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7th Annual WICN Holiday Jam

Date: 
Wednesday, December 14, 2011 - 1:00pm

Hope you're making plans to join us for the 7th Annual WICN Holiday Jam, Wednesday December 14th from 1 to 3 pm. The WICN Holiday Jam House Band is back for the seventh year featuring  Musical Director and pianist Pamela Hines, bassist Bob Simonelli & drummer Kenny Hadley. This year's performers include Grace Kelly, Amanda Carr, Dan Gable, Greg Abate, Kaourko, Dick Lupino, Suzanne Cabot, Dan Moretti, Daniel Ian Smith & Jerry Sabatini.

The Music of Marian McPartland

Date: 
Wednesday, December 14, 2011 - 6:00pm

Of all McPartland's attributes, possibly the most underrated is her ability as a composer. Her piano pieces have entered the jazz repertoire, and some of her songs -- with lyrics by such stars as Johnny Mercer, Sammy Cahn, and Peggy Lee -- are part of the Great American Songbook. Guest host Murray Horwitz leads this exposition through some of her most beautiful works, with performances by Cleo Laine, Sarah Vaughan, the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra -- and, of course, Marian herself. 

Blythe Danner

Date: 
Tuesday, December 13, 2011 - 6:00pm
Program: 

Blythe Danner lives fully immersed in jazz and discusses her involvement.

Christian McBride and Inside Straight at the Detroit Jazz Festival

Date: 
Friday, December 16, 2011 - 6:00pm

Guest host Rhonda Hamilton is onstage with the high-profile bassist -- one of the finest ever in jazz -- and Christian's band, including Steve Wilson on sax, Peter Martin on piano, Carl Allen on drums, and introducing Warren Wolf on vibes. 

Lionel Loueke and Richard Bona

Date: 
Monday, December 12, 2011 - 6:00pm

The sound of the kora, kalimba and balafon of the griot storytellers float through the air, as guitarist Lionel Loueke and bassist Richard Bona conjure the sonorities of West Africa through strings, mouth-clicked percussion and improvised paper mutes. Individually, they have played with Herbie Hancock, Joni Mitchell, Salif Keita and Tito Puente, and together they helping to create a new language in jazz.

The Jon Faddis Jazz Orchestra Of New York At The Kennedy Center

Date: 
Friday, December 9, 2011 - 6:00pm

From New Year's Eve, the 21st century edition of the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band directed by trumpet great Jon Faddis, a stellar cast of Big Apple players, and vocalist Nnenna Freelon pause in their concert to honor the late, great James Moody and Dr. Billy Taylor.

Bud Shank

Date: 
Wednesday, December 7, 2011 - 6:00pm

Join us for an encore of a program with the late saxophonist Bud Shank, one of the most original musical voices of the post-Charlie Parker generation.  In the late 1950s and early '60s he began a successful career as a studio musician and a long tenure with his group called the LA Four. After living and working in Los Angeles for five decades, Shank has at times been unfairly lumped together with the West Coast cool jazz players of the '50s. This session proves Shank to be a straight-ahead bebop player, whom McPartland calls "beyond compare."

Ron Nyswaner

Date: 
Tuesday, December 6, 2011 - 6:00pm
Program: 

Tune in to Jazz inspired as Academy Award winning screenwriter Ron Nyswaner discusses the importance of music in all his movies, and how often his soundtracks act as another "character" in his films.

Drummer Dave Tull

Date: 
Tuesday, November 29, 2011 - 6:00pm
Program: 

Drummer Dave Tull has provided rhythm for everyone from Chuck Magione and Michael Buble, to Jack Sheldon and Family Guy creator Seth McFarlane. While Dave has also occasionally sung a tune or two with these groups and others, he’s recently focused on performing his own beautiful melodies and often hilarious lyrics. Dave is a favorite among jazz musicians, who relish his spot on laments of the sometimes ridiculous challenges jazz musicians face.

Herbie Hancock

Date: 
Wednesday, November 30, 2011 - 6:00pm

Pianist Herbie Hancock is an innovator whose ideas continue to push boundaries and transcend musical genres. His work has earned him 14 Grammy Awards, including Best Pop Vocal Collaboration for the 2011 album Imagine. Hancock solos on his own tune, "Dolphin Dance, and joins McPartland for a duet take on "That Old Black Magic.

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