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New Releases Available With Your Support: JAZZ & JAM

Oct 29, 2017

Click here to pledge for one of these new releases online or call 1-800-245-8870.

CHRISTIAN MCBRIDE BIG BAND -- Bringin' It

JACO PASTORIUS -- Truth, Liberty & Soul (2 CD's)

GRATEFUL DEAD -- Long Strange Trip Soundtrack (2 CD's)

GRATEFUL DEAD -- RFK Stadium 1989 (6 CD's)

Stephanie and Kim looking out a window at The Orange Peel
Photo by Vicki Dameron

Host Joe Kendrick brings in a fresh batch of new music for you, including jazz, funk, bluegrass, Americana and Celtic, with a Segue Of The Week going back to British guitar legend Bert Jansch’s 1979 album Avocet. DJ For A Day sees our own Stephanie Webb and Kim Henson prepping us for our Fall Fund Drive in a conversation highlighting what weeks (make that months) of preparation go into the event, and what is new for our lineup of thank-you gifts this time around. Many of these songs featured in the episode are on our thank-you discs available during the fund drive as well.

In this episode, we run the gamut from artists who are brand new on the scene to longstanding, award-winning favorites. This batch of music tends towards the jazzy, bluesy and poppy side of WNCW’s music mix, and begins with an artist who is returning to an inspiration some 40 years on, now bringing elements he never yet dared to his sound. We’ll feature a Segue Of The Week matching a new artist from Australia with a band that has evoked America’s Southwest for decades, and a lot more.

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On The Way Up
Designed by Kate Johnson

Our spectrum of music in this episode runs from latin to jazz, to pop and rock, and our segue of the week pairs a lesser known bluegrass classic with the debut from a banjo prodigy. Also, for our “DJ For A Day” segment, we return to our Purple Prose theme in a new way, pondering whether some of these hyperbolic press releases could be art after all.

Centerpiece Jazz has been playing swing, Latin jazz, showtunes, and ballads since guitarist Joseph Hasty formed it here in Western NC in 1995. They are excited to now have New Orleans drummer Geoff Clapp joining them for a number of upcoming gigs, including Morganton on March 31st and May 5th, and Saluda on April 22nd.

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