In our first scheduled playlist show, veteran Scots jazz broadcaster, promoter and writer, Alan Steadman picks jazz classics, barnstorming tunes, rip-roaring r’n’b and a devastatingly beautiful instrumental from Brian Kellock. Look out too for our podcast interview in which Alan talks about the music he loves and the healthy condition of Scottish jazz. It also features many of the these fantastic tracks.
Alan began his life on air more than thirty years ago and his show, jazz waves has the distinction of being the longest running jazz radio show in the UK. here he explains the thinking behind his music selections.
I’ve picked Midnight in Moscow by Kenny Ball’s Jazzmen because I came into jazz during the “trad boom” of the early 1960s and the music of Ball, Barber and Bilk et al led me to Potato Head Blues by Louis Armstrong, the greatest of all jazz musicians and a track that changed the course of early jazz. Dippermouth Blues comes from The Alex Welsh Band, the UK’s best ever “Chicago” style jazz band which had three guys in its ranks, Roy Williams, John Barnes and the late Fred Hunt, who became friends and who gave me encouragement in the early days.
The Manhattan Transfer version of Birdland is the first tune I played this on the very first show I did for Radio Tay, 31 years ago! The Lady is a Tramp by Ella Fitzgerald who is of course simply the best of all the jazz singers. The late Gene Harris is one of my favourite pianists and plays in the powerful bluesy style that I love on CC Rider. Isn’t This A lovely Day by The Brian Kellock Trio is a beautiful tune beautifully played. Brian is a close friend and has always been there for me when arranging gigs at Hospitalfield Jazz. He is, in my estimation, Scotland’s Number 1. There’s actually a picture of Brian and me fooling around at the piano!
Eiane Elias is among the best of the current crop of sultry jazz singers and she gives a nice reading of the Chet Baker arrangement of I Get Along Without You Very Well. Eric Clapton has always been one of my favourite blues guitarists and his barnstorming version of Sweet Home Chicago is a great tribute to Robert Johnson. Green Onions by the marvellous Booker T and the MG’s is just one of my all time favourite pieces of music which sounds to me as good today as it did when I first bought it in 1962.
The 1320Radio Ten Tracks Playlist from Alan Steadman is broadcasting every day @ 8 pm between 21.9.13 and 5.10.13