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 to the stage after suffering a stroke in 1975, and explore whether the jazz world has finally given this unsung hero his due now more than 30 years after his death.
In this hour, we go in search of the life and legend of John Coltrane—from his rural North Carolina roots to his place as one of jazz’s most spiritual men and musicians. Read more »
Nina Simone was a gospel and classical musician before she reigned as the High Priestess of Soul. In this hour, we trace the path of her life and and music with biographer Nadine Cohodas and go inside Nina’s private diary. Read more »