Archive | August, 2012


29 Aug


One of these things is not like the others: REBOOT, RESET, REWIND, RECANT, REINCARNATE, REHYDRATE, REVERBERATE, REVISIT, REPOSSESS, Turntable For One…


Find out this Saturday night at 10:00 PM. Join me and about a dozen great jazz vocalists for the season premiere of Turntable For One.

Live radio on WMNR Fine Arts Radio and


21 Aug

Only two weeks and counting before the season premiere of Turntable For One.

Mark your calendars: Saturday, September 1st at 10:00 PM on WMNR, Fine Arts Radio, and streaming on– it’s the moment you’ve been waiting for…unless, of course, you’ve been waiting for The Rapture, in which case, I have to tell you it’s just a radio show. But a terrific radio show if I do say so myself, especially if you love listening to  jazz vocals as much as I do. 

I’ve been working on new weekly themes, listening to a ton of new music, and discovering a puzzling plethora of new mystery vocalists; my attempts to pair wines with each show have been disappointingly less successful. Guess I’ll leave that to you. 

I’ll post  a clue about the theme for the first show of the season here on Wednesday, August 29th; and I’ll talk to you Saturday night, September 1st at 10:00 PM. 

Turntable For One   Saturday nights   10:00-11:00 PM   Live Radio on WMNR, Fine Arts Radio and


2 Aug

Summer vacation for Turntable For One is almost over. To prepare for the new season of live shows, I’ve been sequestered at my secret and undisclosed training center, hard at work in a strenuous routine of jogging my memory, jumping to conclusions, stretching credulity, exercising questionable judgment, and lifting words out of context.  I should be ready for the new season, which begins September 1st, by the way. 

I’ve also been listening to some interesting music you may want to check out. 

Frank D’Rone – Double Exposure — it sounds like it should be the title of a George Michaels CD, but it’s the latest CD from a veteran singer/guitarist, one of my favorites for a lot of years. Even at age 80 he still sets standards for how to swing and how to infuse ballads with both meaning and melodic invention. 

Connie Evingson – Sweet Happy Life, the lyrics of Norman Gimbel — This is an eclectic collection of songs, everything from The Girl From Ipanema to Bluesette to Watch What Happens to Canadian Sunset. Gimbel wrote with many composers. The constant here is Connie with her silken voice and alway-thoughtful musical embellishments.

Mark Winkler – A clever West Coast singer and songwriter with an equal appreciation for jazz, irony, and humor – with a dash of self-deprecation. He sings some classics, but his own songs can really get to the heart of a story and a character. His latest CD is Sweet Spot, but take a listen to Till I Get It Right, too.

Rebecca Sullivan – This Way, This Time — She’s young, she’s new, she’s quite different, and I’m eager to hear how she develops. Her voice isn’t exactly jazz, so her skill at improvising comes as an endearing surprise. She plucks the ten songs on this CD from many different trees, but with consistent charm. 

That’s some of the stuff I’ve been listening to as I start to put the September shows together.What have you been listening to? Let me know. 

I’ll talk to you later.