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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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Great Jazz Cities: Philadelphia

By | June 9, 2012

Philadelphia trumpeter Clifford Brown

In this hour, we’re continuing our ongoing tour of America’s “Great Jazz Cities” with the stories and sounds of jazz in Philadelphia. We’ll talk with historian Diane Turner about how union politics shaped the Philly jazz scene, and get to know the Philadelphia guitar-violin duo that beat Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli to the punch. […]

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Jazz’s Great Songwriting Teams

By | June 1, 2012

Tin Pan Alley greats Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart

This week, we celebrate the best of the jazz world’s “team spirit” with an hour on jazz’s legendary songwriting teams. We’ll talk with Billy Strayhorn biographer David Hajdu about Strayhorn’s role in shaping the Duke Ellington sound, and Ellington and Strayhorn’s deep personal and musical relationship. And we’ll take a look at what made the Gershwin […]

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Jazz and Literature

By | May 26, 2012

Jazz poet Langston Hughes

This week we continue our ongoing series on jazz and the arts, with an hour-long look at the shared frontiers of jazz and literature. We’ll talk with poet Sascha Feinstein about the many ways jazz shaped the world of poetry, and take a look at the life and work of the so-called “jazz poet” Langston […]

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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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Great Jazz Cities: St. Louis

By | May 4, 2012

East St. Louis favorite son Miles Davis

This hour we continue our ongoing series on America’s Great Jazz Cities with the long-lost jazz and blues traditions of St. Louis. We’ll talk with historian Kevin Belford about how St. Louis’ rich blues heritage got written out of the jazz history books, and take a look at how the turn-of-the-century Mississippi River riverboat economy […]

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The Psychology of Jazz

By | April 28, 2012

Pianist and musical self-help guru Kenny Werner

This week, it’s an hour with some of the world’s big thinkers who occupy the fascinating intersection of jazz and psychology. We’ll talk with jazz pianist Kenny Werner about how his self-styled, self-help manifesto for musical breakthroughs became a must-read for musicians of all stripes, and chat with psychologist Judith Schlesinger about her new book […]

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