Retrospective 003: Me Got Fiyo: The Professor Longhair Centennial

Fess’, Professor Longhair is a Radio Free Amsterdam hall of fame artist, beloved by anybody who has visited New Orleans and experienced its rich musical underpinnings. We celebrate and honor Fess’ in many shows here.

In August 2018, an exhibit opened feauring. pianist Tom Worrell and conga drummer Uganda Roberts live. The exhibit is open until July 2019! The Lousiana State Museum writes:

“celebrates both the New Orleans Tricentennial and the Centennial of the birth of the most beloved and influential pianist in New Orleans history: Henry Roeland Byrd aka Professor Longhair. This exhibit showcases all things Fess starting with his origins and development to his early hits such as “Tipitinas,” “Mardi Gras In New Orleans,” and “Big Chief” to his 1970s comeback, his untimely death, and his continual presence in New Orleans since then.”

In another article featuring Me Got Fiyo, the Advocate  quotes Jazz Museum music curator and Radio Free Amsterdam DJ, David Kunian:

“he took very different strains of music and combined them into something uniquely New Orleans and uniquely his. And he changed the way everyone plays the piano here.”

Visit the NOLA Jazz Museum website for more details:

–Steve Fly

JOHN SINCLAIR RADIO SHOW 257: ALL ON A MARDI GRAS DAY

Here is a special show from the Radio Free Amsterdam Archive, with John Sinclair and David Kunian together in 2009, celebrating the rich musical traditions of New Orleans, including Fess’.

David Kunian’s Kitchen Sink show on WWOZ continues for a second hour (viz. #256) in celebration of the Carnival season with more carefully selected Mardi Gras music by Dr. John, the Wild Magnolias, New Orleans Nightcrawlers, Re-Birth Brass Band, All That, Galactic, the Meters, and Professor Longhair.

The John Sinclair Foundation Presents

ALL ON A MARDI GRAS DAY

JOHN SINCLAIR RADIO SHOW 257

John Sinclair & David Kunian, WWOZ-FM, New Orleans, February 17, 2009 [20-0916]

 

Dr. John: All on a Mardi Gras Day

Dr. John: Mama Roux

Wild Magnolias: New Suit

New Orleans Nightcrawlers: Tchfuncta > On That Day

Wild Magnolias & Re-Birth Brass Band: Shallow Water O Mama

All That: Mardi Gras Day ‘99

Galactic & Soul Rebels & Juvenile: From the Corner to the Block

The Meters: Hey Pocky Way

Dr. John: Iko Iko

Wild Magnolias: Shoo Fly

Professor Longhair: Big Chief

 

A JOINT PRODUCTION

Hosted by John Sinclair & David Kunian for Radio Free Amsterdam

Produced & recorded by David Kunian at WWOZ-FM, New Orleans

Edited, assembled & annotated by John Sinclair

Executive Producer: Steve Pratt

Special thanks to Celia Sinclair, Frenchy, Chris Jones & Ashley Thibodeaux

© 2009, 2018 The John Sinclair Foundation

Retrospective 002: Thelonious Monk

Earlier this year, there came a surprise release of newly uncovered and prepared and packaged recordings by Thelonious Monk.

You can hear the tunes over at bandcamp. Where it states:

Hot on the heels of Impulse’s recently unearthed Coltrane number one hit album comes another beauty from Jazz’s ‘Holy Trinity’. This is a previously unreleased, precious lost treasure from Monk’s most critically acclaimed line-up; Charlie Rouse on saxophone, John Ore on double bass, and Frankie Dunlop on drums. The music was recorded live in Copenhagen in 1963 at the peak of Monk’s career. A year later he was to feature on the cover of TIME magazine, one of only for 4 Jazz artists ever to do so.

The performance, a mixture of Monk originals and interpretations of standards, showcases Monk at his prime: full of avant-garde flair and wit, but always with a swinging feel that explains his title as the ‘High Priest of Bebop’.

The original tapes, saved from a skip and blessed with the approval of the Monk estate, have been faithfully restored, mastered and cut using Gearbox’s legendary all-analogue process.

Line-up

Thelonious Monk – piano
Charlie Rouse – tenor saxophone
John Ore – double bass
Frankie Dunlop – drums

Released September 28, 2018

 


Here are two Radio Free Amsterdam shows from the archive which feature the music of Thelonious Monk: Brilliant Corners by David Kunian, and Thelonious by John Sinclair. Enjoy.

