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Jazz with George Thomas: Final Jazz Show
Friday, 06/29/12
By George Thomas
Tonight is my final Jazz Show on VPR. I'm honored to have shared jazz with the VPR community for the last 11 years and I'm glad to hear VPR will continue to air this great American art form. Many thanks to the generous musicians who shared their talents in VPR's Performance Space and through their CDs.
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Jazz with George Thomas: Adrian Rollini
Thursday, 06/28/12
By George Thomas
We celebrate an unusual jazz musician tonight, Adrian Rollini who played bass sax, goofus and hot fountain pen in several bands in the 20's and vocalist & bandleader Tierney Sutton. With your help we can finish VPR's Summer Membership Drive on goal, please call 800-639-6391 or go to VPR.net. Thanks.
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Jazz with George Thomas: Elmo Hope & Hope You Support VPR
Wednesday, 06/27/12
By George Thomas
The birthday of pianist & composer Elmo Hope allows us to celebrate this fairly obscure jazz great. Hopefully you will celebrate VPR by making a financial contribution by call 800-639-6391 or by going to VPR.net. You decide the amount to give but please make call now. And thanks.
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Jazz with George Thomas: Big Bill Broonzy
Tuesday, 06/26/12
By George Thomas
Tonight's birthdays include: blues guitarist & vocalist Big Bill Broonzy; bassist Reggie Workman; vocalist Georgie Fame; trombonist Gary Valente; drummer Joey Baron and pianist and arranger Bill Cunliffe. VPR's Summer Membership Drive is on and we look to you for financial support. Go to VPR.net or call 800-639-6391. And thanks.
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Jazz with George Thomas: Reuben Jackson On Poetry & Jazz - Summer Membership Drive
Monday, 06/25/12
By George Thomas
We welcome poet, teacher & archivist Reuben Jackson as we discuss his years working on the Duke Ellington Archive at the Smithsonian, his poetry and Poetry & Jazz. It's also VPR's Summer Membership Drive and we look for your contribution at VPR.net or by calling 1-800-639-6391. And thanks.
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Jazz with George Thomas: VPR's Summer Membership Drive - Jazz
Friday, 06/22/12
By George Thomas
It's VPR's Summer Membership Drive and we look for your financial support for Jazz and all the programming you enjoy. Please decide what VPR means to you, how often you listen and then call 1-800-639-9206 or go to VPR.net and make a pledge of support. And thanks.
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Jazz with George Thomas: Hot - Cool Jazz & Summer Membership Drive
Thursday, 06/21/12
By George Thomas
Tonight we have more Hot songs and Cool Jazz to help weather the season. You can help by joining in and supporting VPR during our Summer Membership Drive - call 1-800-639-6391 or go to VPR.net and make a pledge of financial support to your Public Radio station.
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Jazz with George Thomas: Hot Temps & Cool Jazz
Wednesday, 06/20/12
By George Thomas
It's VPR's Summer Membership Drive and we've got Hot Temps & Cool Jazz to inspire your financial support of your Public Radio station. Please call 1-800-639-6391 or go to VPR.net to show your support. We hear a number of classic Antonio Carlos Jobim songs and celebrate Eric Dolphy's birthday with his distinctive bass clarinet.
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Jazz with George Thomas: Summer Membership Drive Jazz
Tuesday, 06/19/12
By George Thomas
It's the first day of VPR's Summer Membership Drive and we look to you to support Jazz and all the programming you love by making the call to 1-800-639-6391 or by going to VPR.net. Pledge what you can, you decide the amount, but please make your pledge now. And thanks.
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Jazz with George Thomas: Sammy Cahn
Monday, 06/18/12
By George Thomas
Tonight we celebrate the birthdays of two songwriters: Sammy Cahn, lyricist of "Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out To Dry," "I Should Care," "All The Way," "Teach Me Tonight" and "Until The Real Thing Comes Along;" andCon Conrad who wrote the music to, "The Continental" and "You Call It Madness."
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Jazz with George Thomas: Bill Tapia
Friday, 06/15/12
By George Thomas
We celebrate the birthdays of the 95 year old ukelele player Bill Tapia; multi-reed player Chris Potter and the vibraphonist Milt Jackson, a key member of the famous concert jazz group The Modern Jazz Quartet. New releases include the Pat Metheny CD with Chris Potter.
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Jazz with George Thomas: Kenny Drew
Thursday, 06/14/12
By George Thomas
We celebrate the birthday of pianist Kenny Drew, Jr. who combines classical compositions with jazz standards and his own tunes. New Orleans called us with songs by vocalist Johnny Adams, clarinet player & composer Evan Christopher and the traditional Crescent City classic, St. James Infirmary. 
