Three time Grammy winner saxophonist, composer, and band leader Branford Marsalis followed his father pianist Ellis Marsalis into the world of jazz, as did three of his younger brothers. Born in Louisiana on September 26th in 1960, An innovative saxophonist, Marsalis has worked with brother Wynton, Sting, Miles Davis and many other musicians. From 1992 to '95, he served as musical director of Jay Leno's Tonight Show. In 2002, he founded his own music label, Marsalis Music. 

Wayne Shorter was born in  Newark, New Jersey on August 25, 1933.  Shorter tells his jazz story:

This week on the Vinyl Vault, it’s a Duke Ellington album KUVO doesn’t have! Yes, strange, but true, it’s a hole in the KUVO library, but the Vinyl Vault has it and we’ll hear it tonight at 8:30 pm.

Roberta Gambarini retuns to Dazzle Jazz for six shows this weekend with Convergence, Friday, August 15, Saturday, August 16 and Sunday August 17. Two shows each night 7 and 9pm, on Sunday show times are 6 and 8pm. If you've seen this pairing before you'll understand why Dazzle has Gambarini booked for six shows.  Roberta Gambarini on vocals performs with Greg Gisbert on trumpet, John Gunther on sax, Mark Patterson on trombone,  Eric Gunnison on piano, Mark Simon on bass, and Paul Romaine on drums. 

This week’s Vinyl Vault features the “Griffith Park Collection,” a 1982 release with Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke, Lenny White, Joe Henderson and Freddie Hubbard. A couple months ago, the Vinyl Vault featured “Echoes of an Era” which is an album by the same band but also features Chaka Kahn on vocals. Immediately after the band recorded “Echoes,” they went right back in the studio and recorded “Griffith Park.” And, like “Echoes,” this one is entirely acoustic.