–Steve Fly

JAZZ LUNATIQUE 159: BRILLIANT CORNERS

David Kunian is playing another hour’s worth of Thelonious Monk compositions as played by other artists including the Jason Moran Trio, Dizzy Gillespie, Fred Hersch & His Trio, Wadada Leo Smith, Larry Young & Elvin Jones, Chris Spedding, Mark Bingham, Cecil Taylor, Jonathan Batiste, and the Miles Davis Sextet.

 

The John Sinclair Foundation Presents

BRILLIANT CORNERS

JAZZ LUNATIQUE 159

David Kunian, WWOZ-FM, New Orleans, November 14, 2017 [18028]

 

Egg Yolk Jubilee: A Call For All Demons

Jason Moran Trio: Crepescule With Nellie

Dizzy Gillespie: Dizzy Atmosphere

Fred Hersch & His Trio: Booboo’s Borthday

Wadada Leo Smith: Solo Reflections & Meditations on Monk

Larry Young & Elvin Jones: Monk’s Dream

Chris Spedding: Work

Mark Bingham: Brilliant Corners

Cecil Taylor: Bemsha Swing

Jonathan Batiste: Straight No Chaser

Miles Davis Sextet: Straight No Chaser

 

A JOINT PRODUCTION

Hosted by David Kunian for Radio Free Amsterdam

Produced & recorded by David Kunian at WWOZ-FM, New Orleans

Post-production, editing & annotation by John Sinclair

Executive Producer: Steve Pratt

© 2018 David Kunian. Used with permission.


JOHN SINCLAIR RADIO SHOW 778: THELONIOUS

 

Episode 778 is coming from the Detroit studios of Radio Free Amsterdam in the Cass Corridor in celebration of the 101st birthday of Thelonious Monk with some early recordings by Monk, a poem of mine, cuts from Dave McMurray’s new Blue Note Records album, and three by Yusef Lateef as performed by McMurray at the Wright Museum of African American History earlier this month.

 

The John Sinclair Foundation Presents

THELONIOUS

JOHN SINCLAIR RADIO SHOW 778

Advantage Living Center, Warren MI, October 24, 2018 [18561]

 

Yusef Lateef: Happyology

John Sinclair: fly right

Thelonious Monk: Thelonious

Thelonious Monk: Well You Needn’t

Thelonious Monk: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes

Thelonious Monk: Bye-Ya

Thelonious Monk: Epistrophy

Dave McMurray: Detroit Theme/Detroit 3

Dave McMurray: Naked Walk

Dave McMurray: Bop City D

Dave McMurray: Music Is Life (Live It)

Yusef Lateef: Yusef’s Mood

Yusef Lateef: Belle Isle

Yusef Lateef: Eastern Market

Charlie Parker: They Can’t Take That Away From Me

 

A JOINT PRODUCTION

Hosted by John Sinclair for Radio Free Amsterdam

Produced, recorded & assembled by John Sinclair

Executive Producer: Steve Pratt

Special thanks to Michael Simmons & Charles Ezra Farrell

© 2018 The John Sinclair Foundation

Jazz Lunatique 199: Jam Up

Out of the Vintage Radio Vaults at Radio Free Amsterdam comes this special conglomeration of tunes from the Kitchen Sink Show with David Kunian on February 15, 2005; the New Orleans Music Show with John Sinclair on January 24, 1996; and Blues & Roots with John Sinclair on January 16, 2000 on WWOZ-FM in New Orleans, with music from Tommy Ridgley, Deacon John, Slim Harpo, Little Richard, Snooks Eaglin, Lee Dorsey, Chris Kenner, Lee Allen, B.B. King, the Jay McShann Orchestra, Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson, Dinah Washington, Professor Longhair, Buddy & Ella Johnson, Johnny Adams, Timothea with James Andrews, and Tommy Ridgley in again at the end.

