rich and diverse music scene in Jacksonville, Florida. The Melody Trucks Band came together in early 2017 as she encountered each member within this extended musical family. Their individual styles and influences run the entire span of every music genre: rock, blues, jazz, funk, classical, country, thrash metal, and even world music. This has culminated in fresh and unique interpretations of iconic songs from the genre of Melody’s extended family. After Butch passed, Melody found herself letting this musical path guide her and open a door to what was already inside her. As the live events added up, The Melody Trucks Band had all its proper pieces in place and the path led into the studio for their first studio effort. “Walking In Gratitude” drops on September 28th. The proper pieces that could only build this music are:

Melody Trucks – Vocals/Percussion
West Brook – Lap Steel/Guitar/Vocals
Brady Clampitt – Guitar/Keys/Vocals
Isaac Corbitt – Harmonica/Vocals
Willis Gore – Guitar/Vocals
Shane Platten – Bass/Vocals
Shaun Taunton – Drums
Dave Murphy – Tallahassee Recording – Engineer and Co-Producer

I had a chance to reconnect with Melody to follow up on our initial conversation about getting out and playing music again. Back when we first spoke in the end of 2017, an album was merely a distant thought. And here we are.
Proudly, we get into the process of getting the pieces in the right places, the organic flow to the creation of these nine new original tracks and just how they met up with and worked with one of her father’s (The Allman Brother’s Butch Trucks) engineers & producer Finding out what one major hurdle was for this group reminded me that it’s all about the timing and the place will be like home. Now, the magic of these moments will be available soon for all of us to be a part of this musical scene and family style groove that will certainly bridge all our souls toGether. Wherever you are, you’ll be able to take a little Melody Trucks Band home with you and if luck will have it, maybe they will be heading to an area near you to get a chance to feel the songs and the band stretch out.

Photo By Michael Price

Secret Space of Dreams With Jay Blakesberg

“JERRY GARCIA: Secret Space of Dreams” is a fine art, hardcover photography book of Jerry Garcia, beginning from the middle of his career with the Grateful Dead and covering the last third of his life. Signed copies of “JERRY GARCIA: Secret Space of Dreams” are available now for pre-order at www.rockoutbooks.com. Pre-orders start shipping September 23, 2019. The new project will be officially released on October 15th , 2019. Jay Blakesberg is a San Francisco-based photographer, filmmaker and visual anthropologist whose work has been featured in Rolling Stone, Guitar Player, Relix and many other magazines. He has worked with countless musical artists, including Neil Young, Dave Matthews, Phish, moe., Tom Waits, the Rolling Stones, Carlos Santana and, of course, the Grateful Dead to name just a few. Jay attended his first Dead show in September 1977 as a 15-year-old kid. Thirty-seven years later, he went on to become the official Fare Thee Well photographer for the band’s final five shows. “Secret Space of Dreams”is his 15th coffee table book of music photography.

This marks the fourth time Jay and I have made some time to discuss his projects. While they all have been great body’s of work, this new one really is close to my heart (thru my eyes and ears) with the focus being Jerry Garcia. In “Jerry Garcia: Secret Space of Dreams”, we get all Jerry images and many great tales and quotes and an insiders look into what many never get to or got it see. John Mayer writes a moving foreword, with friend of the program David Gans dives deep into the character and charisma of the mythical non-frontman, frontman in his introduction and Dave Schools muses on the man, myth and legend portrayed in the pages of the photographic biography during his afterword. He thoughtfully reflects on Jerry’s ability to “display his own frailty in the service of the song,” and to connect with the audience as participants in the performance. Jay’s innate ability to capture Garcia’s magic on film is within the book’s 208 pages, he shares 139 photographs of Jerry spanning nearly 20 years­­, September 2nd, 1978 (at Giants Stadium) through the April 1995 making of the “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes” music video. As always, Jay’s work is not just for Deadheads or Jam band freaks, his work let’s you into the life and times of an individual, and this one certainly has an important lace within the attics of my life.

