The man known as Q turned 80 on Thursday. Tune in on Sunday, March 17th at 7 pm to hear a few of his big band recordings from the '50s including his first with Lionel Hampton's band in 1951. Other birthdays this week: Les Brown, Grover Mitchell, and the 94th anniversary of Nat Cole's birth. You'll hear him with the Basie band, plus a few new releases.
The Basie Band produced a number of sidemen and arrangers who later went on to lead their own big bands. This week you'll hear some of these well-known musicians; first with Basie and then on their own. Featured artists include Frank Foster, Frank Wess, Quincy Jones, Ernie Wilkins and others. Sunday, December 2nd, 7 to 8 pm.