Airs Tuesday, December 13th at 9:00 p.m. The Boston-area alto saxophonist Grace Kelly is 19. The NEA Jazz Master and alto saxophonist Phil Woods is 79. But the ambitious Kelly has already won over many with impressive command of her instrument — including the fleet-fingered Woods, who entered the studio with her (and pianist Monty Alexander) in 2010 to make a recording. Man With The Hat salutes Woods' sartorial trademark; he'll be Kelly's guest at the Harbor Stage in Newport. Recorded live at the Newport Jazz Festival on Saturday, August 6, 2011.
Airs Thursday, December 8 at 8:00 p.m. Though her childhood was steeped in the culture of mining and Appalachia, Kathy Mattea wasn't really exposed to much traditional mountain music. But after the 2006 Sago mining disaster in her home state of West Virginia, she took her collection of mining and mountain songs and embarked on a project that literally changed her life. Tune in to this episode for a 2010 SMF performance by Kathy Mattea at the Lucas Theatre for the Arts.
Airs Tuesday, December 6 at 9:00 p.m. Trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire is only 29; his bandmates hover around that age too. But not only are they among the most sought-after and most distinctive players of their generation; they've been working together as a band for years already. Their collaboration gave rise in 2011 to 'The Heart Emerges Glistening,' a svelte and darkly modernistic CD highlighted by Akinmusire's clarion solos. The quintet performs from Newport's Harbor Stage on August 6, 2011.
Airs Thursday, December 1 at 8:00 p.m. As the largest country in South America and the only Portuguese speaking one, Brazil has a history that unfolded over 500 years. People from Europe, Africa, and South America came together and blended their foods, religions, customs, and of course their music, to create one of the most unique cultures in the world. In this episode, we listen to the Hamilton de Holanda Quintet performing at the 2008 Savannah Music Festival.