Kristo Rodzevski Talks Trilogy

The Rabbit and the Fallen Sycamore, the third album in a trilogy by singer/songwriter Kristo Rodzevski and his group of jazz progressives, will be released by Much Prefer Records on May 25, 2018. Mixed by celebrated producer Bill Laswell, “The Rabbit…” represents the fulfillment of a musically adventurous idea: Assemble seven world-class improvisers in a studio, establish an environment for pure music-making, and capture all on tape. By partnering with core collaborators Mary Halvorson (guitar), Tomas Fujiwara (drums) and Michael Blanco (bass), then inviting contributions from Kris Davis (piano), Ingrid Laubrock (saxophone) and Brian Drye (trombone), Kristo fermented an intoxicating brew. The bubbling inventions are spontaneous performances without overdubs. Thematically, the album continues themes established in Kristo’s first two releases of this trilogy, Batania (2015) and Bitter Almonds (2017). While those trilogy installments examined the deep feelings for his Macedonian grandmother and mother, “The Rabbit…” explores a transition, the fading significance of his past to his life in the USA.

I had the pleasure of catching up with Kristo to discuss the creation of the final act in this sonic trilogy and how the inner workings of this team of experimenters and improvisers created another album that speaks to the feelings and emotions unlike many other releases. We talk about how rich and full an album of few takes and all different can feel. We get into how tracks were selected as the one to use, how Mr. Laswell took to listening to the original stories and ideas behind the tracks and added a little tweak here or there to accentuate the tales. There’s an eye opening chance to learn a little about one of the tracks and how it makes me feel and maybe we learn a little about the why I feel that way too. The art of the album cover, the physical piece of art that accompanies the music was also created in a very similar fashion as the music….. one take from open-minded communicators makes for brilliant art, all around.

What Will You Bloom Into?

The second portion of the proGram kept the mind filled with wonderings:

Bluebelly- Nolatet
Workin’ My Way Back Home- New Orleans Suspect (live at The Hamilton 12/31/2017)

**Excerpt of pre-recorded conversation with Jake Eckert of New Orleans Suspects**
Get It Started- New Orleans Suspects (live at The Hamilton 12/31/2017)
Spanish Moon/Skin It Back- New Orleans Suspects (live at The Hamilton 12/31/2017)

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The State of Affairs- Matador! Soul Sounds
NSA (Better Than You Know Yourself)- Danat
Hip Hop- The Mackrosoft
Listen, While I Say Nothing- The Mackrosoft
Light of My Life- Ben Pirani

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Once In A Lifetime- Angelique Kidjo
Fight The Power- Brownout

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Sex God- Liquid Soul
***Excerpt of pre-recorded conversation with Mars Williams***
King Of The Ill- Liquid Soul
Peanut Head- Liquid Soul
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All Night- Children of Zeus
Earth- Freddy Locks
Waaju- Waaju

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OCD- Kait Dunton
Frontier- Kait Dunton
La Ragazzola- Romano Mussolini
L’uomo del Colpo Perfetto- Robby Poitevin
Un’altra Donna- Gianni Marchetti
Cugine Mie- NicoFidenco

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Guidance- Thievery Corporation
Fang Dubbard- Gitkin
Yama- Gitkin

Hearts And Greens

The first portion of the proGram had the color and the size to remind us that inclusion is cool.

Swamp Thang- Hot Club Sandwich Ft. David Grisman
Melancholy April- Hot Club Sandwich
Alabama Bound- Peter Rowan
Ridin’ That Midnight Train- Peter Rowan
The Light in Carter Stanley’s Eyes- Peter Rowan

Mando Space- Sam Bush & David Grisman
***Excerpt of pre-recorded conversation with Sam Bush***
Arachnid Stomp- Sam Bush & David Grisman
Jamgrass 741- Sam Bush & David Grisman
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What We Used To Be- Jeff Jensen
Nobody’s Fault But Mine- Dana Fuchs
Pull String to Inflate- Eric Corne
Mississippi Nights- Mike Zito

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People Make The World Go Round- Kandace Springs
Joe N Around- Tia Fuller
Fury- Tia Fuller

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Hallelujah You’re Gone- Eryn
She’s Gone- Michael Kaeshammer

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Close Enough For Jazz- Van Morrison & Joey DeFrancesco
Chicken- Mike Clark & Delbert Bump
Alice in Wonderland- Mike Clark & Delbert Bump
Matrix- Chance Hayden

Mars Williams Duo at A.L.L.

