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World Music with the Bushmen & Himba

August 11, 2018

Namibian Traditional Music

Daily Roots with the Dynamics

August 11, 2018

World Music with Francisco Tarrega

August 10, 2018

World Music on Flamenco Fridays with one of major influences of Flamenco music.

Francisco de Asís Tárrega y Eixea (21 November 1852 – 15 December 1909) was a Spanish composer and classical guitarist of the Romanticperiod. He is known for such pieces as Recuerdos de la Alhambra. He is often called “the father of classical guitar” and is considered one of the greatest guitarists of all time.

Tárrega was born on 21 November 1852, in Villarreal, Province of Castellón, Spain. It is said that Francisco’s father played flamenco and several other music styles on his guitar; when his father was away working as a watchman at the Convent of San Pascual, Francisco would take his father’s guitar and attempt to make the beautiful sounds he had heard. Francisco’s nickname as a child was “Quiquet”.


The Cosmos with IC 4406

August 10, 2018
The Hubble telescope reveals a rainbow of colours in this dying star, called IC 4406. Like many other so-called planetary nebulae, IC 4406 exhibits a high degree of symmetry. The nebula’s left and right halves are nearly mirror images of the other. If we could fly around IC 4406 in a spaceship, we would see that the gas and dust form a vast donut of material streaming outward from the dying star. We don’t see the donut shape in this photograph because we are viewing IC 4406 from the Earth-orbiting Hubble telescope. From this vantage point, we are seeing the side of the donut.
This side view allows us to see the intricate tendrils of material that have been compared to the eye’s retina. In fact, IC 4406 is dubbed the ‘Retina Nebula.’
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August 10, 2018

August 10-1984

Fridolijn’s musical career started at the age of 18 with the record contract she brought in at the Blaricum Soundpush Studios. There she worked together with top producer Jaap Eggermont for two years on her debut album. A huge school, which has played a part in the success of her own jazz / pop band Finn Silver.
With this she released a beautiful album in 2011, which stood at the top of the Dutch and international jazz charts for weeks. She toured through the Netherlands and Japan, and has done major jazz festivals such as North Sea Jazz in Rotterdam and Billboard Live in Tokyo. In 2015 she released her first solo album, called ‘Catching Currents’. An album with own written songs that has received rave reviews in the music magazine Jazzism.

Chuck Israels Day

August 10, 2018

Charles H. “Chuck” Israels (born August 10, 1936) is a composer, arranger, and bassist who is best known for his work with the Bill Evans Trio. He has also worked with Billie Holiday, Benny Goodman, Coleman Hawkins, Stan Getz, Herbie Hancock, J. J. Johnson, John Coltrane, and Judy Collins

Born in New York City, Chuck Israels was raised in a musical family which moved to Cleveland, Ohio when he was 10. His stepfather Mordecai Bauman was a singer who performed extensively with composer Hanns Eisler. He, along with Israel’s mother, Irma Commanday, created a home environment in which music was a part of normal daily activity. Paul Robeson, Pete Seeger, and The Weavers were visitors to the Bauman home. In 1948, the appearance of Louis Armstrong‘s All Stars in a concert series produced by his parents gave him his first opportunity to meet and hear jazz musicians.

Trudy Pitts Day

August 10, 2018

Gertrude E.TrudyPitts (August 10, 1932 – December 19, 2010) was an American soul jazz keyboardist from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was known primarily for playing the Hammond B3 organ.

Trained as a musician and a music educator, Pitts studied at the Philadelphia Musical Academy, Temple University and Juilliard, as well as other institutions. Early work experience included a position as an assistant to the pianist in the Tony Award-winning musical Raisin.

At the end of the musical’s tour, she was encouraged by her husband (who had worked with Shirley Scott as a drummer) to continue developing her repertoire.

In 1967, the Boston Globe printed a piece calling her a rising star and complimented her drawbar variation, vibrato shadings, and bass pedal work. Her husband, William Theodore Carney II (born 1925), aka “Mr. C.”, often joined her on the drums.

Trudy Pitts eventually went on to play with Ben Webster, Gene Ammons, and Sonny Stitt.[1] She recorded four albums for Prestige Records, appearing with Willis Jackson among others. In 1999, a compilation album of several records was released as Legends of Acid Jazz, Trudy Pitts & Pat Martino. Recent festival appearances include the 11th Annual Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., in May 2006. On September 15, 2006, Pitts was the first jazz artist play a concert on Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center’s 7,000 pipe organ, “taking the medium to a whole new level”.

World Music with Rahul Sharma

August 10, 2018

Although not formally introduced to the santoor [also known as santur] until 1985, when he was 12 years old, Rahul Sharma had already demonstrated his talent by playing and composing on the harmonium, and on a cheap keyboard that his dad had brought back from Japan.

Daily Roots with Jackie Mitto & The Soul Vendors

August 10, 2018

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