• Tue
    Apr 15
    5:00 pm -
    6:00 pm
  • Wed
    Apr 16
    11:00 pm -
    12:00 am

Jazz & Funk of 2014

Today is a good day. Why? Because today is the release date for two albums I've been highly anticipating for a while now.

The first is by Stanton Moore, a Louisiana-born drummer, probably best know for his work with the New Orleans funk group Galactic. Today he released his fifth solo album: Conversations--his first ever straight-ahead jazz trio album. On Conversations Stanton takes a step back from his usual funky affair, so he can explore and experiment with "the subtely of swing and improvisation" adding that his new LP is both "a return to my roots and a reinvention".

The second is by Ikebe Shakedown (pronounced ee-KAY-bay), a seven piece afro-funk group based out of Brooklyn. I was blown away by their 2011 s/t debut LP, and today they finally released their second full length album: Stone By Stone. The band says their sophomore release "is a much more layered and arranged album. The self-titled debut captured the raw energy of us playing live and the new record is much more of a studio effort. Psychedelic textures weave in and out of the grooves while the horn section offers an explosive response. The songs are heavy and danceable and show our moodier, more melodic side." 

On today's edition of That Righteous Jive we'll be checking out some of my favorite tracks from both Conversations and Stone By Stone. On top of that we've got DopeGems, Euro Cinema and Mike Dillon--all from albums released this year. Stream it live Tuesday April 15th, 5-6pm CDT right here on KRUU radio.

  • Tue
    Mar 04
    6:00 pm -
    7:00 pm
  • Thu
    Mar 06
    12:00 am -
    1:00 am

Trip-Hop and R&B of 2014

On this Tuesday's edition of That Righteous Jive we'll be listening to some of my favorite trip-hop and R&B of 2014. I'll be featuring Akshin Alizadeh and Lack Of Afro.

Cold Busted is a trip-hop record label based out of LA. They have a long-standing "funky and soulful downtempo beat series" called Street Bangerz. For each volume they tap a different artist from their label to bust out some of his or her best beats. For Volume 8, released last month, they picked Akshin Alizadeh, a producer from Azerbaijan.

"Taking his cue from his native country, this album sits at a crossroad between East and West incorporating the producer’s strong funk and nu jazz influences as well as his ability to combine funky grooves with punchy hip-hop beats." -Cold Busted

Lack of Afro aka Adam Gibbons is a producer and multi-instrumentalist from the UK. Today (03/03) he released his fourth studio album: Music For Adverts. Though Gibbons may not have the 'fro, he's certainly got the soul. His new LP draws on the styles of yesteryear to create an amazing blend of funk and R&B (plus a little hip-hop).

On top of that we've got Broke For Free, Moderator, Zamali, Kognitif and Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings--all from albums released this year. Stream it live March 4th, 5-6pm CST right here on KRUU radio.

  • Sat
    Feb 08
    11:00 pm -
    1:00 am
  • Wed
    Feb 12
    1:00 am -
    3:00 am

Contemporary Jazz, Soul & Funk

On this Saturday night's edition of The After Hours we'll be listening to some great contemporary jazz, soul and funk featuring Karl Denson's Tiny Universe and Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings.

Karl Denson (left) is a San Diego-based saxaphonist who first found his way to the spotlight playing with the acid jazz-boogaloo group The Greyboy Allstars. Earlier this week he released a new album with his own band, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, entitled New Ammo. As usual Denson and the boys bust out a beautiful blend of jazz, funk and soul, but on their new recording they also delve further into blues and rock than I've ever heard them do before (and the results are quite amazing!).

The legendary queen of retro-soul, Sharon Jones, released a new album last month with The Dap-Kings (the house band for Daptone Records), entitled Give The People What They Want. I don't know if I count as a true representative of "the people", but I do know this album is exactly what I wanted; both the compositions and production are tight as hell. 

On top of that we've got Monophonics, New MastersoundsThe Greyboy AllstarsThe Gene Dudley Group, Rock Candy Funk Party and a whole lot more! Stream it live February 8th 10pm-12am right here on KRUU radio. 

  • Tue
    Jan 14
    6:00 pm -
    7:00 pm
  • Thu
    Jan 16
    12:00 am -
    1:00 am

Contemporary Soul & R&B


Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings new album Give The People What They Want came out today and I've been lovin' it. On today's edition of That Righteous Jive we'll be checking out some of my favorite tracks from Sharon Jones' new album along with a whole lot more great contemporary soul and R&B courtesy of Charles Bradley w/ Menahan Street BandAngeline Morrison w/ Frootful, Nuala Honan w/ Smerins Anti-Social ClubWeeland and the Urban Soul Collective, Darondo and more! Stream it live January 14th 5-6pm CST right here on KRUU radio.

