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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The TOP 25 of 2017 from MOJA Radio!

STEVE KHAN takes the #1 slot for 2017 with BACKLOG!!
Steve Khan Cartoon The TOP 25 of 2017 from MOJA Radio!

STEVE KHAN takes the #1 slot for 2017 with BACKLOG!!

Take a look at this list and if you know the music you’ll see that we think of MOdern JAzz as a groovin’ good time! Plus a number of new artists emerged to help define MOJA while the established artists are represented here as well of course. And there is a decidedly international quality to this list, reflecting the fact that MOJA is truly a world-wide art form in the 21st century. What a 2017 it was and I’m getting the feeling that 2018 is gonna be just as awesome! Here’s our MOJA Top 25 for the year! CHECK IT OUT…

 ARTIST…Title (Label)

  MOJA RADIO’s TOP 25 OF 2017!

1.    Steve Khan…Backlog (Tone Center Records)
2.    Club D’Elf…Live At Club Helsinki (Face Pelt Records)
3.    Chick Corea…The Musician (Concord Jazz/Stretch Records)
4.    DeJohnette/Grenadier/Medeski/Scofield…Hudson (Motema Records)
5.    John McLaughlin & 4th Dimension…Live @ Ronnie Scott’s London 2017 (Abstract Logix Records)
6.    Dee Dee Bridgewater…Memphis…Yes, I’m Ready (Okeh Records)
7.    Hiromi & Edmar Castaneda…Live In Montreal (Telarc Records)
8.    Regina Carter…Ella: Accentuate The Positive (OKEH Records)
9.    Christian McBride Big Band…Bringin’ It (Mack Avenue Records)
10.    Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Indo-Pak Coalition…Agrima (self-produced)
11.    Arturo O’Farrill & Chucho Valdes…Familia (Motema Records)
12.    Larry Coryell’s 11TH House…Seven Secrets (429 Records)
13.    Vijay Iyer Sextet…Far From Over (ECM Records)
14.    Tony Allen…A Tribute To Art Blakey (Blue Note Records)
15.    Steps Ahead…Steppin’ Out (Sunnyside Communications)
16.    Mike Stern…Trip (Heads Up Records)
17.    Hiroe Sekine…One World One Sun (Sony Music)
18.    Bria Skonberg…With A Twist (Okeh Records)
19.    Tarek Yamani…Peninsular (self-produced)
20.    Gerry Gibbs & Thrasher People…Weather Or Not (Whaling City Sound)
21.    Kurt Rosenwinkel…Caipi (Razdaz/Heartcore Records)
22.    Pete Levin…Mobius (self-produced)
23.    Nicholas Payton…Afro-Caribbean Mixtape (Paytone Records)
24.    Ed Palermo Big Band…The Adventures Of Zodd Zundgren (Cuneiform Records)
25.    Jeremy Pelt…Make Noise! (HighNote Records)

MOJA Radio…The World’s Modern Jazz Radio Channel!

MOJA Radio…The World’s Modern Jazz Radio Channel!

WWW.MOJARADIO.COM/meaning Modern Jazz…Beyond Jazzstyle12)Russ Davis 

MOJA’s 2017 Grammy Award WINNERS!

The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (N.A.R.A.S., AKA The Grammy People) just announced the WINNERS for GRAMMY AWARDS for 2017! Here is a list of  MOJA Artists who received nominations this year for the 59th Grammy Awards in various jazz categories as well as others, many of whom are from the more traditional jazz world. We congratulate all the MOJA nominees in every category and they prove that jazz in its modern form (We call it MOJA!) is alive and well and crossing over into almost every area of music from world music to classical to R& B to pop…As you read the list you’ll see the MOJA artists who BROUGHT HOME THE GOLD at the ceremonies in Los Angeles on February 12th! Those winners are in italics and underlined!

Grammy Award MOJAs 2017 Grammy Award WINNERS!
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1.Best Contemporary Instrumental Album

When You Wish Upon A Star

Bill Frisell

Label: Okeh Records


Way Back Home: Live From Rochester, NY

Steve Gadd Band

Label: BFM Jazz


Chuck Loeb

Label: Shanachie Entertainment


Culcha Vulcha

Snarky Puppy

Label: Ground Up Music

12.Best Rock Performance & 16.Best Alternative Album


David Bowie featuring Donny McCaslin!

Track from: Blackstar

Label: ISO/Columbia Records

21.Best R&B Album

Lalah Hathaway Live

Lalah Hathaway

Label: Hathaway Entertainment/Entertainment One

31.Best Improvised Jazz Solo


Joey Alexander, soloist

Track from: Countdown

Label: Motema Music

In Movement

Ravi Coltrane, soloist

Track from: In Movement (Jack DeJohnette, Ravi Coltrane & Matthew Garrison)

Label: ECM

We See

Fred Hersch, soloist

Track from: Sunday Night At The Vanguard (The Fred Hersch Trio)

Label: Palmetto Records

I Concentrate On You

Brad Mehldau, soloist

Track from: Blues And Ballads (Brad Mehldau Trio)

Label: Nonesuch


I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry

John Scofield, soloist

Track from: Country For Old Men 

Label: Impulse!

32.Best Jazz Vocal Album

Sound Of Red

René Marie

Label: Motema Music

Upward Spiral

Branford Marsalis Quartet With Special Guest Kurt Elling

Label: Okeh

Take Me To The Alley

Gregory Porter

Label: Blue Note

Harlem On My Mind

Catherine Russell

Label: Jazz Village

The Sting Variations

The Tierney Sutton Band

Label: BFM Jazz


33.Best Jazz Instrumental Album

Book Of Intuition

Kenny Barron Trio

Label: Impulse!

