MILES DAVIS 91ST BIRTHDAY & MORE…This Week on MOJA Radio!

 MILES DAVIS 91ST BIRTHDAY & MORE…This Week on MOJA Radio!

It’s MILES DAVIS WEEK on MOJA Radio! He would have been 91 on Friday, May 26th and we’re celebrating!

If there is a more important figure in all of jazz history than MILES DAVIS please tell us who that might be! On May 26th he would have turned 91 and we’ll celebrate that fact with a number or our special shows this week on “The World’s MOdern JAzz Radio Channel!” Another MOJA great, 7 & 8 string guitar master CHARLIE HUNTER, turns 50 this Tuesday the 23rd and we’ll celebrate him during the week too. Plus there’s all our funky business as usual going on, so read on and we’ll give you a quick rundown, then go to the website (www.mojaradio.com) for all the details.

Monday (May 22nd)…We’ll begin the week with a celebration of the man who just may be THE most influential artist in jazz history, MILES DAVIS, three days before what would have been his 91st birthday on Friday, the 26th of May, on MONDAY WITH THE MASTERS. (Airs every Monday at Noon & 9 PM Eastern/9 AM & 6 PM Pacific) & next Monday we’ll focus on possibly the most popular and important bassist in jazz today, CHRISTIAN McBRIDE, who’ll celebrate his 45th birthday on the 31st of May!

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! + CHARLIE HUNTER, one of the jazziest of the jambanders, turns 50 on Tuesday the 23rd and we’ll place a special focus on him during each edition of THE ATTACK this week!

Wednesday…We’ll continue our celebration of MILES DAVIS WEEK this Wednesday, and also on Sunday, as we present MILES DAVIS LIVE IN 3 DECADES, featuring the legendary trumpeter with his usual cast of all-star players with stops during his European tour of 1969, at the Montreux Jazz Festival of 1973, and in Tokyo for a show in 1981 , 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! + CHARLIE HUNTER, one of the jazziest of the jambanders, turns 50 on Tuesday the 23rd and we’ll place a special focus on him during today’s edition of THE ATTACK!

Thursday…On this week’s edition of THE ALL NEW MUSIC REVUE we’ll present 5 new MOJA releases including a newly discovered and released 1982 live release from JACO PASTORIUS titled Truth, Liberty & Soul: Live in NYC . (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! + CHARLIE HUNTER, one of the jazziest of the jambanders, turns 50 on Tuesday the 23rd and we’ll place a special focus on him during today’s edition of THE ATTACK!

Friday…On the very day he would have turned 91 we’ll continue our celebration of MILES DAVIS WEEK with the next edition of our weekly special IF IT’S FRIDAY, THIS MUST BE FUSION. We simply call this one MILES DAVIS: ELECTRIFIED JAZZ! It features all the electric fusion-era work released between 1967 and 1970 that turned the jazz world on its head! (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 TELL US YOUR MILES STORY, as we present the comments of 12 MOJA greats who knew and worked with MILES DAVIS. You’ll hear from Chick Corea, Bill Evans, Dave Holland, Herbie Hancock, Joe Zawinul, John McLaughlin, John Scofield, Kenny Garrett, Lenny White, Marcus Miller, Mike Stern & Wayne Shorter. (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) + As an extra added attraction this Sunday, and to close out MILES DAVIS WEEK, we’ll give you an afternoon and evening featuring 6 hours of non-stop MILES DAVIS LIVE with shows from all over the world and over the decades from 2 to 8 PM Eastern, that’s 11 AM to 5 PM Pacific. You’ll hear Miles Live all over the world in 1970 followed by his performance at the Montreal Jazz Festival in 1985. Then listen for Live in Copenhagen in 1969 followed by his grand return from his 7 year layoff with shows from Boston, New York and Tokyo in 1981 that became the album We Want Miles. Then you’ll hear Miles @ Berliner Jazztage in Germany on November 6th of 1971 followed by Miles Live In Paris on 3 November 1989.

