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Jan. 15th, 2017


Catamount Community Radio - January 15, 2017

As a modest man, I must refrain from saying that today's show was most excellent, entertaining, finger-snapping and toe-tapping, by turns funny and enlightening. No, that wouldn't be humble of me, so I'm not gonna say it.

MLK weekend, so I played part of one his speeches called "All, Here and Now."

In my promo I say, "More fun than two ... uh, you know." It's a reference to an earlier promo that I recorded in which I say, "more fun than TWO barrels of monkeys." So I busted out my sound effects CD, played some baboon sounds, explained the reference and than segued into this:

Catamount Community Radio, more fun than... uh, you know.

1. Kaki King – Night After Sidewalk
2. David Bowie – I Can’t Give Everything Away
3. Oscar Peterson & Sonny Stitt – I Can’t Give You Anything but Love
4. Bunny Wailer – Bide Up
5. Sly & the Family Stone – Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Again)
6. Ballin’ the Jack – Daydream
7. Duke Ellington – Take the A train
8. Allison Kraus & Robert Plant – Killing the Blues
9. Prince – Sign ‘o’ the Times
10. Steven Bernstein – Hit the Road
11. Bebo Valdés – La comparsa
12. Solomon Burke – He’ll Have to Go
13. Allen Toussaint – St. James’ Infirmary
14. Orrin Evans & Christian McBride – A Secret Place
15. Glen Campbell – These Days
16. Sonny Rollins – Toot Toot Tootsie, Good-bye
17. Martin Luther King – All, Here and Now
18. Ella Fitzgerald – Solitude
19. Oscar Peterson & Benny Green – Yours is my Heart Alone
20. Bill Frisell – Goin’ Out of my Head
21. Bob Marley – Work
22. Erroll Garner – The Coffee Song
23. Andre Williams – The Monkey Speaks his Mind
24. Juan Carmona – Soleariyas
25. Sacri Cuori – La marabina
26. The Impressions – Talking About my Baby
27. Joshua Redman – Hide and Seek
28. The Wailers – Get Up, Stand Up
29. Dewey Redman – Joie de vivre

Jan. 8th, 2017


Catamount Community Radio - January 8, 2016

Driving in today (it was too cold for biking and plus, I wanted to bring a vacuum cleaner with me), I saw a young lady driving with only the driver's side of the front window cleared of snow. That is "stupid." (Donald Somebody puts the word in quotation marks in his tweets - what's up with that, by the way? I don't think he knows or cares what quotation marks are for.)

After the show, I bought a sandwich. The cost was $4.01. I gave the dude at the register a ten-dollar bill and a dime. But he rang it up as $10.00, so the register reported my change as $5.99. I had to tell him what the proper change should be - and this is not the first time that has happened. I don't think this guy is "stupid," but rather that he is not in the habit of doing addition and subtraction in his head.

Pretty much all jazz today, with the exception of an afropop / cubano set in the middle.

1. John Coltrane – My Ideal
2. Keith Garrett – When I Fall in Love
3. Johnny Hartman – Almost Like a Song
4. Fats Waller – I Can’t Give You Anything but Love
5. Fats Navarro & Dexter Gordon – Dextrose
6. Buddy DeFranco – Twelve Tone Blues
7. Sonny Stitt – (I Don’t Stand) A Ghost of a Chance
8. Tina Turner & Herbie Hancock – Edith and the Kingpin
9. Bill Frisell – Messin’ with the Kid
10. Wynton Marsalis Quartet – Free to Be
11. Orlando “Cachaíto” López – Wahira
12. Wendo Kolosoy – Soki Oyoki Victoria
13. Manu Dibongo – Soul Makossa
14. Ray Baretto – Descarga la moderna
15. Monty Alexander – Crazy Baldheads
16. Ben Allison – Goin’ Back
17. Ike Quebec – A Light Reprise
18. Sheila Jordan – Falling in Love with Love
19. 3 Cohens – Tiger Rag
20. Eric Reed – Work
21. Sarah Vaughan – Mean to Me
22. Walter Smith III – Henya
23. Rahsaan Roland Kirk – Petite fleur
24. Ballin’ the Jack – The Big Head

Jan. 4th, 2017



We're coming back from jazz last night when suddenly BANG! A large owl flies right into the front window of Mary Ellen's truck. Wow. I can think of two possibilities. One, it was nesting and therefore defending its territory; or two, that it was hunting and the prey it had in its talons was too heavy to allow it to elevate rapidly. Or it was hunting and we startled it and it simply misjudged in flying away. I'm inclined to go for the latter explanation.

