Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.
TONIGHT, A SPECIAL EXTENDED VERSION OF OUR FRIDAY GOODNIGHT FEATURE DEMONSTRATING THAT DESPITE THE GARBAGE WE’RE FED AS “POPULAR,” THERE IS STILL PLENTY OF REALLY GOOD MUSIC BEING PRODUCED AND AVAILABLE.
“Whether it be Beyoncé or Justin Bieber, we see singers who have absolutely nothing to offer anyone as they walk off stage clutching three Grammys in each hand.”
Former lead singer with the Smiths, an important indie band in Britain during the '80s.
It's Friday night. Time to unwind with our regular Friday night feature on This Just In.
The weekend has finally arrived.
The sun has set.
The evening sky has erupted.
Let's smooth our way into Saturday and Sunday.
The 56th annual Grammy Awards will be held on Sunday, January 26. Tonight, we feature some of the nominees. If you’re expecting Daft Punk, Taylor Swift, Kendrick Lamar, Bruno Mars, or Justin Timberlake, you’ve come to the wrong place.
We begin with a rousing and intriguing opening.
From Randy Brecker's website:
"Multi-Grammy Award winner and jazz legend Randy is back and sounding ‘sweeter’ than ever with a heart-touching musical ‘celebration’, written and brought to life for Randy by the multi-talented Polish composer and trio leader, Wlodek Pawlik.
"This recording is the result of a musical contribution to the celebration of the 1850th anniversary of Kalisz, the oldest city in Poland. The culmination took place in June of 2010 with a concert called ‘'Night in Calisia’. The event was such a success the musicians decided to go into the studio to record the project nearly two years after the concert. The result is a heartwarming work of art – The world premiere of a truly special project celebrating the city’s anniversary."
The 1st Annual GRAMMY Awards were handed out back on May 4, 1959. The program wasn’t even televised. There were a mere 22 award categories compared to this year’s 82.
Many an aging performer is undergoing a reinvention by dipping into the great songbook vault. Last year was no exception. Gloria Estefan is a nominee for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album: "Standards." She's joined here by saxman Dave Koz on a George and Ira Gershwin composition dating back to 1928.
Let's move to the Best Pop Instrumental Album category. Saxophonist Boney James has been nominated for “The Beat.” This track is his rendition of an old Stevie Wonder hit.
A rather unusual combo highlights our next selection featuring this guy from a popular FOX TV show.
Peter Griffin is the main character in The Family Guy. Providing his voice is the show’s executive producer, Seth MacFarlane.
MacFarlane teamed up with Calabria Foti (who’s been featured on our Friday night blog in the past) and their version of the 1933 song “Let’s Fall in Love” is a nominee for Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s). Chris Walden is the arranger.
“We had such a good time doing these Bing Crosby/Rosie Clooney-style duets live (in LA clubs), we thought it would be fun to put something on CD. Seth is a wonderful singer, and ‘Let’s Fall In Love’ turned out great!” said Foti.
Last year we did two Friday night blogs focusing on four of the best saxophone players today going out on tour. They produced an album prior to hitting the road as a promotional vehicle.
Here's Dave Koz again with the quartet doing a great version of a late 60’s Beatles tune from "Summer Horns," nominated for Best Pop Instrumental Album. Be sure to catch one of the band members doing the Batusi.
That’s it for this week’s segment.
More Grammy nominees next Friday.
Have a great weekend.
We close with another nominee for Best Pop Instrumental Album. It’s legendary Herb Alpert who’ll be easy to pick out along with his wife, Lani Hall. The Irving Berlin tune dates back to 1929.