Swing is in the Air

:: show notes

It's with deep regret that we have to inform you that the Swing is in the Air podcast has been temporarily discontinued due to licensing issues. We are currently exploring alternative arrangements. In the meantime, the program can still be heard as a live stream at ckcufm.com/audio every Sunday at 16:00 EST. We will keep you informed of any changes. Thanks to everyone for your incredible support over the past 2 years. Jacques

A look at the fantastic work of baritone saxophonist Serge Chaloff

New releases and reissues with John Stetch, David Clayton-Thomas, Susi Hyldgaard, Bob Farnon, Ed Bickert among others

A look at some of the artists who will be appearing at the 2006 Ottawa International Jazz Festival, like John Pizzarelli, Jean-Christophe Béney, Phil Nimmons and David Braid, Hilton Ruiz, Miguel Zenon, Jon Gordon, Rez Abbasi, Joe Sullivan and his big band, and Kim Kaskiw

We've had a bit of trouble with the show's audio feed for the past two weeks -- the levels for this week's show still aren't quite right, but everything should be back to normal as of next week. In the mean time, we bring you this week's show which features recent releases by Terez Montcalm, Ben Allison, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Cassandra Wilson, Phil Nimmons and David Braids, Nat Gonella, Vic Lewis, and Russell Garcia

On this week's edition, more new releases and reissues

Continuing our tributes to musicians who deserved more recognition, this week we feature trumpeter Kenny Dorham and saxophonist Charlie Rouse

New releases and reissues featuring Jerry Gonzalez and The Fort Apache Band, Charlie Mariano, Bud Shank, Herb Ellis, The International Sweethearts of Rhythm, Stu Williamson, The New England Jazz Ensemble, Reinier Voet & Pigalle 44, Pyeng Threadgill, The Afro-Semitic Experience, Dave Frishberg and Harry Allen

Part 2 of our survey of the music of legendary trumpeter Bunny Berigan. Also on the program, Harry James and His Orchestra playing the arrangements of Neal Hefti

A tribute to some of the jazz musicians who passed away in 2005. Among them Jimmy Smith, Steve Marcus, Arnie Lawrence, Lucky Thompson, Shirley Horn, Stan Levey, Jimmy Woode, Robert Farnon, Skitch Henderson, and Oscar Brown

Lotsa guitar: A tribute to the late great Barney Kessel (with apologies for this week's sound quality)

As part of our series on underrated jazz musicians, this week we feature saxophonist Booker Irvin

A tribute to the late great Ray Barretto

More recent releases plus special guest, bassist Adrian Cho

Trumpeter Bunny Berigan is our featured artist on today's program

Recent releases with among others: Herb Geller, Ginny Carr, Booker Ervin, The Manhattan School of Music Jazz Orchestra, Eddie Roberts, Michiel Scheen, Kim Kaskiw, Calvin Hill, Alex Pangman, Conrad Herwig, and Michelle Taillefer

A look at the work of pianist Jack Wilson and vibraphonist Lem Winchester, two vastly underrated artists

Part two of our tribute to legendary bandleader Tommy Dorsey on the occasion of the one hundred anniversary of his birth. This show will feature some of his big hits as well as some of his star vocalists such as Edith Wright, Frank Sinatra, Jo Stafford and the Pied Pipers

Favourite re-issues of 2005

Favourite new recordings of 2005

A special Christmas show featuring among others, Duke Ellington, Peggy Lee, Billy May, The Dukes of Dixieland, Spike Jones, Rob McConnell, and Dr John

New releases by Conrad Herwig-Brian Lynch, Swing Gitan, Hilton Ruiz, Francois Richard, Eddie Roberts, Harry Edison, Michiel Scheen, Cris Barber and others

Another eclectic program with Pat Williams, Chris Connor, Lou Donaldson, Rob Frayne, PJ Perry, Byron Stripling, Chris Mitchell, Johnny Mercer, Charlie Mariano, John Haysom, Les Brown, Nat King Cole, Jim Galloway and Tubby Hayes. A bit of bother this week with Jacques' mic. Nothing that we can't easily sort out in time for next week's show. On the plus side; no commercials this week. Enjoy.

New releases and reissues featuring, among others: Stan Kenton, Ruby Braff, Yannick Rieu, Billy Bang, Steve Amirault, Jane Bunnett, Jay McShann, Adrian Rollini, and Dick Hyman

November 26 marks the one hundredth anniversary of the birth of the great Tommy Dorsey, Swing is in the Air will be entirely devoted to his music this week

A look at the recordings of legendary guitarist Django Reinhardt

Another varied funding drive edition featuring The Main Stream Power Band, Susie Arioli, Robert Glasper, Bill Charlap & Sandy Stewart, The Either Orchestra, Linda Eder, and Zoot Sims

This week an eclectic program with: Herb Ellis, Chet Baker, Dione Taylor, Mike Rud, Western Rebellion, Stan Kenton, Tim Laughlin and others

New releases and reissues by Eric Dolphy, Vince Seneri, Wynton Marsalis, Greg Osby, Pink Martini, Nside, Arturo Castillion, Christopher Woitach Cathexis Orchestra, and many others

In this edition, new releases featuring Eric Dolphy, Bobby Hutcherson, Pink Martini, Manny Albam, Anita O'Day, Oscar Peterson, Nside, Chet Baker, The Moutin Brothers as well as tribute to musicians from New Orleans.

We're back after a rather longer than planned hiatus. We're still working on bettering the system we have to record the shows from CKCU, but while we continue to work on the improved system, we're using the old one to bring you new shows. Thanks to every who wrote in while we were "off the air" with words of encouragement and notes to "hurry up" ;-) So for now, on with the show: A tribute to the vastly underrated saxophonist Lucky Thompson who sadly passed away just recently.

:: about

My name is Jacques Émond and I host Swing is in the Air every Sunday afternoon on CKCU-FM 93.1 community radio in Ottawa. "Swing" has been heard on the Ottawa airwaves for over 20 years. Prior to this, I hosted jazz programmes on French radio station CIMF-FM (1976 to 1983). Swing is in the Air began as a big band swing show and continues to feature the music of the swing era quite frequently. Since 1990, the show's format has expanded to offer the listener a wider spectrum of jazz, including traditional, blues, bop, latin as well as contemporary jazz. I like to give the show's listeners a chance to appear on the show and play their own favourites. Local musicians have often participated in promoting concerts or talking about recent cd releases.


During the week, I'm programme manager at the Ottawa International Jazz Festival. This event is into its 25th year and is held every June-July for 10 days.

To contact me click here: jre@radiojazz.ca

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