Mars Williams is an open-minded and highly versatile musician, composer and educator who commutes easily between free jazz, funk, hip-hop and rock. He has played and recorded with so many amazing artists across the entire scope of the music landscape, including: The Psychedelic Furs, Billy Idol, Bill Laswell, Ministry, Power Station, Die Warzau, The Waitresses, Kiki Dee, Billy Squier, DJ Logic, Wayne Kramer, John Scofield, Charlie Hunter, Kurt Elling, Swollen Monkeys, Mike Clark, Jerry Garcia, Naked Raygun, Friendly Fires, The Untouchables, Blow Monkeys….see…many different music language spoken. The great John Zorn credits Mars as “one of the true saxophone players–someone who takes pleasure in the sheer act of blowing the horn. This tremendous enthusiasm is an essential part of his sound, and it comes through each note every time he plays. Whatever the situation, Mars plays exciting music. In many ways he has succeeded in redefining what versatility means to the modern saxophone player.”

I had a chance to catch up with mars once again, we had spoken when I was on air on WHUS out of the University of Connecticut a lifetime ago. This time is was to talk about the upcoming event at Arts & Literature Laboratory, with a Mars Williams Duo, with a special guest drummer. We spoke deeply about his new release and a European tour to support the Album “Painted Pillars” with Tollef Østvang. Mars was recently nominated for a very special award and check out our chat to find out who his competition is. Can you say, teacher Vs. student? Of course, I couldn’t let Mars go with talking about one of his projects, Liquid Soul and we started the conversation about perhaps an upcoming Midwest tour? Who knows??

Mars Williams by French Quarter Photography

Bringing Some Big Easy To Madison

New Orleans Suspects began playing together back in 2009 as a pick-up band at the Maple Leafin New Orleans. The band is comprised of some of the most seasoned, highly respected players in the NOLA scene, bringing that “Big Easy” feeling wherever they play. Back in the day the group called themselves The Unusual Suspects. Their chemistry was undeniable and by the summer of 2011 they decided to tour full-time and created a new brand for their sound, renaming the band New Orleans Suspects. They quickly began attracting large crowds from coast to coast and in just a few short years they’ve released four albums and established themselves as one of New Orleans’ best supergroups.

I had a chance to chat with guitarist of the band, Jake Eckert about the upcoming show at the High Noon Saloon here in Madison on May 11th. We get a feel for what the artists making the music will be bringing to the party and how they will carry a little of that “Big Easy” feeling to out backdoor. The band has a new live album coming out and Jake and I dive into the similarities and differences of creating a live album versus the laboratory feel of a studio album..(from the two minds of Jake, the producer and the guitarist)..Very insightful conversation about the live beast. Since we chatted in the early portion of JazzFest, we touch base on the pacing an artists needs to have to properly survive this wild festival. Finally, see how we weave the almighty Col. Bruce Hampton into our conversation (on the day of his birth), and how familiar the words Jake shares about him are to what many others have said on this proGram.

Jake Eckert Photo by Eliot Kamenitz

That Sam Bush Sound

The Father of Newgrass and King of Telluride, Mr. Sam Bush, has long since established himself as roots high royalty. He is revered for both his solo and sideman work, which includes time with Emmylou Harris, Lyle Lovett, and Béla Fleck, to name just a very few. But instead of kicking back and soaking up honors such as an Americana Music Association Lifetime Achievement Award and suite of Grammys and International Bluegrass Music Association trophies, Mr. Bush still strives relentlessly to create something new. The Sam Bush Band tours extensively, appearing at many small venues and large festivals such as the Strawberry Music Festival (Memorial Day and Labor Day), Rockygrass (late July), and every spring at the Americana Festival, Merlefest in Wilkesboro, North Carolina. Sam Bush is known as one of the liveliest performers at these festivals, and makes many guest appearances with the other artists.

