Jazz Standards

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Season: 2013
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19 ELLA FITZGERALD & LOUIS ARMSTRONG

First broadcast on WVIA FM on August 10th 2013

 Recorded and produced at the WVIA studio Williamsport, in the Community Arts Center , Williamsport Pa.

 Sascha shares memorable moments from the legendary duo; Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong.

From their earliest recordings together in 1946, complete with charming mistakes; to their most famous recordings together waxed in 1956 and 1957

 

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17 JAY AND KAI QUINTETS

First broadcast on WVIA FM on July 13th 2013

 Recorded and produced at the WVIA studio; in the Community Arts Center, Williamsport Pa.

 Sascha shares sessions from one of the most swinging trombone quintets in history;

those led by J.J. Johnson and Kai Winding

 

 

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14 Lee Konitz

First broadcast on WVIA FM on July 20th 2013

Recorded and produced at the WVYA studio in the Community Arts Center in Williamsport Pa.

In 1957 Alto Saxophonist Lee Konitz released 3 albums as leader. Sascha shares the best from  these albums.

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13 Carmen McRae and Dave Brubeck

First broadcast on WVIA FM on July 13th 2013

Recorded and produced at the WVYA studio in the Community Arts Center in Williamsport Pa.

Sascha shares 17 tracks from 1960 and 1961, the years in which Carmen McRae recorded with The Dave Brubeck Trio

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11 Booker Little

First broadcast on WVIA FM on  June 15th  2013.
Recorded and produced at the WVYA studio in the Community Arts Centre, Williamsport, Pa.
Although he recorded for under 3 years, Booker Little is nevertheless considered to be one of the brightest trumpeters of modern jazz .

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9 OLD AND NEW DREAMS

First broadcast on WVIA FM on May 25th 2013.
Recorded and produced at the WVYA studio in the Community Arts Centre, Williamsport, Pa.
Sascha shares tracks from the four albums, which the quartet of former Ornette Coleman sidemen recorded together , under the  group name  "Old And New Dreams"

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8 GEORGE SHEARING AND SINGERS

First broadcast on WVIA FM on May 18th  2013.

Recorded and produced at the WVYA studio in the Community Arts Centre,  Williamsport, Pa.

Pianist George Shearing recorded many albums with a range of male and female singers, Sascha shares some of his favourite tracks from these albums.

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2 BARRON, WILLIAMS and RILEY

First broadcast on WVIA 89.9 Fm on 23rd March 2013
Recorded and produced at the WVYA studio,  Community Arts Centre, Williamsport. Pa.

Kenny Barron, Buster Williams and Ben Riley enhance and highlight their individual talents, when they perform as a trio.

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1 THE SHIRLEY HORN TRIO

First broadcast on WVIA FM on  March 16th 2013
Recorded and produced at the WVYA studio, within the Community Arts Center, in Williamsport, Pa.
Sascha shares some great tracks from The Shirley Horn Trio.
 Singer /pianist Shirley Horn,  known for  her drippingly slow delivery,  maintained a working trio for many years .

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Season: 2012
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15 BUTCH WARREN and BILLY HIGGINS

  First broadcast on WVIA FM on June 2nd 2012

Recorded and produced at the WVYA studio in the Community Arts Center in Williamsport Pa. 

Sascha shares tracks laid down by Butch Warren and Billy Higgins during the years 1961 -1963, when they were the "house musicians" for Blue Note Records. 

 

Butch Warren died on the 5th October 2013,  succumbing to lung cancer, at the age of 73. 

 

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13 Rahsaan Roland Kirk - Live

First broadcast on WVIA-FM on December 22nd 2012 

Recorded and produced at the WVYA studio, at the Community Arts Center, Williamsport; Pa. 

In concert,  multi instrumentalist Rahsaan Roland Kirk thrilled his audiences. 

Sascha shares some  of his live performances. 