 

The John Sinclair Foundation Presents

JAM UP

JAZZ LUNATIQUE 199

David Kunian & John Sinclair, WWOZ-FM, New Orleans 2005 > 1996 > 2000 [18588]

 

Tommy Ridgley: Jam Up

Deacon John: Happy Home

Slim Harpo: Scratch My Back

Little Richard: Ready Teddy

Snooks Eaglin: I’m Slipping In

Lee Dorsey: Get Out My Life Woman

Chris Kenner: Packin’ Up

Lee Allen: Rockin’ at Cosimo’s

B.B. King: Five Long Years

B.B. King: Everyday I Have the Blues

Jay McShann Orchestra: The Jumpin’ Blues

Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson: Kidney Stew

Dinah Washington: Blow Top Blues

Professor Longhair: Her Mind Is Gone

Buddy & Ella Johnson: I Don’t Want Nobody

Johnny Adams: Two Years of Torture

Timothea: When You Start Drinking

Tommy Ridgley: Let’s Try to Talk It Over

 

A JOINT PRODUCTION

Hosted by David Kunian &John Sinclair for Radio Free Amsterdam

Produced & recorded by David Kunian at WWOZ-FM, New Orleans,

February 15, 2005 and by John Sinclair at WWOZ on

January 24, 1996 and January 16, 2000

Digitally transferred from cassette by John Sinclair at the Headpress

Bunker, London, June 2010 & November 13, 2010

Produced, edited & annotated by John Sinclair at Headpress Bunker,

London. November 13, 2010

Executive Producer: Steve Pratt

Special thanks to Celia Sinclair, Dylan Harding, Larry Hayden, & Steve Fly

 

© 1996, 2000, 2005, 2018 The John Sinclair Foundation

 

 

Jazz Lunatique 198: America’s Favorite Pastime

David Kunian is playing music in celebration of the birthdays of Bruce Springsteen, Hank Williams, Ani DeFranco, John Coltrane, and Ray Charles, plus tunes by the English Beat, Todd Snyder, the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Louis Armstrong, and a closing cut from Jon Cleary’s new album.

 

The John Sinclair Foundation Presents

AMERICA’S FAVORITE PASTIME

JAZZ LUNATIQUE 198

David Kunian, WWOZ-FM, New Orleans, September 25, 2018 [18574]

 

Bruce Springsteen: New York City Serenade

English Beat: I Confess

Todd Snyder: America’s Favorite Pastime

Hank Williams: Lost Highway

Rolling Stones: Emotional Rescue

Ani DeFranco: Spider

Jimi Hendrix: Jungle

John Coltrane: Untitled Original 11386-Take 1

Ray Charles: You Are My Sunshine

Louis Armstrong: Panama

Jon Cleary: 21st Century Gypsy Singing Lover Man

 

A JOINT PRODUCTION

Hosted by David Kunian for Radio Free Amsterdam

Produced & recorded by David Kunian at WWOZ-FM, New Orleans

Post-production, editing & annotation by John Sinclair

Executive Producer: Steve Pratt

 

© 2018 David Kunian. Used with permission.

 

Jazz Lunatique 197: Dynamite

David Kunian is talking with pianist Jon Cleary tonight about his new album called Dynamite and playing cuts from the new release along with sides by Egg Yolk Jubilee, Public Enemy, Andre Williams, and Marc Ribot & Ceramic Dog.

 

The John Sinclair Foundation Presents

DYNAMITE

JAZZ LUNATIQUE 197

David Kunian, WWOZ-FM, New Orleans, September 25, 2018 [18560]

 

Egg Yolk Jubilee: A Call For All Demons

Public Enemy: Fight The Power

Andre Williams: Agile Mobile And Hostile

Marc Ribot & Ceramic Dog: Why Are You Still Here

Jon Cleary Conversation with David Kunian

Jon Cleary: Dynamite

Jon Cleary Conversation with David Kunian

Jon Cleary: Big Greasy

Jon Cleary Conversation with David Kunian

Jon Cleary: 21st Century Gypsy Singing Lover Man

 

A JOINT PRODUCTION

Hosted by David Kunian for Radio Free Amsterdam

Produced & recorded by David Kunian at WWOZ-FM, New Orleans

Post-production, editing & annotation by John Sinclair

Executive Producer: Steve Pratt

 

© 2018 David Kunian. Used with permission.

 

Jazz Lunatique 196: Creator Of The Universe

David Kunian is playing music this week by Egg Yolk Jubilee, the Wild Tchoupitoulas, the Treme Brass Band in a salute to Benny Jones on his 75th birthday, the TBC Brass Band, All That, Grant Green, and a long tribute to the recently departed Queen of Soul, Ms. Aretha Franklin.

