Dave Fries

A Taste of Jazz Host

Bio Info
Born: Cincinnati, Ohio
Type of show: Middle-of-the-road modern and contemporary jazz.
Years living on the Space Coast: 17
Early music influence: Wolf Man Jack
Favorite artists: Lee Konitz, Paul Desmond, Gerry Mulligan, Miles Davis, Chet Baker

Station Announcement
11:45 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Singer/Songwriter Maddy Winer On A Taste Of Jazz

 Singer/songwriter Maddy Winer will join me next Monday on A Taste of Jazz. Winer toured as a headliner in the stage show “North Carolina Is My Home,” written by and starring Loonix McGlohon and Charles Kuralt, which NPR aired as a television special.

Performing contemporary selections from the Great American Songbook she has become known for her effortless interpretation of jazz styling and has developed a loyal following.

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Music
1:54 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Dave Fries' Jazz Pick- Bill McBirnie Trio

Consummate Canadian jazz and Latin flutist Bill McBirnie has released a new album (his sixth) which departs, in a significant way, from all three of his previously acclaimed acoustic jazz projects (Mercy with Robi Botos; Paco Paco with Bernie Senensky; and Nature Boy with Mark Eisenman). On Find Your Place, Bill has placed the flute in a very unlikely setting—as part of an organ trio!

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12:16 am
Tue December 24, 2013

Dave Fries' Top 10 Albums Of 2013

Dave Bennett's Don't Be That Way

Dave Fries of A Taste of Jazz's favorite albums of 2013, listed in no particular order: 

  • Dave Bennett's Don't Be That Way

Dave Bennett shows that his skills and interests go far beyond that of channeling any of his stylistic predecessors like Benny Goodman, Pete Fountain, Artie Shaw, et al. Once a member of the original Hot Club Detroit, Bennett stays within the mainstream repertoire, covering several go Goodman’s most famous records. This album blazes its own path with Dave’s clarinet skills while still paying tribute to his mentors.

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A Taste of Jazz

A Taste Of Jazz is mainstream jazz at its best hosted by Dave Fries (friesd@fit.edu). The classic sounds are highlighted with artists like Davis, Coltrane, Brubeck and Mingus as well as the contemporary sounds of today’s headliners like Brad Mehladu, Stacy Dillard, Joshua Redman and so many others. Contemporary big bands are sprinkled in and we don’t shy away from tasteful jazz vocalists. What you won’t hear is smooth jazz or recordings prior to the 1950’s. The emphasis here is good jazz without a whole lot of chatter.