This week you'll hear Bud & Travis, Ian & Sylvia, Gibson & Camp, the Smothers Brothers, the Simon Sisters, Civil Wars, Mitch & Mickey, Brewer & Shipley, Dylan & Baez, and MORE (including a few surprises)...
Billie Holiday (born Eleanora Fagan, April 7, 1915 – July 17, 1959) was an American jazz singer and songwriter. Nicknamed "Lady Day" by her friend and musical partner Lester Young, Holiday had a seminal influence on jazz and pop singing. Her vocal style, strongly inspired by jazz instrumentalists, pioneered a new way of manipulating phrasing and tempo.
Critic John Bush wrote that Holiday "changed the art of American pop vocals forever." She co-wrote only a few songs, but several of them have become jazz standards, notably "God Bless the Child", "Don't Explain", "Fine and Mellow", and "Lady Sings the Blues". She also became famous for singing "Easy Living", "Good Morning Heartache", and "Strange Fruit", a protest song which became one of her standards and was made famous with her 1939 recording.
Patty Ascher, a Sao Paulo Brazil-based artist comes from a musical family and has been mentored by the legendary Roberto Menescal. Earlier this summer she worked with John Pizzarelli during his Brazilian tour. She's in the Northeast this week performing and joins us on Thursday at 2 pm.
Jazz violinist Regina Carter is one of today's most original and daring musicians. Classically trained, Carter grew up in Detroit, where she absorbed all of the music that Motown had to offer. In 2010, she released the critically acclaimed album Reverse Thread, an exploration of the rhythms and instruments of the African Diaspora. Carter brings her stellar technique and infectious energy to bear when she joins McPartland for "Chattanooga Choo Choo" and "In A Sentimental Mood".
He has recorded and produced some of the most important rock albums of the 70s and 80s. Always changing; never staying the same, David Bowie’s best music seemed one step ahead of everyone else; surprising even his most devoted listeners. But despite his tremendous success. Bowie’s uniquely productive career has been rocked by drug addiction, failed relationships, poor management and sometimes paranoia. Tonight we talk with editor and writer PAUL TRYNKA about his monumental biography DAVID BOWIE: STARMAN. Tune in and listen to Paul discuss Bowie’s time in LA; his work on THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH, Bowie’s friendships with Marc Bolan and Iggy Pop and Bowie’s amazingly creative period in Berlin.
Raiders of the Lost Arc star discusses growing up with jazz, her love for Fats Waller and how jazz influences her acting choices.
World renowned percussionist and bandleader Steve Kroon is our guest on Tuesday's Jazz New England. He's played and recorded with everyone from Ron Carter and Diana Krall to Aretha Franklin and Luther Vandross. We'll hear Steve's latest CD "Without A Doubt" and stories of growing up musically in Harlem.
What’s summer without a block party? Join host Tom Shaker as he plays “blocks” of music by your favorite soul artists. Four in a row by Issac Hayes, Sly & the Family Stone, Aretha, JB and many more. Start the grill up at 7pm this Monday for the party!!
Two decades ago, he was "Deep in the Shed," and though he's cut his way up and out, Marcus Roberts has come back to lead his iconic suite: a chronicle of the blues in all its form and feel. He's is joined by drummer Jason Marsalis, bassist Roland Guerin and others. Wendell Pierce hosts.
Singer-Songwriter Aimee Allen is a true renaissance woman. She began singing professionally while attending Yale, later lived and performed in Paris before earning law degrees from Columbia and the Sorbonne. We'll hear selection from her latest release "Winters and Mays" and maybe a live tune or two.
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