Gary Burton Brings GOOD VIBES…

Jazz legends Chick Corea and Gary Burton debut their virtuoso jazz duets in a cabaret setting at Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts on Friday and Saturday, January 26 and 27 at 8 p.m. The first collaboration by these trailblazing jazz legends resulted in 1972’s sublime duet album, “Crystal Silence“, the jazz-fusion recording that thrust Corea and Burton into the consciousness of America. Ever influential, and with separate careers that periodically intersect, these kindred spirits have continued to compose, perform and record fresh jazz works that break new ground. Corea has produced a staggering volume of recordings over the past 40 years, and is one of the most prolific composers of the second half of the 20th century. In 2006 he received the Award of the Piano Festival Ruhr in Germany, a lifetime achievement award previously presented to only eight musicians. He also premiered a new piano concerto in Austria as part of the gala Mozart festival in Vienna.
In the 1960s, Burton and his fusion band pioneered the use of electric guitar in pushing the jazz form toward the explosive rock genre. Burton’s innovations in jazz, especially his approach to the vibraphone and his mastery of simultaneous four-mallet playing, have been the hallmark of his 40-year career. He has earned five Grammy awards and 13 Grammy nominations that cross multiple categories and attest to the high regard his music has achieved among his peers.
Don’t miss these jazz virtuosos in their first appearance in Storrs.

Check out my conversation with Mister Gary Burton here.


LadyBug Mecca come out and play.


Alrighty people, get ready to TRIP THE LIGHT FANTASTIC with LadyBug Mecca of Digable Planets. I am thankful that I was able to catch a moment of her time as she has been stacked with things-a-happ’nin’. In our convo we talk about her recent video work with Raheem DeVaughn and Kenny Dope on a fly hit dubbed “DOGG STARR”. We touched briefly on the MTV unplugged performance of PLANETS for the movie FREEDOM WRITERS, and her honor of being sampled by SNOOP. HELL YEAH! Matter of fact, she has a cameo in SNOOP‘s most recent video “CANDY“. There is much more to this convo so check it out. LadyBug Mecca is cooler than the FONZ, and maybe even TRON. I would love to have the LadyBug and MisterG show some Saturday morning, spinnin’ the eclectic-ness would blow your thirsty earholes and open minds from here to there. We’ll see!


click here for LadyBugMecca and MisterG’s chat.


What’s cookin’ with Robert Cray?

In my brief conversation with Mr. Cray, we discuss his brand new release, LIVE FROM ACROSS THE POND. The Robert Cray Band’s first ever live release. It is a fantastic double cd set that will give any listener a look into a live show from start to finish. Learn why they decided to finally put a live release together and when the group will be opening up for Eric Clapton next. The Robert Cray Band will be playing live January 12th at the Garde Arts Center in New London CT, and again on January 17th at the Ridgefield Playhouse.

Listen to our conversation here.

Robert Cray with Friends E.Clapton/Derek Trucks etc..

Mike Rivard of Club d’Elf…FINALLY

Micro and I went back and forth like an Olympic table tennis match trying to set up a moment to talk. The new album from Club dElf is title NOW I UNDERSTAND, but rest assured, you won’t. The music is unexplainable and dynamic, at time touching on sounds you’ve heard and at other moments, you will be lead to a new location with your ears driving the train. And that is what it is like, a train of sound that you should ride from song one until the final track to get the complete story told. Be sure that the next time you board that train, it’ll take you on a completely different ride.

Listen to our LIVE ON AIR talk here.


Exit Clov brings darkly melodic acid-pop

Exit Clov is a five-piece indie rock band from Washington, DC, described as everything from “darkly melodic acid-pop” to “kaleidoscopic pop noir.” With the punk ethos of Blondie, the political edge of Metric, the pure pop sensibilities of indie darlings Stars, and the playfulness of Shonen Knife, the band has a broad appeal that transcends ordinary music genres. Since its conception in 2003, they have established a trademark sound with beautiful harmonies sung over infectious synth, violin, guitar, bass and drums. While the band’s sound is golden to the ear, they are consistently raw and fresh beyond traditional rocknroll standards. Exit Clov have to their credit two self-produced EPs (2004 Starfish, 2005 Saskwatch), the Jolly Roget Sessions (2006) — on which they enlisted the help of Roger Greenawalt (No Doubt, Ben Kweller, Iggy Pop, White Stripes) — and the newest, Respond Respond EP, released on Livewire Recordings. I had them here and was able to squeeze out 3 acoustic renditions of their unique tunes and a little chatter after. I dig Exit Clov, now it’s your turn.