 

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12 David Baker on Trombone

First broadcast on WVIA-FM on May 26th 2012 

Recorded and produced at the WVYA studio, Community Arts Center, Williamsport, Pennsylvania

David Baker is one of the country's most influential jazz educators; and one of the central figures in George Russell's "out there" sextet. 

Between 1960 -1962 David Baker proved to be one of the greatest rising stars of Jazz Trombone. 

Sascha shares some of Baker's finest tracks from this period. 

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11 John Clayton Selects Ray Brown

First broadcast on September 8th on WVIA-FM

Produced at the WVYA Studio, Williamsport, Pa.

Bassist John Clayton selected 10 of his favourite recordings by his mentor, Ray Brown.

Sascha shares this sometimes surprising selection.

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10 Gryce Plays Gryce

First broadcast on September 15th on WVIA-FM

Recorded at the WVYA Studio in Williamsport, Pennsylvania

Sascha highlights some of the fine recordings that alto saxophonist Gigi Gryce made, during his short career;  of his own compositions

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9 Tatum Group Materpieces

 First Broadcast on September 1st  on WVIA -FM

 Recorded and engineered at the WVYA Studio in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

 Between 1954 and 1956 pianist Art Taum recorded eight LP's under the title Group Masterpieces.

 From the eight Tatum Group Masterpieces;  Sascha has chosen eight masterpieces to share with you.

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8 Stuff Smith

  First broadcast August 24th on WVIA-FM

   Recorded at the WVYA Studio in Williamsport

   Sascha looks at the work of Stuff Smith, one of the most important jazz violinists of the swing era.

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7 Late Sarah Vaughan.

First Broadcast on WVIA FM on August 18th 2012.

Recorded at the WVYA Studio in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

Sarah Vaughan's remarkable voice became all the more profound with age. 

Join Sascha as he selects tracks that highlight the voice of the older Sarah Vaughan.

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6 Grachan Moncur lll in 1963

First Broadcast:  on August 11th 2012 on WVIA-FM

Recorded at the WVYA studios in Williamsport, Pa.

 In 1963, trombonist Grachan Moncur lll launched onto the modern Jazz scene.

Sascha Feinstein looks at Moncur's work in that year.

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5 Dupree Bolton

Aired: August 4th 2012 on WVIA 89.9FM.

Recorded at the WVYA Studios in Williamsport, Pa. 

Sascha gives an overview of the work of trumpeter Dupree Bolton.

Bolton was one of the most mysterious and talented musicians of modern jazz.

 

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4 Jimmy and Doug Raney

First broadcast on WVIA-FM on July 28th 2012 

Recorded and produced at the WVYA studio, in the Community Arts Center, Williamsport. 

Sascha selects recordings made by father and son duo, Jimmy and Doug Raney 

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3 Valery Ponomarev

First broadcast on March 24th on WVIA-FM

Recorded and produced at the WVYA studio, 

in the Community Arts Center.  Williamsport, Pennsylvania

Over a 20 year span, Russian trumpeter 

Valery Ponomarev cut 7 albums,

on the Reservoir label.  

Sascha selects some of Ponomarev's best tracks. 

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2 Bill Holman Big Band

First broadcast on WVIA FM on September 29th 2012

Recorded and produced at the WVYA studio, Williamsport, Pa.

Bill Holman , composer and arranger, conducted thrilling big bands for half a century.

Sascha introduces you to some of his best work.

 

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1 Lisa Thorson

First broadcast on March 10th 2012, on WVIA-FM

Recorded and produced at the WVYA Studio. Williamsport Pa.

Sascha shares some of his favourite tracks from singer Lisa Thorson, an artist who has triumphed over physical tragedy, and who continues to create rich, lasting albums.

 

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Season: 2011
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22 Rene Marie

First broadcast on WVIA-FM on July 30th 2011 

Recorded and produced at the WVYA studio in Williamsport, Pa.

Sascha shares his selection of the best of  the vocalisations of  Rene Marie, a contemporary female jazz singer, who stands out for her boldness and individuality. 

