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Carla Bley and Steve Swallow

Date: 
Wednesday, August 17, 2011 - 6:00pm

Fifty years ago clarinetist/saxophonist Jimmy Giuffre formed his influential yet under-appreciated trio with bassist Steve Swallow and pianist Paul Bley. The group split after a gig in which they made 35 cents each. The music of Bley's then-wife, Carla, was central to the group. On this Piano Jazz, Carla Bley and Steve Swallow join McPartland for trio renditions of Carla Bley originals "Ida Lupino and "Ad Infinitum.

Ray Bryant

Date: 
Wednesday, August 10, 2011 - 6:00pm

In his storied career, pianist and composer Ray Bryant has worked with Miles Davis, Coleman Hawkins, Sonny Rollins, and Aretha Franklin. He also has a long list of recording credits as a leader. On this 1982 session, Bryant performs "Take the 'A' Train, and duets with McPartland on "Like Someone in Love and "Billie's Bounce.

Jason Moran

Date: 
Wednesday, August 3, 2011 - 6:00pm

Pianist Jason Moran had a banner year in 2010. He was awarded a highly coveted "genius award from the MacArthur Foundation, and his trio Bandwagon's album Ten topped the JazzTimes Critics' Poll. On this 2002 session, Moran performs his tune "Ravel/States of Art, and joins McPartland for a duet of "Bemsha Swing".

Roy Eldridge

Date: 
Wednesday, July 27, 2011 - 6:00pm

Roy "Little Jazz" Eldridge would have been 100 years old this year. On this program from 1987, Eldridge, one of the great trumpeters of the swing era, talks about a career that included work with Fletcher Henderson, Gene Krupa and Billie Holiday. Eldridge shows off his piano chops playing a duet with McPartland on "Ball of Fire, and he sings on several numbers including "I Want a Little Girl."

NEA Jazz Masters

Date: 
Monday, August 29, 2011 - 6:00pm

The living luminaries of jazz gather for one night as the National Endowment for the Arts honors America's 2010 Jazz Masters. Hear the words and works of 2010 inductees: - the pianists Muhal Richard Abrams, Kenny Barron and Cedar Walton; saxophonists and composers Bill Holman and Yusef Lateef; vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson; the inimitable vocalist Annie Ross and producer/writer George Avakian. Performances, tributes and good spirits mark this moment of jazz history. Wendell Pierce hosts.

Deep in the Shed: Marcus Roberts

Date: 
Monday, August 22, 2011 - 6:00pm

Two decades ago, he was "Deep in the Shed," and though he's cut his way up and out, Marcus Roberts has come back to lead his iconic suite: a chronicle of the blues in all its form and feel. He's is joined by drummer Jason Marsalis, bassist Roland Guerin and others. Wendell Pierce hosts.

Celebration of the Jazz Guitar: Django Reinhardt and Charlie Christian

Date: 
Monday, August 15, 2011 - 6:00pm

Jazz's wandering gypsy spirit meets the bluesy swing of Oklahoma City. Django Reinhardt and Charlie Christian brought the guitar out from the rhythm section and up to center stage. Guitarists Russell Malone, Bobby Broom and Frank Vignola, bassist Peter Washington and pianist Mulgrew Miller play out the jazz guitar revolution. Musical director and drummer, Lewis Nash. Wendell Pierce hosts.

The Music of Billy Strayhorn

Date: 
Monday, August 8, 2011 - 6:00pm

Duke Ellington described him as "my right arm, my left arm, all the eyes in the back of my head." Composer Billy Strayhorn penned some of Duke's most enduring songs, but he himself remained in relative obscurity. Vocalist Jose James and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra interpret Strayhorn classics including "Lush Life," "Take the 'A' Train" and "Something to Live For." Wendell Pierce hosts

Pianist/composer Jon Weber

Date: 
Tuesday, July 26, 2011 - 6:00pm
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Tune in as Chicago pianist Jon Weber talks about his jingle writing years, his love for every kind of jazz from the early days to the present, and what his recent move to NYC has done for his playing.

Benny Carter: American Genius Part 3 of 3

Date: 
Thursday, August 11, 2011 - 6:00pm

Benny Carter should be considered among the greatest jazz alto saxists of the swing era alongside Johnny Hodges. More than merely a giant of jazz saxophone, Benny Carter was a composer and arranger, skilled clarinetist and gifted trumpet player, and an exceptionally versatile, talented musician active for more than three quarters of a century.

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