Wednesday, October 29, 2008

October 28, 2008

Here's the setlist for the funding drive show:

"Rose rouge" - St. Germain (Tourist)
"Garr" - Jaki Byard (Family man)
"Cambodia" - Paul Motian (Time and time again)
"Cure all" - Robert Walter (Cure all)
"Fiesta" - Ween (La Cucaracha)
"Xibaba" - Duke Pearson (Jazznova Blue Note trip)
"Ben's music" - Wayne Horvitz (Forever)
"Black satin" - Miles Davis (On the corner)
"Movin' Wes - part 2" - Wes Montgomery (Talkin' Verve: roots of Acid jazz)
"Norwegian wood" - Buddy Rich (Blue note plays the Beatles)
"Four folk songs" - Ben Allison & Man Sized Safe (Little things run the world)
"Song of the underground railroad" - John Coltrane (Africa/brass)
"Ich, bin, George" - Flat Earth Society (Presents psychoscout)

All of these tunes had been played on Breaking The Tethers in the past two years. They were also on one of the six CDs that I put together as incentives for the CJSW funding drive.


Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Funding Drive Show Recap

The Breaking The Tethers funding drive edition was yesterday. Things went very well. The pledges amounted to $1355, a record for the show and more than my "pipe dream" goal of $1000. As well, we passed the $98,000 level for pledges for the station as a whole and the 1000th pledge in this year's drive came during the program. Many, many, many thanks to those who pledged (Renee, Ada-Marie, David x 2, Nick, Paul, and more). Thanks also to the guys on the phones (Todd, Philip, Greg, and Bruce) and to my "co-pilots" (Philip, Mark, Megan, and Gordon). I had a great time and am keen for next year already!

Keep in mind that the CJSW funding drive is still going on, until 6 pm on Friday, October 24, so if you haven't pledged yet, there is still ample opportunity :-) Call (403) 220-5000 or go to

I'll post the track list for the program in a separate posting.


Monday, October 27, 2008

More Funding Drive

Tomorrow will be the funding drive edition of Breaking The Tethers. Please tune in (90.9 FM, There will be more talk and less music than usual but it should be a great show. Also, pledges during the show are more than welcome. Pledges can be made by calling (403) 220-5000 or online at Any amount is welcome - it will go to a good cause - but, at various levels of giving, there is swag:

$25: (1) Friends card.
$60: (1) Friends card + (1) T-shirt or long-sleeved shirt.
$110: (2) Friends cards + (1) T-shirt or long-sleeved shirt + (1) Tote/shopper bag.
$150: (2) Friends cards + (1) T-shirt or long-sleeved shirt + (1) Live Sessions at CJSW CD + (1) Knitted CJSW toque.
$200: (2) Friends cards + (1) T-shirt or long-sleeved shirt + (1) CJSW Hoodie- OR -$200: (2) Friends cards + (2) T-shirts or long-sleeved shirts + "Choice of two" of Live Sessions at CJSW CD, Tote/shopper bag or Knitted CJSW toque.
$250: (2) Friends cards + (1) T-shirt or long-sleeved shirt + (1) CJSW Hoodie + "Choice of two" of Live Sessions at CJSW CD, Tote/shopper bag or Knitted CJSW toque.
$300: (2) Friends cards + (2) T-shirts or long-sleeved shirts + (2) CJSW Hoodies

In addition, during Breaking The Tethers, at the $60 level, pledgers may pick a fine commercially-produced jazz CD featuring music that has been played on the show. At $75, you get a commercial CD plus one of six special Breaking The Tethers mix CDs, A, B, C, D, E, and F (ingeneously named, I know). Each CD features music that has been featured on Breaking The Tethers and each is different; there is also only one of each. At $100, you get your choice of two commerical CDs and also one mix CD.

There you go. Please give the show a listen tomorrow and, if you see fit, please pledge.

Many thanks.


October 21, 2008

Another late posting, this one from almost a week ago... My bad...

"Giant things on the side of the road" - Muhledy (Active sleep)
"Ad hoc" - Lowell Davidson (Trio)
"Beat street" - Bill King's Rhythm Express (Beat street)
"Four for Tommy" - William Parker Quartet (Petit oiseau)
"One by one" - Javon Jackson (Once upon a melody)
"Snake!" - Rudresh Mahanthappa (Kinsmen)
"John Hardy" - Bill Frisell (All hat)
"Bees and flowers/Joe Smallwood's'" - Duane Andrews (Raindrops)
"Simmer low" - Morgan Childs Quintet (Time)
"Make love not war to everybody" - Gunter Hampel Group (Music from Europe)
"This is an apple" - Eri Yamamoto Trio (Redwoods)
"Amalgasantos" - Chris Greene Quartet (Soul and science 2: electric boogaloo)
"Jolla" - Michael Occhipinti (The Sicilian jazz project)
"Mickey mouse" - M'Lumbo (Sacrifices to the neon god)
"Light chasers" - The Bob Brough Quartet (Time away)
"The big squeeze" - The Microscopic Septet (Lobster leaps in)
"Waldi on the castle steps" - Karel Velebny (SHQ)
"The dragon gate" - Larry Coryell (Spaces revisited)
"Round midnight" - Sonny Fortune (You and the night and the music)
"Carter variations - I" - Chris Speed/Chris Cheek/Stephane Furic/Leibovici

