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In A Mellow Tone
Join your hosts Ron Steeds, Bruce Walton, and Heavy Ben for 2 hours of great jazz. an introduction to the entire history of jazz.
Hosted by: Ben Armstrong, Bruce Walton, Ron Steeds and Natalie McGrath
Airs: Every Wednesday from 9:00 PM to 11:00 PM

Expect a focus on a musician, a city, a festival, an instrument, a record label or on recent releases from the beginnings of Jazz to its latest innovations. Join your hosts Ron Steeds, Bruce Walton, and Heavy Ben for 2 hours of great jazz.

In A Mellow Tone

Date Host Highlight On Demand
Jun. 22, 2022 Ron Steeds Big Piece - Eight Pieces Of Music
available
Jun. 15, 2022 Natalie McGrath 1959: A Striking Year for Innovation and Transformative Success in the Genre of Jazz
available
Jun. 8, 2022 Heavy Ben The Vinyl Inbox
available
Jun. 1, 2022 Bruce Walton Mbizo - South African Jazz & Groove
available
May. 25, 2022 Ron Steeds The R.I.P. Episode + New Releases
available
May. 18, 2022 Heavy Ben Embryo: 50 years of jazz and explorations from Christian to Marja Burchard
available

IN A MELLOW TONE INTRODUCES LISTENERS TO THE ENTIRE HISTORY OF JAZZ, FROM ITS BEGINNINGS TO THE LATEST INNOVATIONS. THE HOSTS DRAW ON THEIR LARGE PERSONAL CD AND LP COLLECTIONS TO SUPPLEMENT CKCU'S EXTENSIVE RESOURCES.

IN A MELLOW TONE was created and hosted by Ron Sweetman until he retired from radio in Septermber 2015. The program has been a weekly fixture on CKCU-FM 93.1 since May 1976. He was a founder member of L’Atelier de Musique Experimentale (1972), Jazz Ottawa (1976), and Music Now (1997). He has written for CODA magazine since 1970, and has been a member of the Down Beat International Critics Poll since 1982.

IN A MELLOW TONE is now hosted by a rotating collective of jazz zealots including Ron Steeds, Bruce Walton and Heavy Ben. They intend on taking IAMT forward with the high standards of broadcasting that Ron Sweetman established for decades.

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Coming up on In A Mellow Tone
Jul. 13th, 2022 9:00 PM
Heavy Ben in for a spin to jazzify your fine self
Jul. 20th, 2022 9:00 PM
Tonight we listen to live jazz (and a little blues) recorded July 20 between 1967 and 2007. We'll hear Dexter Gordon, Marvin Hannibal Peterson, Junko Onishi, Bill Evans & Eddie Gomez, Anthony Braxton, Otis Rush, Paal Nilssen-Love and the Peter Brotzmann Chicago Tentet. If you didn't get enough live jazz at the Ottawa International Jazz Festival, then tonight is for you - two hours of live jazz. Ron Steeds hosts this week.