soulBlog: soulshowmike’s Shows of Note for the holiday week, On-demand Black’n’Brown Christmas music, Otis Redding and Robert “Kool” Bell specials on The Soul Show

Shows of Note

  • Howie Alexander Trio at Con Alma, 12/23
  • JazzLive at Backstage Bar, 12/24
  • A Taste Of Soul at Genuine Pub, 12/24
  • Calvin Stemley & Stemtecs Band at Wallace’s Whiskey Room, 12/26
  • Roger Humphries at Con Alma, 12/27
  • Jazz Night at Parkway Theater, 12/27
  • Tony Campbell at Wallace’s Whiskey Room, 12/28
  • Live Music Saturday at Backstage Bar, 12/28
  • The Holiday Hangover Jazz Show at Wooley Bully’s Juke-joint, 12/28
  • Artistree at Crafthouse, 12/28

Christmas Music for Folks of Color

Here is the archive of The Soul Show’s 12/21/19 Annual Christmas Special, including the Robert “Kool” Bell continued interview:

and a 100% Christmas Mix, aired on The Soul Show on WTJX on 12/21/19


and here is 12/14/19 edition of The Soul Show on WYEP, including Otis Redding reflections by folks who were connected with his final performance. Also, this episode airs the first segment of a three-part interview with Robert “Kool” Bell, in this the 50th year of The Gang’s existence.


The Robert “Kool” Bell interview

If you’d like to hear the interview segments separately from the actual TSS episodes, here are all three segments for your convenience.

Kool interview, Part 1 – ORIGINS
Kool interview, Part 2 – FIRST ALBUM THROUGH 1975
Kool interview, Part 3 – THE “JT” ERA

soulBlog: soulshowmike’s Shows of Note, Otis Redding reflections by Don Patterson and Leo Green

Shows of Note

  • Howie Alexander Trio at Con Alma, 12/16
  • Sembene Film Festival – Eddie Jefferson Film Documentary at City of Asylum, 12/16 +++++highly recommended+++++
  • JazzLive Series at Backstage Bar, 12/17
  • Tune It! Tuesday – jam session w/ Phat Man Dee at Black Forge, 12/17
  • “A Taste Of Soul” Jam Session at The Genuine Pub, 12/17
  • Spirit Sessions: Live Open Mic & Stage: Kelsey Hillock at Spirit, 12/18
  • Roger Humphries Quintet Thursday Residency at Con Alma, 12/19
  • Up Close and Personal: Winter Chill Jazz Series (#1 of 4) at The PA Market, 12/19
  • The Flow Band at Wallace’s Whiskey Room, 12/19
  • Tony Campbell at Wallace’s Whiskey Room, 12/21
  • Live Music Saturdays at Backstage Bar, 12/21

and on the horizon, …

  • 4th Thursday with Calvin Stemley & the Stemtecs Band at Wallace’s Whiskey Room, 12/26
  • The Holiday Hangover Jazz Show at Wooley Bullys Juke-joint, 12/28
  • Spirit NYE 2020, 12/31
  • New Years Eve with The Clock Reads, Shaq Nicholson & Afro N’at at Salem’s Event Center, 12/31
  • Cécile McLorin Salvant & Sullivan Fortner at MCGJazz, 1/21/20
  • Soulive, February 2020

Otis Redding reflections

On the 52nd anniversary week of Redding’s death, The Soul Show presented personal stories about the Cleveland show hours before the tragedy. One is from Don Patterson (TSS cofounder), the other from Leo Green, whose Imperial Wonders opened for Otis. Here are the interview excerpts from the 12/14/19 episode:

Don Patterson
Leo Green

soulBlog: Shows of Note updates and reminders; The Soul Show’s December preview (Kool, Little Richard, Top Ten reviews)

Shows of Note coming up real soon


The Soul Show on WYEP this weekend

Over the next few weekends, TSS will feature a Robert “Kool” Bell interview, the Top Ten Albums of 2019, and the Christmas Special. On 12/7, get ready for a Little Richard birthday. Also, Lou Rawls and Barbara Weathers of Atlantic Starr. We’ll dig into the Prince “Originals” album some more, and continue to review music in the Top Ten “primaries”.

