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.
Even Simon Cowell was wowed by vocalist Melinda Doolittle, on the sixth season of American Idol, and although he said she should have won, she placed third in the competition. Melinda discusses what her music education and career as a back up singer brings to the solo career she enjoys now.
At the age of 85, drummer Roy Haynes hasn't lost any of his percussive force. He made his marks ---playing with Charlie Parker, Pat Metheny, the Allman Brothers and even as DJ on the video game Grand Theft Auto IV. Now Haynes brings his vibrant Fountain of Youth Band to Rose Theater. Wendell Pierce hosts. Check out Roy Haynes' JazzStories podcast, available June 27; also on iTunes.
Bassist and singer Esperanza Spalding took the jazz world by storm with her grooving bass lines and neo-soul inspired vocals, and she has since broken into the mainstream with a surprise win for Best New Artist at the 2011 Grammys. She shows off her dual talents on Lionel Hampton's "Midnight Sun" and joins in with her pianist, Leo Genovese, to sing a tune that seems to be her motto - "Jazz Ain't Nothing But Soul."
In back-to-back sets, hear the passion and expression of two masters -- accordionist Richard Galliano from Paris with a quartet, and Chucho Valdes from Havana with a big band. Thanks to Radio Netherlands for these sets.
Join us this week as host Bonnie Johnson chats with Brian McKnight about his current "JUST ME" Tour.
Brian has 13 multi-platinum albums to date and has sold over 20 million albums worldwide. He is also a recipient of several Grammy nominations, American Music Awards, Soul Train Awards, NAACP Image and Blockbuster Awards, and Billboard Songwriter of The Year.
Join us this week as host Judy Carmichael chats with Emmy Award-winning conductor, pianist, composer, and arranger Lee Musiker. He has gained a wealth of experience through his work with leading jazz, classical, pop, and Broadway performers. He has conducted almost 50 symphony orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the National Symphony Orchestra, in the U.S. and Canada, as a guest conductor and as music director for premier artists including Tony Bennett, Maureen McGovern, and Jerry Lewis.
Saxophonist Frank Morgan led a life compellingenough for the big screen. A protégé of CharlieParker, Morgan's budding career as a jazz musician took a dark turn that led to drugs, prison, and, ultimately, redemption through music. In this memorial broadcast of his 2004 Piano Jazz appearance, Morgan talks about the ups and downs of his life and performs "Sophisticated Lady" and "Billie's Bounce."