Listen to our time together here.


Buddy Guy’s BOX SET, Can’t Quit the Blues

Robert Cray says that Buddy Guy’s guitar solos sound like laughter from space, but they can also peal like the cries of lost souls attempting to cross the River Styx. If these 47 songs on three CDs plus a DVD boasting a new 75-minute documentary and six performances from the Montreux Jazz Festival prove anything, it’s that Guy is one of the most dynamic, diverse, expressionistic, and emotional guitarists–in any genre. The set neatly examines the 70-year-old Chicago blues legend’s half-century career, starting with a ragged but soulful “The Way You Been Treating Me” cut in 1957 at a radio station in Guy’s native Louisiana that finds him developing his searing, exploratory style. A year later, he’s in Chicago working with tunesmith Willie Dixon, and the rest is history (chronicled in Anthony DeCurtis’s excellent lines notes) that leads from the glory days of Chess Records to Guy’s early breakout recordings for Vanguard to his modern-day mastery. The most recent recordings often find him working with acolytes: Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Keb’ Mo’, Jonny Lang, Bonnie Raitt, Keith Richards, and John Mayer (who duets with Guy on the unreleased “I’d Rather Be Blind, Crippled & Crazy“). B.B. King, who along with Guitar Slim was Guy’s most important early influence, also joins Clapton and Guy on a stirring acoustic version of John Lee Hooker’sCrawlin’ Kingsnake.” This set shows that Mr. Guy is always growing as a musician–not only as a player whose frenzy, improvisational instincts, and tonal control keep stretching with age, but as a stylist who was unafraid to put aside his trademark electric approach in 2003 to make the acoustic Blues Singer/primal North Mississippi juke joint music part of his gig.

Listen to my chat w/Mr. Buddy Guy here.


Jerry Wennstrom: The Inspired Heart

At age 29 Jerry Wennstrom set out to discover the rock-bottom truth of his life. For years he questioned the limits of his creative life as a studio painter. After destroying all of his art and giving away everything he owned, he began a life of unconditional trust, allowing life to provide all that was needed. He lived this way for 15 years. Jerry’s story is told in his book, The Inspired Heart: An Artist’s Journey of Transformation (foreword by Thomas Moore) published by Sentient Publications and in the Parabola Magazine documentary film called In the Hands of Alchemy: The Art and Life of Jerry Wennstrom. Jerry travels internationally lecturing, teaching and presenting his film and work and he writes a monthly piece on the spirit of the times for a New York City consulting firm. He has presented at the Birmingham Art Museum, the Seattle Art Museum, the EMP (Experience Music Project), Glen Arbor Art Association, the Old Firehouse Art Center, Other Side Arts, Pacifica Graduate Institute, UCS-NAROPA (Wisdom University), the Vancouver Public Library, Western New Mexico University, California Institute of the Arts and NYU. He has also done over 50 radio, TV and magazine interviews and art features. And he was a guest recently on greenarrowradio for your learning pleasures.

Open your minds and listen here for our chat about transformation.

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Bo Diddley..Bo Knows how he feels.

This conversation will prove that. Bo Diddley knows how to rock and roll, he knows how to entertain an audience, but I learned that he also likes to talk about the things that are going on. Who better than Bo to talk about how things look from a perspective he has gained just weeks short of his 78th Birthday. Bo Diddley will be at the Mohegan Sun on Sunday December 17th. If you have never had the opportunity to see him live, this is a great time to catch him as he’ll mention in this chat, he is workin’ on some new stuff, always adding new ingredients to his musical pie.



