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Seth McFarlane

Date: 
Tuesday, December 20, 2011 - 6:00pm
Program: 

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

Date: 
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

Date: 
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

Date: 
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. 

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.

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