Meditated In Green

The final portion of this past week’s proGram hung out on the top of the mind’s flow:

Bobby’s Boogaloo- Robert Walters, Eddie Roberts, Adam Deitch
Adam’s Mustache Loves Billy Martin- Morfbeats Quartet Ft. Adam Morford/Austin Morford/Matthew Wright/Mike Tallman
No Light- Olli Hirvonen

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The Fifth- Electric Beethoven Ft. Reed Mathis, Todd Stoops, Clay Welch, Josh Raymer
Crushing Tokyo- WIT
Freedom Fried- Horne Electric Band Ft. John Scofield
Tiki Birdwhistle- Mike Dillon

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The Truth Of Time- The Royal Krunk Jazz Orkestra
Kabla Khufu- The Royal Krunk Jazz Orkestra
A Bayou By You- Bright Dog Red
The Beat Down- Tenor Triage

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Violeiro- Lucibela

Funk Garden

The middle portion of this week’s proGram went for a groove thru the funk garden, with tools to digg:

Brand New Key- Macy Gray (Daytrotter Sessions 9/24/2014)
Front Porch- The Charlie Wooton Project
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Forever In Love- The Burroughs
Saved By The Bell- Joe Tatton Trio Ft. Sam Bell
Puppified- Analog Son
Nuff Respect- The Allergies Ft. Andy Cooper

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50 Foot Woman- Hannah Williams & The Affirmations
Blyth Street Nocturne- Surprise Chef
Sophistikiddin’- Sophistakits
Cars- Cookin’ On 3 Burners

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Many Faces- Joey Porter Trio Ft. Michelangelo Carubba & Garrett Sayers
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Left Turn- Greyhounds
Your Love Is Like Water- Josh Hoyer & The Macy Sounds Ft. Eddie Roberts/Pete Shand/Joe Tatton/Jeff Franca & John Macy
Bakabana- Brooklyn Funk Essentials
Adjotò- Kaleta & Super Yamba Band
Mèdaho- Kaleta & Super Yamba Band

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Cross Contamination- Gold Leader Ft. Zach Jackson/Thomas Jennings/Eric Luba & Will Trask
No Way (Late Night Radio Remix)- Analog Son
Heads or Tails- Doug Shorts

Found Spiraling

The first piece of this week’s proGram was found near the streets and you can feel it traveling within your earholes

You Got Me- Johnny Sansone Ft. Vince Herman
Mongrels and Mutts- Helene Cronin

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I’m So High- GospelbeacH
What If Today Was Tomorrow- Hazy Malaze
Scavenger- Hazy Malaze
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Lonely Soul- GA 20
Little Lu Lu Frog- T. Valentine
Money Tree- Detroit Junior
Chicken Heads- Bobby Rush (Live Paste Studios 8/21/2019)

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Watch Yourself- Tennessee Redemption
First Time I Died- Ghalia
Strolling In San Jose- Arsen Shomakhov
Love It So Much- Jimmy Carpenter

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Packin’ Up- Quinn Deveaux & The Blue Beat Review
Tiger In Your Tank- Quinn Deveaux & The Blue Beat Review

Spinning The Cool As A

The final portion of this week’s proGram spun round and round like a record…errr…garden record:

Confessions- Sudan Archives
Recreate- Tawiah
The Power of Your Brain- G&D

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Dona Ana- Lucibela Ft. Bonga
Sai Fora- Lucibela Ft. Sofiane Saidi
Andy Waloo- Rachid Taha
Like a Dervish- Rachid Taha

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Nutty- Monty Alexander
God’s Plan- New Masters Ft. Sullivan Fortner
I Like It- New Masters Ft. Eric Harland
This is America- New Masters Ft. Keyon Harrold

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La Valse Des Niglos- James Carter (live from Newport Jazz)
Offerings- Jared Sims

Just Dropped In and Out

The third portion of this week’s proGram had something in there that had to get out:

It’s Morning- Led Bib
Cutting Room Floor- Led Bib
Silver Lacquer- Julian Loida

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Give It Up- Miles Davis
You Dig- Jenova 7
Lay My Burden Down- Jenova 7