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13 KENNY BURRELL

First broadcast on WVIA FM on  September 10th  2011

Recorded and produced at the WVYA studio in the Community Arts Center in Williamsport Pa.

Sascha shares tracks  from the work of guitarist Kenny Burrell who exploded onto the jazz scene in 1956.

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12 Blakey and Griffin

First broadcast on WVIA 89.9 FM on July 9th 2011.

Recorded and produced at the WVYA studio,  Community Arts Center, Williamsport Pa.

Sascha chooses recordings done in 1957, featuring two  jazz giants; drum master Art Blakey; and tenor saxophonist Johnny Griffin

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11 Rouse Before Monk

First broadcast on WVIA 89.9 FM on June 25th 2011

Recorded and produced at the WVYA Studio, at the Community Arts Center, Williamsport, Pa. 

Sascha shares music from the early career of  tenor saxophonist Charlie Rouse; before his famed association with Thelonious Monk. 

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10 Bruce Barth & Steve Wilson

First broadcast on WVIA FM on May 21st 2011

Recorded and produced at the WVYA studio, in Williamsport, Pa. 

Sascha shares some tracks laid down by two men who have been at the centre of each others' careers. 

Pianist Bruce Barth and saxophonist Steve Wilson. 

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9 Herbie Hancock 1964

First broadcast on WVIA on August 13th 2011

Recorded and produced at the WVYA studios in Williamsport.

Selections by  pianist  Herbie Hancock, from 1964, when he was only 24 years old. 

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8 Ray Brown and Friends

First broadcast on WVIA 89.9 FM  on April 16th 2011

Recorded and produced at the WVYA studio, Williamsport, Pa. 

The great bassist Ray Brown cut five albums whose titles began with the phrase 

"Some of my best friends are" 

Sascha shares a sampling from these five albums 

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7 The Village Vanguard In 1961

First broadcast on April 29th 2011 on WVIA 89.9FM

Recorded and produced at the WVYA Studios, within the Community Arts Center, Williamsport, Pa.

Sascha shares some of the best tracks from the Village Vanguard; where in 1961, John Coltrane, Bobby Timmons, Junior Mance, Shirley Horn and Bill Evans all recorded. 

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6 Kelly/Chambers/Cobb

First broadcast on WVIA 89.9 FM on August 6th 2011

Recorded and produced at the WVYA studio, Community Arts Center, Williamsport, Pa.

Sascha shares music from one of the most powerhouse rhythm sections of 1959;  

Wynton Kelly, Paul Chambers and Jimmy Cobb. 

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5 Hill and Henderson

First broadcast on WVIA 89.9 FM on August 27th 2011

Recorded and produced at the WVYA studio, Williamsport, Pennsylvania. 

When pianist Andrew Hill teamed up with tenor saxophonist Joe Henderson, the results were unfailingly top quality! 

Sascha Feinstein shares some of the best of these recordings. 

 

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4 Count Basie and Oscar Peterson

First broadcast in February 2011, on WVIA-FM

Recorded and produced at the WVYA Studio , in Williamsport, Pa. 

Sascha shares some of the best tracks from the 5 albums, that legendary pianists Count Basie and Oscar Peterson co-led in the 1970's. 

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3 Lem Winchester

 

First broadcast on WVIA FM on January 29th 2011

 

Recorded and produced at the WVIA studio Williamsport, in the Community Arts Center , Williamsport Pa.

Sascha shares the music of vibraphonist Lem Winchester, who was just beginning to establish himself as a significant musician, when he was killed in a tragic accident.

 

 

 

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2 Phil Woods On Clarinet

First broadcast on WVIA-FM on January 22nd 2011.

Produced at the WVYA studio in Williamsport, Pa

Sascha shares a selection of tracks of Phil Woods on clarinet. 

Alto saxophonist Phil Woods began as a clarinettist and has kept his clarinet chops throughout his career.

