Billie Holiday

Airs Thursday, October 22, at 9 p.m. Jazz Night in America marks the centennial of the birth of Billie Holiday with Grammy winner Cassandra Wilson. She showcases her blues, country, and folk-tinged delivery, singing selections from her latest recording highlighting the artistry of Billie Holiday. Jazz Night speaks with some of the key players in the making of this recording and we also catch up with pianist Barbara Carroll who shares her story of the one opportunity she had to perform with Lady Day on “The Today Show” in 1958.

Airs Monday, September 7, at 10 p.m. "Popular Song On the Picket Lines" features "social significance" music from the 30s and 40s that had a political message behind it in one way or another, or alluded in humorous or poignant ways to issues and problems of the times.

Airs Thursday, May 14, at 8 p.m. People who love jazz singing seem to always be hoping to discover the next Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan or Ella Fitzgerald. Until very recently, the only contemporary jazz singer who came close to matching these three giants is the extraordinary Dianne Reeves, that is, until the emergence of Cecile McLorin Salvant. At age 24, this astoundingly gifted singer has perfect pitch and enunciation, a playful sense of humor, a rich and varied tonal palette, and a supple sense of swing.