Author Archives: The New Jazz Archive

Everybody Has the Blues: MLK On Jazz

By | January 19, 2015

MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. If you’re curious about Martin Luther King, Jr.’s thoughts on jazz, you’re not alone. For decades, people have speculated as to his affections for the music, especially given that during the mid-1960s, jazz was becoming increasingly aligned with the Civil Rights Movement in the hands of artists like Nina Simone and […]

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Robert Johnson, Still Dogged By the Devil

By | October 30, 2014


DELTA BLUES LEGEND ROBERT JOHNSON It has to rank up there as one of the music’s spookiest legends. Aspiring Mississippi bluesman Robert Johnson, hellbent on guitar immortality, meets the Devil at a rural Mississippi crossroads at midnight. He’s there to bargain for a classic Faustian trade: complete mastery of his instrument in exchange for his […]

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Jazz Americana

By | April 13, 2014

In this hour, it’s our salute to jazz Americana. We’ll talk with Irving Berlin biographer Laurence Bergreen about the rags to riches story of one of America’s greatest songwriters, and explore the role jazz musicians played in shaping the glory years of the USO. And we’ll take a quintessential American road trip down America’s Blues […]

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Les Paul

By | April 4, 2014


In this hour, it’s the life and legend of the great Les Paul. We’ll talk with Paul’s godson and rock icon Steve Miller about his memories of his legendary godfather, and find out how Les Paul shaped Miller’s own life as a man and musician. And we’ll talk with Sue Baker of the Les Paul […]

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Remembering Dave Brubeck

By | April 15, 2013

Jazz icon Dave Brubeck

In this hour, we remember the great Dave Brubeck who passed away last year at the age of 91. We’ll talk with Dave’s son Chris Brubeck about his memories of his legendary father, and hear how Dave Brubeck defied the odds and became a jazz celebrity in the early rock and roll era .  And […]

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Gypsy Jazz

By | April 8, 2013

In this hour we’ll take a tour of the world of gypsy jazz. We’ll talk with historian Benjamin Givan about the life of gypsy jazz godfather Django Reinhardt, and hear how gypsy jazz as a musical genre actually post-dates Django’s heyday by nearly 40 years. And  we’ll explore violinist Stephane Grappelli’s often unheralded role in […]

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Weird Jazz Instruments

By | February 10, 2013

Jazz bagpiper Rufus Harley

Tenor sax, trumpet and piano may be among jazzers’ favorite axes of choice. But, believe it or not, harmonica, accordion, flute, banjo and even the bagpipes have all made their impact on the jazz tradition. In this hour, we’ll sit down for a conversation with jazz tuba pioneer Howard Johnson, and explore how banjo shaped the sound […]

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Thelonious Monk

By | November 23, 2012

Thelonious Monk

In this hour, it’s a look at the life and legend of jazz great Thelonious Monk. We’ll talk with biographer Robin Kelley about Monk’s life and music, and chat with Thelonious Monk’s son TS about Monk the family man. And we’ll explore how Monk’s battle with mental illness shaped his life and career, and take […]

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Halloween Jazz

By | October 22, 2012

Satchmo gettin' spooked in the 1936 film "Pennies From Heaven."

In this hour, we’ll celebrate Halloween with an hour of stories and sounds from jazz’s spooky side. We’ll talk with mystery writer Bill Moody about the real-life jazz mysteries that have inspired his novels, and visit the cemetery in the Bronx that’s become the final resting place for an A-list of bygone jazz legends. That […]

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Jazz and Film

By | September 10, 2012

Paul Newman and Sidney Poitier in the 1961 movie Paris Blues

In this hour, we’ll take a look at the century-long relationship between jazz and film. We’ll talk with historian Krin Gabbard about how the movies have shaped our understanding of jazz, and how jazz’s association with the seedier side of life helped define the genre of film noir. And we’ll take a look at how […]

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