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Mixed Bag with Mark Sumner

Mixed Bag with Mark Sumner is a soul/jazz/fusion music show presented by bricklaying vinyl collector from Upper Hale.  Before working with Sound Vault, Mark had never used a computer, and his show is an example of the project’s commitment to ‘digital literacy’.

Episode 1:

The debut episode of Mixed Bag sets the tone, with tracks from Lonnie Liston Smith, Johnny Hammond, Gil Scott Heron, Donald Byrd, Eddie Russ and Chick Corea.


Episode 2:

The second episode of the show features tracks from Jeff Lorber FusionSony StittBobby LyleJimmy SmithReuben Wilson, and MFSB.


Episode 3:

This episode’s mix of soul, jazz and funk fusion rarities and favourites features tracks from Cal Tjader, the Charlie Rouse BandDom Um RomaoAstrud GilbertoWillis JacksonMickey and The Soul Generation, and Ashford & Simpson.


Episode 4:

This episode is a Brazilian special, featuring some Samba and Hard Bossa infused soul and jazz, including rare tracks from the likes of Nancy AmesLuiz Carlos VinhasDom Um Romao and Tamba 4.


Episode 5:

This episode has a particular jazz-tinge to it, with tracks from Art BlakeyEarl GrantSohoGene AmmonsGang StarrDandy’s DandyThe Nite Liters, and Cameo.

Episode 6:

A pop-tinged episode of the show, featuring rare treats from the likes of The Carpenters, Liza Minnelli, Andy Williams, Shirley Bassey – and Peters & Lee (!!!).  Enjoy!


Episode 7:

This week’s show features tracks from the likes of Jon LucienVanMcCoyThe Blackbyrds, and Judy Roberts.


Episode 8: ‘Japanese Jazz’ Special

Mark’s trip through some of the rarer reaches of his soul/jazz/funk vinyl collection this week elicits tracks from the likes of Hiroshi Fukumura; the AB’sPacific JamTerumasa HinoRyo Kawasaki, and United Future Organization.

Ryo Kawasaki (top left); United Future Organization (top right); Terumasa Hino (bottom right), and Hiroshi Fukumura.

Episode 9:

Tracks in this episode from the likes of Crown Heights AffairKathryn MosesBrass Construction and Clare Fischer, not to mention Airto MoreiraRaices, and Michel Legrand.  Enjoy!

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Episode 10: Acid Jazz special

An Acid Jazz special, with artists featured including Artists featured include Humble SoulsSubterraneansSerene and Corduroy, plus of course, GallianoThe Brand New HeaviesJames Taylor Quartet and Jamiroquai.

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Episode 11:

When this show went out, it was the last edition in 2017, going out just before Christmas.  Listen out for tracks from Hudson People, the Ivan Chandler QuartetMiles DavisRoy AyersDexter Wansel and Ingram.

Episode 12:

This episode features tracks from the likes of Grover Washington JnrJimmy McGriffJohnny Lyttle, and Walter Bishop Jnr.


Episode 13:

This episode features tracks from the likes of Wayne HendersonJimmy Owens, the Janet Lawson Quintet, and Phylis Hyman.

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Episode 14: Soulful Deep House special

A Soulful Deep House special edition of the show, featuring tracks from the likes of Mr. FingersNuyorican SoulHi Fi Mike and Kenny Bobien, not to mention Ferry UltraDeep Sensation, and Jon Cutler.  Enjoy – we’re going deep!

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Episode 15: Film Soundtracks special

In this special film soundtracks edition on the show, expect tracks from Willie HutchRoberta FlackGrant Green and Burt Bacharach, plus Booker T. and The M.G.sJohnny PateGordon StaplesMarvin GayeIsaac Hayes, and Quincy Hayes – plus an appearance from the classic Pearl & Dean theme tune.

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Episode 16: African Rhythms special

The show was originally posted following the recent death of Hugh Masekela, show, so was intended to honour the great man, as well as some of the music of these genres from the continent.  As well as Hugh Masekela, the show features tracks from the likes of Letta MbuluManu Dibango and Fela Kuti, as well as Oneness Of JujuLafayette Afro Rock Band, and Matata.

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Episode 17:

With more than a tinge of jazz than most of the other editions of the show, this episode features tracks from Pharoah SandersWillie BoboPatsy Gallant and Manfredo Fest, plus Sivuca, and Deodata.

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Episode 18: Gospel special

An uplifting, gospel-tinged episode of the show.  Expect tracks from the likes of Kent SchneiderMary Lou WilliamsThe Rance Allen Group and Kim Weston, plus The Edwin Hawkins SingersTerry CallierRoy Ayers Ubiquity – and a special rendition of The Addict’s Psalm.  Oh Happy Day!

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Episode 19: Hip-Hop special

Expect tracks from the likes of Big Lady KRoxanne ShanteMasta Ace, and Gang Starr, plus Man ParrishEric B and RakimYoung MCMain Source and Original Konfusion in this hip hop special edition of Mixed Bag.

