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February 8, 2018

 

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A Conversation With Ken Vandermark

Of 7-11s and cassette tapes: one of the world's most renowned improvisational-jazz artists on dedication, the value of art, and a life-changing encounter.

January 23, 2018

 

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New Vibes: Gary Burton In The 1960s

A look at the productive and creatively diverse first decade of an NEA Jazz Master's career.

January 5, 2018

 

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Best Historical Jazz Releases 2017

Jazz blasts from the past, newly-discovered, rarely-heard, and reissued.

December 15, 2017

 

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Mosaic Records To Release Six-CD Set Of Savory Recordings

Sing Hallelujah! Some of the 1930s and 40s jazz broadcasts captured by engineer Bill Savory will finally see a release in a physical format.

November 27, 2017

 

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Music In All Things: W. Eugene Smith And The Jazz Loft

How a photographer captured a creative corner of mid-20th-century American culture in images and in sound.

October 20, 2017

 

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Diggin’ Diz: A Musical Portrait Of Dizzy Gillespie In The 1940s

Celebrating the early years of trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie in honor of his centennial.

August 23, 2017

 

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Caravan: Martial Solal, The Early Years

"To French listeners and writers of the 1950s and 60s… Solal’s power was spectacular." Surveying the arrival of a modern jazz piano giant.

August 11, 2017

 

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The Greatest Bass Player In The World: Jaco Pastorius

In the history of jazz, there are only a few innovators who’ve actually changed the sound of their instrument. Jaco Pastorius was one of them.

August 3, 2017

 

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Teddy Wilson Set Coming From Mosaic Records, Plus A Mosaic Update

Details about Mosaic's new set devoted to the swing-era pianist, plus Mosaic's Scott Wenzel on the label's state of health.

July 30, 2017

 

Guitarist Charlie Christian

Electrifying: Charlie Christian

Christian laid the foundation for the guitar as a modern-jazz instrument, creating single-note lines and solos that swung with imagination and vitality.

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Voices On The Air: Bing & Frank

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This week, we highlight the radio broadcasts of two superstars: Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra.

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Afterglow is WFIU's weekly program of jazz and American popular song hosted by David Brent Johnson.

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