I tried to tell Betty Sue that she didn’t need to place herself so firmly in front of her radio — it’s only Wednesday — but she said indignantly, “Don’t you know that Jon-Erik is going to be on WBGO-FM this Sunday at 11 PM? I’m just getting ready. I need to get a good seat, you know.”
Perhaps I should explain. If you’ve been reading this blog and are saying “Jon-Erik who?” then you have failed the Reading Comprehension section of the examination.
That’s Jon-Erik Kellso, the Michigander Prince of Growl, who regularly leads the troops with intelligence, wit, and passion whenever he unpacks his Puje trumpet.
(I captured this moment at The Ear Inn: Jon-Erik, Mark Shane, Mark Lopeman, and Matt Munisteri. Heady stuff!)
Jon-Erik will be both co-host and subject of the venerable and wonderful program JAZZ FROM THE ARCHIVES from 11 PM to midnight this coming Sunday, February 1, on WBGO-FM (88.3 on your dial). For those of you beyond the reach of the radio signal, I understand that the program can be heard — in real time — through the station’s website: http://www.wbgo.org/
Jon-Erik is someone much loved by listeners and his colleagues, but he hasn’t made the cover of TIME just yet, and he missed out on having Gjon Mili take his picture with Lips, Mezz, Dizzy, and Duke, alas. So I urge all of you to listen. He’ll be seated next to Dan Morgenstern (someone who needs no introduction if you love this music) and they will talk and play some of Jon-Erik’s own recordings and some that have pleased and inspired him.
Honoring jazz musicians on the radio is not an everyday affair, and honoring a living jazz musician is even more pleasantly unusual. So do remember to tune in! They tell me that there’s something going on earlier in the day that calls for beverages and snacks: a group of men do something with a ball, but that remains a mystery. Save your energies for 11 PM.
And you might want to stake out a comfortable chair near the speaker for yourself. It really is getting crowded in here. Who are these people? Did I invite any of them?