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1 Ben Webster

First broadcast on WVIA-FM on January 15th 2011 

Recorded and produced at the WVYA studio, Williamsport Pa. 

Tenor Saxophonist Ben Webster accompanied many vocalists, Sascha shares some of those recordings. 

 

 

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Season: 2010
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6 Stan Getz and Gary Burton

 

First broadcast on WVIA FM on February 13th 2010

Recorded and produced at the WVYA studio in the Community Arts Center in Williamsport Pa.

In 1964  tenor saxophonist Stan Getz replaced the pianist in his quartet, with vibraphonist  Gary Burton

Because of the sudden success of the bossa nova sound, and the popularity of the Stan Getz bossa nova albums,  some of the  music laid down by Getz with Burton was put in a vault for decades.

Sascha shares the best of Stan Getz and Gary Burton.

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5 Brackeen Plays Brackeen

First broadcast on WVIA 89.9 FM on June 19th 2010

Recorded and produced at the WVYA  studio, Williamsport, PA.

Sascha shares some of his favourite tracks from the challenging compositions,  of pianist Joanne Brackeen.

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4 Fred Hersch

 First broadcast on WVIA on July 10th 2010 

Recorded and produced at the WVYA studio in Williamsport, Pa 

By request, pianist Fred Hersch selects some of his favourite trio recordings.

 

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3 Vic Dickenson

First broadcast on WVIA on march 27th 2010

Recorded and produced at the WVYA studio in Williamsport, Pa.

Sascha shares some great tracks from the marvellously inventive trombonist, Vic Dickenson 

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2 A Day in Jazz, March 7th 1957

First broadcast on WVIA 89.9 FM on March 6th 2010 

Recorded and produced at the WVYA Studio , Williamsport, Pa. 

One of Sascha's favourite years in Jazz history,  is 1957.   Here are a range of recordings made on just one day in that year;

March 7th  1957 

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1 Oscar Peterson Trio

First broadcast on WVIA-FM on March 13th 2010

Recorded and produced at the WVYA studio,  at the Community Arts Center, Williamsport Pa.

Sascha shares some tracks from pianist Oscar Peterson's  Trio in the years 1959 - 1965;

when the trio featured Ray Brown on bass, and Ed Thigpen on drums. 

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Season: 2009
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20 CHARLIE HADEN : THE MONTREAL TAPES

     NEW : Added July 14th 2014

 

First broadcast on WVIA FM on May 23rd 2009

 

Recorded and produced at the WVIA studio Williamsport, in the Community Arts Center, Williamsport Pa.

 

On Friday July 11th, Charlie Haden died in Los Angeles, at the age of 76.

Charlie Haden ; one of the most influential bassists in the history of jazz, had a career which spanned seven decades .  

 

In 2009, Jazz Standards featured a show on Charlie Haden, and his performance at the Montreal Jazz Festival.

 

Sascha comments at the beginning of the show :

 

In the summer of 1989, bassist Charlie Haden performed eight concerts at the Montreal Jazz festival.

What made this festival unique was that Haden played with a  different group each evening.”

 

 

 

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10 NICK BRIGNOLA

 

                 NEW:  ADDED JULY 14th 2014

First broadcast on WVIA FM on March 14th  2009

 

Recorded and produced at the WVIA studio Williamsport,  in the Community Arts Center, Williamsport Pa.

 

Nick Brignola was born in Troy, New York on July 17 1936.

A baritone saxophonist ; Nick Brignola was often overlooked although he was a musician that could play any style and was comfortable while doing it.Though the albums he released as a leader were mostly hard bop played by quartets, he played as a sideman in many big bands including Woody Herman and Buddy Rich.  Sascha shares tracks from a variety of CD's recorded by Nick Brignola. 

 

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6 ONE FOR ALL

  NEW ADDED JULY 14th 2014

First broadcast on WVIA FM on January 31st 2009

 

 Recorded and produced at the WVIA studio Williamsport,  in the Community Arts Center, Williamsport Pa.

