Strictly Jazz Sounds co-host Steve Braunginn will play 21 of his top 30 albums for 2021 on this Thursday’s show. The list includes UW-Madison Jazz Studies director Johannes Wallmann’s Elegy for an Undiscovered Species, Strange Lands by saxophonist Nicole Glover, Isaiah Collier & the Chosen Few’s recording Cosmic Transitions and Virtual Birdland by Arturo O’Farrill & the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra.
Despite the pandemic, jazz found a way to flourish, exemplified by Arturo O’Farrill’s orchestra members each recording an entire set of compositions and arrangements from their homes. Amidst this global tragedy, jazz stared it down and declared not only that it would survive, but also explode. “Great music was released in 2021 in all genres demonstrating all artist’s strong will to create and interact with other artists,” Braunginn noted. “There was some great jazz recorded during the earliest days of the pandemic and we’re going to hear it on my show.” Braunginn’s top 30 is also listed with the Jazz Journalists Association. Join us on Thursday, January 27, 2-5 PM CT for his top jazz of 2021 on WORT89.9-FM,
Photo of Isaiah Collier taken by Stephen Braunginn.
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