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Friday, August 12, 2011 - 6:00pm

The music is "El Viento (meaning "the wind), "Sky Blue featuring Steve Wilson, and "Cerulean Skies, inspired by birds flying from South America to Central Park, all by Maria.

Thursday, August 11, 2011 - 6:00pm

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.

Thursday, August 11, 2011 - 2:00pm

RTF IV: Driven by the powerful engine of Chick Corea's keyboards, Stanley Clarke's bass and Lenny White's drums, along with bandleader legend and Mahavishnu Orchestra alum Jean-Luc Ponty on violin and fiery-fingered guitarist Frank Gambale — one word: EPIC.

Joining host Joe Zupan on Thursday promoting the RTF IV tour is Lenny White.

For more information on Return 2 Forever IV Tour, please visit http://return2forever.com/

Wednesday, August 10, 2011 - 6:00pm

In his storied career, pianist and composer Ray Bryant has worked with Miles Davis, Coleman Hawkins, Sonny Rollins, and Aretha Franklin. He also has a long list of recording credits as a leader. On this 1982 session, Bryant performs "Take the 'A' Train, and duets with McPartland on "Like Someone in Love and "Billie's Bounce.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011 - 2:00pm

The legendary bassist talks about the recent re-issue of his 1970's CTI recording All Blues.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011 - 6:00pm

"The King of Treme" Shannon Powell is an American jazz and New Orleans jazz virtuoso drummer. He has toured internationally and played with Ellis Marsalis, Danny Barker, Willie Metcalf Jr., Branford Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis & the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Diana Krall, Earl King, Dr. John, Marcus Roberts, John Scofield, Jason Marsalis, Leroy Jones, Nicholas Payton, and Donald Harrison Jr..

Powell toured and recorded with fellow New Orleans native, Harry Connick Jr. for six years. Together they released two multi-platinum albums, ‘’When Harry Met Sally’’ and “We Are in Love”.

Powell and Herlin Riley were awarded the 2010 Ascona Jazz Award from the Ascona Jazz Festival in Ascona, Switzerland.

Monday, August 8, 2011 - 7:00pm

Known affectionately as "Lady Love" Barbara Mason had her biggest hit with 1965’s “Yes, I’m Ready.” Her stint on Buddha Records in the 1970s solidified her solid Philly soul sound with songs like “Bed and Board” “Shackin’ Up” and the answer song “Me and Mr. Jones’ to Billy Paul’s classic hit. Join host Tom Shaker and celebrate a “lost soul” starting at 7pm!

Monday, August 8, 2011 - 6:00pm

Duke Ellington described him as "my right arm, my left arm, all the eyes in the back of my head." Composer Billy Strayhorn penned some of Duke's most enduring songs, but he himself remained in relative obscurity. Vocalist Jose James and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra interpret Strayhorn classics including "Lush Life," "Take the 'A' Train" and "Something to Live For." Wendell Pierce hosts

Sunday, August 7, 2011 - 10:30pm

Summer is is in full swing and since schools not, kids have more time to go on the internet. Kids are logging onto social media sites and posting details of their adventures for their friends to see. But this seemingly innocent activity could be potentially dangerous. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al will be joined by Stan Holditch, on-line media safety expert for McAfee and learn what you can do to keep your loved ones safe.

Sunday, August 7, 2011 - 10:00pm

Our guest this week is Dr. Ignacio Chapela, PhD, associate professor of microbial ecology at the University of California at Berkeley and senior scientist at the Norwegian Center for Biosafety in Norway. Join us as we talk about reshaping the food system by eliminating genetically modified organisms.

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