soulBlog: First Night Events of Note

I just got back from the Highmark First Night Pittsburgh 2020 Announcement event at the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. Here are some items for your radar:

  • Sierra Sellers at August Wilson Cultural Center
  • The Zuzu African Acrobats at August Wilson Cultural Center
  • AAMI Jazz Ensemble at Dollar Bank Stage
  • Feralcat at Dollar Bank Stage
  • Hugo Cruz and Caminos at Greer Cabaret Theater
  • Tania Grubbs at Fairmont Pittsburgh

More later!

soulBlog: soulshowmike’s Shows of Note

  • GHIII at Wallace’s Whiskey Room, 12/1
  • Latin Jazz Night at Con Alma, 12/1
  • Smooth Groove Sunday at Rocks Landing, 12/1
  • Mondays at Con Alma w/Howie Alexander Trio, 12/2
  • Kenia at JazzLive Series, Backstage Bar, 12/3
  • A Taste Of Soul at Genuine Pub, 12/3
  • Roger Humphries at Con Alma, 12/5
  • We Want the Funk Weekend at August Wilson Center, 12/6 and 12/7
    • Ohio Players, AWB, Fatback Band
  • Toshi Reagon and Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon at Pittsburgh Playhouse, 12/9 (Highly Recommended)

soulBlog: soulshowmike’s Shows of Note for this week, plus On the Horizon; scenes from Latin Jazz at Con Alma, Paxton & Willis at Calliope

This week

  • Vinyl Happy Hour plus Howie Alexander Trio at Con Alma, 11/25
  • Dwayne Dolphin at Backstage Bar, 11/26
  • A Taste Of Soul at Genuine Pub, 11/26
  • Interval Jazz Night at Spirit, 11/27
  • Roger Humphries Thursday Residency at Con Alma, 11/28
  • Jazz Night at Parkway Theater, 11/29
  • Level Up @The Spot, 11/29
  • Rodrigo y Gabriela at Roxian, 11/29
  • Tony Campbell at Wallace’s Whiskey Room, 11/30

Horizon

  • We Want the Funk’ Weekend at August Wilson, 12/6 & 12/7
  • Antonio Hart Sextet at New Hazlett, 12/7
  • Toshi and Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon at Pittsburgh Playhouse, 12/9

Latin Jazz Night, Con Alma

The first time to Con Alma was the right time: Noel Quintana at Latin Jazz Night. #soulshowmike image 19.11.24. The $5 cover is unusual in this emaciated-artist city, but justified and necessary to turn the tide.


Blind Boy Paxton, Jontavious Willis at Calliope

Thx to @augustwilsonculturalcenter, we were treated to young comet Kingfish in Sept. On 11/23, @calliopehouse brought “the two others,” @jontaviouswillis (23yo, front) and @blind_boy_paxton (30). Carnegie Lecture Hall was pretty full and very awestruck. #soulshowmike photo

soulBlog: (1) Toshi Reagon interview segment teaser (2) Six of Prince’s “Originals” spread across the 11/23/19 WYEP and WTJX broadcasts

Toshi Reagon teaser

On the 11/30/19 edition of The Soul Show (WYEP), we’ll do an interview with Toshi Reagon to get you ready for her 12/9 free performance at Pittsburgh Playhouse. She’ll be performing from the Bernice Reagon songbook WITH her mother, the founder of Sweet Honey In The Rock. Bernice retired from SHR fifteen years ago, and retired altogether in 2014, so this is a very big deal.

Here’s a teaser for the upcoming broadcast. We talk about Toshi’s Smithsonian Folkways recordings, and about how her palette extends far beyond. Enjoy.

