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Catherine Russell and Virginia Mayhew

Date: 
Friday, October 5, 2012 - 6:00pm

Catherine Russell is a lady born to music. Her father, Luis Russell (1902-63), was Louis Armstrong's orchestra leader beginning in the mid-1930s. Her mother, Carline Ray, is a bassist, singer, great all-around musician and a member of the International Sweethearts of Rhythm, the 1940s all-woman band that swung as hard as the men. "This Daughter of Jazz Is One Cool Cat," reads the headline of Nat Hentoff's profile for The Wall Street Journal.

Thomas Lauderdale

Date: 
Wednesday, October 3, 2012 - 6:00pm

Pianist Thomas Lauderdale is the co-founder of the celebrated orchestral ensemble Pink Martini, which bridges classical, jazz, world music and old-fashioned pop.

"I'm inching my way towards Liberace land every day," Lauderdale says, laughing after opening with a rollicking take on "Malaguena," composed by Cuba's equivalent of George Gershwin, Ernesto Lecuona.

Rachel MacFarlane

Date: 
Tuesday, October 2, 2012 - 6:00pm
Program: 

Voice actor/singer Rachael MacFarlane discusses her role as “Haley” on “American Dad” and other characters on “Family Guy”, working with her brother Seth, and her debut jazz CD “Haley Sings”, celebrating her character’s (and her own) love for jazz..

Steve Wilson With Strings

Date: 
Friday, September 28, 2012 - 6:00pm

To inaugurate the 2011-12 jazz season at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., director of jazz Kevin Struthers wanted something special and different. So he called on go-to alto sax man Steve Wilson, and Wilson delivered an all-star jazz group — Bruce Barth (piano), Michael Bowie (bass), Lewis Nash (drums) — plus three violins (Diane Monroe, Matvei Sigalov and Naira Underwood), a violist (Dawn Michelle Johnson), a cellist (Troy Kenneth Stuart) and high expectations.

Jason Moran

Date: 
Wednesday, September 26, 2012 - 6:00pm

Jason Moran is one of the most talked-about pianists and composers of the past decade. In 2010, he was made a MacArthur Fellow and is now the top jazz adviser for the Kennedy Center, picking up where Dr. Billy Taylor left off. Moran opens this session with a song from his latest album, Ten, called "Blue Blocks" — a commission by the Philadelphia Museum of Art for an exhibition of quilts from Gee's Bend, Ala. The way Moran describes the quilts to host Jon Weber sounds very much like Moran's own music.

Simon Tedeschi

Date: 
Tuesday, September 25, 2012 - 6:00pm
Program: 

Australian classical pianist Simon Tedeschi talks about his jazz piano pursuits, his particular love of stride piano and performing the music for the movie “Shine” at the tender age of 14. Tune in at 6pm to hear more about Tedeschi's riveting musical endeavors.

Stefon Harris

Date: 
Wednesday, September 19, 2012 - 6:00pm

Vibraphonist and bandleader Stefon Harris is one of the busiest musicians in jazz: He tours with his band Blackout and the SF Jazz Collective, teaches at NYU and is an artist-in-residence at institutions across the U.S. Born with asthma, Harris took to piano and percussion at an early age, but that never stopped him from admiring a trumpeter like Miles Davis.

Frank Foster and Songs of Romance

Date: 
Monday, October 1, 2012 - 6:00pm

We remember the late tenorman, composer and Basie alum Frank Foster in this one of his last performances with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. Singers Dennis Rowland and Marlena Shaw guest on Black Coffee, Perdido, and Foster's own classic Cecilia is Love. Wendell Pierce hosts.

Cyrus Chestnut, Russell Malone, and Christian McBride: Three in One

Date: 
Monday, September 24, 2012 - 6:00pm

From the stage of Dizzy's Club Coca Cola, we hear three keepers of the jazz flame - each with his own ensemble. Pianist Cyrus Chestnut, guitarist Russell Malone and bassist Christian McBride form an all-star rhythm roll call. Wendell Pierce hosts.

Otis Redding

Date: 
Monday, September 17, 2012 - 7:00pm
Program: 

Soul singers don't get any better than the "Big O." His tragic
death at age 26 cut short the life of an artist who was just
reaching his prime. Also known as "The King of Soul" Otis
released his first record for Stax in 1964. Join host Tom
Shaker as we celebrate the life and music of one of soul's most
emotional and powerful voices. It all starts at 7pm!

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