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Shirley Scott in the Doodlin' Lounge
September 19, 2019 09:55 AM PDT
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This episode has the voice and music of the late Shirley Scott. I recorded a phone conversation with her in December of 1994 and incorporated it into this updated program featuring a few of her tracks. Shirley was a very special friend and was always most cordial and willing to pass-on information as I researched the jazz organ story. enjoy...

Eric Wyatt in the Doodlin' Lounge
September 11, 2019 12:19 PM PDT
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Saxophonist, Eric Wyatt has a new release on Whaling City Sound (The Golden Rule...for Sonny) that pays homage to the one and only Sonny Rollins. As a family friend, Sonny spent a lot of time with Eric's father and mother and even referred to Eric as his Godson. The influence of Sonny Rollins on Eric is certainly realized within the tracks of this recording... and the life-lessons passed down from Sonny to Eric add such meaning to the music. I think you will 'The Golden Rule...' to be most appealing on a number of levels.

Orrin Evans in the Doodlin' Lounge
July 30, 2019 10:15 PM PDT
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Pianist Orrin Evans has been one of our most exciting performers and recording artists in recent times. Through a couple dozen recorded efforts he has revealed his exciting, innovative style and individualist approach to music. Whether leading his own groups; commanding the attention of his Captain Black Big Band or lending his musical mind to the Bad Plus, Orrin is ready, willing and able to contribute on the highest level. In this, his second visit to my fantasy Doodlin' Lounge, Orrin offers his wisdom and candor in a most digestible fashion.

Gloria Coleman in the Doodlin' Lounge
July 24, 2019 09:10 AM PDT
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Gloria Coleman was born on this day, July 24, in New York City. I won't mention the year because she always left that out of any and all conversations. She once told me; "Don't ask me anything about my past because I don't remember nothin!" All kidding aside, Gloria was a true pioneer in jazz music - not because she was a woman fighting for identity but because she was a musician's musician. With friends like Shirley Scott, Etta Jones, Sonny Stitt and Ernie Wilkens, she forged ahead composing and performing as a pianist, organist and vocalist. She belonged to a very important part of our musical development in this country. Gloria and I became dear friends and I promised her that I would do my best to produce a recording that she would be proud of on personal and professional levels. Teaming Gloria with her former husband, George Coleman, and adding their son, George Coleman, Jr. was -I felt- a historic milestone. I will miss Gloria for the rest of my life... She was somethin' else!

Billy James in the Doodlin' Lounge
July 22, 2019 10:28 AM PDT
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This Doodlin' Lounge radio show was produced some nineteen years ago in celebration of both Billy James and his long time friend and music companion, Don Patterson. It was during the time of the Republican convention in Philadelphia when I called Billy and recorded this phone conversation. The music of Don Patterson and Billy is featured throughout... Enjoy!