Jazz Time

Program Schedule

KPBX 91.1
Wednesday 10pm - 11pm with Jon Weber
A one hour mainstream Jazz variety show with your host Howard Burchette. The show is divided into three sets and is produced by Howard Burchette.  The program hilights the music of Coltrane, Miles, Monk, Ellington, Basie, Mingus, Dizzy, Blakey plus others. Some of the more modern masters are also featured like the Marsalis family, etc.

About the Host
Howard Burchette grew up listening to NYC radio personalities. He would stand in front of a mirror and mimic my favorite radio jocks. One day in 1968 his parents asked if he would like to go with them to see Joe Tex who was performing at the Capitol Theater in Port Chester, NY. The band was hot, the audience was electrified and Joe was a master performer. He sang, danced and told jokes entertaining the audience. The ending was a 15 or 20 minute version of his big hit that year "Skinny Legs and All". This also included bringing girls up on the stage from the audience for a skinny legs contest. For an 11 year old boy, this was a great night! It changed Burchette's life.

From that, they began to frequent the world famous Apollo Theater, the Mecca of Soul Music. From 1968 until 1975 I saw all of the groups like The Temptations, James Brown, Stevie Wonder, Ike & Tina Turner, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Kool & The Gang, The Four Tops, The Supremes, plus too many to mention. Burchette started to collect everything he could find about the artists he saw at the Apollo Theater and continues to do this to this very day, which includes LP's, 45's, 8 tracks, CD's and souvenir publicity photographs.

Burchette began broadcasting on the air in 1996 as an understudy for Jazz jock Larry Thomas on 90.7 WNCU FM. Less than a year later, he was given his own show on Saturday evenings from 9 PM until midnight. The format was mainstream Jazz while he played the classics during the first two sets.  In 2003, Burchette  was awarded "Best Jazz Announcer" from 90.7 FM WNCU.

This week:
Our Father Who: Art Blakey & the Jazz Messangers (An Introduction)
Art Blakey was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and began playing the piano as a teenager. He began playing the drums in the early 1940’s and worked with some of the most popular Jazz orchestras. The concept of the Jazz Messengers began in 1947; however the first recording of the group was not until 1954 with Horace Silver as its leader. By 1956 Blakey took over the name and recorded as Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers until the end of his career. The roster of the Jazz messengers is a who’s who in modern Jazz history. Many of the popular Jazz icons of today were disciples and students of Art Blakey and his Jazz Messengers . He has received many awards during his long career including three from the Grammy organization. This program is a short introduction into the musical life of Art Blakley .

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