50th Anniversary

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Airs Monday, December 26, at 10 p.m. In the middle of their careers, the trumpeter and composer/arranger Thad Jones and the drummer Mel Lewis found themselves with a book of big band music -- and no band to perform it. So they made their own, and debuted on a Monday in February 1966 at the famed Village Vanguard. The Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra, now the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, still plays every Monday night.

Airs Wednesday, August 28 at 11 a.m. The 50th Anniversary Of The March On Washington is Wednesday, March 28 and Red River Radio will bring you special coverage of the days events from NPR News and WBUR in Boston during this day of commemoration. Special speakers include Representative John Lewis, President Jimmy Carter, President Bill Clinton, Members of the King family, and President Obama. Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson will host this coverage and will be joined from the Mall by Hansi Lo Wang of NPR’s Code Switch Team and NPR reporter Allison Keyes. White House Correspondent Ari Shapiro will also report during the afternoon. NPR’s Senior Washington Editor Ron Elving and Professor Julian Zelizer from Princeton will also join Robin and Jeremy for special coverage.