Archive For November, 2011

Cool Jazz

By | November 28, 2011

Cool Jazz

This hour it’s a laid back hour of stories and sounds from the world of cool jazz. We’ll talk with our jazz historian Lewis Porter about the birth of the “cool” aesthetic in jazz, and get his picks for some of the champions of the cool sound. And we’ll hear the story of how the cool […]

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Nina Simone

By | November 21, 2011

Nina Simone

This hour we’ll explore the life and music of the great Nina Simone. We’ll talk with New York Magazine’s Joe Hagan about his look inside Nina Simone’s private diaries and chat with Simone biographer Nadine Cohodas about Nina’s life and music—from her roots as a gospel and classical musician to her place as one of […]

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Great Jazz Cities: Kansas City

By | November 12, 2011

Great Jazz Cities: Kansas City

This hour our ongoing tour of America’s great jazz cities takes us to Kansas City. We’ll talk with local boy and jazz historian Chuck Haddix about the storied and sordid roots of the famed Kansas City sound, and get to know the corrupt Kansas City political boss who defied Prohibition and helped spark the city’s early […]

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Charlie Parker

By | November 5, 2011

Charlie "Yardbird" Parker

This hour it’s the life and legend of the great Charlie Parker. We’ll talk with Charlie Parker historian Phil Schaap about Bird’s life and music—from his early years as a Kansas City kid who didn’t like to practice to his coronation in the 1950s as the king of bebop. And we’ll explore the drug addiction […]

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