Beyond a Song this week: Jenny Van West (Part 1)

Jenny Van West first emerged as a performer in Portland, Maine. She quickly established herself as one of the top songwriters in the NorthEast, winning the 2015 Maine Songwriters Association songwriting contest with her song “Nellie”. She released her first album ‘Something Real’ in 2015, and ‘Honey and Hive’ in 2016, now with a followup called ‘Happiness To Burn’. Jenny’s inviting voice, and positive lyrics are inviting and illuminating.

 

Beyond a Song – Ahmet Zappa (Part 1, 2 and 3 final)

This week I’m excited to partner a bit with the ‘Rock N’ Roll professor” Andy Hollinden, as we interview Ahmet Zappa and Joe Travers about the release of the 7 CD box set “The Roxy Performances” by Frank Zappa. In December of 1973, Frank recorded 3 nights of performances at the Roxy Theater in Los Angeles, California. Some of the songs became Frank’s classic “Roxy and Elsewhere” record, but there were many other great perfomances from those recordings that were finally released in 2018. Joe Travers is the ‘vaultmeister’ for all the existing Zappa recordings, and so they re-mastered and released each nights concert, plus outtakes, and even rehearsals at the time. The Zappa band was one of the most memorable, with George Duke, Tom Fowler, Bruce Fowler, vocalist Napoleon Murphy Brock, Ruth Underwood, Ralph Humphrey and Chester Thompson. But the Music speaks for itself… here’s a cut from ‘The Roxy Performances’ by Frank Zappa in 1973.