WRVR Jazz NY – RNC Theme Song

In honor of the awe inspiring Republican National Convention, I profoundly present to our listeners a song from the days when America was great, when WRVR was broadcasting on the New York airwaves, Donald Trump was following in the footsteps of his father Fred, demolishing some of New York City’s finest architectural landmarks, and when men were men, women were women and, like minorities and … Continue reading WRVR Jazz NY – RNC Theme Song

WRVR Jazz NY – Weather Report

In times like these we could all use a little fusion. Crossing over into different genres and  borrowing elements from diverse cultures have always been key elements in jazz composition and improvisation. Fusion takes many forms in jazz, whether it is the incorporation of classical style in the music of the Modern Jazz Quartet, or John Coltrane’s jazz interpretation of My Favorite Things from The … Continue reading WRVR Jazz NY – Weather Report

WRVR Jazz NY – Chaka Khan

It’s a rainy Saturday afternoon, nineteen-seventy something, and I’m riding home on the public bus from White Plains, New York, a freshly purchased copy of Rufusized in hand. Little did I know that I would be blown away by the excitement of the opening track, marveling at the audacious vocals of a unique singer that would soon become one of my lifelong favorites. “Once you … Continue reading WRVR Jazz NY – Chaka Khan

WRVR Jazz NY – Ella Fitzgerald

In celebration of International Jazz Day, remembering the contributions of jazz icon Ella Fitzgerald. Ella’s artistry and improvisational skills are amazing, and while she may not have invented scatting, there’s a good reason Ella is usually the first artist who comes to mind when referencing the form. Throughout my childhood, Ella was everywhere, on T.V. and performing at pop and jazz festivals all over the world. If … Continue reading WRVR Jazz NY – Ella Fitzgerald

WRVR Jazz NY: Cutting Session – Monk vs. Horace Silver

In the tradition of legendary cutting sessions between stride piano masters like James P. Johnson, Jelly Roll Morton and Willie the Lion Smith in Harlem during the early days of Jazz, I present a challenge of classic compositions from modern masters Thelonious Monk and Horace Silver. From Monk, I present Crepuscule With Nellie, from the album Criss-Cross and featuring Charlie Rouse on sax, followed by … Continue reading WRVR Jazz NY: Cutting Session – Monk vs. Horace Silver

WRVR Jazz NY – Black History Month

In recognition of Black History Month, remembering Martin Luther King’s historic appearance at Riverside Church on April 4, 1967 which was covered by WRVR radio. Article from the New Yorker recalls King’s anti-war speech. Martin Luther King Jr’s searing anti-war speech fifty years later Audio of the full speech: Also, sharing an interesting article from 1978 that fills in additional history about WRVR’s transition from … Continue reading WRVR Jazz NY – Black History Month

Redhead Record Review – Serenade to a Soul Sister

Dedicated to my little soul sister Kim. Our featured redhead is Rusty Staub, affectionately nicknamed “Le Grande Orange” during his stint with the expansion Montreal Expos. Rusty had a long and illustrious baseball career that spanned 23 seasons and 6 All-Star appearances. Rusty’s achievements on the field are surpassed by his dedication to others. On April 4, 1986, Staub established the Rusty Staub Foundation to … Continue reading Redhead Record Review – Serenade to a Soul Sister

WRVR New York – Hour of Jazz 10-23-2019

Well, I’ve come to the last of my canned content. Enjoy an hour of jazz, courtesy of Joe Bev, Mr. ‘RVR: WRVR 106.7 FM, commercial Jazz station in New York City, 1970s Les Davis – WRVR Host Playlist: Michael Franks – B’wana, He No Home Tom Scott – Appolonia (Foxtrata) Weather Report – Barbary Coast Lenny White – Chicken Fried Steak Ahmad Jamal – Dolphin … Continue reading WRVR New York – Hour of Jazz 10-23-2019

WRVR New York – Hour of Jazz 10-18-2019

Hour of Jazz featuring jazz giants, courtesy of Joe Bev: WRVR 106.7 FM, commercial Jazz station in New York City, 1970’s G. Keith Alexander – WRVR Host Playlist: Miles Davis – Seven Steps To Heaven New York Jazz Lounge – You Are the Sunshine of My Life Commercials Weather Report – Young and Fine Chick Corea – Friends New York Jazz Lounge – Night and … Continue reading WRVR New York – Hour of Jazz 10-18-2019

WRVR New York – Hour of Jazz 10-8-2019

Another hour of jazz, featuring some Brazilian flair, courtesy of Joe Bev. WRVR 106.7 FM, commercial Jazz station in New York City, 1970s G. Keith Alexander – WRVR Host Playlist: Duke Ellington – Take the’A’ Train Commercials Thelonius Monk – It Don’t Mean a Thing Antonio Carlos Jobim – Wave Herbie Hancock – Chameleon The Modern Jazz Quartet – Blues in B Flat Chick Corea … Continue reading WRVR New York – Hour of Jazz 10-8-2019