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."
"Cat has the voice, beat and interpretation that are spot on for the blues". Saxophonist Virginia explores the more modern sounds, which can be sampled on her new album Mary Lou Williams - The Next Hundred Years.
Tune in to Jazz Rhythm this week to hear one of the most important jazz figures of the 20th Century, a master of the tenor sax, Coleman Hawkins. Nicknamed both ''Hawk'' and ''Bean,'' he was also one of the few musicians of the golden jazz age to make the transition to be-bop. His unusual sense of improvisation allowed him to reach heights of expressionism that few other artists of his era had reached.
Join host Ed Gardella as he celebrates our nation's Independence Day with songs that honor great cities and states across America -- New York, New York, I left my heart in San Francisco, Moonlight in Vermont are only a few of the songs that Ed will play to kick off the July 4th weekend!
This week Canadian singer, Susie Arioli takes a straightforward, swinging approach to the Standards. Join us as host Judy Carmichael talks with her and her guitarist Jordan Officer on stage at the Ascona Jazz Festival in Switzerland.
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