The operative word with this show was "new". With a few exceptions, everything played this week was new: newly released or newly rereleased. I didn't quite decide to do this but a mess of new CDs came into my possession so, we had a "new" show. The October 28 show will be the funding drive show so the playlist will be different for that day but I will return to the "new" format for the November 4 show. After that, it should be back to the regualr mix of new and old.


October 14, 2008

I'm way late with this one... Nothing else to say...

"Deus et machina" - L'Orkestra Des Pas Perdus (Project 9)
"Song before sunrise" - The Joe Harriott-John Mayer Double Quintet (Jazz for meditation)
"No mystery" - Chick Corea and Return to Forever (No mystery)
"Save your love for me" - Scott Hamilton & Friends (Across the tracks)
"Sage & spirit " - Grateful Dead (Blues for allah)
"Heat wave" - Lisa Hilton (Sunny day theory)
"My favorite things" - Alice Coltrane (World galaxy)
"Funeral dance (excerpt)" - Bitter Funeral Beer Band (Live in Frankfurt '82)
"Is there anymore" - Simon Fisk/Chris Gestrin/Jerry Granelli (Vague hotels)
"Village of the pharoahs pt. 1" - Pharoah Sanders (Village of the pharoahs)
"Demented lullaby" - Adam Niewood & His Rabble Rousers (Epic journey)
"Egberto" - Jane Bunnett (Embracing voices)
"Mouse trap" - Delta Sax Quartet (Dedicated to you… but you weren't listening)
"Karuna supreme" - John Handy & Ali Akbar Khan (Karuna supreme)
"Bulldog run" - Robert Walter (Cure all)
"Mirror living" - Elizabeth Shepherd (Parkdale)
"All blues" - Miles From India (Miles from India)
"Fez" - Andy Summers & Ben Verdery (First you build a cloud)
"James eagle eye" - Royal Hartigan (Ancestors)
"Rivers and tides" - Blink (The epidemic of ideas)
"The crossing" - David Murray Octet (Plays Trane: Chicago Jazz Festival, Grant Park, Chicago, IL, September 1, 2000)

The tunes on this show are an odd mix, at least to me. Still liked it though. The "feature" thing this week was that I played an Indian-influenced or Indo-Jazz piece in each hour:

6-7 am: "Song before sunrise" - The Joe Harriott-John Mayer Double Quintet
7-8 am: "Karuna supreme" - John Handy & Ali Akbar Khan
8-9 am: "All blues" - Miles From India

I didn't plan to do this but, when I looked at the CDs I had assembled for the show, I said "hey, I could do..." The last track, "All blues" is the Miles Davis tune, originally made famous on Kind Of Blue. It's a great version (a sitar carries the melody line initially and it works wonderfully!) and is probably my favourite track from this show.


Saturday, October 25, 2008

Apologies/CJSW Funding Drive

First off, I need to issue a major apology.  I am very late in posting both the October 14 and 21 shows.  I came back from a great holiday and jumped right into almost two weeks of fairly full days at work.  I just keep forgetting to post the lists.   I will put them up on Monday (I'd do them now but the lists are at work and I'm at home... another excuse, I know :-).  

The other (important) thing I need to mention is that we are now in the midst of CJSW's annual funding drive.  CJSW (the station that airs Breaking The Tethers) receives half its funding from the University of Calgary Students Union (via a student levy); this covers the day-to-day expenses only (including the few paid employees, all four of them; pretty much everyone else is a volunteer, including yours truly).  Capital expenditures, equipment upgrades, surprise financial needs, and more are funded solely by the money that is donated by CJSW listeners in the funding drive.  So, this week's activities are crucial to the ongoing operations and programming of the station.  The goal for the station this year is $200,000; my rough goal for the funding drive edition of Breaking The Tethers is $1000.  Anything donated would be very welcome.  The funding drive edition of Breaking The Tethers will take place on Tuesday, October 28, 6-9 am.  There will be some incentives from CJSW for pledges (see plus there will be added CD incentives (some commercial jazz CDs, some special mix CDs made by me).  Please listen in and call 403-220-5000.