Jump for Joy: Big Band Jazz and Conjunto Fiddle Traditions with Carla Bley and Belen Escobedo
A visit with inventive and eccentric jazz composer Carla Bley, who brings wry humor to a conversation about the challenges of writing for her very big bands, her early days as a cigarette girl in NYC jazz clubs, and why America might be famous for baked beans. Then we head southwest and west to the borderlands of Mexican-American music with a stop for conversation with San Antonio’s Belen Escobedo, a master of the traditional conjunto violin. Plus songs from Freddy Fender, Elizabeth Cotten, Sunny and the Sunliners and Flatt & Scruggs.
Said the night wind to the little lamb, please Christmas don’t be late. Yuletide cheer, wondering winterlands and Santaclaustrophobia: music both sacred and secular for the season. “Merry Christmas, Baby!”