 

 Sascha shares a selections from a number of CD's from the group called “One For All " 

A sextet comprised of Eric Alexander on tenor sax; Jim Rotondi on trumpet; Steve Davis on trombone; David Hazeltine on piano; Joe Farnsworth on drums;

and on most of these tracks,  Peter Washington was on bass. 

 

 

 

 

 

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2 Gerry Mulligan and Art Farmer

 

First Broadcast on WVIA-FM. on February 7th 2009

Recorded and produced at the WVIA Studio,  Williamsport, in the Community Arts Center, Williamsport, Pa.

Sascha compares cuts from the classic Gerry Mulligan album

“What Is There To Say” with the live performances of about 4 months later.

Mulligan recorded the album in December and January of 1958- 1959.  Both the album and the live sessions feature  Art Farmer on trumpet.

 

 

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1 Coleman Hawkins

 First broadcast on WVIA FM on January 10th 2009

Recorded and produced at the WVYA studio in the Community Arts Center in Williamsport Pa.

Sascha shares tracks recorded On October 16th 1957, when  Tenor Saxophonist Coleman Hawkins powered through a brilliant marathon session.

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Season: 2008
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5 The New York Trio

First broadcast on WVIA FM on February 9th 2008

Recorded and produced at the WVYA studio in the Community Arts Center in Williamsport Pa.

Sascha shares tracks from the fluid and intuitive group, The New York Trio, featuring pianist Bill Charlap

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4 CASSANDRA WILSON

First broadcast on WVIA FM on  January  26th  2008
Recorded and produced at the WVYA studio in the Community Arts Center Williamsport, Pa.
Sascha shares some of his favourite tracks from  Cassandra Wilson , who, for  a number of years,  has been one of our most celebrated jazz singers.

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3 0803 GILLESPIE AND STITT

First broadcast on WVIA 89.9 FM  on January 19th 2008

Recorded and produced at the WVYA studio , Community Arts Center, Williamsport Pa.

Sascha shares some of the tracks from the four albums that Dizzy Gillespie recorded with Sonny Stitt in 1956 and 1957 .

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2 HOUSTON PERSON

First broadcast on WVIA 89.9 FM on January 12th 2008

Recorded and produced at the WVYA studio , Community Arts Center, Williamsport, Pa.

Sascha shares some of the many tracks recorded  on the HighNote label, by tenor saxophonist Houston Person.

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1 Jazz Brothers

Recorded and produced at the WVYA studio, in Williamsport, Pa.

First broadcast on WVIA-FM on January 5th 2008.

In the history of jazz, a number of very talented brothers have recorded together. Sascha shares his pick of the best "jazz brothers" 

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Season: 2007
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4 NIELS-HENNING ØRSTED PEDERSEN

First broadcast on WVIA FM in August 2007

Recorded and produced at the WVIA studio in the Community Arts Center in Williamsport Pa.

Danish bassist Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, was known for his impressive technique and innovative approach. 



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3 Tina Brooks

 First broadcast on WVIA 89.9 FM in March 2007

Recorded and produced at the WVYA studio at the Community Arts Center, Williamsport, Pennsylvania 

Sascha shares some of the best recordings of a largely unknown musician;

the lyrical hard bop  tenor player, Tina Brooks. 

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2 Montreux 1975

Recorded and produced at the WVYA Studio, in Williamsport. Pa.

First broadcast on WVIA-FM in February 2007

Sascha shares the highlights of the 1975 Montreaux Jazz Festival, which featured many outstanding performances. 

 

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1 Tommy Flanagan

Recorded and produced at the WVYA Studio, Williamsport, Pa. 

This was the first Jazz Standards show.

First broadcast on WVIA-FM  in February 2007. 

For his first show, Sascha chose to focus on one of his favourite musicians, Tommy Flanagan. 

The show concentrates on Flanagan trios recorded in the 1980's and 1990's.

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