Phillip Johnston of the Microscopic Septet.

In September of 2006, Cuneiform Records released two double CD sets of The Microscopic Septet, entitled “Seven Men in Neckties” (The History of the Micros Vol. 1), and “Surrealistic Swing” (The History of the Micros Vol. 2). To commemorate this hysterical event, we are reuniting the Microscopic Septet for a one-time-only tour in November and December of 2006, consisting of a few dates in the Northeastern US and more in Europe. On Wednesday, November 29th, the group will begin the tour in Northampton at the Iron Horse. Phillip Johnston, at the time he started the Microscopic Septet, was an NYU dropout who’d worked in a succession of jazz, rhythm & blues and polka groups in New York and San Francisco. A largely self-taught soprano saxophonist and composer, Johnston’s work in both areas reveals the powerful and positive influence of Steve Lacy. “I was interested in more arranged, compositionally-oriented music …. from within the swing big band jazz tradition,” Johnston recalls, “as opposed to (the conventional jazz) head-solos-head format.” Organizing a group of fellow musicians, he started with a sax section and planned to add brass later. However, he liked the sound of four saxes and three rhythm so much he decided to stick with that. When he originally named the group, “Claude Funston and the Psychic Detectives” it proved too “unwieldy,” he changed it to the “Microscopic Septet,” who played their first “regular gig” at New York’s Ear Inn in 1981.

Listen here for my conversation with Mr. Johnston.


11-25 Melvin Sparks Hangin’ out.

Not only was Melvin hanging out and chatting about a couple of projects, he is also going to be at the Main Pub in Manchester on Dec 2. This is a mix of our chats on Thursday and Saturday with a couple of hints of some groove. If you have never seen Melvin live, you’ve got to go and check this out. See you there.


The Show looked like this. I think I got caught up in the Thanksgiving sentiment as I went back to some roots that have obviously branched out over the years. It went like this:

Listen to me, Pat Boyack
Too old is Getting Younger everyday, Watermelon Slim
She’s Gone, Hound Dog Taylor
Instrument of Pleasure, Jeff Chaz
Samson and Delilah, Blind Gary Davis
Something you got, BB King/Koko Taylor
Little by Little, BB King/Lowell Fulson
2:19, John Hammond
‘Til the Money Runs out, John Hammond
Big Black Mariah, John Hammond
Cold Cold Ground, Tom Waits
Mama Roux, Dr. John
Goin’ back to N.O., Dr. John/Neville Brothers
Home Movies, the Jamie McLean band
Get out of my Life, Jerry Garcia Band
Georgia on my Mind, Willie Pooch
Little Bag (in search of), Chris Spies
Groove on Up, Melvin Sparks
***Melvin Sparks Conversation***
She’s a Bad Mama Jama, Melvin Sparks
House Party, Javon Jackson
Freak, Sugarbitch
Chingiz, Banco De Gaia
Boys-n-Berry, the Cubby Creatures
DIY, Ext Clov
You’re my Girl, Neil Young
Baby I love you, Aretha Franklin
Stray Cat Blues, the Rolling Stones
Highway Song, Hot Tuna
Midnight Blues, the Allman Brothers
Baghdad Blues, the Microscopic Septet
Dirty Drawers, Vassar Clements
Green Onions, Vassar Clements
Little Miss Strange, Jimi Hendrix
Make me Know it, Elvis
Dirty Dirty Feeling, Elvis
Such a Night, Elvis
Evangeline, Jerry Garcia Band


11/23/06 This Turkey Survived… far.

Lots of guest today. We had my nephew stop in to wish the listeners a happy thanksgiving and to be cute as hell. Briana Holcombe blessed us with her presence and even sang a little tune that mentions yours truly, we will make sure to keep our eyes on what she is up to, and believe me that won’t be a difficult task. And a true friend of greenarrowradio, Mr. Melvin Sparks called in to chat and let us know he will be at the Main Pub in Manchester CT on Dec. 2. A must see.

Here’s what the 4 hours of the show looked like.

