The Sunday Jazz Brunch Presents

Musician's Corner: Doug Richards

Air Date: 9/24/2023 on 90.5 WICN 8am-12pm ET


Doug Richards is a professor of music at Virginia Commonwealth University. He also founded the school’s jazz program in 1980. His former students include Steve Wilson, James Genus, Clarence Penn, and other well-known jazz artists. He is the arranger and conductor on Through A Sonic Prism, his latest release, a big-band tribute to the great Brazilian composer Antonio Carlos Jobim.

"Jobim fits in an exalted club with the likes of Barber, Copland, Ellington, Strayhorn, Monk, Mingus, Sondheim, Rodgers, Gershwin, Kern, Ravel, Stravinsky and Mahler,” says Richards. 

“During the pandemic I began exploring Jobim’s songs, and when I got to ‘Ligia’ I knew I wanted to construct a framework that would complement its beautiful design. I approached this album mainly as writing for a group of chamber ensembles, often in contrapuntal fashion. Standard homophonic big band writing is used only rarely. After ‘Ligia’ I was hooked, and 13 others followed in relatively short order.” 

 Tune in around 10am ET 

to hear this edition of Musician's Corner.

The result is a series of delightful and completely original arrangements of both familiar and not-so-familiar tunes written by the Brazilian master. 

On this edition of Musician's Corner Mr. Richards takes us on a deep dive into one of these great songs.

More Great New Material

I am enjoying a few vocalists whose new releases recently came in. Linda Purl's new CD This Could be the Start has some nice interpretations of old standards. Robin McKelle's new tribute to Ella Fitzgerald is superb. And we just got a new CD in from Veronica Swift.

Drummer Lorca Hart has a fine new release, as does saxophonist Euge Groove. 

We also have several fine new Brazilian releases, from Ivan Lins, Diego Figueredo, and Claudia Villella. And don't forget, the new CD from Mafalda Minnozzi just came out and she will be appearing on OCT 1 live in the WICN Studio 50. Click this link to purchase tickets.

Enjoy the last breaths of summer.


HOUR ONE: Contemplative Morning

Mike Clark\Kosen Rufu 2023\Distance Between Leaves
Wolfgang Muthspiel\Dance of the Elders 2023\Cantus Bradus
Linda Purl-This Could Be The Start 2023-05 Two Hearts (Lawns)

Terell Stafford\Between Two Worlds 2023\You Taught My Heart To Sing
Lorca Hart Trio\Inspiration and Gratitude 2023\Ness and His Family
Pete McCann\Man Without Question 2023\Lost City
Kait Dunton\Keyboards 2023\A Thousand Ways

Robin McKelle\Impressions of Ella 2023\April In Paris
Silva & Steini\More Than You Know 2023\I Wish I Knew
Don Bonsanti\Islands with 14 Orchestra 2023\Some Other Time

HOUR TWO: New For You

Jeremy Monteiro-Sings 2023-04 Moon River
Noah Franche-Nolan\Within the Stream 2023\007 Noah Franche-Nolan - Inner Home (for Megan)
Kurt Elling-Flirting With Twilight-01 Moonlight Serenade 2001
Michael Constantino feat Harvie S-The Song Inside the Tune 2023-01 Yesterdays

Gaea Schell\In Your Own Sweet Way 2023\Sweet and Lovely
Schwager Oliver Quintet\Senza Resa 2023\4JT
Benny Benack III\Third Times the Charm 2023\Jade
Danny Green Trio Plus Strings-One Day It Will-02 As the Parrot Flies 2018

Jalen Baker\Be Still 2023\006 There's Beauty In Fear
Don Bonsanti\Islands with 14 Orchestra 2023\
Linda Purl-This Could Be The Start 2023-12 Wrap Your Troubles (In Dreams)

HOUR THREE: Brazil/World

Musician's Corner: Doug Richards Orchestra\Through a Sonic Prism 2023\Chovendo na Roseira
Diego Figueredo\My World 2023\Malandrinho

Claudia Villela-Cartos Ao Vento 2023-02 Agua Santa
Mafalda Minnozzi-Natural Impression 2024-02 Comecar De Novo
Veronica Swift\Veronica Smith 2023\009 Veronica Swift - Chege de Saudade
Ivan Lins\My Heart Speaks 2023\

Luiz Millan\Brazilian Match 2023\Andar Descalco
Gaea Schell\In Your Own Sweet Way 2023\01 Cava Dell'Isola
Antonio Adolfo-Bossa 65 2023-04 O Barquinho (Little Boat)
Antonio Adolfo-Tema-10 Variations on a Tema Triste 2015 

HOUR FOUR: Groove, Baby

Euge Groove\Comfort Zone 2023\Comfort Zone
Kombo - Pedley and Pondel-This is the Good One 2023-10 Let's Do This
Vince Ector Organotomy Trio +-Live at The Side Door 2023-05 Love Won't Let Me WaIT
Buzz Amato\Muse Cafe 2023\Going Home

Buzz Amato\Muse Cafe 2023\Muse Cafe
Kayla Waters\Presence 2023\Salt n' Soak
Marc Jordan\Waiting for the Sun to Rise 2023\Everybody wants to rule the world
The 3 Keys-We 3 Keys 2023-01 That Beat

3 Keys-We 3 Keys 2023-09 Camaleao
Najee\Savoir Faire 2022\Bounce
Norman Brown\Let's Get Away 2022\L.A. Chill
Brian Simpson\Soul Connection 2023\See You Again


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