Archive For The “Artist Profile” Category

Les Paul

By | April 4, 2014

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Tito Puente

By | May 19, 2012

The King of Latin Jazz, Tito Puente

This week, it’s an hour on the life and music of the King of Latin music: maestro Tito Puente. We’ll talk with Latin jazz historian Bobby Sanabria about the many talents that made Tito Puente the undisputed King of Latin Jazz, and hear Bobby’s take on why Tito still matters to the 20-somethings he’s teaching […]

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Alan Lomax

By | April 13, 2012

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In this hour, we’ll explore the extraordina life and work of American folklorist Alan Lomax and how his calling to record the world changed the course of 20th century music. We’ll talk with Lomax historian and archivist Don Fleming about Lomax’s groundbreaking work in the American South during the 1930s, and trace Lomax’s path abroad […]

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The Life and Music of Chet Baker

By | March 31, 2012

Cool jazz trumpeter Chet Baker

This hour it’s the brilliant and tumultous life of Chet Baker. We’ll spend the hour talking with Baker biographer James Gavin about Chet’s life and music—from his unlikely breakthrough as one of the most popular trumpeters of the 1950s to the drug addiction which nearly unraveled his career. And we’ll explore Chet’s surprising, controversial work […]

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