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Serengeti- The Echo System Ft. Jeff Franca/Josh Fairman/Mike Tallman & Joe Tatton
Guillotine- Death by Dub Ft. Dan Africano/Scott Flynn/Drew Sayers/Ryan Jalbert/Jonny Jyemo/Eric Luba/Jeff Franca

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Solstice- Lex de Kalhex
Sketch- Fiji
Fargo- Caravan Palace
Supersonics- Caravan Palace
Ghost- Caravan Palace

Freshly Hatched Funky Wings

The second portion of the proGram was a recently freed new life with wings we all noticed:

The Slip- The Burroughs
Taking Me Down- The New Mastersounds Ft. Lamar Williams Jr. & Jeff Franca
Quickie- Gabriel Mervine

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Maria Doesn’t Care- People’s Blues Of Richmond
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Keep The Love- Brooklyn Funk Essentials
Private Paradise- Sophistakits
The Flop- Gold Leader Ft. Zach Jackson/Thomas Jennings/Eric Luba/Will Trask/Alex Cazet
Camins Del Priorat- Eddie Roberts Ft.Aron Magner/Jeremy Salken/Chris Spies/Charlie Mertens/Nick Gerlach/Gabriel Mervine

Every Trick In The Book- The Allergies
Brasshopper- EMK

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Matteo’s Raceway- Morfbeats Quartet Ft. Adam Morford/Austin Morford/Matthew Wright/Mike Tallman
Cunning Linguist- Horne Electric Band Ft. Lionel Loueke
Black Indian Rain Dance- The Royal Krunk Jazz Orkestra
The Fifth- Tenor Triage

The Spy Can’t Hide

The first portion of the proGram was trying to be unseen,but we saw:

Surely They Know- Infinity Forms of Yellow Remember
Guards In The Garden- Venus Furs
The Price You Pay- The Moon City Masters

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We Got A Thing Going On- Tennessee Redemption
Trying To Make A Living- Bobby Saxton
Dynamite- Earl Hooker
Don’t Come Back- Little Mac

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Exit Zero- Professor Louis & the Crowmatix
Wanna Be Right- Jimmy Carpenter
Damn Fool Way- Giles Robson
Boogaloo- Arsen Shomakhov

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Wake Me- Vaneese Thomas
The Loneliest I’ve Ever Been- Josh Hoyer & The Macy Sounds Ft. Eddie Roberts/Pete Shand/Joe Tatton/Jeff Franca & John Macy
Spice- Magic City Hippies
Indiana- Magic City Hippies

The Budos Band Giving It To Madison

With over two decades of playing together since their early days in Staten Island, The Budos Band have have left their signature on five studio albums, a raucous live show that feels like the best party in town. The music has taken them across four continents and an unbreakable musical kinship among its nine members, that easily spreads & shares a fun family feeling like a smile eases onto a happily surprised face. Their sound has evolved since their Afro-soul beginnings, but no matter how many new influences get mixed in and layered on over the years, they remain deeply in sync, the hosts of the block party and a cornerstone in what’s good art that’s brand new.

I had the chance to catch up with friend of the proGram, Mr. Jared Tankel ahead of The Budos Band‘s show on September 20th at the Majestic Theatre here in Madison.. Jared and I get into the deliverable goods to be expected at their upcoming show (for those who are newcomers to their scene). We deep dive into the the groups brand new release, “V”, and how it was a very different road to recording from the years earlier. Jared will be/is on baritone sax, so we talk about the road to being “Bari” cool for him, and how the vice of this instrument speaks to the two of us. So….what would Jared choose to air if building a set for greenarrowradio? Which song off the new album would he start with? These questions are answered in our conversation.

