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The Soul Show, WHM Wknd 4: Wood, Brass & Steel

Brandee Younger at Pittsburgh Int’l Jazz Festival 2019

The Soul Show on Weekend 4 of WHM carries the theme “Wood, Brass & Steel.” It’s all about women on instruments, like Brandee Younger on harp and Sister Rosetta Tharpe on electric guitar (long before Hendrix). Weekends 1-3 went like this:

Weekend 1All Day Women (just like it says)
Weekend 2Second To None (women who emerged from backup singing roles to center stage)
Weekend 3Bloodlines (women of musical families)

Check out these shows on-demand in Archives.

Today we’ll also pay tribute to the great Paul Jackson, Jr., co-founder of the Headhunters. The self-titled release, performed with Hancock, Maupin and Summers, became the best-selling jazz album of all time. I’ll play a track from that and another from the post-Hancock era. It’s one where Jackson plays bass and sings.


On the “other” Soul Show, airing on WTJX and other national stations during the coming week, I have a lot of new music to present. “Jazz Is Dead 6,” this time a Younge/Muhammad collaboration with Gary Bartz, was made available in late March. Marlon McClain sent both his latest and that of his niece, vocalist Whitney McClain. There’s also new Tim Bowman and Angelo Moore. Perhaps the most intriguing new entry is a Valerie June duet with fellow Memphian and Stax queen Carla Thomas.

On top of all of that, there will be the ongoing presentation of the classics. There’s everything from Stevie Wonder to Mandrill to The Outlaw Gang.

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