Jazz Vignettes from the Hall

Music enthusiast Steve Gedrose explores the world of jazz from its roots to the present day. He breaks the fascinating, ever evolving, genre of jazz into easily digestible themes, backed up of course with plenty of music examples.

Jazz Vignettes from the Hall

In each episode Steve will introduce you to musicians who were (or are) some of the key driving forces behind the evolution of Jazz music.

We recorded Steve's presentations live at the beautiful Old Fire Hall in downtown Whitehorse, Yukon. Annually, between October and April Jazz Yukon presents five concerts as part their Jazz in the Hall concert series. These events feature leading local jazz groups and are opened with a presentation by Steve where he provides some background about the live music performed that evening.

Episodes

01The History of Early Jazz

Steve delves into the origins of jazz in New Orleans, Louisiana, illustrated with music samples from Scott Joplin, Jelly Roll Morton, Bix Beiderbecke, The Original Dixieland Jazz Band and the king of them all, Louis Armstrong.

02The Swing Era

For our second episode Steve is focused on “The Swing Era.” This is usually defined as the period between 1935 to 1946, when Big Bands and swing dance halls made jazz the most popular style of music in North America. You’ll hear swinging music from the big bands of Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Artie Shaw, William ”Count” Basie and Duke Ellington.

03Latin Jazz Roots

Steve examines the fusion of music from Latin America with North American jazz. We share music examples from such respected musicians as Machito, Tito Puente, Cal Tjader, Stan Getz, Antonio Carlos Jobim and Joao Gilberto as well as Paquito D’Rivera and Arturo Sandoval.

04Canadian Jazz Legends

We are sticking close to home with “Canadian Jazz Legends” as we introduce some of the most influential Canadian jazz musicians of the post war era. Included in this episode is music from such important artists as Fraser MacPherson, Tommy Banks, Moe Koffman, Ed Bickert, and Rob McConnell.

05Gypsy Jazz

In this episode Steve talks about “Gypsy Jazz”. He discusses the influence of a style of jazz that began across the Atlantic Ocean, in France, in the 1930’s. There's the music of one of it’s main architects “The Quintette du Hot Club de France”, featuring gypsy guitarist Jean “Django” Reinhardt and French violinist Stephane Grappelli. We will also hear music recorded by Bireli Lagrene and The Rosenberg Trio.

06Jazz Vocalists

Episode six introduces several of the most influential singers in the development of jazz. Of the many important figures in the story of vocal jazz, Steve chooses examples from Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Nat King Cole and “old blue eyes” Frank Sinatra.

07Thelonious Monk

The focus of this episode is the American jazz musician Thelonious Monk. The work of this eccentric composer, pianist and bandleader is fundamental to the story of modern jazz. With his quirky playing style and unique sense of harmony and melody Monk’s music continues to inspire and challenge jazz artists. This episode looks at several well-known pieces delivered by such remarkable artists as Kevin Mahogany, Carmen McRae, Miles Davis as well as The Thelonious Monk Quartet, featuring John Coltrane and The Thelonious Monk Big Band.

08Jazz-Rock Fusion

During the late 1960’s and early 1970’s rock was king. This jazz- rock fusion style grew from jazz players’ interest in incorporating the intensity of rock and it’s electronic instruments into their jazz repertoire. We’ll hear several key figures in this movement including Miles Davis, Weather Report, Larry Coryell, Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea.

09The Art of the Trio

In this episode Steve shines some light on “The Art of the Trio.” The trio format remains one of the most popular in the jazz genre. He investigates the trio development as illustrated by such brilliant artists as Bill Evans, Oscar Peterson, Keith Jarrett, the Poll Winning Trio of Barney Kessel with Ray Brown and Shelley Manne, as well as an all-star trio led by Pat Metheny.

10Modern Jazz Singers

Steve gives us an overview of some contemporary jazz vocalists working in the music scene of today. We’ll hear a variety of musical examples from Roberta Gamberini, Emilie-Claire Barlow, Tierney Sutton, Esperanza Spalding and Kurt Elling.

11Electric Jazz Guitar

In this episode Steve focuses on a single instrument – the electric jazz guitar and samples some favourite contemporary electric jazz guitarists who have pushed the boundaries of modern jazz. Musical guests include Bill Frisell, John Scofield, Mike Stern, and Pat Martino.

12The Music of Blossom Dearie

This episode features a single artist, the uniquely voiced Blossom Dearie. This gifted pianist and singer brought her joyous personality to every piece of music that she recorded. Blossom chirps her way through song excerpts from such highly regarded song-writing duos as George and Ira Gershwin, Howard Dietz and Arthur Schwartz, E.Y. (Yip) Harburg and Harold Arlen, Marty Clark and Bob Haymes.

Our Team

  • Steve Gedrose
    Writer and live presenter
  • Jim Holand
    Live recording engineer
  • David Sillery
    Script editor
  • Fawn Fritzen
    Podcast host
  • Dieter Gade
    Producer

About Jazz in the Hall

For details about Jazz in the Hall, as well as what is coming up this season, click here.

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