Dr. Um

Peter Erskine

Label: Fuzzy Music

Sunday Night At The Vanguard

The Fred Hersch Trio

Label: Palmetto Records


Joshua Redman & Brad Mehldau

Label: Nonesuch

Country For Old Men

John Scofield

Label: Impulse!


34.Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album

Real Enemies

Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society

Label: New Amsterdam Records

Presents Monk’estra, Vol. 1

John Beasley

Label: Mack Avenue Records

Kaleidoscope Eyes: Music Of The Beatles

John Daversa

Label: BFM Jazz

All L.A. Band

Bob Mintzer

Label: Fuzzy Music

Presidential Suite: Eight Variations On Freedom

Ted Nash Big Band

Label: Motema Music


35.Best Latin Jazz Album

Madera Latino: A Latin Jazz Perspective On The Music Of Woody Shaw

Brian Lynch & Various Artists

Label: Hollistic Musicworks

Tribute To Irakere: Live In Marciac

Chucho Valdés

Label: Jazz Village

59.Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media

Miles Ahead

(Miles Davis & Various Artists)

Steve Berkowitz, Don Cheadle & Robert Glasper, compilation producers
Label: Columbia/Legacy

62.Best Instrumental Composition

The Expensive Train Set (An Epic Sarahnade For Double Big Band)

Tim Davies, composer (Tim Davies Big Band)

Track from: The Expensive Trainset

Label: Origin Records

Spoken At Midnight

Ted Nash, composer (Ted Nash Big Band)

Track from: Presidential Suite: Eight Variations On Freedom

Label: Motema Music

63.Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella

Ask Me Now

John Beasley, arranger (John Beasley)

Track from: Presents Monk’estra, Vol. 1

Label: Mack Avenue Records

Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds

John Daversa, arranger (John Daversa)

Track from: Kaleidoscope Eyes: Music Of The Beatles

Label: BFM Jazz

You And I

Jacob Collier, arranger (Jacob Collier)

Track from: In My Room

Label: Membran

64.Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals


Jacob Collier, arranger (Jacob Collier)

Track from: In My Room

Label: Membran


Do You Want To Know A Secret

John Daversa, arranger (John Daversa Featuring Renee Olstead)

Track from: Kaleidoscope Eyes: Music Of The Beatles

Label: BFM Jazz

Somewhere (Dirty Blvd) (Extended Version)

Billy Childs & Larry Klein, arrangers (Lang Lang Featuring Lisa Fischer & Jeffrey Wright)

Track from: New York Rhapsody

Label: Sony Classical

Check out NEW videos on MOJA Vision

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Check out the work of Emmy-Winning Video producer Chris Parker on MOJA Vision!

HEY THERE ALL YOU MOJANS!!!! I know you like videos and I’ve just been doing some work with Emmy-winning producer Chris Parker to create 7 new pieces to go with the 9 others that are there on my MOJA Vision YouTube site. Just click on the MOJA Vision link on the lower left panel of the MOJA Radio homepage and you’ll be taken there where you can see them all.

The new videos include some of the live performance by each artist, my commentary and interviews with the artists plus some very cool and rare images Mr. Parker found to add to the mix. Here’s the new stuff you’ll find there…
1. Pat Metheny Unity Band doing “Roofdogs” & “Are You Going With Me”
2. Return To Forever IV doing “Renaissance” with comments by Jean-Luc Ponty
3. Bill Frisell doing “Come Together” at Montreal Jazz Fest
4. Erik Truffaz with portions of three performances from Montreal Jazz Fest
5. Club D’Elf with John Medeski at NYC’s Le Poission Rouge (Mike Rivard comments)
6. Richie Goods & Nuclear Fusion with drumming legend Mike Clark from Detroit Jazz Fest
7. Jenny Scheinman & Bill Frisell duo show from Newport Jazz Fest with Jenny’s comments

Check ‘em out, enjoy and SPREAD THE WORD! Russ Davis

Top Off The Weekend with THE SUNDAY SPECIALS on MOJA Radio!

MOJA logo CP1 300x199 Top Off The Weekend with THE SUNDAY SPECIALS on MOJA Radio!Twice every Sunday listen for four of our most popular special features on what we call THE SUNDAY SPECIALS here on MOJA Radio. At 9 AM & 9 PM Eastern time (6 AM & 6 PM Pacific) you’ll hear an hour of fun and funky stuff on THIS IS ACID JAZZ followed at 10 AM and 10 PM Eastern time (7 AM & 7 PM Pacific)by our weekly look at the hottest new MOJA coming out on THE ALL NEW MUSIC REVUE. Then, at 11 AM and 11 PM Eastern time (8 AM & 8 PM Pacific), enjoy an hour inside the world’s only imaginary modern jazz club for rare, live performances on LIVE @ MOJALAND. And we’ll wrap it all up at Noon and Midnight Eastern time (9 AM & 9 PM Pacific) with an hour of music that blends jazz with blues, rock, funk, prog rock and more on THE ATTACK OF THE JAZZY JAMBANDS. So listen for THE SUNDAY SPECIALS twice every Sunday from 9 AM to 1 PM Eastern, with a replay Sunday night from 9 PM to 1 AM Eastern/6-10 PM Pacific on MOJA Radio!