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Jazz Hall of Famer, Mr. Fred Wesley recently had a phone interview with WVAS program director Jay Holcey detailing his ties to WVAS and Alabama State University. The insightful interview details his time working with the Godfather of Soul, James Brown in the 1960s and 1970s and how he got his start with Parliament-Funkadelic. Wesley's love for the trombone still remains consistent and he reassures Holcey that he still has his pipes. Production for this documentary wraps mid February, stay tuned for the documentary to listen to the full interview.

Kim Scott's Block Party Radio Extends to 2 Hours

Aug 8, 2019

Beginning on Saturday, August 10, Block Party Radio, hosted by chart topping jazz and classical flutist Kim Scott, will extend it's time on the airwaves. The nationally syndicated one hour program which airs on Saturdays at 6 p.m. will now expand to a two hour show. The Cool Jazz Countdown hosted by Kyle LaRue and Marcellus "Bassman" Shepard will move to the 8:00 time slot. Block Party Radio has been a part of the WVAS program line up since July, 2014.

We regret to inform our listeners that Bob Parlocha, host of the WFMT radio network's Jazz Satellite 

The 9th Annual Jazz on the Grass celebration will take place on the campus of Alabama State University at the Intramural Field on Labor Day, September 1st. This year's featured act is the Bay City Brass Band from Mobile , Alabama.  Also appearing are local gospel artist Phil Perry & Called Out;  Birmingham-based jazz group Official Clutch Band; Mariachi Band Garibaldi; and, regional blues sensation The King Bee Band. Tickets are $10.00 and $1 for kids 12 and under. Tent specials are available for $125; price includes 10 tickets.

Jazz drummer Paul Motian passes away

Nov 22, 2011
Peter Hum / jazzblog.ca

Drummer Paul Motian, who for more than five decades imbued the smallest of musical gestures with supreme significance, died earlier today.

Jazztimes.com reports here that Motian, 80, “died at 4:52 a.m. in New York City, as confirmed by a representative from ECM Records… a cause of death has not been disclosed.”