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Episode 20: The Letter “A”

A new feature to the show is introduced to the show. In particular episodes, Mark will select a letter of the alphabet at random from the ‘Mixed Bag’ of letters, and play tracks only from souljazz and fusion solo artists and groups whose name begins with that letter.  Because it is the first time he has played this feature, today’s show is brought to you by the letter “A“.  Expect tracks from AzymuthVicki Anderson; her daughter, Carleen Anderson; and the Average White Band, plus Roy AyersAnimal NightlifeBrian Auger’s Oblivion Express, and Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass.

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Episode 21: Best of British Jazz/Funk 1974-83

Episode 21 of Mixed Bag with Mark Sumner finds Mark selecting the best of British of Jazz/Funk artists and groups from amongst his vinyl collection from between 1974 and 1983.  Expect to hear the likes of FreezLight of the WorldLinx and David Joseph, plus Hi-TensionIncognitoMorrissey/Mullen, the Average White Band, and F.B.I.

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Episode 22: Best of London Jazz Classics Vols. 1, 2 & 3

Episode 22 of Mixed Bag with Mark Sumner finds Mark selecting what he considers to be some of the finest original tracks to be featured on the much sought after “London Jazz Classics” compilation albums Vols. 1, 2 & 3, compiled by the iconic Soul Jazz Records label.

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In this ‘Best of’ London Jazz Classics Vols. 1, 2 & 3 edition, expect to hear tracks from the likes of Doug RichardsonSynthesisBilly Parker’s Fourth World, and Alive! plus Ricardo Marrero & The GroupAntonio AdolfoBilly BrooksCarlos Franzetti and Corky McClerkin.

Episode 23: Latin Soul, Jazz & Boogaloo special

In this Latin Jazz, Soul and Boogaloo special, you can expect to hear tracks from the likes of Vladimir and His OrchestraJoe BataanMoguito SantamariaRay BarettoChollo Rivera and The Latin Soul DrivesBobby PaunetttoEddie PalmieriTito Puente; the Fania All Stars, and Cal Tjander.

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It promises to be quite a show, so make sure you are well turned out for your listening pleasure.  This week’s tracks might provoke some moves!

Episode 24:

In this episode, expect to hear tracks from the likes of Kenny DorhamLonnie SmithJohn Klemmer and Tania Maria, plus Jack McDuff, and John Handy.

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Episode 25: Female Jazz Singers special

Episode 25 has a special focus on female jazz singers.

Expect tracks from Sarah VaughanLainie KazanShirley Scott and Irene Reid, plus Astrud GilbertoElla FitzgeraldMarlena Shaw,Flora PurimCarmen McRae, and arguably Mark’s favourite of this episode, Brenda Boykin.

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Join Mark for some powerful performances.

Episode 26: Year 2000 Onwards special

A special focus on tracks from the Year 2000 and up to the present day.

Expect tracks from Angie StoneSwing Out SisterMasters At Work ft Billie, and Sharon Jones And The Dap-Kings – plus Mario BiondiThe RebirthIncognito – and with the weather on the turn for the bank holiday weekend, Mark couldn’t resist a tune from Pharrell Williams. Enjoy!

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Episode 27: Swirling Strings & Things – 70s Soul special

In this episode entitled “Swirling Strings and Things – 70s Soul”, expect tracks from The DellsLove UnlimitedZulema; and The Main Ingredient – plus Roberta Flack and Donny HathawayThe DelfonicsLeroy HutsonThe Love Unlimited OrchestraFaze-O; and Michael Jackson.

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Episode 28: Tracks Recorded Live special

This episode focuses on the theme of tracks recorded in front of a live audience.  You can expect to hear tracks from Lou RawlsCharles EarlandDonny Hathaway, and Kool and the Gang, plus Al JarreauJames BrownSergio Mendes & Brasil 77, and John Heartsman.

Episode 29: European Jazz, Fusion & Brazilian Beats special

This episode focuses on the theme of European jazz, fusion and Brazilian beats.

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You can expect to hear rare tracks from a roll call that includes Dusko GoykovichOlli AhvenlahtiWojciech KarolakThe Wolfgang Dauner QuintetGeorges GarvarentzHarold McNairThe GimmicksLisa Linn & Bo Sylven, the Paolo Achenza Trio, and Dimenzio – taking in music from Finland, Poland, Germany, France, Sweden, Denmark, Italy, Hungary, Serbia and the UK.

The ideal midsummer evening soundtrack!

Episode 30: Best of CTI Record Label special

In this final edition of Mixed Bag in its current run, CTI Records (Creed Taylor Incorporated) – a jazz record label founded in 1967 by producer/A&R manager Creed Taylor is the focus for the show.  Expect tracks from Freddie HubbardBob James and Airto Moreira, plus DeodatoAstrud GilbertoMilt JacksonArt Farmer and Ray Barretto.

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The label is remembered by many as much for its sleeve artwork as it is for its music.  Mark is a big fan of both.

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