“Music, at its essence, is what gives us memories. And the longer a song has existed in our lives, the more memories we have of it.” Stevie Wonder.
In a music career that has spanned nearly six decades, in addition to work for himself, Stevland Hardaway Morris has written over 130 original songs for other notable artists. Among them are James Taylor, Elton John duet-ing with Gladys Knight, Paul McCartney and Luciano Pavarotti. In jazz, Stevie’s talent extended to Ramsey Lewis, George Duke, George Benson, Quincy Jones, Dianne Reeves, Sergio Mendes and Lionel Hampton among them.
The smooth jazz special, “Jazz in the Key of Wonder” with host Adam Morgan, on Groove Jazz Rendezvous…celebrates the 70th birthday of this world musical genius in a special presentation of Stevie’s hit music covered by Boney James, Euge Groove, Najee, Nathan East, and Norman Brown among them, blended with a selection of the rarely heard original work done with jazz artists.
Stevie Wonder wrote his song “Happy Birthday” to champion the campaign to have the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. become a national holiday. In a twist, on this music special we include the song to salute its songwriter as well.
Enjoy “Jazz in the Key of Wonder,” Saturday evening, May 9, 8-10pm on KUVO JAZZ 89.3FM.
“For the most part, I feel really comfortable with what I’ve given to the people. I want to give it to them again.” Stevie Wonder.