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'December's Moon' Will Brighten Your Day (or Night)

This morning WEMU premiered "December's Moon" the CD by organist/pianist/accordionist Ron Oswanski. 

Oswanski grew up in Toledo, Ohio and Monroe, Michigan. He is a former WEMU Heritage Festival Jazz Competition winner. His is a very cool and contemporary approach to jazz organ eschewing the standard funk groove. "December's Moon" is an important library addition because Tecumseh native, saxophonist Tim Ries produced the session for Ron Oswanski and is the featured saxophonist. We paired Ron Oswanski's disc up with two women players who play organ in a creative fashion: Barbara Dennerlein and Carla Bley for a fresh take on Women's History Month. For a little traditional contrast to Oswanski, Bley and Dennerlein we put Shirley Scott, Duncan McMillan and Charles Earland in the mix. The playlist this morning even included the father of jazz organ, Fats Waller! Thanks for listening today!

Linda Yohn simply cannot remember a day in her life that was not filled with music. Her early life was full of changes as the daughter of a well-respected cancer research scientist who moved his family about, but one thing was constant: the love of music instilled by her mother. So, when it seemed life was too hard to bear, young Linda would listen to her radio, play her guitar, dance her heart out and sing at the top of her lungs. So, it isn’t so strange that “older” Linda still does all those things!
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