Archive For July, 2012

Rahsaan Roland Kirk

By | July 28, 2012

Rahsaan Roland Kirk

In this hour, it’s the life and music of multi-instrumentalist Rahsaan Roland Kirk. We’ll talk with biographer John Kruth about Kirk’s life and art from his unequaled ability to make music on many instruments at once, to his eccentric, and often politically-charged, stage persona. And we’ll talk with Rahsaan’s widow Dorthaan Kirk about his heroic return […]

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Sex, Jazz & the Bawdy Blues

By | July 23, 2012

French lounge icon Serge Gainsbourg with girlfriend Jane Birkin

This week it’s an hour of sex, jazz and the bawdy side of the blues. We’ll talk with our historian Lewis Porter about the blues’ racy reputation during the 1920s and 30s, and explore the role New Orleans’ turn of the century Red Light District played in shaping the music. And we’ll take a look […]

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Billie Holiday

By | July 16, 2012

Jazz songbird Billie Holiday

In this hour, it’s the life and music of the great Billie Holiday. We’ll talk with biographer Robert O’Meally about Lady Day’s musical genius and travel the hard road she took on her way to becoming one of jazz’s most beloved voices. And we’ll chat with Jazz at Lincoln Center curator Phil Schaap about the […]

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Big Bands

By | July 8, 2012

The Duke Ellington Orchestra

In this hour, it’s the rise, fall and legacy of the big bands. We’ll talk with music historian Jeffery Magee about how 1930’s dance culture helped spark the big band revolution, and how the politics of race shaped the music.  And we’ll discover why the big band sound is still finding a home in communities […]

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