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MOJA Greats who have left us in 2017 (Allan Holdsworth, Larry Coryell, Dave Valentin & Al Jarreau)

Allan Holdsworth in action MOJA Greats who have left us in 2017 (Allan Holdsworth, Larry Coryell, Dave Valentin & Al Jarreau)It is with great sadness that we add the name of guitar great, Englishman ALLAN HOLDSWORTH, to the list of MOJA greats who’ve passed away far too early in April of 2017. His passing was announced by his daughter Louise on her Facebook page. In a short statement she said: “It is with heavy hearts that we notify everyone of the passing of our beloved father. We would appreciate privacy and time while we grieve the loss of our dad, grandad, friend and musical genius. We will update close friends and family when service arrangements have been made and will notify the public of an open memorial service, which all would be welcome. We are undeniably still in shock with his unexpected death and cannot begin to put into words the overwhelming sadness we are experiencing. He is missed tremendously. Louise, Sam, Emily & Rori.” Allan was known as a brilliant and innovative instrumentalist, revered by the likes of John McLaughlin and Frank Zappa as a personal favorite player and influence. He worked extensively in the rock world as well as being one of the greats of the Jazz Fusion era with his own solo work as well as in collaboration with fellow greats like Jean-Luc Ponty, and bands such as Gong, Tony Williams Lifetime, Soft Machine and more. You’ll be hearing special shows in his honor soon on MOJA Radio! 

Earlier this year we lost AL JARREAU and guitar legend LARRY CORYELL. Greats like Larry will never leave us and he was working until the very end. Case in point…he had been promising to reform most of the original Fusion supergroup The 11th House that we created in 1973 for a tour and new recording. They did just that with a tour in 2015 that made it to New York City’s BLUE NOTE that summer and below you’ll find a picture to prove it. Original members Randy Brecker and Alphonse Mouzon were there with added members including Larry’s son Julian joining in on guitar. They went into the studio and created a brilliant, new album titled SEVEN SECRETS that you’ll hear lots of here on MOJA Radio. It features tons of great, grooving new tunes written by Larry, Randy and Alphonse (who passed away just months before Larry did in early 2017). They had a summer tour all planned and that will never happen, but their spirit lives on in this wonderful new work. I asked Randy Brecker to give me a few words about SEVEN SECRETS and here’s what he had to say…

This ended up being the last time we played together, with the later tragic losses of Alphonse, then Larry more recently, so it is with bittersweet happiness that I hope everyone of you out in MOJAland enjoy the CD…it’s a good one, and we all had a ball hanging out together and recording the album…!! Randy”

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R.I. P. Larry Coryell !

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Steve Khan collaborated with Larry on his very first release. STEVE wrote a beautiful tribute to LARRYwhich was posted on Steve’s brilliant website. Here’s a picture of the guys working together back in the day…

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Dave Valentin (29 April 1952-8 March 2017)

It is with a heavy heart that we acknowledge the passing of DAVE VALENTIN, the Grammy winning flutist from New York who was a great solo artist and member of Caribbean Jazz Project with Steve Khan and Dave Samuels. He passed away at the age of 64 in same borough of NYC in which he was born, The Bronx after a long fight against Parkinson’s Disease. Dave played flute in the band that backed up Latin Jazz legend Tito Puente and became a legend himself. He released his first solo album in 1979 and collaborated with a number of other greats over the years including his aforementioned membership in CJP. He will be remembered for his wonderful, creative playing and a lively, indomitable spirit. Thank you Dave, may you rest in peace.

THE 8th ANNIVERSARY OF MOJA RADIO!

In the springtime of 2009 MOJA RADIO was born to fill the void between smooth and traditional jazz online! A host of loyal listeners who’d been listening to the XM Satellite Radio channel Beyond Jazz since 2001, and even a number of MOJA’s most famous musicians, were willing to reach into their pockets to fund the efforts of myself, Russ Davis, and my partner in groove, Michelle Sammartino, who were dedicated to keeping the flame of MOJA alive! A true MOJA Nation has arisen and 8 years after the plug was unceremoniously pulled with the takeover of XM by sirius we’re still here, alive and thriving, thanks to you! 

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Michelle Sammartino & Russ Davis during the Beyond Jazz days. Without Michelle there’d be no MOJA Radio! Love you Michelle!

David Black THE 8th ANNIVERSARY OF MOJA RADIO!

David Black of Maldenite Productions who created the free MOJA Radio Mobile Apps! Thanks David!