I had a great opportunity to catch up with Sam shortly after finishing up at this years Merlefest to talk about the upcoming show on May 12th at the Stoughton Opera House. We talk about the musicians and the music one could expect at this show, and the shared joy that is sure to circle around inside the venue.. We talk down he path of his first meeting with friend of the proGram, Mr. David “Dawg” Grisman, and how he feels after hanging out with him playing, still to this day (which really brought a smile to my face). Hearing Sam describe the recent and first meeting (on stage), with our pal, Mr. Tommy Emmanuel was a complete hoot, and made me wish I was in the crowd witnessing it. We tiptoe around the ongoing ideas for a few different new potential releases, a song the band has been featuring at recent shows and I am willing to bet, the sounds will be as fresh as can be and taking us all together with a joyful noise.

The Sam Bush Band by Shelly Swanger Photography

Spring Into Action

The second portion of this week’s proGram found the beauty in the day…..and let it play:

I’m On Fire- Grand Marquis
Scenic Route- Michael Kaeshammer
Tell Me (I Wanna Know)- The California Honeydrops

**Pre-recorded conversation with Ben Malament of The California Honeydrops**
Cry For Me- The California Honeydrops
Hold It Down- The California Honeydrops

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Medicine- Hannah Gill
Come Back- The Devonns
The Sort- The Crab Corporation

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Trans Lexico Express- Lexsoul Dancemachine
Lexico- Lexsoul Dancemachine
Grandmaster Chef- Body Heat Gang Band
Quantum Connection- Jimi Tenor
My Mind Will Travel (Teen Party Edit)- Jimi Tenor

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Cosmic Peace- Nicola Conte & Spiritual Galaxy
Yung- Otis Sandsjo

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Radio Friendly Enemy (Bill Laswell Dub Mix)- Sam Huber
Turn Around (Bill Laswell Dub Mix)- Sam Huber

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Spaceman- Cee Knowledge & CFO Ft. Cookie Rabinowitz
Fly Away- Del & Amp Live
Funkrolla 4.0- Del & Amp Live
Livin’ your Dream- Nickodemus Ft. Jahdan Blakkmore
Do you Do you- Nickodemus Ft. Carol C & The Spy From Cairo
Die Cut Intro (Interlude 1)- Cut Chemist
Die Cut (Theme)- Cut Chemist Ft. Deantoni Parks
Mealstorm- Cut Chemist Ft. Edan & Mr. Lif

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Kansianitsa- The Turbans

And Grow Now

The first portion of the reGularly scheduled program finally had the opportunity to take in….and let out with growth:

Let Me Love You One More Time- Peter Rowan
Blow Off Some Steam- Ben Bostick
The Other Side of Wrong- Ben Bostick

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Shrinking Man- Ry Cooder
Everybody Ought To Treat a Stranger Right- Ry Cooder
San Francisco Bound- Kris Lager Band

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Ham & Eggs- Evangeline
You Don’t Love Me No More- Victoria Ginty
Give It Up- Victoria Ginty
Backstreet Baby- Dana Fuchs
Take My Heart and Run- Joyann Parker
Let The Juke Joint Jump- Freddie Pate

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Give It All Up For Good- The Claudettes
***Pre-recorded conversation with Johnny Iguana of The Claudettes***
Naked On The Internet- The Claudettes
Dance Scandal At The Gymnasium- The Claudettes

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Zacalo- Josh Lippi and The Overtimers
Made It- Josh Lippi and The Overtimers
Listening In- Dr. Dog
Here She Comes Now- Claudio Cataldi

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Cash For Gold- Cut Worms
Speed Queen- Thunderpussy
Hollywood Rock -n- Roll- The Kut
I am Vain- The Kut
Bad Man- The Kut

Your Move

Did a little pre-show music share on air with these tunes playing the game:

BTW- Who Is John Smith
Polyester Suit- Kristo Rodzevski
Talk Too Much- A BIG YES and a small no
Filthy McNasty- Allan Harris
Lester’s Trip To The Moon- Allan Harris

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Ezili- Paul Beaubrun
Bye Bye Blues- Dario Deidda Ft. GeGé Telesforo
Air Mail Special- Dario Deidda Ft. GeGé Telesforo
Coronation- Vin Venezia Ft. Manolo Badrena
Two Squirrels- Vin Venezia Ft. David Budway, Kermit Driscoll, Richie Morales & Manolo Badrena
Maybe- Larry Goldings/Peter Bernstein/Bill Stewart

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Crooked- OddAtlas
Creepy Accordian- OddAtlas

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Imperfect 10- The Nels Cline 4
Dear Jimi- Terence Blanchard & The E Collective (live)
Empty Bed Blues- Wynton Marsalis Septet Ft. Carrie Smith (live)

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L’ire est au rendez-vous- Aquaserge
Tintin On Est Bien Mon Loulou (Extrait)- Aquaserge
C’est pas tout mais- Aquaserge
Be The Change (intro)- Sharel Cassity & Ekektra
Be The Change- Sharel Cassity & Elektra
Outlier- Sharel Cassity & Elektra

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Raga Manj Khamaj (edit)- Ravi Shankar & Ali Akbar Khan (live)
Takamba- Ali Farka Toure
Couscous Timbuktu- Molly Tigre

Conflict of Interest- Shokazoba
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Rebellion Rises- Ziggy Marley
Music To Make You Stagger- Thievery Corporation

Johnny Iguana of The Claudettes

The Claudettes fuse Chicago piano blues with the full-throttle energy of rockabilly and punk and the infectious spirit of 1960’s soul to write a thrilling new chapter in American roots music. Johnny Iguana, who pounds the sound out of his piano has toured for years with his cult-favorite rock band Oh My God, is also a member of the Grammy-nominated groups Chicago Blues–A Living History and the Muddy Waters 100 Band. He has toured and recorded with Junior Wells, Buddy Guy, Otis Rush and more. The band recorded their brand new album, “Dance Scandal At The Gymnasium” with Grammy-winning producer Mark Neill (Black Keys, Paladins, Old 97’s, J.D. McPherson). It was released March 23, 2018 on Yellow Dog Records out of Memphis and on April 13 in Europe/UK on Continental Records Services.

I had the opportunity to catch up with Johnny recently to talk about what newcomers to this band and this sound can expect on May the 5th at The North Street Cabaret for a CD release party and aGain on May 28th at the World’s Largest Bratfest in Madison. We definitely dive into the creation of the new release and how it went from seed to flower, and not only does Johnny fills with pride when talking about his bandmates and he does the same when talking about many of his influences. The music the Claudettes create on stage is something to witness, as it is not easily wrapped into a box or tucked neatly into a genre…it is a sonic experience for open minds and ears that want to notice.

The Claudettes

The California Honeydrops Drop in on Madison

The California Honeydrops celebrate their tenth year together with the release of their 7th studio album and first ever double album, “Call It Home: Vol. 1 & 2”. Even with this fresh release, they continue to tour worldwide. This band draws from diverse musical influences from Bay Area R&B, funk, Southern soul, Delta blues, and New Orleans second-line, the Honeydrops bring vibrant energy and infectious dance-party vibes to all their shows. They’ve taken this party all over the world, playing festivals and touring widely across North America, Europe and Australia. In 2016 & 2017 the Honeydrops were honored to support Bonnie Raitt on her North America release tour. Whether in those high-profile performances or in more intimate venues where the band itself can leave the stage and get down on the dance floor with everyone, the California Honeydrops’ shared vision and purpose remain: to make the audience dance and sing.

