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Catamount Community Radio - March 31, 2013

Back on the air after a week off. A week ago today I was in Jersey City at the studio of WFMU listening to X.Ray Burns and Glen Jones make their radio magic. I'm thankful for the opportunity to take a vacation in the big city. It was what a vacation is meant to be: I came home feeling fresh and rejuvenated, and somehow more optimistic.

The great Bebo Valdés passed away in Stockholm on March 22. He was 94. I paid tribute to him today. He career had two distinct phases; the first, his years in Havana as a bandleader in the forties and fifties and the second, in exile as a virtuoso pianist. We listened to music from both periods.

I heard Bill Charlap play piano in New York. It was impressive enough to lead me to haul off and buy one of his albums and a few singles yesterday. I played four of those tunes today. No funny hat or goatee for Bill Charlap. With his coat and tie he looks more like a professor of economics that a jazz musician.

Harry Barris / Barry Harris. Harry Barris was a singer, songwriter and actor perhaps most famous these days as the composer of "I Surrender Dear." Barry Harris is another Detroit pianist of the bebop vein. So for our Harry Barris / Barry Harris set we heard Ben Webster play "I Surrender Dear" and then Barry Harris play "Woody 'n' You." Ain't that clever?

The other theme, Harlem. "Take the A Train," "Harlem Shuffle" (before the Harlem Shake was the Harlem Shuffle), "Harlem Joys." I should have played Ellington's "Echoes of Harlem."

Catamount Community Radio, Sunday mornings 10-12 (ET) on WWCU-FM, for your dining and dancing pleasure, if your dining is breakfast.

1. James Moody – City, Country, City
2. Illinois Jacquet – Harlem Nocturn
3. Bill Charlap – Cool
4. Bobo Stenson – What Reason Could I Give?
5. Bebo Valdés – Lamento cubano
6. Bebo Valdés & the Havana All-Stars – Con poco coco
7. Duke Ellington – Take the A Train
8. The Delta Rhythm Boys – Take the A Train
9. Bill Charlap – Ohio
10. Bud Powell – Un poco loco
11. Moondog – Lullaby (2 W. 46th Street)
12. Moondog – Be a Hobo
13. Moondog – Fog on the Hudson (425 W. 57th Street)
14. Dr. John – Locked Down
15. The Impressions – Gypsy Woman
16. Bob & Earl – Harlem Shuffle
17. Rodger Collins – She’s Loolking Good
18. Bernie Worrell – Y-Spy
19. Eva Ayllón – Negra presuntuosa
20. Billy Eckstine & his Orchestra – Opus X
21. Ben Webster – I Surrender Dear
22. Barry Harris – Woody ‘n’ You
23. Brian Lynch & Bill Charlap – On Green Dolphin Street
24. Bebo Valdés – All Dizzy Gillespie
25. Bebo Valdés – Échale salsita
26. Ted Nash – The Shooting Star
27. Willie “The Lion” Smith – Harlem Joys
28. Bill Charlap & Warren Vaché – Easy Living

Bebo Valdés



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