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Brighten Tha Day

The second half to the open-schedule fill-in proGram remembered when these colors were just fine.

Backslider- Pigeon
That Rainy Dawn (Winter)- Eje Eje
Tazidert- Bombino
Don’t Believe the Dancers- Tony Allen & Adrian Younge

Makossa No. 2- Lord Echo
Be Thankful- Lord Echo Ft. Lisa Tomlins
Seek & Destroy- Great Revivers
Fleet Streak- Kerbside Collection

AfrikSky- Cyro Baptista
Gato Morto…Gotta Move- Cyro Baptista Ft. Todd Clouser
Can’t See A Thing- Graham Czach Ft. Angelo Moore
The Everlasting Gobstopper- The Veldt

Uptown- The Rumble Ft. Chief Joseph Boudreaux Jr. (live)
Up Until The Morning- The Rumble Ft. Chief Joseph Boudreaux Jr. (live)

Anywhere On The

Did an extra open-schedule set of music. The 1st half rode any color of the maGic.

A New Spring- Lonnie Liston Smith, Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad
What May Come- Lonnie Liston Smith, Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad
Roll The Credits- Danielle Ponder
Fly, Goodbye- Silky Steps Ft. Robert Linna

Good Hair Day- Simon Mavin
Happy Feelings- Stuart Zender Ft. Omar & Ana Tijoux
Singlularity- WheelUP Ft. Abacus & Steelo
Selfish Soul (ODESZA Remix)- Sudan Archives

Space- Tammy Glover

People Get Ready- Dorian Holley & Nayanna Holley & Kaveh Rastegar

Give Life Back To Music (Studio Outtakes)- Daft Punk
زنّوبيا Part 4 – Hayeed an El Jeshe – Love and Resistance – حيد عن الجيشي- Zenobia Ft. Rina Kardosh
Destello- Captain Planet & Tagua Tagua
Pambelé- Captain Planet & Tagua Tagua

Ready To Burst

The final part of this week’s proGram was definitely holding something back.

Better Broken- Devon Gilfillian
Money- Shorey
Holding My Breath- Atmosphere

Love Each Other- Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad Ft. SKRIBE Da GOD
Eyes Can See- Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad Ft. Blakkamoore
So Fragile- Michael Whalen Ft. Michael Brook/Karsh Kale/Michael Manring/Jeff Oster
Constellation- Cyro Baptista
Paramaribo- Cyro Baptista Ft. Clay Ross

Hydrogen- Sirintip

Milford- Jeff Coffin Ft. Johnny Vidacovich
Yusef- Jeff Coffin Ft. Johnny Vidacovich, James Singleton & Tony Dagradi
The Bakehouse- Duncan Eagles Ft. Zoe Pascal, Max Luthert & Tomasz Bura
Gratitude- Lonnie Liston Smith, Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad

Thru That Yellow

Mid part of the proGram sped on thru like it was on the way to the scene.

What I Feel- Bruce Katz Band
All About That- Bruce Katz Band
Feel So Bad- Joe Krown Ft. Walter “Wolfman” Washington
Tribute to Fess- Joe Krown

Delete- Joe Marcinek Band
Melameter- Joe Marcinek Band
A Return From Ashes- The Ironsides
West Wind- The Ironsides
Scram- Izo FitzRoy

Sho’nuff- Brooklyn Funk Essentials
**pre-recorded conversation with Lati & Alison of BFE**
Intuition- Brooklyn Funk Essentials
Unkissed- Brooklyn Funk Essentials

Feel the Beat- Moongold
Mankind?- Sunbörn Ft. Ida Nielsen & BIGYUKI


The first part of this week’s proGram had a lay down eyeline.

