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Al Green

Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - 6:00pm

Biographer Al Green will discuss his new biography about his father, guitarist Freddie Green, who was a native of Charleston and an integral part of the Count Basie sound. Guitarist James Chirillo will illustrate what is called the “Freddie Green style” and join Judy, Harry Allen and Pat O’Leary in performing songs associated with Freddie Green and Count Basie. This episode was recorded live from Kiawah Island, South Carolina. 

Ibrahim Maalouf Plays Umm Kulthum

Monday, April 11, 2016 - 6:00pm

The trumpeter Ibrahim Maalouf was born in Lebanon and grew up in France; like his father, he studied Western classical music, but also microtonal Arabic music using a custom-built instrument. His latest project in a career full of cross-pollinating ventures was inspired by the late Umm Kulthum, the Arab world's greatest vocalist. With the arranging help of pianist Frank Woeste and some major American talent, he constructed a jazz take on one of her greatest suites, "Alf Leila Wa Leila" ("1001 Nights") and recorded it on an album called Kalthoum.

Elio Villafranca: Cinqué - Suite of the Caribbean

Sunday, April 17, 2016 - 2:00pm

Celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month with GRAMMY nominated pianist, composer, band leader, educator Elio Villafranca. He has composed a five movement suite of music for large ensemble that pays homage to the folkloric tradition he grew up with in Cuba.  Incorporating percussion, Latin rhythms and dance, this suite is no small feat.

"Um Gosto de Sol I" - Catherine Bent/Elis Rosiera

Thursday, April 14, 2016 - 7:00pm

Cellist Catherine Bent and vocalist/guitarist Elis Rosiera met in the deep of a New England winter and discovered they were both under the spell of Brazilian music. Their music is truly a taste of the sun. It’s a blend, European Dance Music African rhythms and Brazilian Jazz sounds. Featuring Catherine Bent on Cello and Elis Rosiera on Guitar and Voice.

Penelope Thwaites

Tuesday, April 5, 2016 - 6:00pm

This week on Jazz Inspired, Judy Carmichael welcomes British classical pianist Penelope Thwaites who talks about the unexpected places she finds "jazz" in some of her favorite classical music.

" Moonlight Alley" - The Nick Goumas Quartet

Thursday, April 7, 2016 - 6:00pm

This week’s DreamFarm Jazz synergy is a culmination of the classic Jazz sensibilities, talents, and temperaments of 4 of New England’s best known players. Heading the band is Nick Goumas, whose steadfast dedication to the Jazz of the early to mid 60’s informs his own original music and his interpretations of the greats. Julie welcomes Nick and his band into the barn for yet another day of swinging dreams. Featuring Nick Goumas on Sax, Steve Hunt on Piano, Bruce Gertz on Bass, Jack Dieffendorf on Drums.

Jason Moran's "In My Mind: Monk at the Town Hall, 1959"

Monday, April 4, 2016 - 6:00pm

"Thelonious Monk is the most important musician. Period!" That's pianist Jason Moran on "the first pianist who made me want to be a pianist." So Moran decided to present a personal reflection on Monk's music, reconfiguring the 1959 large ensemble concert that Monk presented at Town Hall in New York City. Ever the interdisciplinary thinker, Moran also gathered photographs and archival audio recordings to present a visual companion piece to his new arrangements.

Celebrate International Jazz Day With "Colors of Jazz"

Saturday, April 30, 2016 - 4:00pm

Host Bonnie Johnson revives the Saturday afternoon with Colors of Jazz to kick off UNESCO's 5th Annual International Jazz Day. Bonnie will talk with Jazz Day artists including Music Director John Beasley and vocalist Al Jarreau.


Thursday, March 31, 2016 - 6:00pm

This week on Dreamfarm Julie Lavender invites Diversions to join her in the barn. Diversions offers us new insights into to traditional jazz realms of yesterday while combining modern production value perspectives on today. A six-piece modern jazz ensemble with a rich and sumptuous sound.


Caroline N’Diaye-Tenor Saxophone
Martin Case-Soprano Sax, W. African Percussion
Adonis Martin - Piano
Wain Jonze-Guitar
Zachary Rochester-Cello
David Walker-Bass
Joe Hartigan-Drums

Dick Hyman

Tuesday, March 29, 2016 - 6:00pm

Pianist Dick Hyman has enjoyed a long career playing concerts and composing for movies and television. He now refers to himself as "Mr. Eighty Eight," since he's reached that age milestone, which, of course, has particular significance for a pianist. Dick is Judy's first guest recorded onstage from Kiawah Island, SC. Join Dick and Judy as they talk about his work with Woody Alen and much more!


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