I must take the time again to thank lovely MICHELLE SAMMARTINO for all the creative work she did to put the website and so much of the technical side of MOJA Radio together, not to mention her hugely popular show JAMMIN’ JAZZ: JAZZ FOR THE NEW GENERATION that has thrilled Jazzy Jamband fans for years. Without Michelle there would be no MOJA Radio! Then there’s another member of the MOJA HALL OF FAME…the brilliant and beautiful CAROLYN BEDNARSKI who agreed to join us to present the sensational show THE NEW JAZZ SINGERS with CAROLYN BEDNARSKI. Her professionalism has been a great addition to the lineup of special programs on the channel. Lastly, the most generous MOJAN of them all, DAVID BLACK, offered his personal services and the assets of his own company MALDENITE PRODUCTIONS at no charge to create the new, free MOBILE APPS that so many of you now hear the channel on your personal devices wherever you go! He did it simply because he loved the music and believed in our movement to define what MOdern JAzz is for this time in history. Thanks David for helping us grow and take a huge step forward into the 21st Century!

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THE NEW JAZZ SINGERS with CAROLYN BEDNARSKI is up for listening online right now!

 Having said all that…now let me invite you to listen to this week’s editions of our special features MONDAY with THE MASTERS, LIVE @ MOJALand, THE ALL NEW MUSIC REVUE, THIS IS ACID JAZZ, THE ATTACK OF THE JAZZY JAMBANDS, FUSION FRIDAY & Saturday’s WORDS & MUSIC, and you’ll get a good idea of the variety presented on MOJA Radio! Of course there’s always much more coming your way this week. Plus, there’s a FREE side to MOJA Radio too and everyone’s invited to enjoy any of those free features found on the MOJA Radio homepage.

 Listen to my weekly program JAZZ AMERICA on Voice of America, the U.S. Government service at this link… http://russdavismoja.com/voice-america-2/

 Hear the latest edition of THE NEW JAZZ SINGERS with CAROLYN BEDNARSKI at this link… http://russdavismoja.com/live-jazz-singers-carolyn-bednarski/

 Just look for the links to see interviews and live performance video on our MOJA Vision YouTube channel (Our most recent videos include RTF IV, Jean-Luc Ponty and Bill Frisell in concert and in conversation with Russ Davis!), read all about MOJA on our MOJA Radio Blog Site. Plus you can hear a 90-minute sample of MOJA Radio and all on demand by clicking on the correct link on the upper right corner of the homepage. Come & Get It & Spread the Word!

MOJA RADIO’s FREE Mobile Apps are HAPPENIN’!!!

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This is me back in the day from my first radio gig. I was a happy lad back then and when you are enjoying MOJA Radio then imagine me this happy!

My fellow MOJANS…You are now invited to download and use of the FREE MOJA MOBILE APPS by clicking on MOJA on Mobile Devices in the drop down menu below LISTEN TO MOJA. You’ll be taken to the page where you can download the app that is appropriate for your setup. All the details on how to do that are listed on the page. REMEMBER: You’ll need to set up a new account with the app provider but it’s free and should be easy. Take care to pay close attention to each step in the process as it can be slightly confusing. Sorry about that…it’s out of our control.

For future reference…Should an extended dropout of MOJA service occur at any time I invite you to listen to my two-hour Voice of America show JAZZ AMERICA available by clicking on the VOA icon on the right column of the MOJA homepage. On the left column you can listen to the latest edition of THE NEW JAZZ SINGERS with CAROLYN BEDNARSKI by clicking on that icon bearing Carolyn’s picture on the left column of the MOJA homepage. There’s also the Free 2-hour MOJA Radio sample accessible by clicking on that icon on the upper right side of the right column.

I hope you’ll now enjoy all the joys of MOJA Radio.

Russ Davis/MOJA Radio

Russ Davis…”My life in Jazz Radio!”

Russ Davis reflects on his 3+ decades in Jazz Radio!

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Russ inside the MOJA Radio studios…I THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

I was just thinking about the fact that I began my jazz radio career back in the year 1978! With all the changes in technology and the business in general it strikes me that to simply be actively involved in programming and presenting this area of jazz and still be thriving is pretty astounding. I sometimes feel like a jazz musician who has chosen to express himself in a personal way and just let the chips fall where they may as opposed to crafting something that might get me more work in the jazz arena as it exists today. It isn’t that brave an endeavor really. I’m simply doing what I know how to do and building on something that began for me way back in the 20th century.  I hope you’ll indulge me as I tell this story. 

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