Lean On Me- Stephen Stills (Live At Berkley ’71)
You Don’t Have To Cry- Stephen Stills Ft. David Crosby (Live At Berkley ’71)

Cedro- Bike Ft. Guilherme Held
A Queda do Céu- Bike
Cumbia Mahàre- Psyché
Crystal Hall- Temples
Lai-ha Lam- The Len Price 3
Viva Viva- The Len Price 3

Riff II- Soft Machine (live)
Gesolreut- Soft Machine (live)

greenarrowradio promo- Brad GUITAR Wilson
Strong Taste- Ana Popovic
Ride It- Ana Popovic
Hey Milky Eyes- Bohannons

The Intuition Of Brooklyn Funk Essentials

Across a career that stretches thirty years & seven albums, Brooklyn Funk Essentials have established themselves as an audacious project, combining soul, hip hop, spoken word, jazz, Latin & of course, THA’ funk. The band have built up a loyal international cult following on every continent since inception in 1993 by iconic producer Arthur Baker and bassist Lati Kronlund. BFE was born out of New York’s buzzing hip hop, jazz & slam poetry scenes in the early 90s, rotating some of the finest musicians, DJs, poets, rappers and singers. BFE’s celebrated debut album ‘Cool & Steady & Easy’ (Dorado/RCA 1995) scored an underground hit with the version of Pharoah Sanders & Leon Thomas’ ‘The Creator Has a Master Plan’, while tracks like ‘Take The L Train’ & ‘Big Apple Boogaloo’ became DJ favorites. Brooklyn Funk Essentials have just served up their 7th long player ‘Intuition’, as they tour the UK & Europe. It is a master-crafted collection of R&B, discofunk, poly-riddims, infectious funk stompers with pop-laced hooks & the true, real, good vibes as we’ve come to digg, on Dorado Records. Brooklyn Funk Essentials’ first long player since 6th album ‘Stay Good’ in 2019, ‘Intuition’ sees BFE lay out their new ‘all killer no filler’ collection across 8 tracks of laid back grooves & arrangements that still remain cool, steady & easy. Alison Limerick (vocals), Desmond Foster (guitar, vocals), Ebba Âsman (trombone, backing vocals), Hux Nettermalm (drums, percussion), Kristoffer Wallman (keys, vibraphone and synths) and bandleader Lati Kronlund (bass, guitars, keys and producer) deliver a confident and vibrant set of originals. The release day focus & title track ‘Intuition’ is a hook-laden jam with hints of Brubeck, Chaka Khan & Nino Rota, featuring Alison Limerick and guitarist Desmond Foster on soulful vocals and Hux’s funky drummer beats It follows up the recent 4th single from the album ‘Rollin’, which was playlisted by Jazz FM for four weeks. Both of which, Lati & Alison discuss in our below conversation.

I had the honor of chatting with Alison and Lati about the creation of this perfectly timed new record. A little notice. Brooklyn Funk Essentials has been a mainstay on my person turntable for years – just a sound that stuck with me early and never let go. We got into how the natural flow of the sound sort of took over when this album was born and raised up. We dissect a couple of tracks and that’s where the real insight almost always lies finding out some of the hows and what went downs that only those who are in that know, knew. I found the discussion on how these new tunes are being playe dlive, and where the nuances are showing up and what the audience does to enhance an already really cool experience. And, Lati builds a setlist that Alison totally agrees with. What a time, what a band, what an album.

Above The Differences

The second half of the fill-in proGram was under a different cloud.

George- Joe Marcinek Band
**pre-recorded conversation with Joe Marcinek**
Melvin- Joe Marcinek Band

No More Lies- Thundercat & Tame Impala
A Child’s Question, August- PJ Harvey
El Tiempo- Novalima & Dom La Nena
Mama Tchipp (Follow Me)- Nickodemus & Pat Kalla

If You Ever Get A Draw- Dub Pistols Ft. Myki Tuff
Tenere Den- Tinariwen
Kek Algham- Tinariwen

Oropendola- John Carroll Kirby
The Lava Is Calm- Kassa Overall Ft. Theo Croker
Love Can Be- Lonnie Liston Smith, Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad Ft. Loren Oden

Lights Above

Did an extra proGram Sunday. Here’s the first half that looked up and saw a streak of inside lightning.

