Jazz Northwest is celebrating Canada and US national holidays this first weekend of July. We have a brand-new rendition of "O Canada" in a virtual performance from all ten provinces played by the O Canada Jazz Orchestra arranged and conducted by Daniel Hersog for an opener. Then, an extended performance of "America the Beautiful" by the Lighthouse All Stars at Centrum's Jazz Port Townsend in 1991. The group includes some of the best L.A. musicians from the heyday of "West Coast Jazz" co-led by Shorty Rogers and Bud Shank. Shank was artistic director at Jazz Port Townsend at the time of this appearance.
Other bits of Americana on this week's show include the folk song "Shenandoah" given a unique treatment by Bill Frisell at Yoshi's in Oakland, and Frisell also teams with Jovino Santos Neto for some Brazilian music. There's also a song by Kelly Eisenhour, The Ramsay/ Kleeb band plays a "Summer Serenade" and Woody Herman's Thundering Herd plays an "American Medley."