This week on Jazz Spectrum – August 26, 2023

By Fritz ByersTwo days ago, I posted a short piece about Wayne Shorter.  You’ll find it just below in the blog thread.  

Each set of this week’s show, except the two dedicated to the Song of the Week (“Good Morning Heartache”), begins with Wayne and a world-class band performing one of his compositions. Read More

Wayne Shorter

By Fritz Byers

This Friday is the birthday of Wayne Shorter, born August 25, 1933.  He passed in March of this year, at 89.  For more than fifty years, Wayne was in the pantheon of composers and instrumentalists, and he will live there permanently.   If we had only his nine 1960s Blue Note recordings, from Night Dreamer in 1964 through Super Nova in 1969, he would be unrivaled as a composer, bandleader, and improviser. Read More

This week on Jazz Spectrum – August 19, 2023

By Fritz Byers

As you’ll see in the playlist for this week’s show, three of the first four sets begin with big-band pieces. Read More

New FM 91 Special “Late Night Klezmer with the Berlin Philharmonic”

“Late Night Klezmer with the Berlin Philharmonic” celebrates the eminent composer Samuel Adler.TOLEDO, OHIO – August 16, 2022 – Join WGTE Public Media as it presents the one-night special, “Late Night Klezmer with the Berlin Philharmonic” on Thursday, September 7 at 8 p.m. on FM 91. Read More

Celebrating Bill Evans (b. Aug. 16, 1929) and Mal Waldron (b. Aug. 16, 1925)

By Fritz Byers

    Today is the birthday of two essential jazz pianists – Bill Evans, a front-line luminary in the music by almost any reckoning; and Mal Waldron, less prominent in the broader culture but widely admired among musicians and by partisans of what is loosely but helpfully called the avant-garde.     For years I’ve been meaning to write at length about Bill Evans and what his music has meant to me over the half-century of my attentions Read More

Drummer Johnathan Blake and His Quintet, Pentad

By Fritz Byers

    The blog post immediately below, an appreciation of the pianist Larry Willis, expresses some of the reasons Larry is this week’s featured artist. Read More

LARRY WILLIS – An Appreciation

By Fritz ByersIn the early years of the Murphy’s Jazz Masters program, we brought the pianist Larry Willis to play in Toledo.  There were day-time educational features, as usual, and the night gig was, of course, at Murphy’s, back when it was still in the original location on Madison. If memory serves, Buster Williams was the bassist. Read More

Bobby Watson and Jon Faddis


By Fritz ByersThe alto saxophonist Bobby Watson’s composition, “The Misery of Ebop,” from his career-defining 1986 masterpiece, Love Remains.  In the late 70s, Bobby, who on the LP cover of this album is billed as Robert, studied in the fabled institute of advanced hard-bop studies that was Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers.  He began making recordings as a leader toward the end of that decade. Read More

Toledo Library Partners with WGTE for Toledo Stories

Release from the Toledo Lucas County Public LibraryThe Toledo Lucas County Public Library (TLCPL) and WGTE Public Media proudly announce an exciting new partnership to bring the local community a captivating video series, "Toledo Stories." This collaborative effort seeks to preserve and share the rich history, culture, and stori Read More