BTW, a group of owls is called a "parliament." So a group of crows should be called a "funkadelic."
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At the Post Office

At the post office this morning a guy who was probably 85 years old turns to the rest of us in line and asks, “Why are you all dressed for winter?”

So I piped up, “Because it’s January. Why are you wearing shorts?”

He answered, “If you got nice legs you gotta let ‘em hang.”

Jan. 1st, 2017


Catamount Community Radio - January 1, 2017

In spite of the taste of dissipation in my mouth, I enjoyed doing the show this morning. I hope somebody was listening. Even if not, still worth it. Happy New Year. I hope you can live up to your revolutions ... resolutions ... and make the world a better place in your own small way.

1. The Supplicants – Hanuman’s Leap
2. David Bowie – Everyone Says Hi
3. Joel Harrison – Wichita Lineman
4. Faron Young – Country Girl
5. Ted Nash – Something for Nash
6. Van Morrison – Fair Play
7. John Coltrane – I Love You
8. Fairground Attraction – A Smile and a Whisper
9. Happy Apple – Mary’s Mixture
10. Luke Vibert & B.J. Cole – Hipalong Hop
11. David Sánchez – Ven esta cançao
12. The Cosmic Rays – Daddy Gonna Tell You No Lies
13. Teddy Wilson – Coquette
14. Etta James – One for my Baby (and One More for the Road)
15. Tony Bennett – Last Night When We Were Young
16. Cannonball Adderly & Bill Evans – Toy
17. Corinne Bailey Rae & Herbie Hancock – River
18. Charles Mingus – Slop
19. Vince Gill & Teri Clark – I Can’t Keep You in Love with Me
20. Coleman Hawkins – I Talk to the Trees
21. John Mayer – Gravity
22. Christopher Guest – Kung Fu Christmas
23. Thelonious Monk – Well, You Needn’t
24. Etta James – I’f Rather Go Blind
25. Count Ossie & the Mystic Revelation of Rastafari – 400 Years
26. Eric Reed – Work
27. The Faithful Harmonizers – Up Above my Head

Dec. 25th, 2016


Catamount Community Radio - December 25, 2016

Woke up this morning late, with the taste of dissipation in my mouth, and debated with myself for a moment about whether or not to do the show.... Hell yeah I'm gonna do it! No time to shower, no time for nothing!

But I rocked it, I think, and the time flew by.

1. Earl Hines – Why Do I Love You?
2. The Qualities – It’s Christmas Time
3. Joe Henderson – Lazy Afternoon
4. Jimmie Lunceford – Harlem Shout
5. Nick Lowe – A Dollar Short of Happy
6. Unknown – Jazz Battle
7. Hank Mobley – Deep in a Dream
8. Jamie Hartford – Gentle on my Mind
9. Omer Avital – Yemen Suite
10. Ballin’ the Jack – L’ésprit de Django
11. Etta James – A Lover is Forever
12. TJ Kirk – Soul Power
13. Loretta Lynn – Blue Christmas
14. Ike Quebec – Blue Samba
15. Nick Lowe – So It Goes
16. Sun Ra – State Street
17. Billy Joel – Vienna
18. Jimmie Lunceford - Organ Grinder's Swing
19. Gustavo Santaolalla
20. Charles Mingus – Mood Indigo
21. The Tams – Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy
22. Ahmad Jamal – Paris After Dark
23. John Kirby & His Onyx Club Boys – Coquette
24. Ertha Kitt – I Want to be Evil
25. Dave Douglas – Poses
26. Louis Armstrong – Zat You, Santa?
27. Snoop Dogg – Santa Claus Goes to the Ghetto
28. Pee Pee Dynamite – Groovy Christmas
29. Ben Allison – Across the Universe

Dec. 19th, 2016


Catamount Community Radio - December 18, 2016

A Christmas show yesterday (I'm writing a day after the fact).

