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World Music with Flor De Toloache

January 30, 2018

World Music from Mexico, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Cuba, Australia, Colombia, Germany, Italy and the United States with the all female latin group Flor De Toloache.

Daily Roots with Johnny Nash

January 30, 2018

Daily Roots with Johnny Nash

1-30-18

The Cosmos with NGC 1931

January 29, 2018

 

NGC 1931 & IC 417

Will the spider ever catch the fly? Not if both are large emission nebulas toward the constellation of the Charioteer (Auriga). The spider-shaped gas cloud on the left is actually an emission nebula labelled IC 417, while the smaller fly-shaped cloud on the right is dubbed NGC 1931 and is both an emission nebula and a reflection nebula. About 10,000 light-years distant, both nebulas harbor young, open star clusters. For scale, the more compact NGC 1931 (Fly) is about 10 light-years across.

 

James Jamerson

January 29, 2018

James Jamerson Day

James Lee Jamerson (January 29, 1936 – August 2, 1983) was an American bass player. He was the uncredited bassist on most of the Motown Records hits in the 1960s and early 1970s (Motown did not list session musician credits on their releases until 1971), and is now regarded as one of the most influential bass players in modern music history. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. As a session musician he played on 30 Billboard #1 hits, as well as over 70 R&B #1 hits, more than any other bass player in both categories.

In its special “Bass Player’s 100 Greatest Bass Players” issue in 2017, Bass Player Magazine named Jamerson the number one “Greatest Bass Player”. In 2011, Jamerson ranked third in The “20 Most Underrated Bass Guitarists” in Paste magazine.

A native of Edisto Island (near Charleston), South Carolina, Jamerson moved with his mother to Detroit, Michigan in 1954 and began playing in Detroit area blues and jazz clubs. His son, James Jamerson, Jr. (1958–2016), was also a professional bassist.

 

Ed Shaughnessy

January 29, 2018

Ed Shaughnessy Day

Edwin Thomas Shaughnessy (January 29, 1929 – May 24, 2013) was a swing music and jazz drummer best known for his long association with Doc Severinsen and The Tonight Show Band on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.

Shaughnessy was born in Jersey City, New Jersey and grew up in the New York City area, working in the 1940s with George Shearing, Jack Teagarden, and Charlie Ventura. In the 1950s he worked in the Benny Goodman and Tommy Dorsey bands. In the 1960s he played for Count Basie prior to joining The Tonight Show Band. He was the drummer on Bashin’: The Unpredictable Jimmy Smith in 1962 which featured big band arrangements by Oliver Nelson, including the pop hit “Walk on the Wild Side” which peaked at #21 on the Billboard chart. Shaughnessy recorded extensively throughout his career and was known for his drum competitions with Buddy Rich.

Eddie Taylor

January 29, 2018

Eddie Taylor Day

Eddie Taylor (January 29, 1923 – December 25, 1985) was an American electric blues guitarist and singer.

Born Edward Taylor in Benoit, Mississippi, as a boy Taylor taught himself to play the guitar. He spent his early years playing at venues around Leland, Mississippi, where he taught his friend Jimmy Reed to play the guitar. With a guitar style deeply rooted in the Mississippi Delta tradition, Taylor moved to Chicago, Illinois, in 1949.

Taylor never achieved the stardom of some of his contemporaries in the Chicago blues scene, he was nevertheless an integral part of that era. He is especially noted as a main accompanist for Jimmy Reed; he also worked for John Lee Hooker, Big Walter Horton, Sam Lay, and others. Earwig Music Company recorded him with Kansas City Red and Big John Wrencher for the album Original Chicago Blues. He later teamed up Earring George Mayweather, and they jointly recorded several tracks, including “You’ll Always Have a Home” and “Don’t Knock at My Door”.

World Music with Minor Empire

January 29, 2018

World Music from Turkey with Minor Empire

Daily Roots with Bob Marley

January 29, 2018

Daily Roots with Bob Marley

1-29-18

MAROONS aka Mojo Roots at St Paul Winter Carnival 1-25-18

January 28, 2018

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