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June 5, 2018

 

Put On Earth To Play Drums: The Buddy Rich Story

Rich on record: the legendary drummer's career as sideman, bandleader, and even singer, featuring his own commentary.

March 23, 2018

 

One For Marian: Marian McPartland

Marian McPartland was a jazz pianist, writer, educator, and radio host whose improvisatory talents and musical empathy made her one of the most engaging and enlightening jazz artists of her time.

February 8, 2018

 

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

 

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

 

Best Historical Jazz Releases 2017

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

December 15, 2017

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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.

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

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