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Cool Jazz Countdown

Cool Jazz Countdown is a 1-hour weekly show, highlighting the Top 10 Jazz Albums of the week based on jazz charts, listener feedback and local radio airplay. With tight copy, good production values and balanced co-hosting, Cool Jazz Countdown is a real service to jazz lovers with hectic schedules, helping them stay on top of all that’s new in jazz releases and reissues.

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 18:00 to 19:00

Christian McBride: Band Leader Swinging The Next Generation of Jazz

Sunday, October 15, 2017 - 2:00pm

Four-time GRAMMY®-winning jazz bassist, educator, innovator and Mack Avenue recording artist Christian McBride is wearing multiple hats, leading in the jazz world. His latest release Bringin' It (2017) follows the Christian McBride Big Band's 2011 Grammy® Award-winning debut,The Good Feeling. The Christian McBride Trio returns to perform in the Celebrity Series of Boston at Sanders Theatre - Cambridge on Sunday, October 29th, 7pm.

Catherine Russell: Reflections On Jazz Legacy and Fred Taylor

Sunday, September 10, 2017 - 2:00pm

GRAMMY winning jazz and blues vocalist Catherine Russell reflects on jazz legacy and the role Fred Taylor has played in her music career. Harlem On My Mind (JazzVillage) is her sixth album, released a year ago to the date in September 2016; the recording also earned Russell a Grammy Award nomination for Best Jazz Vocal Album.

Grace Kelly: Fred Taylor Scholarship And the Legacy

Sunday, September 3, 2017 - 1:30pm

Saxophonist, singer, and composer Grace Kelly shares her story with Bonnie Johnson about spearheading the envisioning of a way to celebrate the ongoing mentorship and work of Boston's Jazz impresario Fred Taylor. Joining forces with her alma mater, Berklee College of Music, an endowed scholarship fund was established in honor of Taylor's continued legacy on the occasion of his birthday in Spring 2017. An all-star line up of musicians join Ms. Kelly on the stage for an evening that celebrates the scholarship that goes to future music business/management students.

Trumpeter Jason Palmer: Celebrating Fred Taylor Scholarship Fund

Sunday, August 27, 2017 - 1:30pm

Boston-based trumpeter, composer, educator Jason Palmer Talks with Bonnie Johnson about the Fred Taylor Scholarship Concert happening at Berklee Performance Center 7:30pm on Tuesday, September 12th. Under the artistic direction of Palmer, this all-star concert will fund an endowed scholarship to continue the legacy of Boston's jazz impresario Fred Taylor. Well into his eighties, Mr.

BJ Jansen: Finding Common Ground With A Bari Saxophone

Sunday, August 13, 2017 - 12:00pm

Baritone saxophonist B.J. Jansen talks with Bonnie Johnson about his new album, and tenth recording project, Common Ground. The composer, educator, bandleader makes his Boston debut with featured artists including Duane Eubanks on trumpet, Delfeayo Marsalis on trombone, and Zaccai Curtis on piano at Scullers Jazz Club, Friday, August 18, 2017.

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International Colors of Jazz with JAZZTOPAD FESTIVAL

Sunday, June 4, 2017 - 2:00pm

Jazztopad Festival of Wroclaw, Poland has organized satellite editions of its global jazz event all over the world, including Japan, Turkey and South Korea among others. For over 10 years, the festival has been commissioning music from some of the most important American jazz artists including Wayne Shorter, Charles Lloyd, Jason Moran, William Parker, Vijay Iyer and Terence Blanchard.

Centennial Birthday for Ella Fitzgerald with Laurie Dapice

Sunday, May 7, 2017 - 3:00pm

Host Bonnie Johnson talks with jazz vocalist Laurie Dapice in advance of her live performance celebrating 100 years of Ella Fitzgerald at Zinc Bar NYC. Dapice takes the stage on Monday, May 8th, joined by vocalists Amy London and Marion Cowings.  Posted by



File photos courtesy of Ms. Dapice ~ from top left Ella Fitzgerald & Marion Cowings; bottom left Amy London & Laurie Dapice



#JazzDay Celebration With "Jazz Child" Sheila Jordan

Sunday, April 30, 2017 - 1:00pm

International Jazz Day takes place each year on April 30th. Today we'll celebrate with special guest, NEA Jazz Master, vocalist, educator Sheila Jordan. On Friday, May 5, 2017 she performs two shows as headliner of the Thelonious Monkfish Jazz Festival accompanied by the Yoko Miwa Trio, then teaches a master class on Saturday. Posted by



Photo by Richard Laird




Bob Blumenthal on Colors Of Jazz

Sunday, April 23, 2017 - 1:00pm

Meet jazz critic Bob Bluementhal when the Grammy-award winning journalist joins Bonnie Johnson for Jazz Appreciation Month. Tune in at 1pm.


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