Monday, April 16, 2018

CJSW Listener Appreciation Week 2018 and Breaking The Tethers

For the past couple of years, CJSW has held a Listener Appreciation Week (LAW) once a year.  For 2018, LAW will be held from Friday, April 20 through Friday, April 27.  Loads of great stuff will be happening this week; check it all out at

The Breaking The Tethers LAW show will be on Monday, April 23, 10-11 am MT, 90.9 FM,  Hosting this week will be me and Linda Cunningham. This will be an all-request show!  Linda and I would like CJSW listeners to select the material, in advance, for this program. We're looking for performances that would fit into the BTT format (jazz, broadly writ, leaning a bit "out there"), nothing too long (BTT is only an hour long).  Tell us what you'd like to hear! You can send requests through this blog, via Twitter (I'm @01Waller and Linda is @lasquetipress), or by email to me at  Looking forward to hearing from everyone!



April 16, 2018

A solid show here, I thought, with a nice mix of tunes.  I'm always happy to play something by the Forgas Band Phenomena ("Eclipse").  It was also good to feature a couple of pieces ("The split" parts 1 and 2) by Braid, Murley, Mogensen, and Aman, from their recent Juno award-winning recording, The north.

The next edition of Breaking The Tethers will be a special one, an all-request show for CJSW Listener Appreciation Week 2018 ( There'll be more information in another post soon.  The day and time will be the usual; Monday, April 23, 10-11 am MT, 90.9 FM,


Friday, April 13, 2018

April 9, 2018

Another nice, varied show, generally the kind of thing I aim for with Breaking The Tethers.  There was a bookend of tunes from Pat Metheny's Unity band and even some singing (from Melody Gardot, one of the few jazz singers that I actually quite like).

I should talk a bit about the next two programs, April 16 and April 23.  The former will be much like the April 9 show; that is, a mix of old and new and a variety of styles (I'll be playing some Cecil Taylor music, by the way; Taylor passed away on April 5).  The latter will be much different.  This will be the Breaking The Tethers CJSW Listener Appreciation Week (LAW) 2018 show. Linda Cunningham and I will tag-team host a special all-request edition of BTT; more on this soon!  And, of course, all of this will be on CJSW, 90.9 FM,, Mondays from 10-11 am MT.

For more information on LAW 2018, April 20-17, check out!


April 2, 2018

And now I'm in April.  Only two more postings and I'm caught up on the shows! 

This was an interesting program, at least from my perspective.  It was possibly the most straight-ahead show I've done in a while (though there was still some kinda out-there stuff e.g. the tracks by 4s'D and Party Pack Ice).  In addition, there was a fair amount of big band (somewhat broadly defined) music in the show, something I don't play that much of.  Nothing wrong with any of this.  Variety is the spice of life, etc. 😃


March 26, 2018

More catching up. This was my first show back after two weeks away, one absence planned, one absence unplanned (thanks to Linda and Adam for filling in the previous two programs).  As I was gone for a bit, the new arrivals had backed and, as a result, I decided that it was time to do another "all-new stuff" show, which is what March 26 ended up being.  Looking at the tracklist, it's about half Canadian, there's a mix of styles, and, maybe best of all, has a Ron Carter bass solo to start things off!


Thursday, April 12, 2018

March 22, 2018 (Alternative To What?)

Playing catch-up here, I filled in for Kerry Clarke on Alternative To What? on March 22 (thanks, Kerry!).  I managed to squeeze in lots of songs in many styles, with a few featuring an astrology theme (both pro and con).  The most important thing, though, was that Calgary band Ride The Sky joined me in the first hour and played four tracks live!  Afterwards, I chatted with the band members in what was their first radio interview (and performance!).  It was a please having them in the CJSW studios.


Monday, March 19, 2018

March 19, 2018

So, the plan was to do an all-new-music edition of Breaking The Tethers today.  However, a sick kid kept me at home so CJSW station manager, Adam Kamis, took to the mic in my absence.  He put together a great program and at the last-minute!  Many thanks to Adam!

To next week, Monday, March 26.  I will be back on air and I will do an all-new show.  Please tag in with me from 10-11 am MT, 90.9 FM or