Toshi Reagon teaser interview segment

Prince “Originals”

The 2019 Prince release has 15 tracks, including Jungle Love, Gigolos, and The Glamorous Life. Listen to 3 of them on TSS_WYEP from 2 to 5pm Eastern, then another 3 on wtjx.org at 7pm Eastern/8pm Atlantic. The archives will be available after the broadcasts.

soulBlog: soulshowmike’s Shows of Note this week, The Soul Show’s Thanksgiving Special, Toshi & Dr. Bernice Reagon perform 12/9

Shows of Note this week

  • Mondays at Con Alma (Howie Alexander Trio), 11/18
  • JazzLive Series at Backstage Bar, 11/19
  • A Taste of Soul at Genuine Pub, 11/19
  • Roger Humphries Quintet Thursday Residency at Con Alma, 11/21
  • [Film] Lorraine Hansberry’s ‘Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart’ at CEC Homewood, 11/21
  • John Pizzarelli & Catherine Russell at MCGJazz, 11/22
  • O’Jays at Soldiers & Sailors, 11/22
  • Byron Nash headlining at Light Up Night, 11/22
  • Tribe Eternal at Light Up Night, 11/22
  • Beauty Slap at Light Up Night, 11/22
  • Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton & Jontavious Willis at Carnegie Lecture Hall, 11/23
  • Tony Campbell at Wallace’s, 11/23
  • Live Music Saturdays at Backstage Bar, 11/23
  • Neosoul Saturdays at Wolfies, 11/23

…and on the Horizon

  • Rodrigo y Gabriela at Roxian, 11/29
  • “We Want the Funk” Weekend at August Wilson Center, 12/6 and 12/7
  • Antonio Hart Sextet Concert (Kente Arts Alliance) at New Hazlett, 12/7
  • Dr. Bernice Reagon (founder, Sweet Honey in the Rock) and Toshi Reagon at PPU’s Pittsburgh Playhouse, 12/9

Sweet Honey in the Rock founder + daughter to perform on 12/9

Dr. Bernice Reagon, creator of the esteemed Sweet Honey in the Rock, will perform with her daughter Toshi at Point Park’s Pittsburgh Playhouse. It is part of the Carol R. Brown Creative Achievement Awards ceremony.

Toshi, who leads her own group Big Lovely, will join me for a interview on The Soul Show on November 30th.

Details:

http://www.heinz.org/news-and-media/in-the-news/news-detail?id=1082


The Soul Show’s annual Thanksgiving Special

Join me for the annual TG presentation on November 23, with “gratitudinous” songs from EWF, Sly, The Nth Power, William DeVaughn (of course), Hathaway, Slave, and so on and so forth.

Also, there’s new music from Allen Stone and Brother Ali, along with the Prince “Originals” release.

soulBlog: soulshowmike’s Shows of Note for this week, plus the Warwick interview on TSS this coming weekend

  • Sembène Film & Arts Festival – four free films, 11/14 – 11/17 at City of Asylum
  • The Flow Band at Wallace’s Whiskey Room, 11/15
  • Tony Campbell at Wallace’s Whiskey Room, 11/16
  • Live Music Saturdays at Backstage Bar, 11/16
  • Jonathan Butler at MCGJazz (2 shows), 11/16
  • GH3 at Wallace’s Whiskey Room, 11/17
  • Smooth Groove Sunday Session at Rocks Landing, 11/17

and on the horizon

  • John Pizzarelli & Catherine Russell at MCGJazz
  • O’Jays at Soldiers & Sailors

And don’t forget…..

The Dionne Warwick interview will be aired on The Soul Show 11/16/19.

soulBlog: The Dionne Warwick interview, pre-broadcast, unedited

Dionne Warwick’s 2019 tour swung nearby last summer to Marietta, OH. I was allowed in with the big camera, so the photo opportunities were great all night. More importantly, though, Peoples Bank Theatre arranged a phone interview. There wasn’t enough time to produce and broadcast the chat before the show, so I’ve held onto this for a few months. For The Soul Show broadcast, I will generally edit a 15-minute interview down to 6-8 minutes. Something important is always left on the cutting floor. Here on the website is the entire Warwick conversation from start to finish, and before the broadcast. Enjoy, and hold tight for Robert “Kool” Bell, another one I’ve been saving for fall.

The Dionne Warwick interview, start to finish