KUVO celebrates Jazz Appreciation Month throughout April with the theme, “It Was A Very Good Year!” But what makes a very good year? When there are so many releases, we can barely keep up.
Of course, we started with 1959 – the landmark year so packed with breakthrough releases, a 60-minute BBC documentary "1959, The Year That Changed Jazz." We think you’ll find it an hour well spent.
But KUVO presenters don’t remain in single-year boxes very well. The world of jazz is too wide and too wild. Tonight on the Night Beat, host Geoff Anderson continues his survey of great jazz releases in 1976. The Funky Boombox has a couple of years to lay on you, 1970 (Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, and Funkadelic) and 2010 (Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, Trombone Shorty and Eli “Paperboy” Reed). It’s a journey into vintage AND modern Soul and Funk like no other!
KUVO’s mid-day poet and essayist Andy O’ shared his recollection of 1972, “The Year I Got Turnt.”
Don’t forget, KUVO’s Phyllis A. Greer Performance Studio is tuned up and poppin’ this month. Balancing Act with trumpeter Greg Gisbert plays LIVE on KUVO on Thurs. April 18. Later this month we’ve got Monarch High School, directed by Clare Church (4/23), the Matt Skellenger Band (4/26). The next “Live from Dazzle at Baur’s” is an International Jazz Day (Tues. 4/30) celebration with the Justin Kauflin Quartet.
Remember, stay tuned for DAILY concert and club ticket giveaways during Jazz Appreciation Month.
The Smithsonian Institution and National Museum Of American History founded Jazz Appreciation Month in 2001 to recognize and celebrate the extraordinary heritage and history of jazz for the entire month of April. For teachers, students and lifelong learners, curricula are available HERE.