The Great Ceilidh Swindle, Peatbog Faeries
Mouth Music
Loyin’ Loyin’, Babatunde Olatunji
Dance of the Hunter’s Fire, Mickey Hart
Satan Dub, Lee “scratch” Perry
Oualahila Ar Tesninam, Tinariwen
Ya Man, Balkan Beat Box
In a Gadda Da Vida, Yat-Kha
Weasel Potpie, That 1 Guy
Personal Jesus, Depeche Mode
I Want Candy, Bow Wow Wow (Kevin Shield remix)
Dumb World, Rav Shmuel
Last Chance, Rav Shmuel
***Conversation w/Nadine Zahr***
Beautiful Soldier, Nadine Zahr
The Minute I, Nadine Zahr
A little Better, Nadine Zahr
Childe, Dana Varon
Home Movies, the Jamie McLean band
Holy Water, the Jamie McLean band
Bottle of Red Wine, Eric Clapton & friends
Sunshine of your Love, Ginger Baker
I Only have Love, Phantom Blues Band w/Taj
Think, the Phantom Blues Band
I Drink, Southern Crush
***Briana Holcombe Phone Conversation***
Fight and Make Up, Briana Holcombe
Right Here, Right Now, Briana Holcombe
Shakespeare, Susan Cagle
I will, Al & the Transamericans
Waiting for the Punchline, Al & Transamericans
Carnival Time, Leftover Salmon
***Phone Conversation w/Mr. Melvin Sparks***
Funky good time, Melvin Sparks
Louisiana Sky, John Popper Project feat. DJ LOGIC
Girl of Opportunity, Angeline
Rainy Day Blues, Willie Nelson
Head ’em off at the Pass, Wolf Krakowski
Shady Grove, Grisman/Garcia
Blues for Luci, Pedro Arevalo
Barstool Boogie, Dan Hicks & Jimmy Buffett
Why you Wanna Bring me Down, Honeytribe
Nothing to be Sad About, Honeytribe
Angelina, the Tony Tyler Trance
the Mother, Xavier Rudd
Food in the Belly, Xavier Rudd
Beautiful, G-Love/ Tristian Prettyman
Let the good times roll, Taj Mahal/Ry Cooder
100% Pure Love, Tey
Burning Down the House, the Cardigans w/Tom Jones
Boom Shak-a-la-ka, Apache Indian

listen to my conversation with the lovely and talented Ms. Briana Holcombe

Rocker Rhonda G. of SOUTHERN CRUSH!

If you like to RAWK…not just rock, then let me point you in the direction of SOUTHERN CRUSH. A Pure force from Atlanta Georgia. This three piece Southern Blues RAWK band is taking the music scene by storm. I was fortunate enough to get a moment of the lead lady, the Raspy, Raptured Rocker Rhonda G. on greenarrowradio. Take a listen here to our conversation. If you are looking for me, I’ll be shaking the apple tree.


Oh hell, here is todays fill in set list while we’re at it:

Ride, G-Love
Beautiful, G-Love featuring Tristian Prettyman
Sweet Life, Karen Gibson Roc
Revolution Eventually, Sugarbitch
Beef Jerky, Cibo Matto
Georgia Slop, Los Lobos
When , King Johnson
Workin’ Sux, King Johnson
let the Mermaids Flirt w/me, scrapOmatic
Food in the Belly, Xavier Rudd
Let the Good Times Roll, Taj Mahal/Ry Cooder
Corrin, Corrina, Taj Mahal/Ry Cooder
(turn on your) Lovelight, Them feat. Van Morrison
I Like’s That, Skeebo Knight
Expressway to your Heart, Merl Saunders & friends
Take me with you, Orchestra Morphine
Rhythm & Booze, Treat her Right
In a Gadda Da Vida, Yat-Kha
Broken Down Piece of Junk, Brian Setzer
You’ve got the best in Town, Band of Gypsys
Mama, he Treats your Daughter mean, Susan Tedeschi
No Riders, Shannon Curfman
Battle of Faomo, Southern Crush
Apple Pie, Southern Crush
**Conversation with Rhonda G. of Southern Crush**
I Drink, Southern Crush
Riddles, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
Baby Blue, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
DIY, Exit Clov
K.C. Jones, North Mississippi All Stars