Traveling Wildfire- Dom Flemons

Dusted Off- Love of the Brave Ft. Tony Burkill
Such a Night- Joe Krown Ft. Ivan Neville
Morning On Basin Street- Bruce Katz Band
Second Son- Honey Island Swamp Band Ft. Lucas de Mulder & Adryon De León

Save It! (The Mother Earth Boogie)- Smoota
Pluto- Apollo Suns

Scream!- Artis Boris
Boots In Place- Eddie Roberts, George Porter Jr. & Floki Sessions Ft. Erica Falls/Robert Walter/Nikki Glaspie
Black Ice- The Heavy Pets
Help Me Help You- The Heavy Pets

Waiting on the Sidelines- Lee Fields

R Better Than 1

The final part of this week’s proGram found that tulips….

Looking Back As It Never Was- Thollem and Brian McOmber
Here Was There- Thollem and Brian McOmber
Jazz Motion Study- Gianni Safred

Dolphin Dance- Arturo O’Farrill
Blue State Blues- Arturo O’Farrill
Old Devil Moon- Chet Baker
Down- Chet Baker

Over My Shoulder- M.E.B. Ft. Vernon Reid
Black Classical Music- Yussef Dayes Ft. Venna & Charlie Stacey
Fête- Lonnie Liston Smith, Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad

Lonnie’s Funk- Towner Galaher Organ Trio (live)
Alligator Boogaloo- Towner Galaher Organ Trio (live)
Fever Dream- Joe Marcinek Band

Joe Marcinek’s Dead Funk Summit

Featuring two of Joe’s musical heroes, bassist George Porter Jr. (The Meters) and keyboardist Melvin Seals (Jerry Garcia Band), ‘Dead Funk Summit’ is the 7th album of original music by JOE MARCINEK BAND and is available through the label, Vintage League Music. Although the JMB studio albums have focused more on jazz and rock, Joe is also known for his “Dead Funk Summit” concerts, which mash-up influences from Funk and the Grateful Dead. According to Marcinek, “The concept started at a show we did together in 2018. Since then the ‘Dead Funk Summit’ has become much more as I’ve used the name to throw some crazy lineups together. Naturally, that lead to me wanting to do an album of original music with Melvin and George. So I wrote the songs on our new release with them in mind, trying to honor the spirits of those two musical worlds while bringing my own vision into the equation.” In February of 2022, Joe traveled to New Orleans to record with George Porter Jr. and his trio of Michael Lemmler (keys) and Terrence Houston (drums). Melvin Seals recorded his parts in San Francisco, and vocals (and a horn section) were added by Tony Hall. The mixing, mastering & artwork were all handled by friend of the proGram, Alan Evans (Eric Krasno, Soulive, The Motet).

Joe and I go way back now, and so it is always a pleasure to catch up with him on his latest accomplishments, but this one is something I personally have been rooting for. Joe’s unique way of getting people together has been something I admire as a person who diggs into the spontaneous nature of things, so I really couldn’t wrap my head around how it must ‘feel’ now that this music is out there. We get in there about how this whole process sorta went down – from live shows and relationship building to writing tunes for these two leGends. The music only tells part of the story so it is really exciting to share in the obvious glow of Joe as this album just dropped for all to share in. You can hear in his voice the thrill of this entire chapter of his life, and well, that shows in the sounds captured on the album – just imagine working with and in the service of two of your ‘idols’. The dreams are real!

To celebrate the album’s release, Joe threw a special album release party down in New Orleans on May 2, featuring another all- star cast of musical characters including: George Porter Jr., Dennis Chambers, Tony Hall, Jennifer Hartswick, Nikki Glaspie, & others.

Dead Funk Summit Musicians (Album)
Joe Marcinek – Guitar
George Porter Jr – Bass
Melvin Seals – Hammond Organ
Terrence Houston – Drums
Michael Lemmler – Keys
Tony Hall – Vocals on Tracks 1-2
Taylor Galbraith – Drums on Track 7
Ashley Galbraith – Bass on Track 7

A Peek Closer

The middle set of the proGram took an even closer sniff.

