Saturday, February 23, 2008

A Ted Pankin Call

Ted Pankin is in my humble jazz opinion the best writer on jazz today! Even though I might not always agree with his conclusions, etc. The guy can flat out write.
In fact, I'd like to get in touch with him.
We met when I first came to WHPK FM and he and another DJ canadian Gene Pacquette hosted a brilliant show. That was 1976.
I last saw Ted in 1985 or so on a visit to New York. At the time he and jazz-o-phile Russ Musto were room mates. Russ is a great guy and a knowledgeable jazzer. But Ted has done himself proud by being on the pulse of the music in New York. His tomes in the pages of Downbeat are always worth the read.
Can someone help me hook up with my old buddy Ted Pankin?

Downbeat Critics Poll 2008

It's that time of year again, The Downbeat Critics Poll ballots will be due come April 2008. I've voted since 1980 and I enjoy it year after year (even though I've probably missed one or two years).
I ususally get friends and associates to help out. Jog the cobwebs of my fragile jazz mind. So I would like to put it out there -HELP!!!
Please send in all and any suggestions for addition. Any and everybody will be considered.
Max Roach is a no brainer for the Hall of Fame and I'm seriously giving a nod to Barry Harris and Yusef Lateef. No Hall of Famers that should been in there long ago.

Past Shows

Past broadcasts of 'What Is This Thing Called Jazz?' will be made available soon. In MP3 format...
A particial listing includes 12/9/07 - Bill Easley; Margaret Murphy; Rob Jacoby . 12/23/07 - Onaje Allen Gumbs; Steve Nelson; Salim Washington. 1/6/2008 - Ari Brown; Trudy Pitts; Patty Cossentino; Nicole Mitchell. 2/3/2008 - Willie Williams; Kali Z. Fasteau. 2/17/2008 - Ben Jansson; John Allen; Famoudou Don Moye; Marty Sheller.

Show Guests for March 2nd 2008

"What is This Thing Called Jazz?" Aventures in Modern Music features two hours of music and interviews. The march 2nd show will include vocalist James Geralden, and his new release 'Tender and Blue'; new tenor sax voice Dayna Stephens, just off his tremendous sideman date with San Francisco pianist Adam Schulman's 'On Second Thought' and Ny based bassist Gregg August and his engaging sextet venture, 'One Peace'.
Join me 10 AM til Noon central time
www.whpk.org streaming from the south side of Chicago to the World!!!