12 episodes

From the Jazz masters of past and present to emerging new artists performing hard bop jazz and fusion. A weekly Jazz radio show that airs on WWUH FM, Storrs CT. No smooth jazz here!

In the Groove, Jazz and Beyond Ken Laster

    • Music Commentary

From the Jazz masters of past and present to emerging new artists performing hard bop jazz and fusion. A weekly Jazz radio show that airs on WWUH FM, Storrs CT. No smooth jazz here!

    MLK Tribute 2020

    MLK Tribute 2020

    A podcast episode paying tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. post his observed birthday. Glasper, Hancock, Baerman and McBride are represented honoring this inspirational leader. Towards the end of this episode we hear from Miles, Fats Waller and Wolff & Clark. The podcast ends with our goodbye to jazz icon Jimmy Heath.

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Hard-bop set

    Hard-bop set

    Smokin' set from your favorite hard-bop cats; Blakey, Cannonball, Henderson and more. We end the set by going out west to with a new release from Christopher Hollyday and some of the best players from the San Diego scene.

    • 1 hr 28 min
    First Episode of 2020

    First Episode of 2020

    I welcome in 2020 with a couple of tunes written for New Years. Since we all have our New Year's resolutions, the following tracks are titled just that. There are also a couple of interesting covers by McCoy Tyner. Also of note is a tribute to recently passed Vic Juris, and new music by Ralph Peterson and the Envisage Collective.
    PlaylistArtist ~ Track ~ Album Joshua Redman ~ New Year ~ Still DreamingMike DeRubbo Quartet ~ New Year's Dream ~ New York Accent live at KitanoKen Fowser and Behn Gillece ~ Resolutions ~ Little EchoJohn Coltrane ~ Resolution ~ A Love SupremeMcCoy Tyner ~ A Night in Tunisia ~ Today and TomorrowMcCoy Tyner ~ When Sunny Gets Blue ~ Today and TomorrowCannonball Adderley ~ Soon ~ Them Dirty BluesRalph Peterson's Gen-Next Big Band ~ Down Under ~ LIsten Up!Chick Corea, Christian McBride, Brian Blade ~ All Blues ~ Trilogy 2Vic Juris ~ Ruby ~ Eye ContactEnvisage Collective ~ Malta House ~ Reach Out

    • 1 hr 24 min
    2019 Finale

    2019 Finale

    In this final podcast episode for 2019 we begin and end with jazz greats Donald Byrd and Thelonious Monk. In between we feature several young musicians, including Hartford's Matt Dwonszyk, Orice Jenkins and Leala Cyr. We throw in some Frank Zappa to mix things up as well.
    PlaylistArtist ~ Track ~ Album Donald Byrd ~ Off To the Races ~ Off to the RacesJason Palmer ~ Fly Little Bird Fly ~ Nothing to HideMatt Dwonszyk ~ What A Wonderful World ~ Wonderful WorldOrice Jenkins ~ Nature Boy ~ Centenial ColeLeala Cyr ~ Canyon View ~ First InstinctFrank Zappa ~ Big Swifty ~ Waka / JawakaThelonious Monk Orchestra ~ Monk's Mood ~ At Town Hall

    • 57 min
    Broadcast Dec 13 2019 part 2

    Broadcast Dec 13 2019 part 2

    Continuing from last week's podcast, this one features piano, guitar, and alto saxophone. 
    PlaylistArtist ~ Track ~ PlaylistMcCoy Tyner ~ If I Should Lose You ~ IlluminationsVijay Iyer with Prasanna & Nitin Mitta ~ Duality ~ TirthaJonathan Kreisberg ~ The South of Everywhere ~ The South of EverywhereShakti with John McLaughlin ~ Mind Ecology ~ Natural ElementsCannonball Adderley ~ Jeannine ~ Them Dirty BluesMiguel Zenon ~ Triago Salsa ~ `SoneroKenny Garrett ~ November 15 ~ Songbook

    • 49 min
    Jazz Supreme

    Jazz Supreme

    This week's episode celebrates Trane's iconic A Love Supreme, recorded 55 years ago this past week. The suites first movement Acknowledgement is followed by the 2019 release of Blue World. We hear other fine saxophonists George Garzone, Roland Kirk and Hank Mobley. The podcast concludes with Envisage Collective, an ensemble that includes CT based artists Noah Baerman, Kris Allen, Chris Dingman among others.
    PlaylistArtist ~ Track ~ Album John Coltrane ~ Acknowledgement - Part I ~ A Love SupremeJohn Coltrane ~ Blue World ~ Blue WorldGeorge Garzone ~ Plus One ~ The Fringe In New YorkRahsaan Roland Kirk ~ Theme for the Eulipions ~ The Return of the 5,000lb ManHank Mobley ~ Up a Step ~ No Room for SquaresEnvisage Collective ~ Envisage ~ Reach OutEnvisage Collective ~ The Omnivore's Dilemma ~ Reach Out

    • 56 min

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