Author Archives: The New Jazz Archive

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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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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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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