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"Sounds Of Summer" with John Beasley's MONKestra

Sunday, August 14, 2016 - 2:00pm

Host Bonnie Johnson continues her "Sounds of Summer" series with pianist, composer, and arranger John Beasley about his new release  MONK’estra, Volume 1 (Mack Avenue Records). The GRAMMY® and Emmy Award-nominated bandleader will take his 15-piece big band out on a European tour in anticipation of Thelonious Monk's imminent centennial in 2017. Reimagining Monk's Legacy, they'll celebrate the CD release live at Jazz Standard in New York City on August 18-21, 2016.

"Sounds Of Summer" with Carlos Averhoff, Jr & Iresi

Sunday, June 26, 2016 - 2:00pm

Tenor Saxophonist, Afro-Cuban jazz composer and educator Carlos Averhoff, Jr. visits Bonnie Johnson in advance of his "Iresi Curtain Call Concert" . Following his father's legacy, the second generation saxophonist, Latin GRAMMY nominated Averhoff, Jr will lead his trio at Regatta Bar in Cambridge on Thursday, July 14, 2016.

"Sounds Of Summer" with Kenny Barron: Lyrically Driven

Sunday, July 3, 2016 - 3:00pm

Philadelphia native, pianist, composer, educator Kenny Barron talks with Bonnie Johnson about his career, latest trio album "Book Of Intuition" (Impulse, 2016), and world tour travel from Warsaw, Poland to Newport and home again.  Among numerous accolades, multi-GRAMMY nominated Barron was named NEA JAZZMASTER in 2010, pianist of the year six times by the Jazz Journalists Association and highlighted as WICN's Artist of the Month in June.  He plays Montreal Jazz Festival

"Sounds of Summer" with Jazztopad Festival:The American Edition

Sunday, June 19, 2016 - 3:00pm

Artistic Director and performing arts influencer Piotr Turkiewicz talks with Bonnie Johnson about the JAZZTOPAD FESTIVAL and it's 2nd Annual U.S.

Assaf Kehati: Next Generation Jazz Guitaring

Sunday, May 29, 2016 - 12:00pm

Israeli born jazz guitarist and composer Assaf Kehati brings lyricism and hard swing to his musical storytelling. Kehati came to the United States in pursuit of an advance degree at Boston's New England Conservatory.  Since then, he has released three albums, presented masterclass videos for Jazz Guitar Society and traveled the world accompanying jazz luminaries from Anat Cohen and Donny McCaslin to Victor Lewis and Billy Hart.

"On The Crosswalk" Yngvil Vatn Gutto

Thursday, May 26, 2016 - 6:00pm

Norwegian – born musician and composer Yngvil is a spirited, multi-talented stage performer and band leader. Yngvil plays the trumpet, acoustic and electric guitar, keyboards and willow flute - a Norwegian overtone instrument - and occasionally breaks into song. Don't miss his session with Julie Lavender on this week's edition of DreamFarm Cafe Radio!

Catherine Russell: Live at Jazz at Lincoln Center

Monday, May 16, 2016 - 6:00pm

Catherine Russell is known for her work with Steely Dan and David Bowie, but also as an interpreter of blues and early jazz. For this episode of Jazz Night in America, Catherine Russell assembles a vocal trio to perform unearthed arrangements of originally written by Sy Oliver. Russell speaks with host Christian McBride about the origin of Oliver’s charts, and memories of her mother, multi-instrumentalist Carline Ray, who collaborated with Sy Oliver over thirty years ago on the very music she features this hour.

Vanguard Jazz Orchestra: 50 Years of Mondays

Monday, May 9, 2016 - 6:00pm

In 1965, the trumpeter, composer and arranger Thad Jones and the drummer Mel Lewis found themselves with a book of big-band music originally intended for the Count Basie Orchestra — and nobody to perform it. So they made their own. They handpicked some of New York's top talent and called rehearsals on Monday nights, when the studio musicians could actually make it. And by the time they debuted on a Monday in February 1966 at the famed Village Vanguard, they were already a force to be reckoned with — soon to become the most influential big band of the last 50 years.

Larry Goldings

Tuesday, May 17, 2016 - 6:00pm

From Michael Brecker to Madeleine Peyroux, to his recent work as James Taylor's "One Man Band", organist/pianist Larry Goldings discusses embracing whatever role he plays in an ensemble and discovering the best way to realize the best music possible.

Mike Lang - "All The Things You Are"

Thursday, May 12, 2016 - 6:00pm

Join Julie on location in LA with stellar studio pianist and gifted composer, Mike Lang. Mike has played on literally 1000’s of hit records and movie and sound tracks. He shares fascinating insights into his life as well as his studio work. Come and explore “all the things” he is. From the studios of Rich Eames, in Los Angeles, CA. 


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