This week's show will feature recordings from earlier Newport events, as well as tracks from many of the artists who will be appearing at this year's Festival!
Benny Carter should be considered among the greatest jazz alto saxists of the swing era alongside Johnny Hodges. More than merely a giant of jazz saxophone, Benny Carter was a composer and arranger, skilled clarinetist and gifted trumpet player, and an exceptionally versatile, talented musician active for more than three quarters of a century.
As a saxist his significance was teaching the alto saxophone to sing. His signature sound was smooth, flowing and graceful -- displaying ease, confidence and a clear sense of direction when soloing. It’s my impression that alto sax can be a very difficult instrument on which to develop a rich, pleasing tone, but Carter succeeded brilliantly. He had impeccable phrasing giving each note full value, even in rapid arpeggios and runs, exquisitely balancing taste, technique, freshness and emotion while making it all look easy.
Roy "Little Jazz" Eldridge would have been 100 years old this year. On this program from 1987, Eldridge, one of the great trumpeters of the swing era, talks about a career that included work with Fletcher Henderson, Gene Krupa and Billie Holiday. Eldridge shows off his piano chops playing a duet with McPartland on "Ball of Fire, and he sings on several numbers including "I Want a Little Girl."
Tune in as Chicago pianist Jon Weber talks about his jingle writing years, his love for every kind of jazz from the early days to the present, and what his recent move to NYC has done for his playing.
Be prepared to sweat tonight as WICN’s resident Northern Soul connoisseur returns to the airwaves! Steve Moysey brings another blistering set of little heard soul dance gems to this week’s Serenade. It all starts at 7pm sharp!
Imagine the cabarets of Buenos Aires and the intimate jazz clubs of New York under one roof—in the House of Swing. Argentine bassist and composer Pablo Aslan fuses sultry tango with cool jazz rhythms. He's joined by Arturo O'Farrill and the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra. Wendell Pierce hosts.
Top quality year in and year out is the hallmark of a great wine. This weeks Al spekas with Lisa Forbes, Director of winemaking for Chalk Hill winery in California. Tune in at 10:30 PM and listen to what Lisa considers to be her recipe for success and how she views the future of winemaking in California.
KEVIN WHITEHEAD is a well-known writer about jazz and the jazz critic for National Public Radio’s Fresh Air. His new book WHY JAZZ? A CONCISE GUIDE is a marvelous guide to the history and art of jazz in an engaging “question and answer” format. The book begins by answering some of the most basic questions about jazz like “Why listen to jazz?” This guide then proceeds to build into a lively description of jazz in its many forms and discussions of its key players. This is the perfect book for anyone who loves jazz at any level of interest. Tonight, our conversation ranges widely from who made the first jazz recording, to a definition of the art, and from bebop through Coltrane and beyond. Don’t miss this show!
Edith Piaf was one of the great singers and song interpreters of the twentieth century. Yet her life reads like a latter day version of Les Miserables. Described as a Gallic fusion of Billie Holiday and Judy Garland, my guest tonight describes her as more feral than that. She rose above an impoverished and violent childhood and survived the Nazi occupation of France to become a world renown sensation. Tonight, on Inquiry, we talk with teacher, writer and biographer CAROLYN BURKE about her wonderful new biography NO REGRETS: THELIFE OF EDITH PIAF.
Imagine her excitement as this creative and determined pianist, originally from Azerbijan, makes it to Newport to play her own music with her fine Dutch band.
The theme speaks for itself... Enjoy at least two versions of "500 Miles", a track or two from The Flatlanders, Cadence Carroll's "Sunday Afternoon Love", Josh Joffen, Joan Baez, the Highwaymen, the Cumberland Trio, Suzi Brown, and MUCH MORE! Four hours of what you like, what I like, what WE like to hear.
Know Your Host:
A self-taught Latin percussionist since the age of 12 when his father handed him Cal Tjader’s 1960 “Latino” album featuring Mongo Santamaria and Willie Bobo back in 1966, and an LP fiberglass conga and told him, “Here, learn to play right with these”, he’s been living and breathing Latin Jazz since.
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Fridays, 7 to 11 pm