Airs, Thursday, February 23 at 8:00 p.m. There's nothing like the sound of musicians embracing the concept of swinging on the bandstand, a 20th-century American conception that has since permeated the planet.
Airs Tuesday, February 21 at 9:00 p.m. The Berklee College of Music in Boston has educated at least eight bandleaders playing this year's Newport Jazz Festival, and several other sidemen. So it's appropriate that the school annually sends one of its most enterprising student groups to Newport. At the Harbor Stage, Puerto Rican saxophonist Mario Castro leads a group of musicians from places as far-flung as South Korea, Israel and California, and as close as a few hours north on the Massachusetts coast. Recorded live at the Newport Jazz Festival on Sunday, August 7.
Airs, Thursday, February 16 at 8:00 p.m. In 2009, brothers Jeff and John Clayton brought their band to the Savannah Music Festival to perform and to participate in Swing Central, SMF's annual high school jazz band workshop and competition. They were joined on stage by John's son, pianist Gerald Clayton, trumpeter Terrell Stafford and drummer Obed Calvaire. Part one of this two-hour radio show features the Clayton Brothers live in the Charles H. Morris Center.
Airs Thursday, February 2 at 8:00 p.m. Afro-Portuguese fado sensation Mariza put on what many are calling the "concert of the year" at the Savannah Music Festival. Tune in for a program featuring her Georgia debut. Fado, which translated means "destiny" or "fate," is a musical genre that can be traced from the 1820s in Portugal, but probably with much earlier origins. In popular belief, fado is a form of music characterized by mournful tunes and lyrics.
Airs Tuesday, January 31 at 9:00 p.m. In New Orleans, jazz is a building block, a musical foundation. Troy Andrews, aka Trombone Shorty, fully embraces the future-funk and grimy rock back beats which bring crowds to their feet. But at his core, he's also a phenomenal jazz trombonist and singer from the Tremé neighborhood. Stardom awaits with the upcoming release of For True. Here, Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue preview their headlining Newport Jazz Festival set with this more intimate Quad Stage show.