Playlist: Howard Burchette's Portfolio
Jazz Music Series
This one hour program concentrates on the Jazz style of singing refereed to as Vocalese. Many of the artists are also scat singers and Jazz poets. These Jazz classics will be heard by Lambert, Hendricks & Ross, King Pleasure, Eddie Jefferson, Babs Gonzales, Bob Dorough, Slim Gaillard, Joe Carroll and others.
"Jazz & the Civil Rights Movement" is an important one hour program that features Jazz music as the background with comments concerning the Civil Rights Movement timeline as a narration.
Jazz & the Civil Rights Movement is a one hour program devoted to seven classic Jazz recordings which focuses on the Civil Rights Movement. The subject matter pays attention to the sit in movement, the National Guard intervention to prevent integration at Little Rock Central High School, the Freedom Riders, the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Alabama, Rosa Parks and the Selma Marches.
The music is performed by Charles Mingus, Max Roach, John Coltrane, Clark Terry, Grant Green, Blue Mitchell and Art Blakey.
This one hour program is divided into three sets with room for the News, PSA's and announcements.
Jimmy Smith was instrumental in shifting the Hammond organ into the spotlight in the jazz genre and his many Blue Note albums of the 50s and 60s, including The Champ (1956) and The Sermon! (1958) are considered to be classics.
Jimmy Smith was also known as The Incredible Jimmy Smith was a Jazz musician who became popular by playing the Hammond B-3 electric organ. He recorded around 40 albums for Blue Note Records in just eight years beginning in 1956. He switched to Verve Records in 1962 and was accompanied by a big band on many of the sessions. He also recorded with other artists like Michael Jackson on his successful album “Bad”. This program is an introduction to the great Jimmy Smith and gives examples of how his style incorporates the Blues and Soul.
I've Got the Blues and I've Got Soul! The Incredible Jimmy Smith is a one hour program divided into three sets leaving room for PSAs, the news, announcements, station IDs etc.
R&B, Soul & Funk Music Series
The history of the musical group, the THREE DEGREES with special guest and long time member Helen Scott. Parts A, B and C are separate hours and can be aired on different days.
The Three Degrees are a female musical trio originally from Philadelphia. They were formed in the early 1960's by record producer Richard Barrett who was responsible for The Chantels, Little Anthony & The Imperials and Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers. Richard Barrett selected four girls from a local high school for his next two new acts. Three of them became the Three Degrees modeled after the Chantels, and the fourth a solo artist who would become interchangeable with the group. Helen Scott was one of the girls chosen by Richard Barrett in the early days. Helen talks about the history of the group from the 1960's to the present. The Group has recorded for record labels like Swan, Roulette, Philadelphia International, Epic and Ariola. Their hits have been Maybe, When Will I See You Again, Dirty Ol’ Man, TSOP (The Sound Of Philadelphia), Ebb Tide, MacArthur Park plus others.
SEGMENT THREE: Helen Scott of the Three Degrees talks about the days when the group recorded for Swan Records, then Roulette Records, she talked about the band MFSB, former member of the Three Degrees Shelia Ferguson and the 1970 hit "Maybe", including the original version in which she sang lead, plus discussions about appearing on television and performing overseas.
A discussion with the late TEENA MARIE (March 5, 1956 – December 26, 2010). She discusses her long career and her rich musical history. This interview occurred about one year prior to her death. Parts A, B and C are separate hours and can be aired on different days.
Teena Marie was a Grammy nominated musician, singer and producer. She is know for her recordings Sucker For Your Love, Square Biz, Behind The Groove, Lover Girl, I Need You Loving and Fire and Desiree with Rick James. The interview includes how she came to Motown, her family, working with Rick James, discussing her various albums and recordings, New Orleans, her CD Congo Square and her daughter Alia Rose.
The program also includes most of her recordings from Motown, Stax, Epic, Cash Money (both studio and live), Rick James, The Mary Janes Girls and Minnie Ripperton.
