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World Jazz, Martin Denny & Bunny Wailer B’days & A Cosmonaut Day Special

Monday, April 10

Global Village celebrates birthdays of Bunny Wailer (one of the original Wailers), Cuban-born, U.S.-based eclectic Latin jazz pianist Omar Sosa, and exotica hit maker Martin Denny.  Plus a new reissue of a classic compilation of music from legendary Jamaican ska band, the Skatalites, a late ‘80s project from the father of Ethiojazz, Mulatu Astatke, that is being released internationally for the first time, and the modern tango sound of Otros Aires.

Tuesday, April 11

Global Village heads to Brazil for a wide array of styles of music - from the early choro style showcased on an album from Mike Marshall & Choro Famoso, to the Amazonian Brazilian sound of Mestre Cupijo, the contemporary Brazilian underground via the Friends from Rio Project. And as we feature world jazz for Jazz Appreciation Month, there’s the big band frevo project by the Spok Frevo Orquestra, a classic from saxophonist Stan Getz who helped popularize the jazz-inspired sound of bossa nova, African jazz saxophonist Mamadou Barry and the Latin soul jazz group, Pucho & His Latin Soul Brothers.

Wednesday, April 12

It’s International Day of Human Space Flight (or as it is celebrated in Russia, Cosmonaut Day) marking the first human flight in outer space by Yuri Gagarin in 1961. Global Village celebrates the occasion with some out of this world sounds from Sun Ra, The Byrds, The Bonzo Dog Band, Les Baxter, Funkadelic, Sheb Wooley, Piccola Orchestra Gagarin, and in honor of one of the first dogs sent into space, music from the Finnish rock band, Laika & the Cosmonauts.

Thursday, April 13

Global Village continues its Jazz Appreciation Month feature with more world jazz sounds – including the jazz-inspired styles of Afrobeat (from Italy’s Mamud Band), Haitian Mini Jazz (from the Mini All Stars) and Flamenco Nuevo (from the Jazzpaña with Vince Mendoza, Steve Khan, the WDR Big Band and more). Plus contemporary Cuban jazz artist Roberto Fonseca, the pioneering world chamber jazz ensemble Oregon, and a Middle Eastern jazz project from guitar and oud player Amos Hoffman.

Friday, April 14

It takes two…or three or four to tango – and Global Village has that many and more lined up to showcase the richness of tango music - from  classic sounds from ‘The Black Pearl of Tango’ Lagrima Rios and a favorite from early tango star Carlos Gardel performed by Berta Rojas on her Latin-Grammy nominated album History of Tango. And as we feature world jazz for Jazz Appreciation Month, we’ll also highlight some ‘new tango’ music, which is strongly influenced by jazz, including music from Pablo Ziegler doing something a bit different in a piece called “Mahavishnu Tango” that he wrote with jazz guitar legend John McLaughlin.

Chris Heim produces and hosts Global Village, a nationally and internationally distributed world music show; the nightly jazz show Night Train, and Crossroads, KMUW’s twice-weekly blues and R&B show. Chris is also a critic and freelance writer whose work has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Utne, Global Rhythm, Dirty Linen, and Option, among others.