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Mar. 19th, 2017


Catamount Community Radio - March 19 & 26, 2017

So today I broke out a new notebook, the old one having been filled to the last page. I always keep a radio notebook whose contents are CCR playlists and random quotations from X.Ray Burns, who is on the air with Glen Jones Sundays 12-3 in the afternoon on WFMU. The last notebook runs from August 14, 2016 to March 19, 2017.

Last week played a few by the late, great Chuck Berry. What a great songwriter! My favorites include "Promised Land," "Brown Eyed Handsome Man," and Memphis Tennessee, but there are so many more. Perhaps underrated as a guitarist too. Bob Seger, in one of his tunes ... "Rock 'n' Roll Never Forgets" I think, he refers to rockers as "all of Chuck's children." This is apt, Rock 'n' roll would certainly be something else without the influence of Chuck Berry.

This week I featured Nick Lowe, in honor of his 68th birthday. Anybody who listens to my show knows how fond I am of Nick Lowe, a song writing talent on par with Chuck Berry.

This week's playlist:

1. David “Fathead” Newman – Girl Talk
2. Nicholas Payton – People Make the World Go Around
3. Nick Lowe – I’m a Mess
4. Marcus Roberts – Elite Syncopations
5. The Meters – Look-Ka Py Py
6. Paul Simon – Father and Daughter
7. Tony Allen – Gbedu
8. Oscar Peterson – Without a Song
9. Sacri Couri – La marabina
10. Dinah Washington & Brooks Benton – A Rockin’ Good Way (to Mess Around and Fall in Love)
11. Jay McShann – Sepian Bounce
12. Mario Bauzá – Chucho
13. Nick Lowe – I Read a Lot
14. Orinn Evans – The Sound of Philadelphia
15. Bill Charlap – Theme from “The Odd Couple”
16. Aaron Goldberg – One’s a Crowd
17. Janis Ian – At Seventeen
18. The Bar-Kays – Knucklehead
19. Howlin’ Wolf – My Life
20. Branford Marsalis 4tet- Mo’ Better Blues
21. Chuck Berry – Nadine
22. Yusef Lateef – The Three Faces of Balal
23. Chuck Berry – You Never Can Tell
24. Mark Whitfield – Love’s in Need
25. Count Basie – Dickie’s Dream
26. Andrew Hill – Diddy wah
27. Rahsaan Roland Kirk – 3-in-1 Oil withut the Oil
28. Nick Lowe – Different Kind of Blue
29. Miles Davis – Blue in Green

Last week's playlist:

1. Orinn Evans – Blues Connotation
2. Roy Hargrove – Ev’rybody Wants to be a Cat
3. Stacy Kent – This Can’t be Love
4. Vagabond Orchestra – Gaia
5. Chuck Berry – Promised Land
6. Chuck Berry – It’s my Own Business
7. Duke Ellington – Wanderlust
8. Bob Dylan – Early Morning Rain
9. Ballin’ the Jack – Daydream
10. Gordon Lightfoot – Changes
11. Benny Green – Shiek of Araby
12. Duke Ellington & John Coltrane – My Little Brown Book
13. Charlie Parker – My Little Suede Shoes
14. Chuck Berry – No Money Down
15. Chuck Berry – No Particular Place to Go
16. Matt Wilson – Main Stem
17. HAT – Arizona Analyzer
18. Jo Privat – Joseph, Joseph
19. Bill Charlap – Not a Care in the World
20. New York Dolls – Maimed Happiness
21. Ben Allison – Green Al
22. Sarah Vaughan – Mean to Me
23. James Brown – James Brown’s Bugaloo
24. Fontella Bass – Bron Eyed Handsome Man
25. Chuck Berry – Memphis, Tennessee
26. Andre Toussaint – Hold ‘em, Joe
27. Sonny Rollins – Hold ‘em, Joe
28. Ted Nash – Organized Crime
29. Freddie King – Surf Monkey
30. Cab Calloway – Jitter Bug
31. Thelonious Monk – Well You Needn’t

Mar. 12th, 2017


Catamount Community Radio - March 12, 2017

Daylight Saving Time, what's it all about, Alfie? I think it's about saving electricity, but I'm not convinced it's working. I want my hour back, and I want it back now, not next fall. I'm afraid I'm going to have to take a nap today.

