BEST JAZZ RADIO PROGRAM - 2002
Tom Surowicz sees more live concerts than anyone in town, which not only adds new chapters to his encyclopedic musical knowledge, but also enables him to corral great radio guests such as Blue Note bassist Herbie Lewis and local luminaries such as Herb Pilhofer, Peg Carrothers, and Steve Yeager for his three-hour (8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.) weekly program. Buttressed by a mile-long record collection, Surowicz is able to cook up "Fish for Supper" by Hot Lips Page alongside Eddie Lockjaw Davis's "Wild Rice" and Louis Jordan's "Saturday Night Fish Fry," in a food-themed show. Or he can scare up "I Put a Spell on You" by "Screamin'" Jay Hawkins to go with Duke Ellington's "Jumpin' Pumpkins" for his Halloween special. He can also narrow it down, devoting an entire three hours to discs released in 1959 (Miles's Kind of Blue, Coltrane's Giant Steps, Mingus's Ah Um and Blues and Roots). Or spending 180 minutes on nothing but vibes, with mallet man Yeager providing commentary. Prefaced by the live taping of Cookin' at the Dakota, Surowicz's Monday Evening Jazz caps off a marvelous night of jazz radio.