Cool November sounds from the catalog of cool itself. This week’s Deeper Roots looks for some relaxed sounds; reminders of what it’s like to sit in a smokey lounge below street level in the Village and listen to solos, breakouts, and instrumental wizardry. Join us as we dig the swinging backbeat and improvisations that exemplify an urban sound from some of the greats. We’ve got Dave Brubeck, Ornette Coleman, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Illinois Jacquet, and a host of others taking us into the Friday morning club here on Sonoma County Community radio.
Well, it might be a bit of a stretch, and it might have been a bit of a fad, but it also flavored the beverage. Mambo. A lively mix born of a Latin dance of Cuban descent in the 30s and introduced by Perez Prado to an American audience in the 40s. It found it’s way into the popular music culture from big band to jazz and R&B. This week’s show samples some of the performances that were totally infected by its rhythm. We’ll hear from Mickey Baker, Wynonie Harris, and Tiny Grimes on the R&B side as well as the bandleaders who brassed it up including Perez Prado, Desi Arnaz, and Xavier Cugat.
It’s a topical theme…it’s a medicinal thing…it’s a blend of sounds celebrating vipers and jives from the past century. There is no shortage of material to pull from the well of Americana…whether that be from the 1920s or from the 2010s. We’ll hear mellow sounds from Trixie Smith, Charlie Burse & His Memphis Mudcats, winsome themes from Fountains of Wayne, snark from The Harlem Hamfats, and recent relevance from The Devil Makes Three. While April 20th has passed, the topic is a lively one here in California these days and we’re mostly on friendly terms with the weed…even for those that don’t imbibe. The fact is, we have the freedom to do so if we so choose, right?
Mellow R&B from a broad spectrum of performers who made a mark in the decade or so that preceded rock ‘n roll’s infancy. Indeed, they participated in the birth of the form with a sound that included the vocal quartet, jump and swing, and an incessant beat that could not be ignored. We’ll hear from the ‘feisty females’ of the day: Varetta Dillard, Blue Lu Barker, Big Maybelle, and Bernice Gooden right alongside Buddy Johnson’s Orchestra, the Three Bits of Rhythm, The Cats & the Fiddle, and Luke Jones and the Orchestra. Deeper Roots digs into a collection of tracks, some familiar, some from so deep in the archives that the dust is part of the sound, on another Friday evening of American roots sounds for Sonoma County community radio.
Just ahead of World War II, a sound began to bubble up through the floorboards. There was the new, brash, swinging sound of big bands, country swing had surfaced, and jazz was alive and well as an evident inspiration to both. But there was a raw, bluesy, expressive, jump sound coming from the barrooms and halls of the urban expanses of Chicago, Kansas City, New York City, and beyond; something that would become known as R&B and would later be the bedrock of rock and roll. Deeper Roots explores the sounds of Big Joe Turner, Wynonie Harris, Buddy Johnson and a host of others, including the ladies: Effie Smith, Nellie Lutcher, Julia Lee, and Viola Wells. This episode has them all and more…
Fat Tuesday or, translated to French, Mardi Gras, comes but once a year and signals the penitential season of Lent. It also provides us with an outlet for the many things that we do as part of our celebration. One of them involves the backdrop of music. We’ll visit the sounds introduced by the Second Line of “Sugar Boy” Crawford, Fats Domino, and Stop, Inc. We’ll follow with The Meters, Bo Dollis and The Wild Magnolias, Louis Armstrong, and many others in a show that separates our locales by almost 2000 miles. Join Dave Stroud for the big beat coming from the French Quarter, Bourbon Street, and the Mississippi waterfront in our newest episode, another produced exclusively for KWTF, 88.1 FM, member-supported community radio for Bodega Bay, Sonoma County, California.
In this episode of Deeper Roots Dave Stroud digs into the sounds of Harlem in the 1930s. From the Lafayette Theater to the Savoy Ballroom to the Cotton Club… experience the music of the Harlem Renaissance where jazz clubs gave many a place to let loose and celebrate in the face of the Depression’s impact in the streets outside. We’ll hear the energetic sounds of Chick Webb, Ethel Waters, Buster Bailey and a host of others.
This show will also be posted on Mixcloud.