Snow on the ground and in the trees this morning, but the roads were pretty much bare. I did get a photo, but I was in a rush, so I didn't get the one I would have liked. Here's it is on Mondo Marco.

1. Eric Alexander – The Star-Crossed Lovers
2. Matt Wilson – Happy Days are Here Again
3. Nick Lowe – Love’s Got a Lot to Answer for
4. Wayne Shorter – Fee-Fi-Fo-Fum
5. John Mellancamp – Baltimore Oriole
6. Marcus Roberts Trio – Jitterbug Waltz
7. Marisa Monte – Dança de solidão
8. Christian McBride, Mark Whitfield & Nicholas Payton – One Finger Snap
9. Lester Young – Them There Eyes
10. Jewels & Binoculars – It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue
11. Bob Dylan – You’re Gonna Make Me Lonely When You Go
12. Stanley Turrentine – Let It Go
13. Lord Creator – Kingston Town
14. Mat Wilson – 25 Years of Rootabaga
15. Sahib Shihab – Peter’s Waltz
16. Buddy Holly – Learning the Game
17. Clark Terry – Do Nothing Till You Hear from Me
18. Charlie Parker – Tiny’s Tempo
19. Lalo Guerrero – Los chucos suaves
20. Desmond Dekker – You Get It if You Really Want
21. Merle Travis – I’ll See You in my Dreams
22. Jay McShann – I’ll See You in my Dreams
23. Larry Goldings – Here’ There, Everywhere
24. Marion Black – Who Knows
25. Tomatito – Al tío Juan Habichuela
26. Tex Ritter – I’m and Old Cowhand
27. Joshua Redman – Hide and Seek
28. Teddy Wilson – Fools Rush In
29. 3 Cohens Tfila (Prayer)

(He wrote the music of "I'll See You in my Dreams")

Mar. 5th, 2017


A quote from Jim Dandy

"I got nothin much to say today so I thought I should just not say it here. Maybe the next time that I do actually have something to say, I will remember how easy it was to not say it here. I'm just so used to not saying anything that when I do want to say something, even though I have nothing to say, it's like squeezing an empty toothpaste tube. You always get a little bit on your brush no matter how empty you thought it was when you started. That said, it's time for me to rinse and spit. later."


Catamount Community Radio - March 5, 2017

Man, there's something to be said for hitting the sack at 10:00 p.m and getting up at 7:05. Haven't felt so good in the morning in a while.

I'm looking forward to this spring break, a week of sleeping as late as I want, little-by-little getting my work done, practicing, etc, without the stress of deadlines.

Today's show was perhaps notable for the relative scarcity of jazz numbers - it was by no means jazz-free, but a whole lot of other stuff.

Folks'Songs continues to roll along. We did our seventh gig on Friday, without Mr. T, but with Adam on stand-up bass (he's a stand-up guy). I wasn't sure it would work out without the sax man, but it did. The weird thing is that I wasn't feeling great all day, but hitting the stage, everything was OK. Now my plan is to check out the pawn shops, see if I can pick up a cheap PA system.

1. Gene Ammons – Up Tight
2. Matt Wilson – Feel the Sway
3. The Jive Bombers – Bad Boy
4. Preservation Hall Jazz Band – Sugar Plum
5. Lee Dorsey – When the Bill Gets Paid
6. Lee Dorsey – Ya Ya
7. Mulatu Astatke & the Heliocenrics – Cha Cha
8. Randy Newman – Losing You
9. Sonny Rollins – Alfie’s Theme
10. The Wailers – Duppy Conqueror
11. Lord Iere & Neville Marcano – War
12. Willie Bobo – Tuxedo Junction
13. Billie Holiday – Gloomy Sunday
14. Red Prysock – Hand Clappin’
15. Eddie Loiss – Mazurka cacadou
16. Willie Nelson – Recollection Phoenix
17. Kenny Werner – New Amsterdam
18. Jean Conti – Courdes a Courdes
19. Atahualpa Yupanque – Los ejes de mi carreta
20. Aníbal Velázquez – Sal y agua
21. Los Tucanes de Tijuana – Jugo a la vida
22. Gal Costa – Aquele frere axé
23. Eddie Bo – If It’s Good to You, It’s Good for You
24. Bjorn Svensson – Evening in Atlantis
25. Coleman Hawkins – I Talk to the Trees
26. Fats Waller – You Meet the Nicest People in Your Dreams
27. Duke Ellington – The Mooche
28. Frankie Valli – Can’t take my Eyes off of You
29. The Faithful Harmonizers – Up Above my Head

