Jazz and Country Music

By | October 31, 2011

In this hour we’ll take a tour of those rare moments when the two usually separate paths of jazz and country crossed for some of the most fascinating fusions in American music. We’ll talk with music historian Cary Ginell about forgotten Nashville session man Hank Garland’s role in jazzing up the early Nasvhille country scene, and get to know the good-natured lovechild of jazz and country that was Western Swing. That plus a look at the thriving Nashville jazz scene with Max Myrick of the Tennesse Jazz and Blues Society and composer Andrew Bishop’s contemporary jazz take on the music of country legend Hank Williams are all part of this week’s show. (59:00)

Photo: Saxman Sonny Rollins goin’ “Way out West” in 1957.


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