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James Farm at the Beantown Jazz Festival

Date: 
Friday, April 20, 2012 - 6:00pm

James Farm offers flexible originals in jittery, bobble-head rhythms served up with panache. Beantown Jazz says the acoustic foursome "reads from a new book, airing less jazz and blues than folk and pop, delivered with swaggering chops. Joshua Redman, the standout improviser in this leaderless cooperative, blows tenor with robust conviction alongside Aaron Parks, Matt Penman and Eric Harland.

Chico Hamilton

Date: 
Tuesday, April 17, 2012 - 6:00pm
Program: 

Legendary drummer Chico Hamilton has enjoyed a long career playing with everyone from Billie Holiday and Count Basie to Sammy Davis Jr. and Lena Horne. Chico discusses his busy touring schedule, teaching and how he continues to be as enthusiastic about music as he was in his youth.

NEA Jazz Masters 2012

Date: 
Monday, April 16, 2012 - 6:00pm

The NEA Jazz Masters honors crystallize the spirit of jazz - veterans sharing the stage with keepers of the flame: stories in words and once-in-a-lifetime performances. Join us to honor the 2012 Jazz Masters: Jack DeJohnette, Von Freeman, Charlie Haden, Sheila Jordan and Jimmy Owens. Wendell Pierce hosts.

Juan Carlos Formell and Johnny's Dream Club from the Monterey Jazz Festival

Date: 
Friday, April 13, 2012 - 6:00pm

The Cuban guitarist has been based in the U.S. for nearly two decades. He still sings in Spanish almost exclusively, and his imagination is vivid as he conjures Johnny's Dream Club as a venue -- perhaps a romantic, divey haunt -- in a long-lost New Orleans. With some of New York's top Latin jazz musicians to fulfill his vision, Formell sits at the center, singing and strumming.

Stephen Flaherty

Date: 
Tuesday, April 10, 2012 - 6:00pm
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This edition of Jazz Inspired revisits Judy Carmichael's 2005 conversation with Broadway composer Stephen Flaherty (“Ragtime”) who discusses his evolution as a composer and how he draws on jazz for inspiration.

Big Band Bash

Date: 
Monday, April 9, 2012 - 6:00pm

The Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra from Los Angeles and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis come out swinging and duke it out on the bandstand. On stage, side by side, the bands trade licks and even come together on tunes like Thad Jones' "To You" and John Hamilton's own "Ragablues." Join us for this battle royal! Wendell Pierce hosts.

Benny Green's Monk with Gary Smulyan at the KC Jazz Club

Date: 
Friday, April 6, 2012 - 6:00pm

The Kennedy Center is the home of the low blow tonight, as five-time DownBeat Magazine baritone sax poll winner Gary Smulyan joins the committed, brilliant pianist Benny Green. Listen for rhythmic energy, quirky Thelonious Monk melodies, humor, and the Washingtons -- Peter and Kenny (no relation) -- ideal on bass and drums. 

Susie Arioli

Date: 
Tuesday, April 3, 2012 - 6:00pm
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Vocalist Susie Arioli and fellow Canadian, guitarist Jordan Officer, were draw together by their love for classic jazz and the standards. The aggressive show-biz style of today’s pop stars, is not for these two, who would rather draw their audiences in with a softly delivered lyric and intimacy that’s even more appealing because of it’s rarity in the music world of today. Judy talked with Susie and Jordan on stage at the Ascona Jazz Festival in Switzerland, where they chatted and performed.

Brazilian Nights: Leny Andrade with Paquito D'Rivera

Date: 
Monday, April 2, 2012 - 6:00pm

NY Times writer Stephen Holden calls her "both the Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald of bossa nova." Vocalist Leny Andrade embodies the spirit of jazz and soul of her native Brazil. With reedman and friend, Paquito D'Rivera this is a swirling swing through bossa nova, samba and choro.

...But Can She Play?

Date: 
Saturday, March 31, 2012 - 4:00pm
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March is Women's History month and we're answering the question “...but can she play?” by exploring this documentary film and work in progress. The project focuses on "the music and stories” of female jazz horn-players and encourages jazz education for girls. Join host Bonnie Johnson as she pays tribute to generations of women in jazz and speaks with award-winning journalist, Director-Producer Janice Rhoshalle Littlejohn about the project.

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