I had the chance to chat with Ben Malament, drummer and co-founder of the group, about the band’s upcoming show on May 9th at the High Noon Saloon. We get into what an unexpected audience member miGht expect from their first time at a Honeydrops’ show. We dive into the brand new release, “Call It Home: Vol. 1 & 2”, and how they laid down the double album I am so pleased to be able to share with listeners. I was thrilled to hear abut the touring, and sharing times had with Bonnie Raitt, it’s a nice peek into the window of her coolness. Ben takes a few moments to lead us to some rare grooves that he would share with the audience of greenarrowradio if he were given the chance. This band is hot, and the burnin’ feels so good.

Capitol Nights

The second portion of this week’s proGram had the capitol under the night sky:

Pennsylvania Hustle (intro)- Todd Marcus
Pennsylvania Hustle- Todd Marcus
Dry Rub- Ghost Note
Freedom Jazz Dance- Dario Deidda
Run For Cover- Dario Deidda

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DPW- Kenny Baron Quintet
No Fool Horse- Carlos Del Junco & The Blues Mongrels
Simba Jike- Jessican Lauren

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Odecha- The Epichorus
Mala Kassat- The Epichorus
Yedid Nefesh- The Epichorus

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Nyarai- Trio Mokili
***Excerpt of pre-recorded conversation with Nathaniel Braddock of Trio Mokili***
Vekatit- Trio Mokili
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Barambai- Leni Stern
Assiko- Leni Stern
Y Knot- Molly Tigre

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The Rolling Wave- The Gloaming (live at NCH)
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Dub Down- JahBang
Legal Now- Collie Buds
String Up A Sound- Mellowmood
Smoothie- Sly & Robbie w/Dubmatrix Ft. Prince Alla, Screech Dan, Megative
Great Escape- Sly & Robbie w/Dubmatrix

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Hatchet- Shakazoba

Knuckle-Curve Thrown

The first portion of this week’s freeflow show had a lot of movement to it to miss many bats:

Action X- Simon Šerc
Into the Anthropocene Mvt 3- Pascal Le Boeuf
A Boa Filha Partiu- Catherine Bent

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Waves & Particles- Sonar Ft. David Torn
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Slap That Bass/All About That Bass- Rondi Marsh
Black Denim Trousers- Rondi Marsh
You Are Special You Are Beautiful- Eleanor Dubinsky
My Baby Likes Bacon- Rhiannon Giddens
Esso, Esso- Angelique Kidjo
Bir Göl Olur- Yeni Nostalji

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Plagued With Righteousness- World Service Project
The Events Following The Permian Extinction- Jason McCue
There Are Dogs in the Streets- Jason McCue
For My Father- Valeria Matzner

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Stay Clear- Black Violin Ft. Kandace Springs & Robert Glasper
***Excerpt of conversation with Wil B of Black Violin***
Day 2- Black Violin
Runnin’- Black Violin
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In Line- Bill Frisell
Shockinawe- Mike McGinnis
Red Baron- David Garfield
Furtive- The Nels Cline 4

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Batspin- Flying Horse Big Band
Batmobile To Airport- Flying Horse Big Band
Scuttlers- Fred Hersch (live in Europe)
Skipping- Fred Hersch (live in Europe)

Nathaniel Braddock of Trio Mokili

Trio Mokili play roots and jazz-inflected renditions of music from across the African continent: Ethiojazz, Nigerian Afrobeat, Zimbabwean mbira music, Ghanaian Palm Wine, Malian desert blues, and more. Guitarist Nathaniel Braddock is considered a North American authority on African guitar styles, leading the internationally-touring Occidental Brothers Dance Band Int’l and collaborating extensively with musicians from Mali, Ghana, Zambia, and Congo. He is joined on drums by OBDBI bandmate Makaya McCraven and upright bassist Junius Paul. The group is working on their debut album, a mix of live and studio recording capturing the energy of their live improvisations and the sounds of the African golden age.

I had a chance to catch up with Nathaniel Braddock of Trio Mokili as they make their way back to Madison to perform at Arts and Literature Laboratory on April 27th. Nathaniel and I get into what folks in attendance can expect from an evening with this group as far as being a part of that shared moment. We talk about the process of creating a new album when the people collaborating are far apart and how the debut album is coming along. We also learn what Nathaniel would treat the listeners to is give the chance to take over proGramming greenarrowradio for a bit.

