Archive For March, 2012

The Life and Music of Chet Baker

By | March 31, 2012

Cool jazz trumpeter Chet Baker

This hour it’s the brilliant and tumultous life of Chet Baker. We’ll spend the hour talking with Baker biographer James Gavin about Chet’s life and music—from his unlikely breakthrough as one of the most popular trumpeters of the 1950s to the drug addiction which nearly unraveled his career. And we’ll explore Chet’s surprising, controversial work […]

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Jazz’s Great Comeback Stories

By | March 23, 2012

Jazz guitarist Pat Martino

This hour we celebrate the best of jazz’s great comeback stories. We’ll talk with jazz historian Phil Schaap about the epic saxophone solo that singlehandedly propelled Duke Ellington back into jazz relevance at the 1956 Newport Jazz Festival, and chat with a Chicago cabaret artist who’s committed to giving long-forgotten tunes from the Golden Age […]

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Jazz and the American Road

By | March 17, 2012

Beat icon Jack Kerouac

In this hour, we’re hitting the road in search of the highways and byways that shaped jazz and the blues. We’ll chat with Mississippi folklorist Bill Ferris about America’s Blues Highway, Highway 61, and his lifelong effort to preserve the voices of the men and women of the blues; and talk with Jack Kerouac scholar […]

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The Art of Jazz Drumming

By | March 10, 2012

Drum legend Max Roach

This hour we put front and center some of the music’s most unheralded heroes: the jazz drummers. Veteran drummer Danny Gottlieb will join us to dissect the art and craft of jazz drumming, and we’ll explore how one simple invention targeting the drummer’s feet set the stage for a hundred years of jazz drumming evolution. […]

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The Art of the Solo

By | March 3, 2012

Miles Davis

This hour we go inside the art and craft of one of jazz’s most quintessential elements: the solo. We’ll talk with veteran jazz instructor Bill Sears about the challenge of teaching students the art of jazz improvisation, and trace the evolution of the jazz solo from its roots in New Orleans to some of its […]

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