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Stephen Sondheim

Wednesday, January 4, 2012 - 6:00pm

Stephen Sondheim is undeniably the best-known living composer and lyricist working in the American theatre, having earned multiple Tony and Grammy Awards, an Academy Award, and the Pulitzer Prize. He was mentored by playwright Oscar Hammerstein II and studied theory with composer Milton Babbitt. This episode showcases a selection of tunes penned by Sondheim, including "Send In The Clowns, "Old Friends, and "I Wish I Could Forget, on which he sings and plays piano.

Ella Fitzgerald Part II

Thursday, January 5, 2012 - 6:00pm

Tonight on Jazz Rhythm, special guest hosts Jill Eikenberry and Michael Tucker continue the musical portrait of the life of one of Jazz’s greatest voices. 

Ella Fitzgerald Part I

Thursday, December 29, 2011 - 6:00pm

Ella was a major song stylist, partnering with the greatest names in jazz like Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong and Count Basie, while leaving an indelible mark on jazz. 

Special guest hosts are actors Jill Eikenberry and Michael Tucker.

Two Skirts And A Shirt at the Kennedy Center

Friday, December 30, 2011 - 6:00pm

Rene Marie asks rhetorically, "Do you remember when it was not unusual for jazz composers to write about social issues? What happened?" and answers her question in song. Enjoy the only night on record with the exuberant Rene Marie, Carla Cook and Allan Harris together, singing music by Eric Bibb, Oscar Brown Jr., Donnie Hathaway, Gene McDaniel and Leonard Cohen. 

Howard Alden

Tuesday, December 27, 2011 - 6:00pm

Guitarist Howard Alden has been hailed as one of the greatest of his generation. Howard and I worked together in the early years of our careers and this conversation, our first in a series recorded on stage at the Ascona Jazz Festival in Switzerland, gave us a chance to play together again, and talk about Howard’s experience teaching Sean Penn to play the guitar for Woody Allen’s film Sweet and Lowdown.

Gary Burton

Wednesday, December 28, 2011 - 6:00pm

Vibraphonist Gary Burton started out gigging with Chet Atkins, George Shearing, and Stan Getz. Along with his own groups he has turned out notable projects with Chick Corea, Pat Metheney, and recently, Julian Lage. He also has been an influential professor at the Berklee College of Music. On this Piano Jazz, Burton solos on Jobim's "O Grande Amor and joins McPartland for "Sophisticated Lady. 

Seth McFarlane

Tuesday, December 20, 2011 - 6:00pm

This week on Jazz Inspired, host Judy Carmichael invites multi-talented funny man, Seth MacFarlane. Best known for his animated television series Family Guy, American Dad, and The Cleveland show, jazz has inspired Seth throughout his life and he discusses how it is used in his work. 

Best of the Cuban Big Bands

Monday, December 19, 2011 - 6:00pm

Bandleader and composer Paquito D'Rivera brings alive the great Cuban composers of his homeland: Mario Bauza, Arturo 'Chico' O'Farrill, Ernesto Duarte and more. With his Latin percussion section - Horacio Hernandez (drums), Richard Padron (guitar) and Pedro Martinez (percussion) -- Rivera counts on the five beat "Clave" and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. Wendell Pierce hosts. 

Holiday Memories with Michael Feinstein

Wednesday, December 21, 2011 - 6:00pm

Michael Feinstein is a tireless champion and conservator of American Popular Song. And no yuletide trip to Manhattan is complete without a visit to his holiday show at Feinstein's at Loews Regency. On this special program, he shares some of his favorite tunes and memories of the season. 

Kenny Barron Trio at the Kennedy Center

Friday, December 23, 2011 - 6:00pm

Jazz Master Barron told the NEA that he loves "to grab a handful of notes out of thin air and make something out of it, to make a statement, to tell a story, . . . project an emotion, and to be able to reach out to somebody." He's been doing so ever since his time with James Moody and Dizzy Gillespie, Yusef Lateef, Stan Getz, and Sphere; a quarter-century of teaching at Rutgers University; and now with Kiyoshi Kitigawa on bass and Johnathan Blake on drums. We hope Barron might release this Kennedy Center session as an album. 


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