On April 3rd The National Endowment for the Arts, named four musicians and one writer/advocate NEA Jazz Masters. Included in that group were three greats of MOJA, vocalist, composer, producer and broadcaster Dee Dee Bridgewater, bassist, composer, bandleader and Fusion pioneer Dave Holland, and master of the organ, composer, bandleader and master of groove Dr. Lonnie Smith were all inducted into that hallowed hall! This week on The World’s MOdern JAzz Radio Channel we’ll place our MOJA spotlight on these three masters as we present a number of special shows celebrate them and their place in jazz history! Read on and we’ll give you a quick rundown, then keep reading below that for all the details.
Monday (April 17th)…We’ll begin the week with a celebration of what would have been the 87th birthday of HERBIE MANN. We’ll place our MONDAY WITH THE MASTERS spotlight on this brilliant flutist, composer and bandleader on the very day of his birthday at Noon & 9 PM Eastern/9 AM & 6 PM Pacific. And next Monday we’ll celebrate another birthday boy, STEVE KHAN. This great master of the guitar turns 70 on April 28th!
Tuesday…On Tuesday you hear our patented features THE ATTACK OF THE JAZZY JAMBANDS and THIS IS ACID JAZZ, with an hour of the music plus comments from the man who created the genre, English Pirate Radio DJ Gilles Peterson. (Airs every Tuesday and Sunday at 9 AM & 9 PM Eastern/6 AM & 6 PM Pacific) + THE ATTACK OF THE JAZZY JAMBANDS at Noon ET/9 AM Pacific!
Wednesday…We’ll hear an hour of live performances featuring new NEA Jazz Masters DEE DEE BRIDGEWATER, DAVE HOLLAND & DR. LONNIE SMITH plus performances by some of the artists who gathered at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC to perform in their honor at the ceremony on April 3rd, this Wednesday and Sunday as we present MOJA’S 2017 NEA JAZZ MASTERS LIVE, on LIVE @ MOJALand! (Airs every Wednesday at 9 AM & 9 PM Eastern/6 AM & 6 PM Pacific…and Sunday at 11 AM & 11 PM Eastern/8 AM & 8 PM Pacific) + more JAZZY JAMBANDS at Noon ET/9 AM Pacific!
Thursday…On this week’s edition of THE ALL NEW MUSIC REVUE we’ll present a taste of 11 new MOJA releases including more from MOJA superstars LARRY CORYELL & NATHAN EAST! (Airs every Thursday at 9 AM & 9 PM Eastern/6 AM & 6 PM Pacific…and Sunday at 10 AM & 10 PM Eastern/7 AM & 7 PM Pacific) + more JAZZY JAMBANDS at Noon ET/9 AM Pacific!
Friday…We’ll focus on the contribution during the Fusion Era by 17 of the artists who’ve received the highest honor a jazz musician can receive on the next edition of our weekly special IF IT’S FRIDAY, THIS MUST BE FUSION. We simply call this feature FUSION’S NEA JAZZ MASTERS! We’ll hear from 2 of the newly named masters, DAVE HOLLAND & DR. LONNIE SMITH, plus 15 more of their fellow masters! (Beginning every hour from 7 AM-Midnight Eastern/4 AM-9 PM Pacific)
Saturday…All day Saturday join us for the next edition of WORDS & MUSIC we simply call MOJA’S 2017 NEA JAZZ MASTERS as we present the thoughts of vocalist, composer, producer and broadcaster Dee Dee Bridgewater, bassist, composer, bandleader and Fusion pioneer Dave Holland, and master of the organ, composer, bandleader and master of groove Dr. Lonnie Smith from the stage of the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC on April 3rd as each one accepted induction as a jazz master, as named by the National Endowment of the Arts. We’ll hear portions of their speeches followed by their wonderful music! (Beginning every hour from Noon-Midnight Eastern/9 AM-9 PM Pacific)
Sunday…The Sunday Specials (Airing 9 AM-1 PM Eastern & replayed 9 PM-1 AM ET/6-10 AM & PM Pacific.