Mar. 2nd, 2017


Mancelona, MI dialogue, Summer 2012


OLD MAN: How are you doing?

BALD GUY: Couldn't be better if I had a blond! Or two of them, because they're small.

MARK: A blond hair or two?

Feb. 26th, 2017


Catamount Community Radio - February 26, 2017


1. Lennie Tristano – Ghost of a Chance
2. Tony Bennet – Last Night When We Were Young
3. Nicholas Payton – After You’ve Gone
4. Lee Dorsey – Games People Play
5. Aaron Neville – Tell It Like it Is
6. Ernie K-Doe – A Certain Girl
7. Wild Tchoupitoulas – Hey, Hey (Indians Comin’)
8. Lee Morgan – Ceora
9. Sun Ra – Medicine for a Nightmare
10. Lou Donaldson – The Best Things in Life Are Free
11. Arnett Cobb – Jumpin’ at the Woodside
12. Nick Lowe – Lately I’ve Let Things Slide
13. Los Fabulosos Cadillacs – Calaveras y Diablitos
14. Sonora Ponceña – Woddy’s Blue
15. Lord Creator – Such is Life
16. Tommy McCook – Reggae Merengue
17. Cassandra Wilson – Paintd from Memory
18. T-Bone Walker – T-Bone Shuffle
19. Frank Sinatra – You Lucky People
20. Frank Sinatra – Young at Heart
21. Sonny Rollins – Cutie
22. Charlie Parker – Tico Tico
23. Lester Young – Way Down Yonder in New Orleans
24. Ingrid Michelson – The Way I Am
25. Susie Arioli – Here’s to the Losers
26. Sun Ra – State Street
27. Lord Kiichener – Kitch, You’re so Sweet
28. Jamey Johnson – I Fall to Pieces
29. Trygve Seim – Himmelrand / Tidevard pt. IV

Feb. 19th, 2017


Catamount Community Radio - February 12 & 19

At our Folks'Songs gig at Guadalupe on Friday, a woman came up during the break and told me she listened to my show every Sunday, and that she always wondered what I looked like. I gave her the obligatory "I have a good face for radio" answer. I admit though that she telling me that warmed my heart.

Clyde Stubblefield passed away, the funky drummer, so I played the tune of that name. Probably the most sampled beat in all of hiphopdom.

1. Larry Goldings – Beautiful Dreamer
2. Wynton Marsalis – Big Butter and Egg Man
3. Louis Armstrong – Among my Souvenirs
4. John Coltrane – The Night has a Thousand Stars
5. Les Pires – Dancing with Jean Maurice
6. Ben E. King – Supernatural Thing
7. Charlie Parker – Bloomdido
8. Harvey Mandel – Peruvian Flake
9. Nick Lowe – Rome Wasn’t Built in a Day
10. Futuristic Ensemble – Davenport Blues
11. Fred Frith – Spring Any Day Now
12. Glen Campbell – If You Could Read my Mind
13. Matt Wilson – Strangers in the Night
14. Tiger Blossom – Brishtir Pani
15. Orquesta Sonora de la Habana – Bruca Maniguá
16. Gipsy Kings – Nuages
17. Christian McBride & Ron Blake – Shake & Blake
18. Smokie Robinson – Baby Don’t Cry (stripped down version)
19. Abdullah Ibrahim – The Wedding
20. Clyde Stubblefield – Funky Drummer (isolated drums)
21. James Brown – Funky Drummer
22. Professor Longhair – Her Mind is Gone
23. The Heptones – Hypocrite
24. Bob Marley – Jamming
25. Brian Bromberg – Shining Star
26. Cassandra Wilson – Redbone
27. Tom Waits – Alice
28. Staple Singers – Samson and Delilah