Nadine Zahr hanging in Studio B

Nadine Zahr is a singer songwriter currently based out of California. As you will hear, she has been touring mighty heavily and I was lucky enough to catch her with a few free moments. There are two parts to our hanging out in the studio and the first part is some friendly personality banter between the two of us, and the second will be Nadine singing/playing her songs. I will be airing these on Thanksgiving day along with giving away one or two of her albums. To learn more about Nadine, head to Nadine Zahr or her myspace hideaway.

listen to part one here.


A few words w/Dr. Lonnie Smith

Dr. Lonnie Smith is an authentic Master of the Hammond B3 organ. For over five decades he has furthered the sound of Jazz Organ, created a worldwide fan-base, and revealed his musical talents on over seventy albums. Today, his name is truly synonymous with the instrument. Lonnie Smith has consistently been a leading force in jazz since 1969 when critics for Downbeat magazine hailed him as ‘Top Organist of 1969.’ More recently he has been selected as ‘Organ Keyboardist of the Year’ by The Jazz Journalist Association in 2003, 2004 and 2005.

There is so much more to the man, I caught up with him after a period out on the road and I kept it brief so he could just relax.

Listen here to Dr. Lonnie Smith tellin’ me it’s all my fault.


Who is Xavier Rudd?? Find out here.

Through the conscious and heartfelt songs composing Solace, the U.S. debut of Australian surf/roots artist Xavier Rudd, there’s stories of the mistreatment of the indigenous people of his homeland and songs about humanity, spirituality and the environment, compassionate songs encouraging understanding and looking to celebrate life. And running through those songs are all sorts of instruments: guitars, shakers, didgeridoos, Weissenborn slide guitars, Tongue drums, stomp boxes, djembes, harmonica, ankle bells, and slide banjo—and they’re all played by Rudd. Even more impressive, though, he recreates these songs live—playing the guitar, didgeridoo and various percussion parts simultaneously—using a unique stage set-up that finds him literally surrounded by his various instruments and singing from behind a stand holding three didgeridoos (of different keys). It’s a sight to behold for sure, one that’s drawn him a “one-man band” label from impressed critics, a tag that makes him grin: “I never really planned all the stuff I have around me. I never sat down one day and said, ‘I’m going to have all these things around me and I’m gonna try to use it all at once.’ It just sort of grew. I would just add things here or there. Sometimes I look at my setup now and I laugh.”

Listen to our brief conversation here.


Wade Schuman of Hazmat Modine

HAZMAT MODINE draws from the rich soil of American music of the 20’s and 30’s through to the 50’s and early 60’s, blending elements of early Blues, Hokum Jugband, Swing, Klezmer, New Orleans R & B, and Jamaican Rocksteady. The band is fronted by two harmonicas which use call and response, harmony, melody, and syncopated interweaving rhythms. The band includes tuba, guitar, and percussion, claviola and Hawaiian steel guitar. The band’s sound reflects musical influences ranging from Avant-garde Jazz to Rockabilly and Western Swing to Middle-Eastern, African, and Hawaiian musical styles. Wade Schuman plays Diatonic Harmonica, Guitar, Banjitar and is lead vocals. If you are not aware of Hazmat Modine or the Album BAHAMUT, I encourage you to take a few minutes to listen to Wade and I talking about the mighty manifestation known as HAZMAT MODINE.

Listen here to our conversation.


What are you doing November 18th?

Why don’t you head on down to the Main Pub in Manchester CT and catch the Jamie McLean Band, that’s right the Jamie McLean formerly of Dirty Dozen Brass Band. While the Dirty Dozen groove is infectious & timeless, the sideman guitar slinger slot holds it’s limitations. Having always been a songwriter, singer and front man, Jamie began to focus on his roots and in the early part of 2004 he formed his own group the Jamie McLean Band. Over the past year and a half Jamie’s songwriting, filled with catchy hooks, beautiful lyrics and scorching guitar work has mingled with the soulful gumbo of the deep south and while The Jamie McLean Band is based in New York City, the influences of southern rock, blues, R&B and funk is unmistakable. Jamie McLean Band will be touring in support of This Time Around throughout the year. We are fortunate to get them on November 18th. Look for their entertaining and energized sets throughout the Northeast and across the country this year both on their own and supporting national artists.