Wil B. of Black Violin

Black Violin is an amazing treat. Part classical music (both Kev and Wil are classically-trained string instrumentalists), part hip hop and completely cool, there’s Kev Marcus on the violin and Wil B. on the viola. The open-mindedness of combining many beats and styles gives them a distinct style that have captured the ears of all listeners of art. The duo current performs with DJ SPS and drummer Nat Stokes to help bring this uniqueness to the masses. Their popularity has risen with a performance accompanying Alicia Keys at the 2004 Billboard Awards, and by performing on the same bill with some of the industry’s biggest artists, such as Wu-Tang Clan, and Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park. The two men are also avid producers and writers, having worked with people like Kanye West, Tom Petty, and the members of Aerosmith. Receiving a great honor, they were invited to play at the Kids Inaugural Concert, one of the inaugural balls for United States President Barack Obama, in 2013. The concert was a special tribute to military families and was attended by First Lady Michelle Obama, her daughters Malia and Sasha, and Second Lady Jill Biden.

I had an opportunity for a brief conversation with Wil B on his day off (thank you Wil) to discuss what the folks in Madison are geared up for when Black Violin heads to the Overture Center on May 3rd. We get into what opportunity means not only for them, but how to try and open up the world to the youth by believing in themselves. We discuss the path to and the doors that opened for both Wil and Kev to be where they are today.

This Guy Glows

The second portion of this week’s proGram took the glow inside and let it shine, let it shine, let it….shine:

Smile- Durand Jones & the Indications
Groovy Baby- Durand Jones & the Indications
Hey Romeo- Gizelle Smith
Scared of Something- Gizelle Smith
Totally Hot- Juliana Hatfield

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Nigel Duke- Ghost Note Ft. Nigel Hall
Wild Bill- Robert Kennedy

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**Excerpt of pre-recorded conversation with John Scofield**
Cymbolism- John Scofield Joe Lovano Quartet (live, 2015)
Kentucky Derby- Bill Frisell
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Hit Garbage- Nineteen Thirteen
**Live on air conversation with Victor & Janet of Nineteen Thirteen**
Trick Zipper- Nineteen Thirteen
Bye Bye- Nineteen Thirteen
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Wheel Of Fortune- Del and Amp Live
Karma Sutra- Dr. Octagon

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Hamouda- The Turbans
Zawi- The Turbans

Sideways Streetscape

The first portion of this week’s proGram took to walking the streets in a sideways stroll..

Flutterbug- Gyan Riley
Sprig- Gyan Riley
One More Night On The Road-Grant Farm and Friends (live)
Dead River- HYWAYS

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Have You Ever Loved a Woman- Freddie Pate
greenarrowradio promo- Breezy Rodio
Make Me Blue- Breezy Rodio

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Memphis- Joyann Parker
Shine Bright- Marcia Ball
The Breeze- Jane Lee Hooker
Mannish Boy- Jimi Hendrix
(4/22/1969)
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I Pick Up Birds At Funerals- Tir Na Nog
Kiss Me, Vibrate and Smile- The Chemistry Set

Viola Lee Blues- Midnight North (live Terrapin Crossroads)
Phoenix Motel- Midnight North (live Terrapin Crossroads)
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**excerpt of pre-recorded conversation with Joe Marcinek**
Bernie- Joe Marcinek Band (live High Noon Saloon)
greenarrowradio promo- Tim Woods
Anything For Your Love- Matador! Soul Sounds

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Dub Stubbs- Matthew Stubbs and the Antiguas
Clown Shoes- Sneaky Pete and the Secret Weapons

Funk It- The Euge Organ Trio
NuNu ShufShuf- The Euge Organ Trio
More Chicken- Mike Clark and Delbert Bump

