October 25, 2009


Dear Jazz Fan,

Please find below the NOVEMBER/DECEMBER schedule for IN A MELLOW TONE.

The schedule contains nine programs. The November 4 program is the traditional "first program of the month" review of recent jazz and blues releases, and on November 25 and December 2 we'll be playing more recent releases which might be suitable gifts for friends [or yourself]. Three great artists get a program all to themselves - Hoagy Carmichael on November 11, George Russell on November 18 and Jimmy Yancey on December 23. The Dutch Treat on December 9 will expose you to the diversity of styles currently being issued on Dutch labels, the December 16 program will feature Contemporary Big Bands, and we'll end the year with my pick of some of the best releases of 2009.

I'm sending this schedule out rather earlier than usual because the CKCU Annual Funding Drive started on Friday October 23, and runs until Sunday November 8. The target this year is $109,000. My two Funding Drive programs fall on October 28 [the Paramount label] and November 4 [Listen Before You Buy]. I am setting myself [and you] a target of $1,200 for each program, aiming for a grand total of $2,400. We achieved this last year, so there's no reason why we shouldn't achieve it again this year. You can pledge using our Pre-Pledge form sent to you, by going to our website [www.ckcufm.com], or by phoning us at 613-520-3920. You can pay by cheque, by cash or by credit card [Visa or MasterCard].

Those of us who volunteer at CKCU offer you our time, skills and ideas FIFTY-TWO times a year. We ask you, our audience, to assist us just ONCE each year. Your contribution is essential to keeping alternative music, independent current affairs and diverse community programming on the air at CKCU.

Thank you for anything you can do,


November 4 Listen Before You Buy: Recent jazz and blues releases by
Joachim Badenhorst, Joe Beck, Frank Caruso, Ben Dowling, the Forgas Band,
Amanda Martinez, Jim Massoth, Mikkel Ploug, Sissel Vera Pettersen, Eddie Shaw,
Ian Shaw, Fred Simon, Ted Sirota, Laura Theodore and the Watike Seven.

November 11 Hoagy Carmichael: We celebrate the 110th birthday of this talented composer, pianist and singer with a variety of jazz artists [including Hoagy] performing his songs.

November 18 George Russell: We bid a sad farewell to innovative jazz composer, pianist, theorist, arranger and band leader George Russell, who died on July 27 of this year. We’ll be playing his recordings from 1947, 1956, 1960, 1964 and 1982.

November 25 Gift List – International: Suggestions of seasonal gifts by international jazz and blues performers, including Terence Blanchard,
Cyrus Chestnut, Alex Cline, Andrew Drury, Denis Gonzales, Heath Brothers,
Samuel James, Scott LaFaro, Joelle Leandre, Manhattan Transfer, James Moody and Maria Muldaur.

December 2 Gift List – Canadian: Suggestions of seasonal gifts by Canadian jazz and blues performers. Will include Ken Aldcroft, Lina Allemano, Normand Guilbeault, Habalinsky Uprising, John Hanson, Andy Milne, Not the Wind Not the Flag,
October Trio and Cory Weeds.

December 9 Dutch Treat: Recent recordings issued on Dutch labels by Abbatoir, Sean Bergin, James Carter, Gianni Lenoci, Pablo Montague, New Nicks
and Wolter Wierbos.

December 16 Contemporary Big Bands: Make the acquaintance of The Aggregation,
Fred Hess Big Band, Knoxville Jazz Orchestra, Palermo Big Band,
Barry Romberg Ensemble and Southland Big Band.

December 23 Jimmy Yancey: The recordings of Jimmy Yancey, “The Father of Blues Piano”, whose piano playing was beautifully simple and simply beautiful.

December 30 Best of 2009: Ron plays some of his favourite acquisitions in 2009, including Ab Baars, Sean Bergin, Roderio Bicudo, Bobby Bradford, Alex Cline,
Chris McGregor, Harry Miller, MOPDTK, King Oliver, Roswell Rudd, John Stevens,
Keith Tippett, Stan Tracey and Corey Wilkes.

“In A Mellow Tone” is on CKCU every Wednesday from 9:00 to 11:00pm at 93.1FM in Ottawa, and around the world on the Internet at: http://www.ckcufm.com/audio.html

For playlists for each program and monthly schedules check: http://www.inamellowtone.com