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.
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..
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.