 I'll be playing some of my favorite jazz albums of 2012 on this Tuesday's edition of That Righteous Jive. We'll start off with The Bad Plus from their album Made Possible. Then we'll hear from guitarist Will Bernard playing with Wil Blades (Hammond B3) and Simon Lott (drums) as the Will Bernard Trio, off of their album Outdoor Living. After that we'll hear from The Menahan Street Band, an instrumental jazz/soul super-group that features musicians from AntibalasBudos Band, El Michels Affair, and Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings--basically
some of the finest funk, jazz and soul acts out there today. I loved their debut album Make The Road By Walking, which came out in 2008, but I'm even more impressed with their second studio effort: The Crossing. This album's got a real afro-soul/sphaghetti western vibe, and if you want to know exactly what that means you'll just have to listen in, because it is a difficult sound to decribe! Last, but not least, we'll be hearing from Wil Blades and Billy Martin (the drummer from Medeski Martin and Wood), off their album Shimmy. Check it out this Tuesday 5-6pm CTZ right here on KRUU radio.

  • Sat
    May 18
    10:00 pm -
    12:00 am
  • Wed
    May 22
    12:00 am -
    2:00 am

Best of Acid Jazz (Part 1 of 2)

"Acid jazz" is a genre that has been used to describe a large variety of different artists and sounds over the years, but I feel it can be divided neatly into two categories. On one side we have experimental jazz bands (usually featuring a Hammond organ) that dabble in soul, funk and R&B, (sometimes incorporating synthesizers, turntables or other electronic sounds into the groove). And on the other side we've got DJ’s and electronic music producers that combine jazz, funk and soul samples with hip-hop and house beats. 

On this Saturday night's edition of the After Hours we’ll be listening to some of my favorite examples of that first category.  I’ll be playing some Shimmy: an album released last year as the result of a collaboration between Billy Martin (from Medeski Martin and Wood) on drums and Wil Blades on the Hammond B3 organ.  I’ve been really digging this album and think it’s amazing the grooves these guys can pump out as just an organ/drum duo. On top of that we’ll be hearing from The Greyboy Allstars, Heavy Shift, The RH Factor, Ronny Jordan, James Taylor Quartet, John Scofield, Marc Johnson’s Bass Desires and many more. If you can get down with some experimental jazz-funk-soul fusion then don't miss it (streamed live 10pm-12am CTZ right here on KRUU). Also, if you want to ckeck out the flipside of acid jazz (DJs that spin jazz, funk, hip-hop and house togetherthen look out for my show next week (05/25) when we'll be listening to Amon Tobin, St. Germain, Parov Stelar, Mr. Scruff, Blockhead, Skalpel and Herbaliser among others. Enjoy ;)

  • Thu
    Nov 17
    9:00 pm -
    10:00 pm
  • Sun
    Nov 20
    9:00 am -
    10:00 am

Black Voices of 1968

Black voices in 1968 were all over the charts. The music was as diverse as the Otis Reddingfirst names by which we still know it today: Aretha, Otis, Marvin, Sam, Dave, Dionne, Diana, Stevie, and Sly.

And the music wasn't just soul music; it was creative souls making all kinds of music. [that's Otis Redding, left]

This week, my show will get you immersed in the palpable melodies of Stevie Wonder, feel the kick and drive of James Brown, and pulse with the reggae rhythms of Johnny Nash.

The playlist is 17 songs.

  • Tue
    Nov 01
    9:00 am -
    10:00 am
  • Sat
    Nov 05
    6:00 am -
    7:00 am

Interview with Violette on Lyrical Venus! Tues 11/1

VioletteIn my time of uncertainty
I'm searching for serenity
Shattered soul, how to make it whole
Won't someone tell me how?
~ Simple is Beautiful, Violette

A French native singer-songwriter living in New York, Violette was trained in classical piano as a young child.  She began writing her own songs at the age of 15 and has just released her third album, Simple is Beautiful.  Moving out of her roots in jazz to a more pop-rock sound, the album is both simple and beautiful, with just enough instrumentation to support her angelic voice without feeling sparse.

Tune in Tuesday from 9-10am Central for your weekly concentrated dose of music by female singer-songwriters! Interview with Violette at 9:30.

50 YEARS OF MUSIC - temptationsThursdays at 9:00 AM and Sundays at 8:00 AM.

This week I'm joined by my daughter Elise, who helps choose and play soul music to turn up and enjoy. From the mid-sixties to the mid-seventies, these are songs that will make you smile, even when they're originate musically from a broken heart.

From well known and overplayed artists like the Temptations and James Brown to lesser known talents like Arthur Conley and The Shades of Blue.

Don't expect to hear Aretha Franklin sing "Respect." Instead, enjoy Otis Redding's original version, while Aretha, after one of music's most powerful 2-note intro, climb's an octave and a half in the opening 3 seconds of "Since You've Been Gone."

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The Jukebox Boogaloo will now be getting your Saturday Night Soul Party started even earlier! 


Tune in at 8:00 pm (Central) for the rarest and rawest deep cuts of Soul, Funk, R & Beyond, with your host,


The Prince O'Wails,

keepin' it Surreal on the Wheels of Steel.


[SOUL PRODUCT moves to 10pm Saturdays]