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Sunday 1/25/2015 Show: Ravi Coltrane


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The next show will air on Sunday, January 25, 2014 from 11:00 PM – 1:00 AM Monday Eastern Standard Time on WBAI, 99.5 FM in the NYC metro area or streaming online at wbai.org. This broadcast features an interview with critically acclaimed Grammy™ nominated saxophonist Ravi Coltrane. Join us as we discuss Coltrane’s career and his upcoming dates at the Jazz Standard from February 3-8. You can hear a short preview below.

In the course of a twenty plus year career, Coltrane has worked as a sideman to many, recorded noteworthy albums for himself and others and founded a prominent independent record label, RKM.

Born in Long Island, the second son of John Coltrane and Alice Coltrane, Ravi was named after Indian sitar legend Ravi Shankar. He was raised in Los Angeles where his family moved after his father’s death in 1967. His mother, Alice Coltrane, was a significant influence on Ravi and it was he who encouraged Alice to return to performance and the recording studio after a long absence. Subsequently, Ravi produced and played on Alice Coltrane’s powerful, Translinear Light, which was released in 2004.

Ravi has released six albums as a leader. His latest, Spirit Fiction, was released in June of 2012 for the Blue Note label. Additional credits include performances as well as recordings with Elvin Jones, Terence Blanchard, Kenny Baron, Steve Coleman, McCoy Tyner, Jack DeJohnette, Matt Garrison, Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts, Geri Allen, Joanne Brackeem, The Blue Note 7, among others. He is a co-leader of the Saxophone Summit with Joe Lovano and Dave Liebman.

Coltrane lives in Brooklyn, NY and maintains a fast paced touring, recording, composing and performance schedule. He leads the effort to restore the John Coltrane Home in Dix Hills, Long Island and presides over important reissues of his parent’s recordings.

Show engineered, produced, hosted, and edited by Joyce Jones. Listen for our On the Bandstand segment with NYC metro area appearances of Suga’ guests at the end of the first hour with Associate Producer Hank Williams.

Ravi will be leading a quintet at NYC’s Jazz Standard from February 3rd-8th including drummer Jeff “Tain” Watts. There will be a ticket giveaway during the this segment, so don’t miss this opportunity to see this artist LIVE in action. Tune in to the show for a chance to win.

Web Extras:

Watch Ravi play John Coltrane’s “Expression” live with the Saxophone Summit.

Watch Ravi play with McCoy Tyner in this 2012 live version of Tyner’s classic “Fly With the Wind”.


Sunday 11/17 Show: Eartha Kitt Tribute

Eartha_KittReminder: Suga’ in My Bowl now airs weekly on WBAI, except for the last Sunday of the month! Please update your calendars and pass the word on to friends if you like the show.

The next show will air on Sunday November 17, 2013 from 11:00 PM – 1:00 AM Monday Eastern Standard Time on WBAI, 99.5 FM in the NYC metro area or streaming online at wbai.org. This installment of the program will feature an interviews with Kitt Shapiro (Eartha Kitt’s daughter) and singer Rene Marie as we honor her life and work of of Eartha Kitt. Listen to a short preview below:

We’ll also revisit our conversation with Rene Marie about her first musical tribute, “I Wanna Be Evil: With Love to Eartha Kitt“, which was released on Tuesday, November 12. Marie wrote on her facebook page that she “swore [she] would never do a tribute CD. But I fell in love with Eartha kitt and the damage was done!” There will be an opportunity for listeners to win tickets to see Marie during her run at Jazz Standard from November 20-24.

Eartha Mae Kitt was an international star who gives new meaning to the word versatile. She has distinguished herself in film, theater, cabaret, music and on television. Miss Kitt was one of only a handful of performers to be nominated for a Tony (three times), the Grammy (twice), and Emmy Award (twice). She regularly enthralled New York nightclub audiences during her extended stays at The Cafè Carlyle and these intimate performances have been captured in her recording, Eartha Kitt, Live at The Carlyle.

Miss Kitt’s distinctive voice has enchanted an entirely new generation of fans. Young fans loved her as YZMA, the villain, in Disney’s animated feature “The Emperor’s New Groove”, (2001 Annie Award for Best Vocal Performance / Animated Feature). Miss Kitt was also featured in the sequel, “The Emperor’s New Groove II” and reprised the role in the popular Saturday morning animated series “The Emperor’s New School” for which she received a 2007 and 2008 Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program and a 2007 and 2008 Annie Award for Best Vocal Performance in an Animated Television Production.

Miss Kitt died on December 25, 2008 and is survived by her daughter, Kitt Shapiro, and four grandchildren.

Don’t miss announcements from Hank Williams of upcoming performances from former Suga’ guests in our “On The Bandstand” segment, which you can also catch on our blog on Sunday.

Produced, engineered, edited, and hosted by Joyce Jones.

Web Extras

Watch a teaser of Rene Marie sing “I Wanna Be Evil” from her new albun:

And now watch Eartha herself:

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