Happy 73rd birthday to percussionist Airto Moreira! We celebrated his work as bandleader and sideman for the first 2 hours of our program today, 12:00-2:00pm. Artists marked with an asterisk* indicate that the group featured Airto.
The music of tenor saxophonist Wardell Grey, 1921-1955. Gray's premature death at the age of 34 cut short a rich career that began with his big break: a gig with Earl Hines' orchestra at age 21. Gray played with Bird, Benny Goodman, Earl Hines, Count Basie, and Dexter Gordon, among many others. For today's program we took a chronological look at his recorded legacy.