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April 23, 2015

 

Peggy Lee Black Coffee

I Get a Kick: Vices in Popular Song

On this show, we explore the times when songwriters wrote about their vices: drinking, smoking, or even chewing gum.

April 9, 2015

 

Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, and Leonard Feather

Billie Holiday and the Big Bands

We continue our Billie Holiday centennial celebration by looking at her work fronting big bands, including those of Benny Goodman, Count Basie, and Artie Shaw.

September 24, 2013

 

Herb Jeffries singing with the Duke Ellington orchestra

Herb Jeffries At 100

Celebrating the centennial of the singer, actor, and last surviving member of Duke Ellington's early-1940s big band.

June 22, 2012

 

John Lennon and Paul McCartney

The Lennon-McCartney Songbook

In the 1960s the Beatles' primary songwriters rocked the world of jazz and popular song. Decades later, Beatles songs themselves have become standards.

February 8, 2011

 

Al Hibbler

Just a Lucky So-and-So: Al Hibbler and Duke Ellington in the 1940s

Al Hibbler's dramatic, blues-haunted style was one of the signature sounds of Duke Ellington's great 1940s big bands.

January 1, 2010

 

Ben Webster's Stormy Weather Album Cover

Big Ben: A Ben Webster Centennial Tribute

A tribute to Ben Webster, a tenor saxophonist who had one of the warmest, most identifiable sounds of any 20th-century jazz musician.

October 30, 2009

 

Foggy moonlight with tree branches

A Dark and Lonely Night: Haunted Love Songs For Halloween

A different take on haunted music for Halloween, with evening laments and anguished odes to lost and longed-for love from Julie London, Duke Ellington and more.

October 23, 2009

 

Andy Bey Shades Of Bey Album Cover

Andy Bey: A Tribute

Jazz singer and pianist Andy Bey is enjoying a late period of renewed appreciation in a long and sometimes-submerged career.

September 24, 2009

 

Colorful trees by a stream

Songs of the Season: Autumn 2009

Music from Jackie Paris, Kenny Dorham, Frank Sinatra, and more is featured on our annual tribute to autumn.

September 4, 2009

 

Work Pays America

Popular Song On the Picket Lines

A look at "social significance" music from the 1930s and 40s that alluded in humorous, overtly political, or poignant ways to issues and problems of the times.

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Jazz fans are known for their religious-like zeal, but in the 1960s jazz sometimes became a PART of religion, providing the soundtrack for church ceremonies.

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