February 12, 2017

1. Mose Allison – Everything I Have is Yours
2. Clifford Brown – Stompin’ at the Savoy
3. Osvaldo Pugliese – Adiós, Nonino
4. Diana Krall – A Simple Twist of Fate
5. Dave Brubeck & Paul Desmond – Stardust
6. Marce Azzola – Afro-musette
7. Charlie Parker – She Rote
8. Nick Lowe – Somebody Cares for Me
9. Songhai – Sute Monebo
10. Henry Mancini – Something for Cat
11. Robbie Fulks – She Took a lot of Pills and Died
12. Benny Green – Blue Minor
13. Tom Waits – Blue Valentines
14. Ska Cubano – Babalú
15. Charlie Parker – My Little Suede Shoes
16. The Imprssions – We’re Rolling On, Pt. 1
17. Dexter Gordon – Bikini
18. The Staple Singers – Let’s Do It Again
19. Cannonball Addreley – Bohemia After Dark (Remixed)
20. Sarah Vaughan – Ain’t Misbehavin’
21. Merle Travis – Cannonball Rag
22. Louis Armstrong – You Don’t Learn that at School
23. Kenny Dorham – Afrodisia
24. Nick Lowe – Stoplight Roses
25. Lester Young – Three Little Words
26. Amos Milburn – House Party Tonight
27. Ivie Anderson & the Ellington Orchestra – Truckin’
28. Bill Charlap – I Remember April

Feb. 9th, 2017


Catamount Community Radio - February 5, 2017

I've been playing percussion and singing with a project known as "FolksSongs." We had our second gig on Sunday afternoon at the Canton, NC Public Library. (By the way, there is a sticker on the door that says "No Concealed Weapons," but I guess open carry is OK, because there was a Trumpster there with his pistol in a holster.) So that's why I didn't post the playlist.

Still no internet stream. They inflate my hopes only to deflate them.

1. Joshua Redman – Easy Living
2. Marvin Hamlish – Solace
3. Dinah Washngton – What a Difference a Day Made
4. Louis Armstrong – SNAFU
5. Louis Corchia – La roulette
6. Shirley Horne – Love for Sale
7. Aníbal Troilo – La cumparsita
8. Colin Hay – Waiting for Real Life to Begin
9. Bill Frisell – Crazy
10. Louis Armstrong – Lovely Weather We’re Having
11. Maceo Parker – Rabbits in the Pea Patch
12. Futuristic Ensemble – Candlelights
13. Paul Whiteman – Ain’t No Sweet Man ….
14. Aaron Parks – Roadside Distraction
15. Ray Bryant – Old Devil Moon
16. Hadda Brooks – That’s my Desire
17. Jimmie Smith – Ode to Billie Joe
18. Helen Merril – You’d be so Nice to Come Home to.
19. Chet Atkins – Wildwood Flower
20. Dinah Washington & Brook Benton – Baby, You’v Got What it Takes
21. Deli Sosimi – T.M.I.
22. Buddy Collette – Calypso Cubano
23. Lord Creator – Paint Up, Clean Up Time
24. New Quintette du Hot Club de France – Minor Swing
25. Vibulator – Pocket Monsters
26. Harry Connick, Jr. – If I Only Had a Brain
27. Miriam Makeba – Pata Pata
28. Bunk Johnson – Careless love
29. Sonny Stitt – Where is Love?
30. U2 – Peace on Earth

Jan. 29th, 2017


Catamount Community Radio - January 29, 2017

So my legions of fans get themselves a cup of mud, fire up the wireless and listen to the following records:

1. Charles Mingus – Theme for Lester Young
2. James P. Johnson – If I Could Be with You One Hour Tonight
3. Bobby Parker – Watch Your Step
4. Jason Moran – Arizona Landscape
5. Christian Scott – So What
6. The Meters – Look-ka Py Py
7. Jeff Coffin – First Comes Last
8. Jimi Hendrix – Slow Blues
9. Dinah Washington – Fat Daddy
10. Joel Frahm – Pennies from Heaven
11. Carole King – Crying in the Rain
12. Joe Henderson – Lotus Blossom
13. Duke Ellington – Isfahan
14. Larry Goldings – Beautiful Dreamer
15. Tinariwen – Chet Boghassa
16. Ernesto Lecuona – La comparsa
17. Chucho Valdés – La comparsa
18. John Mayer – Daughters
19. Ted Nash – Sidewalk Meeting (reprise)
20. Harry Connick, Jr. – You Didn’t Know Me When
21. Bill Charlap – Tiny’s Tempo
22. Gladys Knoght – I’ve Got to Use my Imagination
23. Ben Webster – Tenderly
24. Cornelius – Brazil
25. Cassandra Wilson – Wichita Lineman
26. Eric Reed – The Dancing Monk
27. Roland Alphonso – Blackberry Brandy
28. Nicholas Payton – Cannibas Leaf, Pt. 1
29. Duke Ellington – C-Jam Blues

Jan. 22nd, 2017


Catamount Community Radio - January 22, 2017

Another Sunday, another radio show. I arrived at the station, and who was there but Travis, the Program Director. Before he left, I asked him about the internet stream, and he said there was a good chance that it would be up again soon. One can only hope. When it does come back, I'm going to start with the cover contest again.

I usually try to avoid politics on the internet, but not because I'm not interested in politics ... I am. I just don't like the attendant feuding ... and I'm thin-skinned, not like Trump ... I don't lash back when attacked, I'm more of a retreat-and-regret type. But I did hang on FB a post about the women's march yesterday - both spousal unit and issue were in DC to march - and I got some flack back: why are they protesting? I thought to myself: totally disingenuous. You may not have TV, but you have internet, because this is a FB post. But maybe you only watch Fox News, and even that, not often, so it is conceivable that one not know why the female women ladies are marching... but barely so. One last thing ... "alternate fact." Think about that. Enough politics.

I think because of a royalty thing, we were given a "do not play" list. It doesn't affect me much, because most of the artists on it are not candidates for CCR anyway... but David Bowie? Ouch. That hurts. Since his death I've been slowly studying the Bowie archive and realizing how much I've been missing. Oh well.

Sunday mornings 10-12 on the East coast. Just think, it is conceivable that I'm streaming again next week. I'll believe it when it happens.

1. Matt Wilson – No Outerwear
2. Ernestine Anderson – They Didn’t Believe Me
3. NEXT Collective – Marvin’s Room
4. Marcus Roberts – Elite Syncopation
5. Kenny Burrell – Girl Talk
6. Blossom Dearie – I Won’t Dance
7. Sonny Rollins – Surrey with a Fringe on Top
8. Louis Armstrong – La vie en rose
9. Harry Nilsson – Turn on your Radio
10. Nancy Wilson – You’ve Got Your Troubles
11. Don Redman – Chant of the Weed
12. Jay McShann – I’ll See You in Your Dreams
13. Astor Piazzola – Libertango
14. Haruomi Hosono – Sea of Tau
15. Louis Jordan – Early in the Morning
16. Howlin’ Wolf – Hidden Charms
17. Hank Williams - Lost Highway
18. Jason Moran – Arizona Landscape
19. Count Basie – Texas Shuffle
20. Illinois Jacquet – Stardust
21. Etta James – Say It Isn’t So
22. John Zorn – Laughing Owl
23. Wynton Marsalis & Richard Galliano – La foule
24. Brad Mehldau – Old Man
25. The Cosmic Rays – Bye Bye
26. Joe Lovano – I’ve Got the World on a String
27. Delta Rhythm Boys w/ Les Paul – What Would it Take?
28. Dr. Billy Taykor & Christian McBride – Spiritual

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