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In A Mellow Tone
Join your hosts Natalie McGrath, Ian Mackenzie and/or Heavy Ben for 2 hours of great jazz. An introduction to the entire history of jazz.
Hosted by: Ben Armstrong, Natalie McGrath and Ian Mackenzie
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 a recent releases from the beginnings of jazz to its latest innovations. Join your hosts Heavy Ben, Natalie McGrath and Ian Mackenzie for 2 hours of great jazz.

In A Mellow Tone

Date Host Highlight On Demand
May. 22, 2024 Heavy Ben Sun Ra: the genesis of the Arkestra in 1950s Chicago
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May. 15, 2024 Natalie McGrath Spiritual Jazz
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May. 8, 2024 Ian M. A tribute to the late, great, Phil Nimmons (1923-2024)
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May. 1, 2024 Ian M, Natalie McGrath, Heavy Ben New Orleans Jazz Festival
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Apr. 24, 2024 Ian M. Duke at 125: Ellington’s Canadian Connections
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Apr. 17, 2024 Heavy Ben David Axelrod: Jazz, Soundtracks, Fusion, Funk and Soul
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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 Natalie McGrath,  Heavy Ben and Ian M. They intend on taking IAMT forward with the high standards of broadcasting that Ron Sweetman established for decades.

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