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The Major Scale

Jul 22, 2020

We’re stoked to welcome back Jaimie Branch to The Major Scale. Rising talents like her are the lifeblood of new music, the road ahead, and even for shows like ours. She continues carving out her sound of dark hued melodic free jazz with Bird Dogs of Paradise, the follow up to Fly Or Die. Now she takes the mic with a blues shout that has a message and musical urgency that hasn’t been heard since the likes of Abbey Lincoln, and Andy Bey. Raise a fist, nod your head.

Ever notice how the year 1959 had such an abundance of classics? Not just big hits, but landmark works of art that took American music to the next level. Much has been said about the big five from ‘59: Kind of Blue by Miles Davis, Giant Steps by John Coltrane, Mingus Ah Hum by Charles Mingus, The Shape of Jazz to Come by Ornette Coleman, and Take Five by Dave Brubeck. We’re going to survey some of the other amazing releases from this magical year, including Yusef Lateef, Dinah Washington, Chico Hamilton, Bill Evans, Harold Land, Oliver Nelson, Cannonball Adderley, and more.


Your attention please to a new program that celebrates and takes a fresh and bold look at the great American art form- JAZZ!!!

The Major Scale is the title, the motto and the mission are, Jazz- past, present, future, and everything in between. A lot of focus will be on new and fresh sounds, deep cuts, closer looks at underrated artists, taking a different look at some of the titans of the genre, and getting the two cents worth from a number of surprise guests and sources.

The Major Scale can boast amongst it's guests- legends like Herbie Hancock, Tom Scott, and Ahmad Jamal. The up and coming and the underrated-Kamasi Washington, Mia Doi Todd, Michael Blake. Fresh perspectives and commentary from the likes of Rock legend Al Kooper, who weighed in on the gospel. From The New Yorker, Amanda Petrusich expounds on her article about the movement to rename the Williamsburg Bridge in honor of Sonny Rollins. We explore the Soul-Jazz experiments of the Rascals. Grace Kelly from The Late Show with Stephen Colbert talks about her pop-up/flash mob concerts. Plus Thundercat, Henry Mancini, Ghostface Killah, Jaimie Branch, Nels Cline, Badbadnotgood, Cecil Taylor, and more get pick up on the Major Scale radar.

Produced in Central Florida, this program seeks to become one of the defining voices of this Native American art form, and everything else that finds itself under it's umbrella. Think about programming and content found on the likes of World Cafe, Philadelphia, PA. Tiny Desk from Washington D.C., and KEXP Live from Seattle, WA. and that's what the Major Scale strives to do.

For the curious, and lovers of music who like the details in between.


Kyle Eagle has been a contributing writer and producer for the NPR-WBGO, WUCF, WPRK, Wax Poetics, The Orlando Weekly, Artbourne, and The Fiscal Times, as well as several music and film releases- Light in the Attic's documentary "This Is Gary McFarland", and an upcoming film on composer Jack Nietzsche. Recordings- Call Me-Jack Wilson, Live at the Penthouse, Grachan Moncur III, Chico Hamilton, and Andy Bey.


Chris Baranyi is a sound engineer and music producer. He splits his time between designing AV systems for theme parks and recording music. Chris has worked with many Orlando area musicians with backgrounds in jazz, fusion, hip-hop, funk, new age, and classical. Some of which have been featured on NPR's Echoes. His passion includes jazz, vintage microphones, and hot sauce.