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Charles Mingus said jazz was a word invented to separate musicians from their money. Music for a Free World brings us together, drawing listeners to the healing power of smooth free jazz. Each week, surprise guests bring their own sides to spin and their instruments of choice to spontaneously jam.

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Upcoming events:

Mon. Jun 21st, 3pm - 5pm: Dave Sewelson fills in for Ken's Last Ever Radio Extravaganza

  • Options June 19, 2021: Nick Gianni is a multi-instrumentalist who began performing at the age of 15 as an accompanist for an Avant Garde Dance troupe. | See the playlist (Playlist still being updated)
  • Options June 12, 2021: Jim Ryan is a multi-instrumentalist born of the Jazz tradition focusing on flute and saxophone. He began playing in Paris, France in the late sixties during the Free Jazz boom. | See the playlist | Listen: MP3 - 128K | Pop-up listen Pop‑up player!
  • Options June 5, 2021: Saxophonist, clarinetist, and flutist Marty Ehrlich is celebrating over 40 years in the nexus of creative music centered in New York City. | See the playlist | Listen: MP3 - 128K | Pop-up listen Pop‑up player!
  • Options May 29, 2021: Raina Sokolov-Gonzalez is a singer/composer based in Brooklyn, New York. Born into a family of musicians, music was Raina’s first language and it runs deep within her veins. | See the playlist | Listen: MP3 - 128K | Pop-up listen Pop‑up player!
  • Options May 22, 2021: Shoko Nagai is a versatile musical artist who improvises and performs with world-renowned musicians on piano and accordion and composes original scores for films and live performances. | See the playlist | Listen: MP3 - 128K | Pop-up listen Pop‑up player!
  • Options May 15, 2021: Aron Namenwirth is a Brooklyn guitarist. His current associates in crime include: Daniel Carter, Luisa Muhr, Ayumi Ishito, Eric Plaks, Yutaka Takahashi, Zach Swanson, and Jon Panikkar in a group called Playfield. | See the playlist | Listen: Pop-up listen Pop‑up player!
  • Options May 8, 2021: Peter Kuhn, a clarinetist-saxophonist and Zen priest joins us from San Diego. “Music is one of the healing forces of the universe. Creative music opens the mind and heart. Listening deeply we dwell in the present moment and are free of all afflictions.” | See the playlist | Listen: Pop-up listen Pop‑up player!
  • Options May 1, 2021: Ambassador of Jazz, freeform jazz artist, drummer and vocalist Bobby Kapp is an international treasure. | See the playlist | Listen: Pop-up listen Pop‑up player!
  • Options February 27, 2021: Thomas Sayers Ellis co-founded The Dark Room Collective (1989) and Heroes Are Gang Leaders (2014), a Free Jazz literary band of musicians and writers who were awarded the American Book Award for Oral Literature in 2018. | See the playlist | Listen: Pop-up listen Pop‑up player!
  • Options February 20, 2021: Rachel Housle is a drummer, percussionist, vocalist, and composer based in Brooklyn, NY. Drawn both to improvising and playing music with a strong sense of groove, her performance career spans a wide range of styles. | See the playlist | Listen: Pop-up listen Pop‑up player!
  • Options February 13, 2021: Rodrigo Amado is a musician and photographer based in Lisbon. | See the playlist | Listen: Pop-up listen Pop‑up player!
  • Options February 6, 2021: William Parker is a bassist, improviser, composer, writer, and educator from New York City | See the playlist | Listen: Pop-up listen Pop‑up player!
  • Options January 30, 2021: Judith Insell is an improvising violist, orchestral musician, as well as an experienced arts educator and administrator. | See the playlist | Listen: Pop-up listen Pop‑up player!
  • Options January 23, 2021: Gerald Cleaver is one of the New York jazz scene’s leading drummer and composers, who covers a wide range of stylistic ground. | See the playlist | Listen: Pop-up listen Pop‑up player!
  • Options January 9, 2021: Dave Storrs, multi instrumentalist and founder of Louie Records and pianist David Haney present improvised music recorded at the amazing Sound Shack in Corvallis, Oregon in addition to recordings by Daivd Haney which feature amazing artists | See the playlist | Listen: Pop-up listen Pop‑up player!
  • Options January 2, 2021: Nik Francis is a drummer based in the Washington DC area. He has also performed as a soloist, incorporating electronics and percussion. Visit http://topology.bandcamp.com/ to hear Nik’s music. | See the playlist | Listen: Pop-up listen Pop‑up player!
  • Options December 26, 2020: Karen Borca is the only Bassoonist who has made a mark in Avant-Garde Jazz and Free Jazz. | See the playlist | Listen: Pop-up listen Pop‑up player!
  • Options December 19, 2020: Lisa Sokolov is a NYC based inspirational singer, composer and educator. Her devotion to singing as a path is contained within her newly published book “Embodied VoiceWork: Beyond Singing” | See the playlist | Listen: Pop-up listen Pop‑up player!
  • Options December 12, 2020: Saxophonist, clarinetist, and composer Mike McGinnis is a musical explorer unbound by stylistic barriers; unwaveringly individual, curious, and open-minded. | See the playlist | Listen: Pop-up listen Pop‑up player!
  • Options December 7, 2020: Jamie Saft is a virtuoso pianist, keyboardist/ multi-instrumentalist, composer, and producer living in Upstate New York. He has collaborated with an eclectic variety of notable artists. Saft leads the New Zion Trio and the Jamie Saft Trio and Quartet. | See the playlist | Listen: Pop-up listen Pop‑up player!
  • Options December 5, 2020: Amirtha Kidambi is an NYC based composer-performer, improviser, educator, activist and organizer invested in counter-hegemonic music and political work. | See the playlist | Listen: Pop-up listen Pop‑up player!
  • Options August 29, 2020: James Brandon Lewis is a critically acclaimed saxophonist, composer, recording artist and educator | See the playlist | Listen: Pop-up listen Pop‑up player!
  • August 22, 2020: David Dichelle filled in.
  • August 15, 2020: Irene filled in.
  • Options August 8, 2020: Amina Claudine Myers, Pianist, Organist, Vocalist, Composer, Master Improvisationalist, Actress and Educator. | See the playlist | Listen: Pop-up listen Pop‑up player!
  • Options August 1, 2020: Baritone saxophonist Claire Daly takes time out from her busy pandemic isolation to shoot the breeze with Dave, in this feel-good hit of the summer. | See the playlist | Listen: Pop-up listen Pop‑up player!

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