Bobby Previte & The Coalition of the Willing

In the great tradition of instrumental, electric guitar-fueled rock comes Bobby Previte‘s “super bar band,” The Coalition of the Willing. A new and exciting powerhouse machine pulling together musicians from different worlds to play Previte’s wisting, hard hitting tunes. Featuring the legendary Charlie Hunter, putting aside his eight string guitar to pick up a six string for the first time in years; Skerik, the one-named saxophone legend, hailing from the fighting city of Seattle, where he has been famous to a few for his seminal work in punk-jazz bands including Garage-a-Trois (with Charlie Hunter & Stanton Moore); Robert Walter, the paradigm shifting soundmaster on Hammond Organ; and, leading the Coalition charge, Bobby Previte on drums. This can’t miss show will be on Nov 4 – Northampton, MA at the IRON HORSE Cafe. ARE YOU ONE OF THE WILLING?

Check out our talk here


What is DAWG Music? Ask David Grisman.

I was fortunate enough to get the chance to talk with Mr. Grisman as he was busy at work in his studio. We had a conversation revolving around music and the idea of individual style and form. The names Thelonious Monk and Miles Davis are thrown around with Stephane Grappelli and one mention of Jerome Garcia. David Grisman started his musical career in 1963 as a member of The Even Dozen Jug Band. His nickname, “Dawg” was affectionately assigned by his close friend Jerry Garcia (the two met at a Van Hoy Campground (NC) back when they used to host the old time fiddlers convention). “Dawg Music” is what he calls his mixture of bluegrass and Django ReinhardtStéphane Grappelli-influenced jazz, as highlighted on his 1977 album “Hot Dawg“. Stephane Grappelli played on a couple of tracks on the Hot Dawg album and then the 1981 recording “Stephane Grappelli and David Grisman Live“. It was his early fusions with Reinhardt-era Jazz that led to the formation of the genre known as newgrass. Grisman, along with New Grass Revival are generally considered the modern day Bill Monroes to this new bluegrass-influenced sound. Bonnie Raitt‘s album, Sweet Forgiveness features Grisman on mandocello throughout the album.

Check out our conversation here.


10/21/06 Desiree Bassett In Studio A

Yeah, it is always nice when artists stop by at a moments notice. It really makes for a GREAT time in studio A. Today Desiree Bassett hung out and rocked the place. I’ll have a podcast up of her time w/greenarrowradio shortly. But for now head HERE TO CHECK OUT DESIREE


What did we hear besides a 14 year old rock-n-roll star????

Wreck this Heart, Bob Seger
Real Mean Bottle, Bob Seger/Kid Rock
American Dream, CSNY
Queen of the hi-way, the DOORS (rare)
Monkey & the Engineer, Grateful Dead
Big Jake, Roy Rogers/Norton Buffalo
Hey there Grandpa, Roy Rogers/Norton Buffalo
Move on Way from Here, Roy Rogers/Norton Buffalo
Sunshine of your Love, Ginger Baker
the Things I used to do, Stevie Ray Vaughn/Double Trouble
Let Down, Easy Star All Stars/Toots & Maytals
**interview w/Michael G of Easy Star Records**
Kharma Police, Easy Star All Stars/Citizen Cope
Angelina, the Tony Tyler Trance
Why you Wanna Bring me Down, Honeytribe
Mountain, King Johnson
Supergirl’s Complaint, Bourbon Princess
Ronnie Johnson, Twinemen
After Midnight, Merl Saunders & friends
Making Music Macon GA. Style, Vassar Clement
Can’t Keep Running, the Tony Tyler Trance
a big thank you to Desiree for spending her Saturday morning with the listeners of GREENARROWRADIO