Only Love Will Get Us There- Corky Siegel Ft. Randy Sabien
**pre-recorded conversation with Corky Siegel & Ernie Watts**
Joyful Jambalaya- Corky Siegel’s Chamber Blues Ft. Chihsuan Yang
Insurance- Corky Siegel’s Chamber Blues Ft. Toronzo Cannon

Allah Hokku Jam- Inna Baba Coulibaly
Yanni Goro- Inna Baba Coulibaly
Mr. Chatterbox- Bob Marley

Argentinian Nights- Ralph Towner
Make Someone Happy- Louis Stewart
Blue Bossa- Louis Stewart

Bang Bang- Plena Libre
But In the End We’ll Be Together- Valia Calda

Silhouettes- Tomas Fujiwara’s Triple Double
Otari 1970- Gebhard Ullmann’s Das Kondensat

Start Your Senses

The first part of today’s proGram really took a new color to heart.

The Funky Gorilla- Arkansauce
Guess I’m Doing Fine- Dom Flemons Ft. Sam Bush
Chet Baker- Esther Rose

Line Those Pockets- The Wood Brothers
Between the Beats- The Wood Brothers
Homemade Crosses- Leroy from the North
Toughen Up- Leroy from the North
Bebe Gonna Let You Down- Jim Basnight

greenarrowradio promo- Jimmie Bratcher
Shadowman- Will James
Boogie- The Reverend Shawn Amos & The Brotherhood (live)
Nighttime Stroll- Bruce Katz Band
All of It- Joe Krown Ft. Leo Nocentelli
Doin’ This- Ana Popovic

Hangin’ With Corky Siegel & Ernie Watts

Corky Siegel and Ernie Watts, two like-minded friends, bringing people together across different traditions. Corky Siegel is known internationally as one of the world’s great blues harmonica players, blues pianist, singer, and writer of unusual songs, a Chamber Blues progenitor, and sole pioneer/composer of award-winning revolutionary works that weave blues and classical forms together. Corky’s has a catalog of recordings on RCA, Vanguard, Alligator, and million-selling blues/classical recordings on the iconic classical label Deutsche Grammophon. Siegel learned his craft – personally – at the feet of such legendary first-generation bluesmen as Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Willie Dixon, Little Walter, and Otis Spann. Ernie Watts has been featured on over 500 recordings by artists ranging from Cannonball Adderley to Frank Zappa and even the Rolling Stones. He was a featured soloist on many of Marvin Gaye’s albums on Motown during the 1970s, as well as on many other pop and R&B sessions. In 2014, Mr. Watts received the prestigious Frankfurt Music Prize. Watts has performed and/or recorded with a long list of who’s who in Jazz including Pat Metheny, Billy Cobham, Kurt Elling, Arturo Sandoval, and Jack DeJohnette to name just a few. His saxophone can be heard on countless television and film scores, and recordings too numerous to list. These are legends!

A few years back I had the pleasure and honor of chatting with both Mr. Watts and Mr. Siegel, separately about an upcoming performance they were putting toGether in Madison. Once again, we are back at it…this time a conversation as a trio. This time around they are heading back to the North Street Cabaret on May 20th, as a duo. We get into a lot of what will go down both musically and personality-wise as a true night of entertainment awaits. We also discuss some of the possibilities of the unknown that always seem to happen when there is a spontaneous shared spreading of joyous moments. Since this tour is made possible by the Johnny Carson Tonight Show Foundation, we get into stories of historical importance of both Ernie’s and Corky’s as it pertains to Doc Severinsen, the Tonight show and even, Mr. Carson. Classic. We go back to their first meeting and the humorous way the two share in how that “you only get one time to mae a first impression’ introduction went down. We talk about some of the new music Corky has been working on and putting out as a solo artist as well as MORE Different Voices, even….And well, we have a whole lotta fun, which, afterall….is the goal.