I am for the most part done with my semester. I played my piano recital on Saturday (It was OK, "On the Sunny Side of the Street," "In Walked Bud," and a funk arrangement of "Up on the Roof Top" called "Fat Man on the Roof"). All my grades are in, I have put the grade grubbers in their places ... So, I should be able to relax now. But somehow I can't. I have this feeling in my heart, or my spleen or my liver, or somewhere, that I have some responsibility to attend to. I may need a few more days to adjust to my new freedom, to quit worrying about practicing or grading, or classes, or students. Last night I went to hear my friend Tyler play jazz at a cocktail bar ... and unfortunately, I was unable to enjoy myself. I'm an unsocial freak. I felt like going home. And when I got home, I wasn't happy there either. I felt like going to my office. But it was 11:30 at night. What is it they say? First-world problems. But I have plans. Read the Mingus bio on the couch with my dog at my feet. A couple days of that and I'll be in the groove.

I played Sherwin Sleeves' "The Christmas Skater" again this year. I dig it. It's a 45:00 thing, but worth the time. And a few other Christmas faves.

Catamount Community Radio, 10-12, Sunday mornings at 90.5 - if you happen to be in the Sylva area of Western North Carolina - and not streaming on the internet.

1. Joel Frahm & Brad Mehldau – Away from Home
2. Rahsaan Roland Kirk – We Free Kings
3. Taj Mahal – Chevrolet
4. Benny Green – Pittsburgh Brethren
5. Charlie Parker – White Christmas
6. Sherwin Sleeves – The Christmas Skater
7. Matt Wilson – I’ll be Home for Christmas
8. James Brown – Santa Claus Go Straight to the Ghetto
9. Mel Tormé – The Christmas Song
10. Chet Baker – Winter Wonderland
11. Nick Lowe – A Dollar Short of Happy
12. Nick Lowe – Children Go Where I Send Thee
13. Nick Lowe – Rise Up Shepherd
14. The Pretenders – 2000 Miles
15. Roger Miller – Old Toy Trains
16. Lloyd Glenn – Sleigh Ride
17. The Superions – Fruitcake
18. Pearl Bailey – A Five Pound Box of Money
19. Feist – Please be Patient
20. Bootsy Collins Jingle Belz
21. Nick Lowe – I Wish it Could be Christmas Every Day

Sherwin Sleeves

Dec. 11th, 2016


Catamount Community Radio - December 11, 2016

Good show today; my board operation was virtually flawless.

Next week, a Christmas show. I have it 75% planned already.

1. Ellis Marsalis – I Can’t Give You Anything but Love
2. Yusef Lateef – Yusef’s Mood
3. Nancy Wilson – I Can’t Take my Eyes Off You
4. John Lewis – Two Degrees East, Three Degrees West
5. Sharon Jones – You’re Gonna Get It
6. Joe Sample – Avalón
7. Kokolo – Our Own Thing
8. Bob Dylan – Forever Young
9. Eddie Harris – The Shadow of Your Smile
10. Antonio Carmona – Se amarra el pelo
11. Aaron Parks – Roadside Distraction
12. Abdullah Ibrahim – Joan Capetown Flower
13. Aaron Neville – A Hard Nut to Crack
14. Anita O’Day – An Occasional Man
15. Mulatu Astatke – Chinese New Years
16. Frank Sinatra – Cycles
17. Bill Charlap – America
18. Larry Goldings – Beautiful Dreamer
19. Nat Cole – When I Grow too Old to Dream
20. Elvis Presley – All Shook Up
21. Joshua Redman – The Second Time Around
22. Don Byron – Frasquita Serenade
23. Ella Fitzgerald – I’ll See You in my Dreams
24. Bill Frisell – You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away
25. Al Green – You’ve Got a Friend
26. World Saxophone Quartet – Amazing Grace

Dec. 4th, 2016


Catamount Community Radio - December 4, 2016

I framed the show with John Lewis playing "December, Remember" on the 88s. I play this tune every December, and every once in a while in July too. December. Christmas vacation. For probably the last ten years, I have driven north to Michigan to spend the vacation. This year, I'm going to break my streak and stay in N.C. and just chill. I'll be on the couch in the piano room, with a book in my hand and a dog at my feet. One thing I always do this time of year is read a lot (as Nick Lowe says). And I just got something new to read. Jim Dandy sent me a book about Charles Mingus. He knows me. Often I'm not crazy about being gifted books, but I make an exception for Dandy, who repeatedly has given me books that I want to read.

