Archive For June, 2012

Frank Zappa

By | June 30, 2012

Frank Zappa

In this hour, it’s the life and music of the incomparable Frank Zappa. We’ll talk with Zappa biographer Kevin Courier about some of the things that made the Zappa sound what it was, and take a look back at how Zappa’s early life growing up as a kid in the California desert shaped him as […]

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100 Years of Jazz’s Avant Garde

By | June 23, 2012

Free jazz innovator Ornette Coleman

In this hour we dare to go where many jazz fans dare not tread as we explore the many faces of the jazz avant garde. We’ll talk with our historian Lewis Porter about how early jazz blew many a musical mind in the 1920s, and take a look back at the album that fired the […]

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Jazz Abroad

By | June 17, 2012

Israeli rising stars Anat, Yuval and Avishai Cohen

In this hour, it’s stories and sounds from jazz’s history overseas. We’ll talk with Israeli saxophonist Anat Cohen about why Israel is becoming a hotbed for new jazz talent, and take a look at the nearly hundred-year-old history of jazz in Japan. And we’ll hear the story of how the U.S. State Department tried to […]

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Great Jazz Cities: Philadelphia

By | June 9, 2012

Philadelphia trumpeter Clifford Brown

In this hour, we’re continuing our ongoing tour of America’s “Great Jazz Cities” with the stories and sounds of jazz in Philadelphia. We’ll talk with historian Diane Turner about how union politics shaped the Philly jazz scene, and get to know the Philadelphia guitar-violin duo that beat Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli to the punch. […]

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Jazz’s Great Songwriting Teams

By | June 1, 2012

Tin Pan Alley greats Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart

This week, we celebrate the best of the jazz world’s “team spirit” with an hour on jazz’s legendary songwriting teams. We’ll talk with Billy Strayhorn biographer David Hajdu about Strayhorn’s role in shaping the Duke Ellington sound, and Ellington and Strayhorn’s deep personal and musical relationship. And we’ll take a look at what made the Gershwin […]

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