Cahl’s Jukebox, 4-10-14

April 10, 2014

(Click to enlarge) Let’s go to New Orleans: 1) Ernie K Doe: “Hello My Lover” 2) Dave Bartholomew: “Who Drank My Beer While I Was in the Rear” 3) Johnny Adams: “You Don’t Miss Your Water” 4) Irma Thomas: “Anyone Who Knows What Love Is (Will Understand)” 5) Dr. John: “Got Lonesome-Itis” 6) Oscar “Harpo” […]

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Jazz Fest preview: Lynn August

April 9, 2014

My friend Diana and I had planned to camp out in the blues tent all day on the final Sunday of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Then we heard the news that Delbert McClinton had to have emergency bypass heart surgery. Needless to say, I was bummed. It’s been 35 years since I […]

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Cahl’s Jukebox, 4-9-14

April 9, 2014

(Click to enlarge) Today’s mix: 1) Graham Parker: “A Brand New Book” 2) Stevie Klasson: “Sweetheart Angel Pure” 3) Mink Deville: “Savoir Faire” 4) Lou Reed: “Leave Me Alone” 5) Steve Wynn: “The Angels” 6) Sex Clark Five: “Ridin’ Streight With Nathan” 7) The Minus 5: “The Town That Lost Its Groove Supply” 8) Built […]

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Bobby Sanabria and the Manhattan School of Music Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra: ‘¡Que Viva Harlem!’

April 8, 2014

I know I’m out of step with America — I didn’t watch any of this year’s NCAA men’s basketball tournament. Our country reveres these kids … even the ones who don’t go to class. Me? I’m celebrating the release of the Manhattan School of Music Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra’s new album, “¡Que Viva Harlem!” Conducted by […]

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Cahl’s Jukebox, 4-8-14

April 8, 2014

Today’s mix: 1) Eric Lindell: “Sunny Daze” 2) Van Morrison: “It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue” 3) James Hunter Six: “Minute By Minute” 4) John Hammond: “Up the Line” 5) Michael Dotson: “Blues So Bad” 6) Terrance Simien: “Come Back Home” 7) Charles Walker: “One Step Closer to the Blues” 8) Willie Walker” No Longer […]

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Album review: Jaro Milko & the Cubalkanics – ‘Cigarros Explosivos!’

April 7, 2014

You don’t quite expect a band from Switzerland to be playing Latin music so well, but then you hear Jaro Milko & the Cubalkanics play “Cumbia Orientale,” a song from their new album, “Cigarros Explosivos!” It sounds as if the band members grew up in South America learning from the masters. It also sounds as […]

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Cahl’s Jukebox, 4-7-14

April 7, 2014

Monday night jazz: 1) Dirty Dozen Brass Band: “Ain’t Nothing But a Party” 2) Stanley Turrentine: “Little Sheri” 3) Harvey Mason: “Swamp Fire” 4) Kenny Drew: “The Lady is a Tramp” 5) Grant Green: “Little Girl Blue” 6) Phil Ranelin: “Perseverance” 7) Jack Costanzo: “Burly Q Bongo” 8) Serge Chaloff: “All the Things You Are” […]

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Cahl’s Jukebox, 6-6-14

April 6, 2014

Today’s mix: 1) Lightnin’ Hopkins: “Coffee for Mama” 2) Otis Redding: “Cigarettes and Coffee” 3) The Ink Spots: “Java Jive” 4) Guy Clark: “Instant Coffee Blues 5) Tom T. Hall: “Don’t Forget the Coffee, Billy Joe” 6) Bob Dylan: “One More Cup of Coffee for the Road” 7) John Hiatt: “How Bad’s the Coffee” 8) […]

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Tinariwen at City Winery

April 6, 2014

The couple seated at our table Saturday night at Chicago’s City Winery once drove from Kansas City to Minneapolis to see Tinariwen … in the winter. After seeing the band from the northern deserts of Mali, I understand. Everyone in the audience did. I’m guessing that not many folks knew what the words of the […]

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Cahl’s Jukebox, 4-5-14

April 5, 2014

Today’s mix: 1) Shawn Colvin: “The Bird” 2) Charlie Shafter Band: “Jesus and James Dean” 3) JD McPherson: “Country Boy” 4) Paul Thorn: “A Long Way from Tupelo” 5) Young Fresh Fellows: “Hillbilly Drummer Girl” 6) Waylon Jennings: “Nashville Rebel” 7) The Dedringers: “Tonight” 8) Jackson Cage: “White Line” 9) Gillian Welch: “The Way It […]

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Jazz Fest preview: Dr. John Meets Donald Harrison – ‘New Orleans Gumbo’

April 4, 2014

Dr. John and Donald Harrison Jr. don’t just glide through a series of Crescent City classics on “New Orleans Gumbo,” a live album recorded in 1991 at Birdland in New York City. They dissect the tunes, adding bluesy undertones, funky flourishes and jazzy exclamation points. The music is an eclectic musical stew, making “New Orleans […]

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