2023 Grammy Winner Samara Joy in Madison

Jazz singer Samara Joy has been celebrated for her effortless control of timeless jazz standards. Just a few months after winning her first two GRAMMY Awards, including the coveted award for Best New Artist, she showcased her smooth, mature vocals when she brouGht IT to Shannon Hall in Memorial Union on May 4. Joy’s performance was the final event of the Wisconsin Union Theater’s 2022-23 Jazz Series. Prior to her GRAMMYs, she won the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition in 2019 & became an Ella Fitzgerald Memorial Scholar in 2020. She has a significant number of followers on social media platforms, revitalizing jazz for a new, younger audience through her genuine love of the music. Each of her songs highlights the regal resonance and effortless ease of her vocals. Critics & listeners have likened Joy’s proficiency in the genre to music legends like Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald & Billie Holiday. After making her jazz debut with her eponymous first album in 2021, she released “Linger Awhile” in 2022 through Verve Records, the label home to many of the jazz greats to which Joy has been compared. “Linger Awhile” features a mix of familiar jazz standards and lesser-known gems. Samara also flexes her own lyricism on the album using vocalese, a technique in which an artist writes their own lyrics atop a pre-existing melody, so DOPE! “Linger Awhile” earned her a GRAMMY Award win for Best Jazz Vocal Album. She also won the GRAMMY for Best New Artist, a category that the GRAMMY Awards describes as recognizing an artist who has notably impacted the musical landscape. All of this was on full display here in Madison at the Theater. A person who I see as a path backwards for anyone who does not remember, and a jetliner forward into the future of that past. If you get a chance, be like the Union Theater and have Samara come to town, and then go be a part of yesterday and tomorrow.

Tangled Up In Green

The final part of the proGram found itself caught up in the greens of things.

Under The Moon (After Debussy’s “Clair de Lune”)- L.Dre
Florescence (After Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons”)- L.Dre, Simon Servida & Scoring Berlin
Dandelions- UNA
Josie-O- Jayme Stone & Baby States

Step Right Up To The Bottom- Harold Land
Chocolate Mess- Harold Land

Don’t Know What Tomorrow Brings- Secret Night Gang
Trife Life- Benny Reid & Havoc T
Up North Trip- Benny Reid & Havoc T
Q.U. – Hectic- Benny Reid & Havoc T
Words With You- Chromeo
Tablecloth- Moka Only

Tonight- Giant Walking Robots
We Need Your Love- Beres Hammond x Buju Banton
Nubian Wombman- Sister Carol

Visceral Organ- Michael Whalen Ft. Michael Brook/Karsh Kale/Michael Manring/Jeff Oster

This Shadowing Took

The middle part of the program held your hand when you wanted it to.

I’m Gonna Live Forever (If It Kills Me)- William Tyler & The Impossible Truth

Any Colour You Like- The Gilmour Project
**pre-recorded conversation with Jeff Pevar of The Gilmour Project**
Have A Cigar- The Gilmour Project

79- Laith

The Big Break- Cantrips
Silver Lining- Boom Pam
Played A Fool By You- Bobby Harden & The Soulful Saints
Raise Your Mind- Bobby Harden & The Soulful Saints

Verkackt- Erobique
Better Late Than Never- The Sextones
What’s Mine- Claire Davis
Warming Up- Tommaso Cappellato X Pavimento Fertile Ft. Michael Blake & Andrea Lombardini
The Flow Must Go On- Tommaso Cappellato X Pavimento Fertile Ft. Andrea Lombardini

A Place To Be

The first part of this week’s proGram was a happenin’ happening.