I make an annual pilgrimage to NYC to visit my Jersey pals at WFMU, to go to jazz clubs, and visit museums (I didn't like museums as a young man, but maybe it's a sign of my impending old age that I now really enjoy museums). In the last few years I've seen both Mingus Dynasty (small group Mingus tribute) and the Mingus Big Band (which was absolutely amazing). I've read Mingus's short memoir (years and years ago) ... So I'm looking forward to this read. Thanks, Dandy!!

1. John Lewis – December, Remember
2. Bill Frisell – Stringbean
3. Brad Mehldau & Joshua Redman – In Walked Bud
4. Duke Ellington – I’m Beginning to See the Light
5. Duke Ellington – Azure
6. Gladys Knight – Help Me Make it Through the Night
7. 3 Cohens – Blues for Dandi’s Orange Bull …
8. The Cactus Blossoms – You’re Dreaming
9. Brad Mehldau Trio – Dreamsville
10. Henry Threadgill – Charimaster
11. The Delta Rhythm Boys – Take the A Train
12. Hank Jones & Joe Lovano – Chelsea Bridge
13. Luis Russell – Hokus Pokus
14. Arthur H – Naïve derviche
15. Sun Ra – Daddy’s Gonna Tell You no Lies
16. Bud Powell – I Can’t Believe You’re in Love with Me
17. The Gypsy Kings – Nuages
18. Sonny Rollins – Toot, Toot Tootsie, Good-bye
19. Bruce Springsteen – The Hunter of Invisible Game
20. 3 Cohens – Blueport
21. Kronos Quartet – Mini Skirt
22. Lake Street Drive – Faith
23. John Lewis – December, Remember

3 Cohens

Nov. 27th, 2016


Catamount Community Radio - November 27, 2016

Yesterday I made myself a list. I called it "TASKS."

• Read seven student essays
• Prepare radio show
• Read pp. 71-118 of novel
• Practice piano 1 1/2 hrs.
• Walk Roscoe one hour
• Change Mishu's litter

Normally, when I make a list for myself, I do about half of what's on it. Yesterday, strangely, I did everything on my list. Still, I didn't experience the expected sense of accomplishment. It was more like, what kind of fool spends an entire Saturday working and ticking things off a list? Is the glass have empty or half full? Get a big enough glass and it will be almost completely empty.

Jim Dandy told me once about a restaurant in Key West called "Siboney." With typical Dandyesque humor, he called it "Sea Bunny." (He calls Bill Frisell "Frizzle.") I played Cachao doing Ernesto Lecuona's "Siboney," in descarga style.

Supposedly 90.5 will move to 95.3 at some point. I imagine that maybe when we make the move, the internet stream will resume, and I'll have Jim back in the fold. One can only hope. So I notice that WCQS, the NPR affiliate that has been broadcasting at 91.5 and 95.3 is gone from the latter. Are they clearing it out for us?

CCR - 10-12 Sunday mornings at 90.5 (for now)

1. Ben Webster – Chelsea Bridge
2. Thelonious Monk – Little Rootie Tootie
3. Django Reinhradt – Undecided
4. Bill Frisell – White Fang
5. Ella Fitzgerald & the Delta Rhythm Boys – It’s Only a Paper Moon
6. Kronos Quartet – Tabú
7. The Five Stairsteps – O-O-H Child
8. Don Byron – Charley’s Prelude
9. B.B. King – You Upset Me Baby
10. Houston Person – You’ve Changed
11. The Ditty Bops – Moon Over the Freeway
12. Abdullah Ibrahim – Third Line Samba
13. Fletcher Henderson – King Porter Stomp
14. Henry Threadgill – Chair Master
15. Jeff “Tain” Watts – Jonesin’ (for Elvin)
16. Donny Hathaway – Tryin’ Times
17. Joe Sample – Shreveport Stomp
18. Israel “Cachao” López – Siboney
19. Gal Costa & Caetano Veloso – Baby
20. Billy Butler – B+B Calypso
21. Anita O’Day – What a Little Moonlight Can Do
22. Victor Goines – Stop ‘n’ Go
23. Dianne Reeves – Too Close for Comfort
24. Count Basie – Dickie’s Dream
25. Fats Waller – I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter
26. Anibal Velázquez – Sal y agua
27. The Emotions – My Honey and Me
28. Elvis Presley –All Shook Up
29. Andrew Hill – Diddy Wah

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