Airs Tuesday, May 1 at 9:00 p.m. Jazz is dead! Well, it's not true -- but in the history of the music, that statement is heard very often. Wynton Marsalis has found that the best way to combat that idea is simple - keep creating. Like any art form, jazz lives as an ongoing interaction between the artist, audience and larger culture. In this hour, Wynton reflects on his life and music in the 20th century and its continuation into the 21st.
Airs Monday, April 30 at 9:00 p.m. Piano Night: We look back on a night that honored the 88’s. Piano Night - every year on the Monday night between the two weekends of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage and Festival. This hour-long program includes music from Piano Heaven, a smaller stage for more intimate performances (Jessie McBride, Marco Benevento, Cynthia Chen) as well as the main stage at the House of Blues (Dr. Lonnie Smith, Victor Atkins, Bob Andrews, Tom Worrell), featuring full ensembles that change throughout the show.
Airs Monday, April 23 at 9:00 p.m. Blues: A hour of the sacred and the secular at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival 2011, featuring the harmonica of Charlie Musselwhite, the blazing guitar of Alvin 'Youngblood' Heart, Ruthie Foster's blues and gospel and many others (Robert Cray, Mahalia Jackson Tribute).
Airs Monday, April 16 at 9:00 p.m. Jazz with a modern vibe on one side with some far reaching orchestrations on the other. John Boutte performs a Leonard Cohen song. Nicholas Payton stretches his sound into yet another direction. Leroy Jones performs a song heralding the spirit of Carnival in New Orleans. The Delfeayo Marsalis Uptown Orchestra takes on the compositions of Armstrong as well as Ellington. And finally, the Mingus Big Band turns a song originally only on piano into a giant work.
Airs Thursday, April 12 at 8:00 p.m. The music of George Gershwin played on piano by Sebastian Knauer as written on the page, and by jazz pianist Marcus Roberts improvisationally. Performed at the Lucas Theatre for the Arts during Savannah Music Festival. While it is often said that George Gershwin was ahead of his time, the fact remains that he created music in his time, and at his time. On this episode, hear a range of piano music performed at a concert during the Savannah Music Festival called "Gershwin Songbook." The program included both popular songs and concertos, some of it played as written on the sheet music by classical pianist Sebastian Knauer, and other works improvised on the spot by jazz pianist Marcus Roberts.