SEGMENT TWO: Teena Marie' s family life and the music that they enjoyed, her first professional gig tap dancing on the hit TV show "The Beverly Hillbillies".
SEGMENT THREE: Teena Marie' s early at Motown Records and meeting Rick James for the first time, Rick James produces her first album.
Holiday Music Series
Join Igor the Halloween Jazz freak as he spins his favorite classics that you will enjoy!
Jazz Time's Halloween Jazz Party is hosted by Igor . He spins the music from his master the Doctor's record collection. Good fun and Halloween Jazz music includes the "Theme from The Adams Family ", "The Theme from the Munsters ", "Dracula ", "Frankenstein ", "Blues For Dracula ", "Halloween Spooks ", "The Witches Pit ", "Devil May Care ", "Prince of Darkness ", and much more.
This is a BLUES Christmas party. Begin this year's holiday with some of the best Blues holiday classics of all time.
A Blue Christmas is a one hour musical program with three individual sets leaving room for breaks.
Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays
We will jingle all the way today with classic holiday gems from B.B. King , Etta James , Albert King , Ko Ko Taylor and others.
It's “A Blue Christmas ” on Holiday Classics!
World Music Series
THE TALKING DRUM, is a program which samples the rhythms of the descendants of African slaves brought to the new world of South America and the Caribbean. This show features studio, live and field recordings of percussionists from Cuba, The Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Haiti, Peru, Venezuela, Brazil, and Colombia.
We are going across the African Diaspora and sample the drum which came to the new world with enslaved Africans to Cuba, Puerto Rico, Hispaniola, Peru, Brazil, Venezuela and Colombia . This one hour program is an introduction and sample of the rituals and raw drumming from these countries.
The rhythms found here are the foundation of Latin Jazz .
This program includes music from Mongo Santamaria and Carlos "Patato" Valdes (Afro-Cuban rhythms), Luisito Quintero and Gustavo Ovalles (Afro-Venezuelan rhythms), Olodum and Ologundê (Afro-Brazilian rhythms), Pa’lo Monte (Afro-Dominican rhythms), Ti Roro (Afro-Haitian rhythms), Grupo Afro Boricua and Grupo Exploracion (Afro-Puerto Rican rhythms), Graciela Salgado Valdez (Afro-Columbian rhythms), Peru Negro and Chocolate (Afro-Peruvian rhythms).
Country Music Series
One hour of Halloween fun with R&B and Soul classics that you will enjoy. Your host is IGOR - the Music Monster!
Its Blacula , its Dracula , its Blackenstein , It’s the Mummy ; It’s a Funky Halloween Soul Party! You will love this funky soulful Halloween epic featuring music from Jimmy Castor, Bo Diddley, Screaming Jay Hawkins, Blue Magic, The Ohio Players, Ray Parker Jr . and others. Join us of you dare – at the Funky Halloween Soul Party!
Willie Mae "BIG MAMMA" THORNTON was a Blues singer, musician and songwriter. She had a short life and is best known for the songs "Hound Dog" and "Ball 'n' Chain". The songs were hits for her, but became mega hits later for ELVIS PRESLEY and JANIS JOPLIN. This one hour program is a short look at her musical life story.
Big Mama Thornton (not to be confused with Big Maybelle ) was a unique Blues singer, drummer and harmonica player. She was born in Alabama and left home at age 14 to work on traveling shows and eventually settled in Houston, Texas during the late 1940’s. Her first release and hit was “Hound Dog ” recorded in 1951 at Houston under the leadership of band leader Johnny Otis . Her career would not blossom again until the mid and late 1960’s. She continued to record until the late 1970’s and she died at the age of 57 in 1984.
This program includes some of the studio records of Big Mama Thornton as well as some of her exciting live performances. Including here is segments from the historic show with the Muddy Waters Blues Band as well as her live performance at the Newport Jazz Festival.
The radio listener of Blues, Jazz, R&B or Classic Rock will enjoy this one hour program; (Ball 'n' Chain)The Musical story of Big Mama Thornton .