Airs Friday, May 16 at 9 p.m. This week on the Caravan we have a distinctive country flavor, both traditional and a touch old school plus some Creole country music called Zydeco. We feature tracks from Guy Clark, a new cut from Chris Thile with Michael Daves, some Alison Krauss, and an unusual track from the Punch Brothers. On Blues at the Bottom, country blues from Marie Nofsinger and Brad Paisley, a traditional and soulful track from Dorothy Moore and we'll have some happy feet music from Geno Delafose and Beau Jocque. On our concert hour, Part 2 of a solo show by Steve Earl at the Fur Peace Ranch, and in our final hour we'll search for Sunken Treasure.
Airs Thursday, May 15 at 8 p.m. The musical style know as bebop is a style of jazz characterized on fast tempo, instrumental virtuosity, and improvisation based on the combination of harmonic structure and melody. Developed in the early and mid-1940’s, bebop ultimately became synonymous with modern jazz. The inventors of bebop, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie and Thelonious Monk and a few others understood that the melodic logic of learning how to put together a line when playing was of paramount importance within the form.
Airs Monday, May 12 at 8 p.m. Amir ElSaffar grew up around Chicago as something of a trumpet prodigy, in both jazz and classical. He was winning competitions and beginning to make a go of it in New York. Then he started investigating his Iraqi heritage in music, and studying the hammered dulcimer and the modes of various Middle Eastern musics. This band splits the difference, using microtonal techniques to investigate the blues. They'll have new tunes too, commissioned for Newport and supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.
Airs Monday, May 12 at 11 a.m. Violinist Anne Akiko Meyers will be the soloist on this week's broadcast concert by the Pittsburgh Symphony. Leonard Slatkin will conduct a program which features the world premiere of the Violin Concerto by Mason Bates along with the Symphony No. 68 by Franz Josef Haydn and the Symphony No. 3, the “Organ Symphony" by Camille Saint-Saens.
Airs Sunday, May 11 at 6 p.m. The story of Julia Ward Howe's 1871 Proclamation for Peace and her call for a universal Mother's Day to promote peace and disarmament. Host Carol Boss talks with Kate Stickley, a direct descendent of Howe, and Jane Smith Bernhardt, an actor who portrays Howe onstage. Plus conversation with Susan Galleymore, author of a book called "Long Time Passing: Mothers Talk About War and Terror."