Time Spent With John Scofield

John Scofield is considered one of the most important guitarists and composers in jazz. His influence began in the late 70’s and is going strong today. Possessor of a distinctive sound and stylistic diversity, Mr. Scofield is a masterful improviser whose music generally falls somewhere between post-bop, funk edged jazz, and R & B. He has prominently led his own groups in the international jazz and contemporary scenes, recorded over 40 albums as a leader (many already classics) and collaborated with current favorites and jazz legends like Miles Davis, Pat Metheny, Charlie Haden, Herbie Hancock, Medeski, Martin & Wood, Bill Frisell, Brad Mehldau, Mavis Staples, Gov’t Mule, Jack DeJohnette, Joe Lovano, Joe Henderson, Dave Holland and Phil Lesh to name only a few. Throughout his career John has punctuated his traditional jazz offerings with funk-oriented electric music. All along, the guitarist has kept an open musical mind and a variety of audiences in the jazz, rock and classical realms.

I had a chance to share some time with John talking about the upcoming gig at The Barrymore Theatre on 4/21 with the John Scofield Joe Lovano Quartet. We discuss what someone who has never heard the music this quartet creates might be in store for at the show, and how John and Joe have known and grown with each other over a lifetime. It is true that this quartet does not hit the road that often, so catch them while you can. We get into how songs are selected and how the group feeds off one another during a set to keep that moment in time, securely unique. It was thrilling to hear of his working with some of the greats, but we single out Chris Wood (MSMW was about to play a show together) and Warren Haynes (John and Warren just went to a cool concert toGether – find out what is was by listening in). The versatility John shows in his music is the type of path I enjoy weaving from set to set, making those sound neighborhoods that otherwise may never bump into one another, and I think John would enjoy walking down the sidewalks with me in the greenarrowradio hood.

Mr. John Scofield

Lined Up With Joe Marcinek

Joe Marcinek Band is an experience you may never forget. That is because each show features a different lineup of musicians creating a different set of music every night. The music is equal parts Chicago Blues, New Orleans Funk, Grateful Dead Psychedelia, and Jazz Fusion for open minded listeners. Joe tours nationally from New York to LA and everywhere in between. Most of these lineups will only happen one time making every night a can’t miss and unique show.

We are fortunate here in Madison to have an artist like Joe always find a way to bring his unique band meld to us. These incredible one off type shows make for such memorable times for both the audience and the band. Once again, the Joe Marcinek Band is heading to Madison to play the Harmony Bar on April 14th. Joe and I took a moment to catch up and discuss who he will be teaming up with to make music for Madison, we discuss recent working with friend of the program, Mr. Alan Evans (Alan played with Joe and is mixing Joe’s new album. We also talk about teaming up with our boys, Groovesession in Cali and did I mention a new album? Oh yes, we talk about a potential dream come true scenario for Joe with this new record, and once it is finished, I’ll be able to put it into your ears first. And as always, Joe and I mention our bridge connection and respect to Dr. Bernie Worrell.


Photo by: Ian Rawn Photography
More of Ian’s work at his FB page and his IG.

Do You See or Hear It

The second portion of the proGram tickled the senses into confusion:

Shackles- Ruby Velle & the Soulphonics
Let Me Be Your Lovemaker- Orgone Ft. Adryon de León
Takeback- Lakecia Benjamin
Little Children- Lakecia Benjamin
Lemon’s Make Lemonade- Grace Kelly Ft. Jon Batiste
Blues for Harry Bosch- Grace Kelly (Mocean Worker Remix)

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Well You Needn’t- Mike Clark & Delbert Bump
No More Blues- Mike Clark & Delbert Bump

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Day Tripper- Charles Ponder
Make a Change- Durand Jones & The Indications
Silicon World- The California Honeydrops

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Ray- Joyann Parker
Blues for Hard Times- Rockwell Avenue Blues band Ft. Steve Freund,Tad Robinson & Ken Saydak
Sugar Bee- Kathy and the Kilowatts
Hello Josephine- Freddie Pate
Youngblood- Peter V Blues Train

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Counting Arrows- HYWAYS
Blame- HYWAYS

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Playing a Poor Hand Well- Midnight North
**Excerpt of pre-recorded conversation with Grahame Lesh of Midnight North**
One Night Stand- Midnight North
Miss M- Midnight North (live at Terrapin Crossroads)