Photo by: Leslie Kalohi

Looking At Us

The final portion of the proGram must have a way to see what we are thinking about doing:

Wareika- Monty Alexander
Bemsha Swing- Monty Alexander
Yo No Sé- Alex Cuba
Y Si Mañana- Alex Cuba Ft. Omara Portuondo

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Alchemy- Bryony Jarman-Pinto
Saffron Yellow- Bryony Jarman-Pinto

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Friends- Big Gigantic Ft. Ashe
Harsh Language- Infinity Shred
Cranemaker- Infinity Shred
Hope- Azam Ali (live Paste Studio)
Shallow Then Halo- Azam Ali (live Paste Studio)

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The Battle- G&D
Smile- G&D Ft. Latoiya Williams, Aloe Blacc, & Ms. Dezy
No Giving Up- sir Was

Prefer To Stand

The middle portion of the proGram offered up a seat, but the body had to keep on movin’:

Tell Me A Story- The Charlie Wooton Project
Fulton Alley- The Charlie Wooton Project
Traveler- Lucky Chops (live in Paste Studios)

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Ghost Talk- The Budos Band
**pre-recorded conversation with Jared Tankel of The Budos Band**
Spider Web Pt. 1- The Budos Band
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Y Todavia La Quiero- Brooklyn Funk Essentials
Out Of Sync- Resolution 88

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Forces- Jared Sims
Faction- Olli Hirvonen
Outta My Head- YNZ
Vicky- YNZ

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Un Attimo- Bright Dog Red
Island Of Thought- Bright Dog Red
Sea Horse Jockey- Bright Dog Red

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Juicy Fruit- Karate Boogaloo

Behind The Hinges

The first portion of the reGularly scheduled program had to have something to share behind there:

Sunday Morning- Ben Davis Jr.
Thank You Baby- Eddie Boyd
Nit Wit- L.C. McKinley
Mad House Jump- The Daylighters

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Mischief Man- Altered Five Blues Band
Coming In Hot- Coco Montoya

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Bull Frog Blues Jam- Professor Louie & The Crowmatix (live)
Going Place- Bruce Katz

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Ebony Man- Vaneese Thomas
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You Make Me Real- The Doors (live)
Moonlight Drive / Horse Latitudes- The Doors (live)
Ray Ban- London Underground
The Comete- London Underground

Fire- Red Hot Chili Peppers
Catholic School Girls Rule- Red Hot Chili Peppers
Backwoods- Red Hot Chili Peppers

Sounds Inside These Walls

Did a little pre-show G-show and I imaGined what it was sounding like within this space:

Beside The Point- Sirius Quartet
Eleonore Rigby- Sirius Quartet

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Blues and the Alternative Fact- Ezra Weiss Big Band
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Blue World- John Coltrane
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Easy Rider- Kathleen Hollingsworth Mad Love
Colobó- Miguel Zenón
Don’t Cross the Coss- Roxy Coss Ft. Alex Wintz/Miki Yamanaka/Rick Rosato/Jimmy Macbride
Females Are Strong As Hell- Roxy Coss Ft. Alex Wintz/Miki Yamanaka/Rick Rosato/Jimmy Macbride

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Brilliant Corners- Mwenso & the Shakes
Much Love To Give- Abro Ft. Sefi Zisling
Symmetricity In Linear Evolution- Shawn Purcell
‘trane-ing Wheels- Shawn Purcell

Yard Trippin’

The final set of this week’s proGram went looking for a way to make the yard change it’s colors:

Watermelon Thump- Bruce Katz
Dusk Train to Doha- Jon Batiste (live at Village Vanguard)
Echoes of Spring- Mwenso & the Shakes

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Bernie’s Tune- Matthew Whitaker
Freedom Jazz Dance- Matthew Whitaker
Tactile- Olli Hirvonen
False Pageantry- The Adam Larson Band

Stairway to the Stars- Philip Bailey Ft. Christian Scott & Christian McBride
Long as You’re Living- Philip Bailey Ft.Christian McBride

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One Track Maniac-Zhou Kroix Ft. Mackenzie Shivers
Why Not Save a Life- Zhou Kroix Ft. Adam Ahuja
Oh Yes- The Expert
The Revolution- Ross From Friends

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The Mist- Mames Babegenush
Podolian Prom- Mames Babegenush