November 2012

Russell Malone

Russell MaloneGuitarist Russell Malone is a self taught swing and bebop jazz player who started his career with Jimmy Smith in 1988 and worked with Harry Connick and diana Krall through the 1990s.  Today you'll hear him with his own quartet or playing with Diane Reeves or Sonny Rollins. His early influences were BB King and George Benson, so you can hear plenty of bles in Russelll's jazz.  Celebrate Russell Malone tonight in honor of his birthday tonight on the 9 O'clock Special.  Jazz awakes at 8.

Southern Arizona congressional surprise

Martha McSally challenged Congressman Ron Barber and has surprised many observers by keeping the race too close to call. Tucson Weekly's Jim Nintzel talks about McSally's appeal and whether former Representative Gabrielle Giffords' popularity should have meant more for Rep. Barber. Nintzel also addressed Richard Carmona's challenge in the Senate race against Congressman Jeff Flake.

Election Day's effect on K-12 education in Arizona

Election Day was hit or miss for education-related issues in Arizona. Proposition 204, which would have made permanent a state sales tax increase--with most of the funds going toward education--was soundly rejected by voters. And budget overrides in a dozen school districts were rejected. Chuck Essigs, Director of Governmental Relations for the Arizona Association of School Business Officials, discussed the state of education funding in Arizona and whether the legislature could reverse some previous cuts.