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Jazz with George Thomas: Doc Cheatham
Wednesday, 06/13/12
By George Thomas
We celebrate the birthdays of trumpeter & vocalist Doc Cheatham and the guitarist Attilar Zollar who founded the Vermont Jazz Center in Brattleboro. It's also the birthday of my mother Ellen Kellywho loved blues, Count Basie & Joe Turner and Benny Goodman's 1938 Carnegie Hall concert.
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Jazz with George Thomas: Chick Corea
Tuesday, 06/12/12
By George Thomas
We celebrate the birthdays of two of the great pianists of the last 40 years: Chick Corea, who has worked with an astounding number of musicians including Miles Davis, John McLaughlin, Gary Burton and many others and Geri Allen who has worked with trios including, Charlie Haden & Paul Motian and a Mary Lou Williams tribute band.
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Jazz with George Thomas: Cole Porter
Monday, 06/11/12
By George Thomas
Cole Porter's birthday was last Saturday June 9 and we celebrate tonight with vocalists & instrumentals doing his songs, including versions by Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Miles Davis, Dexter Gordon, Art Tatum and many more. You're The Top Cole Porter.
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Jazz with George Thomas: Burlington Discover Jazz Festival
Wednesday, 06/06/12
By George Thomas
Tonight I announced my retirement from being the Jazz Host here at VPR. I've been honored to share jazz with you for almost 11 years and have learned so much about this great American music - Jazz. We also celebrate the upcoming performances of the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival.
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Jazz with George Thomas: Burlington Discover Jazz Festival & New Releases
Tuesday, 06/05/12
By George Thomas
We sample some of the many jazz artists appearing through June 10th at the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival: pianist Vijay Iyer; the Donny McCaslin Group; vocalist Dianne Reeves; bassist Christian McBride and alto sax player Lee Konitz. Get out and hear live jazz!
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Jazz with George Thomas: Oliver Nelson
Monday, 06/04/12
By George Thomas
We celebrate the Burlington Discover Jazz artists, including pianist Vijay Iyre(6/5), Dianne Reeves(6/9) and Lee Konitz(6/10). Birthday greetings to composer, arranger & tenor sax player Oliver Nelson; tenor saxophonist Grant Stewart and drummer Winard Harper.
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Jazz with George Thomas: Louis Hayes
Thursday, 05/31/12
By George Thomas
We celebrate the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival which begins tomorrow and runs through June 10th. Great time to hear some live jazz happening all over Burlington. We also celebrate the birthdays of drummer Louis Hayes, saxophonist Marty Ehrlich and bass player Christian McBride.
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Jazz with George Thomas: Benny Goodman
Wednesday, 05/30/12
By George Thomas
We celebrate the birthdays of clarinetist Benny Goodman, who ruled as "The King Of Swing" in the 1930's, a rare moment when America's popular music was Jazz and pianist Dave McKenna, know for his clever "Medleys" of songs connected by title. We also explore the artists of the upcoming Burlington Discover Jazz Festival.
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Jazz with George Thomas: Jazz Old & New
Wednesday, 05/23/12
By George Thomas
We share some favorites of mine tonight, including "Compared to What" with Les McCann & Eddie Harris, "So What" from the classic Miles Davis album "Kind Of Blue," Horace Sliver's "Song For My Father" with the tenor Sax of Joe Henderson and Christian McBride's duet with Dee Dee Bridgewater on "It's Your Thing." Thanks.
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Jazz with George Thomas: Brian Mital from the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival
Tuesday, 05/22/12
By George Thomas
Our guest tonight is Brian Mital, Managing Director from the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival. We listen to many of the musicians coming to the June 1-10 Festival: Bela Fleck and the Marcus Roberts Trio; Jonathan Batiste; Dianne Reeves and Chicha Libre.
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Jazz with George Thomas: Fats Waller
Monday, 05/21/12
By George Thomas
Fats Waller is my favorite funny guy in jazz, he's also one of the best pianists ever and we celebrate his birthday tonight along with that of the young bass virtuoso Christian McBride, who will bring his band Inside Straight to the Discover Jazz Festival on June 8th. We also celebrate the birthday of Big Band leader Bill Holman.
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Jazz with George Thomas: Big Joe Turner
Friday, 05/18/12
By George Thomas
It's the birthday of a key figure in blues & jazz, vocalist Big Joe Turner, who is considered by many to be a key figure in the roots of Rock & Roll. It's also the birthday of trombonist Kai Winding, who worked for many years in the 1950's with another trombone player, J. J. Johnson.
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Jazz with George Thomas: Jackie McLean
Thursday, 05/17/12
By George Thomas
We celebrate two jazz birthdays tonight, the alto sax player & composer Jackie McLean and the tenor saxophonist Dewey Redman. Both have sons who are accomplished sax players in their own right. And we continue to sample releases from artists appearing at the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival June 1-10.
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