WRVR Jazz NY – Joe Bev

There are fans, and then there are FANS, and Joe Bevilacqua, or Joe Bev for short, is a huge fan of the old New York jazz station. Joe has combined 10 hours of music from his collection with air checks featuring on-air personalities and period commercials to recreate the WRVR listener experience. Let us know what you think… Here is the playlist, along with Joe’s disclaimer: … Continue reading WRVR Jazz NY – Joe Bev

WRVR Jazz NY – Gil Scott-Heron

The challenge to recreate the energy and magic that was WRVR lies in the understanding of the unique blend of artists that were not only names on a playlist, but were active performers in local jazz clubs and festivals. In the late ’70’s to early ’80’s you could catch local and legendary jazz, Latin, and cross-over performers at the Village Gate or Village Vanguard, concerts at … Continue reading WRVR Jazz NY – Gil Scott-Heron

WRVR Jazz NY – Michael Franks

If you want to simulate a typical WRVR groove, just choose a track from any Michael Franks album that was in rotation during the station’s heyday. His collaboration with Joe Sample, Wilton Felder and Larry Carlton of The Crusaders, the crossover cornerstone of ‘RVR, was more than a fortunate coincidence for fans of his laid-back style. The result was Franks’ 1976 release, The Art of … Continue reading WRVR Jazz NY – Michael Franks

WRVR Jazz NY – The Crusaders & Randy Crawford

The evolution of the band from Houston, that began as The Jazz Crusaders, culminated in a series of classic albums in the late 70’s that featured the talents of pianist Joe Sample, saxophonist Wilton Felder, drummer Stix Hooper, and trombonist Wayne Henderson, along with Robert “Pops” Popwell on electric bass and Larry Carlton on guitar. The group created a unique sound that combined elements of … Continue reading WRVR Jazz NY – The Crusaders & Randy Crawford

WRVR Jazz NY – Betty Carter – part 2

Since Betty Carter mentored so many young musicians and influenced generations of vocalists, one post to recognize her place in jazz history is not enough. I wanted to find a performance to best showcase her incredible improvisational skills. After giving her a good listen after many years, the best word I can find to describe her sound is hypnotic. I also better understand why she … Continue reading WRVR Jazz NY – Betty Carter – part 2

WRVR Jazz NY – Dexter Gordon

Not everyone was thrilled with the purchase of WRVR by Sonderling Broadcasting, moving the station from Riverside Church to Woodside, Queens. Jazz purists criticized the new crossover format and mourned the loss of a neighborhood treasure best known for traditional jazz and historic civil rights broadcasts. Overlooked by those critics was the exposure of jazz legends to the larger New York audience drawn to the … Continue reading WRVR Jazz NY – Dexter Gordon

WRVR Jazz NY – Grover Washington Jr.

Miss WRVR? Visit and support WBGO.   Let’s face it, smooth jazz is elevator music. The background music for your visit to the doctor or dentist probably won’t elicit an emotional response or engender lasting memories. There’s a reason that serious jazz aficionados make fun of Kenny G. My favorite Kenny G diss was from Norm McDonald back when he was doing the news update on Saturday … Continue reading WRVR Jazz NY – Grover Washington Jr.

WRVR Jazz NY – Roy Hargrove

Roy Hargrove was not quite eleven when WRVR pulled its jazz format, but his energy and talent exemplified the creative spirit of jazz, and of the station in promoting emerging young artists. The jazz world experienced a great loss with the death of Hargrove on November 2nd from cardiac arrest at the young age of 49. Hargrove, best know for his work on trumpet and … Continue reading WRVR Jazz NY – Roy Hargrove

Redhead Record Review – Vol. 10

Our featured redhead is chef Pati Jinich of Pati’s Mexican Table on PBS.   Pati’s mission is to present the variety of Mexican and Mex-Americana culinary experiences to help dispel our misconceptions about Mexican food and culture. She also puts her unique regional Mexican spin on traditional American and Italian-American fare. Pati’s Recipes Speaking of varieties of American experience, the Italian-American influence on popular music … Continue reading Redhead Record Review – Vol. 10