Dillsboro Blues- Darren Nicholson
Big City Chicken- Arkansauce
Heart is the Hero- The Wood Brothers

Pack It Up- Will James
I’ve Been Workin’- Professor Louie & The Crowmatix

Craft Beer- Dean Zucchero Ft. Jonathan “Boogie” Long
Dixie Grill- Backtrack Blues Band (Live From Tampa Bay Blues Festival 2022)
I’m A King Bee- Johnny King & Friends Ft. Bobby Rush
Yazoo River- Tony Holiday
Hold On- Nalani Rothrock

No Place Like Home- Dwight Twilley

Vem Bryr Sig- Mary Anne’s Polar Rig
Dopamine Detox- Mary Anne’s Polar Rig
Tom Herman’s Hermits- Mudhoney

Jeff Pevar With The Gilmour Project

Jeff Pevar is a guitarist, composer, producer, performer & multi-instrumentalist who has brought his unique style on stage and/or in the studio to such world renowned artists as Ray Charles, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Bette Midler, Joe Cocker, James Taylor, Jimmy Webb, Carly Simon, Kenny Loggins, Jefferson Starship, Phil Lesh and Friends, Marc Cohn, Jennifer Warnes, Laura Nyro, David Foster, Rickie Lee Jones, Jazz Is Dead, CPR (w/ David Crosby & James Raymond) and so many others. Jeff is a sought after session musician who composes movie scores, music for television shows and advertisements, in addition to composing original music for his own releases. This legendary name in the business has co-written many songs that have appeared on recordings of David Crosby, Graham Nash and other artists. He is heading to Madison this time around as part of The Gilmour Project. ‘T.G.P.’ is Jeff Pevar (guitar); Prairie Prince (co founder of The Tubes, & drums with Todd Rundgren, Jefferson Starship, Phil Lesh); Kasim Sulton (bass with Utopia, Meatloaf & Blue Oyster Cult): Mark Karan (guitar with Bob Weir/Ratdog, The Other Ones, Phil Lesh) & Scott Guberman (keyboards with Phil Lesh). These cats come together for this heavy, psychedelic lift of audacious & beloved ‘Gilmour-centric’ Pink Floyd songs & rarities from David’s solo catalogue.

On May 18th at The Barrymore Theatre, The Gilmour Project will be celebrating the 50th (that’s riGht 50) anniversary of the iconic “Dark Side Of The Moon” album. I had the pleasure of getting together with Mr. Jeff Pevar to talk about just what could be going on at The Barrymore. We talk about the music, the space for exploring the places within the music as ‘T.G.P.’ does, how different the same can/will be on a nightly basis. Sure left me wondering about the specialness about to happen inside the Barrymore’s walls. We spoke about one of my old memory places for cutting teeth with names and faces of music, a one and only place, The Shaboo Inn and how it fits into the pages of Jeff’s history. There’s great moments in this talk, what Ray Charles called out to him in rehearsal and what he thinks it is about him that people are possibly drawn to for the many projects he’s serviced. Of course, I give him a chance to talk about his recently departed buddy, David Crosby, and the impact there is clear. WOW!

Vinylthon Pt. 3

As part of Record Store Day, WSUM participated in the vinylthon activities of the year. Here is the happy endinGs of what the wax was like from the G-Library.

Stealin’- The Grateful Dead (live)
The Same Thing- The Grateful Dead (live)

It’s All Too Much- The Beatles
Dog Eat Dog- Donald Fagan/Walter Becker/Denny Diaz

Skin I’m In- Sly & The Family Stone
I Don’t Know (Satisfaction)- Sly & The Family Stone
He’s A Flyguy- Curtis Mayfield with Fishbone
I’m Gonna Git You Sucka- The Gap Band

Puss In Bag- Lee Perry & The Soulettes

Vinylthon Pt. 2

As part of Record Store Day, WSUM participated in the vinylthon activities of the year. Here is the middle of what the wax was like from the G-Library.

Proud Mary- Elvis Presley (Live)
Never Been to Spain- Elvis Presley (Live)
If I Was A Dancer (Dance Pt.2)- The Rolling Stones

Venus In Furs- The Velvet Underground & Nico
Aspirations- Santana
Every Hungry Woman- Allman Brothers Band (live)
Dreams I’ll Never See- Allman Brothers Band (live)
Sailin’ Shoes- Little Feat (live)

Mr. Natural- Big Brother & The Holding Company
Funkie Jim- Big Brother & The Holding Company