March 2 - 6
Women's History Month 2020: New Recordings from Instrumentalists and Bandleaders
This week we'll celebrate Women's History Month 2020 on-air with all twenty first-century recordings from the wide array of women in jazz as composers, bandleaders, and instrumentalists. Tune in to hear the vibes of Lolly Allen, the saxophone of Roxy Coss, flautist Elsa Nilsson, along with music that transcends both notions of gender and cultural borders.
March 9 - 13
Women's History Month 2020: From Mary Lou Williams to Hiromi, the Pianists
Our celebration of Women's History Month 2020 continues with a focus on the pianists in jazz and improvisational music. Since Mary Lou Wiliams helped set the stage as an arranger, composer, and pianist starting in the twenties, her influence has affected the careers and artistic achievements of numerous women in jazz. We'll start with Williams this week, and move through the decades while hearing from a variety of the piano players.
March 16 - 20
The Versatility of Guitarist Bill Frisell
Guitarist Bill Frisell transcends genre and style with everything he does as an instrumentalist, composer, and collaborator. From origins on ECM Records and as a major figure of the New York downtown scene of the 1980's to recent Americana folk-drenched outings, we'll hear as much as we can from Frisell this week, including a couple of his Grammy-nominated recordings with violinist Jenny Scheinman and longtime musical associate Hank Roberts.
March 23 - 27
The Unclassifiable Sarah Vaughan
This week, we'll hear recordings from one of the most beloved voices in jazz since the late 1940's. The multi-talented Sarah Vaughan was originally billed with Billy Eckstine's band as a pianist, but soon became the vocalist before taking off on her own during the dawn of be-bop. From Vaughan's rise to stardom to her final years, we'll hear decades of recordings this week from who critic Gary Giddins called "the voice that happens once in a lifetime, perhaps once in several lifetimes."