Originally published on Thu March 21, 2013 4:48 pm
Bassist Todd Sickafoose is heard often in two cities — his native San Francisco Bay Area and his adopted New York City. Ani DiFranco fans know his sound, too, as he worked with the singer-songwriter for the better part of a decade. In 2008, he released Tiny Resistors, a lushly textured record that put him on the map as a composer and bandleader. Swamped in horns and violin and twin guitars and rock rhythms, Tiny Resistors the band has become an expansive compositional outlet for Sickafoose.
Our planned program featuring Ray Anthony will be delayed until March 23rd.
Meanwhile, this weekend, I will bring you the story and the music of Coleman Hawkins. He came to prominence as a member of Fletcher Henderson's big band. He was said to mix the style of Louis Armstrong with his own robust tone that set a new bench mark for all tenor sax players. Join us for Big Band Saturday Night at 8 o’clock on Public Radio 89.5-1. And a Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all!
If you ask saxophonist Charles Lloyd about his career in music, he'd start many decades ago, in the Memphis where he grew up and the Mississippi of his grandfather's farm. The South is where he absorbed the blues, picked up a saxophone and met the all-time great musicians who would shape his future course.