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Our Spring Fundraiser is ON, and as one our thank you gifts we’re offering this magical, in-house produced CD featuring the “Ol’ 74 Jazz” Band. It was recorded in Studio B and is a fantastic compilation of great jazz tunes! Look below and you'll see the tracks/musicians. It's available online at DONATE or call us at 800-245-8870 Sunday after 8am! Thank you for your support! Click on slide show to see track and band member list.

Firecracker has played everywhere from street corners, secret speakeasies, jazz festivals, & swing-and-swill dance halls, to Bonnaroo and the Kennedy Center. They've returned to the 20's -- as in the 1920's, give or take a few decades -- on their fine new collection of songs from the Teens through today, centered around their great Dixieland and New Orleans jazz heroes. Album release show Saturday the 14th at The Mothlight.

Bands singing and smiling in studio
Vicki Dameron

"We're covering a lot of territory this week, from Smith County Texas all the way to Paris, France," said Kim Clark.

Here's something we've perhaps never been able to announce before, for one of your favorite programs: A live Swing Set during "Jazz & Beyond"! One of Rutherford County's hidden treasures is this 18-member band that plays a variety of jazz, funk, and rock hits. It's been many years since we had them in Studio B, and this time Roland gets to host them around the time of his weekly spotlight on big band/swing classics.

Dave Creaney

One of the hottest trios to come out of Austin, Texas - and that's saying somethin'! - Elana James, Whit Smith and Jake Erwin have played music “at that crossroads where country meets jazz and chases the blues away” (The Independent) since the mid-90's. They play The Grey Eagle in Asheville, NC Tuesday night, and the Newberry, SC Opera House Thursday.

It's time for the Mountain Song Festival and folks are gearing up for another incredible music event at one of the most popular venues in western North Carolina, the Brevard Music Center in Brevard, North Carolina. The lineup, as usual, is phenomenal. The host band is a WNCW fave, The Steep Canyon Rangers. The Grammy Award winning group calls "The Land of Waterfalls" home - and, to the delight of music lovers, they play multiple times during the festival. Yes. The amazing, full lineup for the three day event looks like this:

FRIDAY

Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas
Irene Young

Twice a winner of the esteemed Scottish National Fiddle Championship, Alasdair Fraser is known as "the Michael Jackson of Scottish fiddling": what more needs to be said? Natalie Haas grew up in California and fell in love with Celtic music in middle school, and has worked with the likes of Altan, Solas, & Natalie MacMaster, as well as Mark O'Connor. The two have been forging a dynamic union of music for some 18 years now. "While his fiddle dances, her cello throbs darkly or plucks puckishly.

Speak with a volunteer at 800-245-8870!

Marcus King Band – Carolina Confessions (Fantasy) ($60 membership level)

Tom Petty – An American Treasure (Reprise/Warner) (2-CD's: $100 membership level)

Southern Culture on the Skids – Bootleggers Choice (Kudzu) ($60 membership level)

Cecile McLorin Salvant – The Window (Mack Avenue) ($60 membership level)

John Coltrane – Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album (Impulse) (2-CD's: $100 membership level)

Nina Simone became one of the iconic singers of jazz and soul of the 1960s and a strong voice for Civil Rights. She got her start in her hometown of Tryon, N.C., playing piano and singing in her church choir. The "Down the Road on the Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina" podcast highlights bluegrass and old-time music stories, performers, and traditions across the mountain and foothills counties of Western North Carolina.

New Releases Available With Your Support: JAZZ

Oct 29, 2017

(The following thank-you CD marked with "**" is in limited quantity and only available by calling 1-800-245-8870.)

**Stephane Wrembel -- "The Django Experiment III"**

Van Morrison -- "Versatile"

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