Archive For August, 2012

Before They Were (Jazz) Stars

By | August 20, 2012

In this hour, it’s a look at the legends of jazz before they were jazz stars. We’ll talk with our producer Lou Blouin about some of the odd jobs your favorite jazzers held down before they made it in the music business and bring in our jazz historian Lewis Porter to introduce us to Miles […]

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Artie Shaw

By | August 13, 2012

Swing anti-hero Artie Shaw

In this hour, it’s the life and music of swing anti-hero Artie Shaw. We’ll spend the hour talking with biographer Tom Nolan about Artie’s reluctant rise to stardom during the 1930s and dissect his much publicized rivalry with Benny Goodman. And we’ll take a look at Artie’s abrupt, Shakespearean exit from the music business in […]

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Jazz and Comedy

By | August 6, 2012

Jazz funnyman Cab Calloway

A lot of people probably don’t think of jazz as something that’s all that funny. But there’s more than one way to get a laugh out of all things jazz. In this hour, we’ll talk with stand-up comic Jeff Cesario about how his former life as a jazz musician helps make him a better comedian. […]

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