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The record-breaking, six-time Tony Award-winning actress Audra McDonald talks to Michael about her failed auditions, letting go of her idea of perf...

  • Added: Mar 29, 2016
  • Length: 55:25
Caption: The Dakota Combo, Credit: Andrea Canter
The Dakota Combo. It’s a jazz group made up of metro area high school players whose players are immersed in soaking up lessons from their mentors. ...

  • Added: Mar 27, 2016
  • Length: 05:00
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Full length radio documentary on jazz pianist and composer Vince Guaraldi documenting his life through the voices of Guaraldi biographer Derrick Ba...

Bought by KMUW


  • Added: Mar 16, 2016
  • Length: 01:42:23
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Lillian "Lil" Hardin Armstrong
This is a tribute to a few of the more influential women who were instrumental in the formation of early jazz.

Bought by WYSO, WKMS, KUFM - Montana Public Radio, WMOT, WCPN and more


  • Added: Mar 15, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 15
Caption: The Jungle Band 78 RPM label
The 1920s & early '30s were years of rapid change. jazz was no exception.

Bought by KCBX


  • Added: Feb 18, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
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Over some late, late snacks (AKA breakfast) at his Silver Lake, Los Angeles recording studio, Grammy-nominated producer and founder of the group Wa...

  • Added: Feb 15, 2016
  • Length: 38:45
Caption: Scott Joplin
Ragtime was created some time in the late 1900s. No one knows for sure.

Bought by KCBX and KCBX


  • Added: Feb 10, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 2
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Live concert with the g27 Orchestra and the Matthew Larkin Singers hosted by Keith Horner. With Jennifer Tavener, soprano, Anita Krause, mezzo, Joh...

  • Added: Jan 26, 2016
  • Length: 59:27
Caption: Cab Calloway
This program features three artists who could ignite an audience just by walking on stage. Don Redman, Ted Lewis and Cab Calloway. They were all fi...

Bought by KCBX


  • Added: Dec 09, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
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Opera diva and cross-over star, Renee Fleming, talks performance gowns, diva desserts and the language of music with host of The Dinner Party, Elys...

  • Added: Dec 06, 2015
  • Length: 41:23
Caption: Irving Mills Orchestra
Here are a few selections from the archives of early jazz representing some of the talented musicians who, for whatever reason, remained in the sha...

Bought by KCBX


  • Added: Dec 02, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Syd Valentine & his Patent Leather Kids
This program features a few of those overlooked musicians who simply didn’t venture very far from their own back yards, or hometowns.

Bought by KCBX


  • Added: Nov 23, 2015
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Show Boat
When Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein proposed a broadway production of Edna Farber’s novel, Show Boat, their friends advised against it. It was t...

Bought by KCBX


  • Added: Nov 18, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Joe "Tricky Sam" Nanton
Jazz musician Joe “Tricky Sam” Nanton was a pioneer of the plunger mute trombone, a creator of vocal sounds from the instrument, and a perfect fit ...

Bought by WDCB and KCBX


  • Added: Nov 11, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Curtis and Loretta , Credit: Jennifer Bong
They sing many types of traditional songs, they play many instruments, they write songs and their repertoire is a mile wide. But to folksinging due...

  • Added: Nov 11, 2015
  • Length: 08:25
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Two powerhouse saxophonists of early jazz are heard in this show: Benny Carter, alto and Coleman Hawkins, tenor.

Bought by KCBX


  • Added: Nov 04, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Maryam Yusafzadeh at home, Credit: Phil Nusbaum
Maryam Yusafzadeh has been involved in many adventurous musical project over the years, and she’s at it again with a new Jazz group that combines m...

  • Added: Oct 31, 2015
  • Length: 05:00
Caption: Harry Warren
The melody may set the stage, but it’s frequently the lyrics we remember. This show is devoted to those handy wordsmiths, many of them forgotten.

Bought by KCBX


  • Added: Oct 28, 2015
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: The Original Creole Orchestra
The first two decades of jazz witnessed a new dynamic for promotions. Musicians began gathering in the streets of New Orleans in an effort to outsh...

Bought by KCBX


  • Added: Oct 22, 2015
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Dave Graf (l) and Doug Haining (r), Credit: Phil Nusbaum
Merle Knudson was a saxophonist with a distinctive sound who also acted to help young jazz players get going. Phil Nusbaum talks to Doug Haining an...

  • Added: Oct 15, 2015
  • Length: 05:00
Caption: Sarah Porwoll-Lee, Credit: Ellie Peterson
To Sarah Porwoll-Lee, it isn’t only that she plays new music on the clarinet. When she talked with Phil Nusbaum, she revealed that she gets excited...

  • Added: Oct 09, 2015
  • Length: 07:57
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Our guest this week on Art of the Song is Jon Pousette-Dart, founder of the rock group, the Pousette-Dart Band.

Bought by WRNC-LP


  • Added: Sep 28, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: The Chicagoans
Chicago in the 1920s was a pivotal point for jazz. A number of changes were being incorporated into the music birthed in New Orleans, and the Austi...

Bought by WDCB and KCBX


  • Added: Sep 22, 2015
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 2
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A soundtrack of U2's new album, Songs Of Innocence, and a few older favorites, serves as the undercurrent in this interview with The Edge and Adam ...

Bought by KUCB, KHNS, KSUT, WUFT, and KRCB-FM "Radio 91"


  • Added: Sep 04, 2015
  • Length: 07:02
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Scott Robinson
This is a showpiece for today’s musicians performing music of the 1920s coupled with the original artists.

Bought by KCBX


  • Added: Sep 01, 2015
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 1