Notes from the Jazz Underground

Series produced by WDCB

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Notes from the Jazz Underground is where Jazz gets a little weirder, a little louder, and a little more on the edge.

Notes from the Jazz Underground is produced by Paul Abella at WDCB in Chicago. A show that focuses on the fringes of Jazz, Notes From the Jazz Underground is where you'll hear avant-garde Jazz, Fusion, Modern Jazz and Jazz that's outside the mainstream.


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101 Pieces

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This week, we check out some new music, some old music, some re-imagined Coltrane music and more!

  • Added: Nov 28, 2020
  • Length: 58:04
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This week, Notes from the Jazz Underground celebrates episode 100 with a look back at some music from the past two years, and some of the enduring ...

Bought by KRCB-FM "Radio 91" and KRPS


  • Added: Nov 21, 2020
  • Length: 58:04
  • Purchases: 2
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this week, we'll take a listen to a handful of Nels Cline's albums with Julian Lage, Medeski, Martin and Wood, The Nels Cline Singers and more!

Bought by KLCC, KRPS, and KRCB-FM "Radio 91"


  • Added: Nov 14, 2020
  • Length: 58:02
  • Purchases: 3
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this week, we'll take a listen to music from Frank Zappa, Dave Holland, Fred Anderson, Herbie Hancock, and more!

Bought by KRPS, KRCB-FM "Radio 91", and KLCC


  • Added: Nov 10, 2020
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 3
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this week, we're checking out brand new music from London, New York, Los Angeles and Chicago.

Bought by KLCC, KRPS, and KRCB-FM "Radio 91"


  • Added: Nov 03, 2020
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 3
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this week, I wanted to pay tribute to one of my favorite Jazz artists from my favorite period of his career. Keith Jarrett in the 70's created stun...

Bought by KRPS, KLCC, and KRCB-FM "Radio 91"


  • Added: Oct 26, 2020
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 3
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this week, we're heading back to the 90's for some highlights from John Zorn's Masada, Craig Taborn, John Scofield and more!

Bought by KLCC, KRPS, and KRCB-FM "Radio 91"


  • Added: Oct 20, 2020
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 3
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this week, we'll listen to Sonny Sharrock, David S. Ware, Anthony Pirog, Bill Frisell, Anthony Pirog again and Sonny Sharrock again. In other words...

Bought by KRCB-FM "Radio 91", KLCC, and KRPS


  • Added: Oct 14, 2020
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 3
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Cannonball Adderley recorded some smokin' albums that we could roughly call fusion in the late 60's and early 70's, and we'll listen to some of the...

Bought by KRPS, KLCC, and KRCB-FM "Radio 91"


  • Added: Oct 06, 2020
  • Length: 57:30
  • Purchases: 3
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This week, we'll throw the spotlight on Cindy Blackman Santana's new album, Give the Drummer Some, plus jams from Carlos Santana, Miles Davis, Avis...

Bought by KLCC, KRPS, and KRCB-FM "Radio 91"


  • Added: Sep 29, 2020
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 3
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this week, we're focusing mainly on new music from the last couple of months, with some stellar jams from Christian Scott, Chien Chien Lu, Josh Joh...

Bought by KRCB-FM "Radio 91" and KLCC


  • Added: Sep 23, 2020
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 2
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This week, let's listen to titans of the Avant-Garde, titans of funk, and some more great stuff to boot. Grant Green, Eric Dolphy, Archie Shepp, Hi...

Bought by KLCC and KRCB-FM "Radio 91"


  • Added: Sep 14, 2020
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 2
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this week, we'll hear some great Jazz from Nigeria, Mali, London, and Chicago. We'll hear some great pairings, including George Benson and Tony Wil...

Bought by KRPS, KLCC, and KRCB-FM "Radio 91"


  • Added: Sep 08, 2020
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 3
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this week, we'll bookend the shows with Jazz versions of music from Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin, with a gooey middle filled with Keith Jarrett, D...

Bought by KRPS, KLCC, and KRCB-FM "Radio 91"


  • Added: Sep 01, 2020
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 3
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this week, we're honing in on some great releases from 2020, and we'll hear from Lakecia Benjamin, Nubya Garcia, Ted Poor, Immanuel Wilkens and more!

Bought by KRPS, KRCB-FM "Radio 91", and KLCC


  • Added: Aug 25, 2020
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 3
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this week, we'll party in New Orleans, New York, New Delhi, Chicago and London as we get down to the sounds of the modern day brass bands.

Bought by KRPS, KLCC, and KRCB-FM "Radio 91"


  • Added: Aug 18, 2020
  • Length: 57:30
  • Purchases: 3
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this week, we'll hear some well traversed pathways in the Notes from the Jazz Underground universe: music from John Scofield, Charlie Hunter (with ...

Bought by KRPS and KRCB-FM "Radio 91"


  • Added: Aug 11, 2020
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 2
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this week, we spend some time celebrating Jerry Garcia. He dipped his toes in the Jazz waters a handful of times, and we'll hear him with Ornette C...

Bought by KLCC, KRPS, and KRCB-FM "Radio 91"


  • Added: Aug 03, 2020
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 3
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this week, we'll get weird with Dweezil Zappa, we'll get funky with Zony Mash and the Sugarman 3, we'll go Honky-Tonkin' with Astroturf Noise, and ...

Bought by KRPS, KLCC, and KRCB-FM "Radio 91"


  • Added: Jul 26, 2020
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 3
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this week, we'll hear electrified ragas, raging guitars, new music from Avishai Cohen and Derrick Hodge, and more!

Bought by KRPS, KLCC, and KRCB-FM "Radio 91"


  • Added: Jul 21, 2020
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 3