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Juan-Carlos Formell at the Monterey Jazz Festival

Date: 
Friday, August 24, 2012 - 6:00pm

A fourth-generation Cuban musician now in New York, Formell and his group Johnny's Dream Club (named for a long-ago jazz spot) create a haunting, floating musical poem. Hear guitar from Havana with shades of New Orleans and Spanish lyrics. Guest Harvey Wainapel on clarinet.

Bill Charlap Part II

Date: 
Tuesday, August 14, 2012 - 6:00pm
Program: 

Pianist Bill Charlap discusses the influence his musician parents have had on his jazz and his continuing love for the Great American Standards.

Sachal Vasandani

Date: 
Wednesday, August 8, 2012 - 6:00pm

Sachal Vasandani is already earning critical acclaim as the next great male jazz vocalist. And today’s listeners agree—his 2011 album, Hi-Fly, shot straight to the number one spot on the iTunes jazz chart. Vasandani also penned some of the tunes on the album.  On this week’s program, he swings on a set of standards and originals with host Jon Weber.

Bill Charlap

Date: 
Tuesday, August 7, 2012 - 6:00pm
Program: 

The pianist discusses the influence his musician parents have had on his jazz and his continuing love for the Great American Standards.

Kris Bowers

Date: 
Wednesday, August 1, 2012 - 6:00pm

Kris Bowers began classical piano studies as a toddler in Los Angeles. In 2011, he walked away with the top honor at the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition—a major career boost for the Juilliard student. He brings his award-winning chops to the Piano Jazz studios for this set of tunes.

Skitch Henderson

Date: 
Tuesday, July 31, 2012 - 6:00pm
Program: 

We revisit Judy’s conversation with the late Skitch Henderson about his Hollywood years with Bing Crosby and Sinatra and his long career with the NBC Orchestra and the Tonight Show.

Charles Lloyd and Sangam at Newport

Date: 
Friday, August 3, 2012 - 6:00pm

For his uncompromising, serious music, the 2011 Newport Jazz Festival was eager to present Charles Lloyd. He could bring any group, they told him. Charles said he would bring Sangam (means "confluence"), his east-west trio with Zakir Hussain on tablas, Eric Harland on drums, and Lloyd on saxophone. Join three musical spirits, flowing together.

Michelle Manzo

Date: 
Tuesday, July 17, 2012 - 6:00pm
Program: 

Cuban vocalist Michelle Manzo talks about her influences ranging from Celia Cruz to Sarah Vaughan. And yes, her four octave range!

Julian Lage

Date: 
Wednesday, July 18, 2012 - 6:00pm

As a child, Julian Lage was quickly recognized as a guitar prodigy. He recorded with David Grisman and toured with Gary Burton before he was old enough to drive. Since then he has evolved into a composer with a deep understanding of the scope of American music, expressed on his acclaimed 2011 album, Gladwell. Lage solos on his “Etude  #1” and “Alone Together,” and joins Jon Weber for “Just Friends.”

Grace Kelly

Date: 
Wednesday, July 11, 2012 - 6:00pm

Alto saxophone  phenom Grace Kelly has recorded with icons Lee Konitz and Phil Woods and is a seasoned road warrior with tour dates around the world -all before the age of 20! She recently added vocalist to her resume. Kelly duets with host Jon Weber on “The Way You Look Tonight,” and her original tunes:  the bouncy “Flying Fish” and the sultry bossa nova vocal, “Gone.”

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