 

The John Sinclair Foundation Presents

ALWAYS THERE

JAZZ LUNATIQUE 196

David Kunian, WWOZ-FM, New Orleans, August 14, 2018 [18546]

 

Egg Yolk Jubilee: A Call For All Demons

Wild Tchoupitoulas: Hey Mama (Indians Coming)

Treme Brass Band: It Ain’t My Fault

TBC Brass Band: Always There

Aretha Franklin: Think

All That: Red

Grant Green: I Wish You Love

All That: Theme Song

Aretha Franklin: The House That Jack Built

Aretha Franklin: Ain’t No Way

Aretha Franklin: If I Lose This Dream

Aretha Franklin: I Never Loved A Man

Aretha Franklin: Natural Woman

Aretha Franklin: Dr. Feelgood

 

A JOINT PRODUCTION

Hosted by David Kunian for Radio Free Amsterdam

Produced & recorded by David Kunian at WWOZ-FM, New Orleans

Post-production, editing & annotation by John Sinclair

Executive Producer: Steve Pratt

 

© 2018 David Kunian. Used with permission.

 

Jazz Lunatique 195: Norbert Rebirth

David Kunian is mourning the loss last week of his cat named Norbert Rebirth with tunes by Egg Yolk Jubilee, Aretha Franklin, and Nathaniel Rainleth & The Night Sweats and a long set including Yusef Lateef, Dr. John, the Eureka Brass Band, Lou Reed, Everclear, Stanton Moore, the Algiers Brass Band, The Clash, and the Rebirth Brass Band.

 

The John Sinclair Foundation Presents

NORBERT REBIRTH

JAZZ LUNATIQUE 195

David Kunian, WWOZ-FM, New Orleans, August 14, 2018 [18532]

 

Egg Yolk Jubilee: A Call For All Demons

Aretha Franklin: Spanish Harlem

Nathaniel Rainleth & The Night Sweats: Shoe Boot

Yusef Lateef: Magnolia Triangle

Dr. John: Monkey Puzzle

Eureka Brass Band: West Lawn Dirge

Lou Reed: Magic And Loss

Everclear: Santa Monica

Stanton Moore: Tchfuncta

Algiers Brass Band: Didn’t He Ramble

The Clash: City Of The Dead

Rebirth Brass Band: Fire

 

A JOINT PRODUCTION

Hosted by David Kunian for Radio Free Amsterdam

Produced & recorded by David Kunian at WWOZ-FM, New Orleans

Post-production, editing & annotation by John Sinclair

Executive Producer: Steve Pratt

 

© 2018 David Kunian. Used with permission.

 

Jazz Lunatique 194: Crawfish Fiesta

David Kunian continues his celebration of the opening of the Profesor Longhair exhibit at the New Orleans Jazz Museum in the U.S. Mint and the official birthday of Louis Armstrong by playing more cuts from both of the artists today.

 

The John Sinclair Foundation Presents

CRAWFISH FIESTA

JAZZ LUNATIQUE 194

David Kunian, WWOZ-FM, New Orleans, July 31, 2018 [18518]

 

Professor Longhair: 501 Boogie

Louis Armstrng & Ella Fitzgerald: Summertime

Professor Longhair: Thank You Pretty Baby

Louis Armstrng & Duke Ellington: Azalia

Professor Longhair: Bald Head

Louis Armstrng & the Red Onion Jazz Babies: Cake Walking Babies From Home

Louis Armstrng: High Society Calypso

Professor Longhair: Rum And Coca Cola

Professor Longhair: Mardi Gras In New Orleans

Louis Armstrong: 219 Blues

Louis Armstrong: Perdido Street Blues

Professor Longhair: Crawfish Fiesta

Professor Longhair: Tipitina

Louis Armstrong & His Hot 5: Yes! I’m In The Barrel

Louis Armstrong & His Hot 5: Gut Bucket Blues

Louis Armstrong & His Hot 5: Weather Bird

 

A JOINT PRODUCTION

Hosted by David Kunian for Radio Free Amsterdam

Produced & recorded by David Kunian at WWOZ-FM, New Orleans

Post-production, editing & annotation by John Sinclair

Executive Producer: Steve Pratt

 

© 2018 David Kunian. Used with permission.