Airs Thursday, March 6 at 8 p.m. When you survey the history of the piano in 20th century American music, there are several individuals, composers and standards, particularly within jazz and popular songs. Performing a recital that traverses these figures and movements, while ensuring that your renditions remain original, is quite a challenge. In the spring of 2013, pianist Marcus Roberts played a concert at our festival that surveyed a broad cross section of 20th century American music. While he's been featured in a variety of musical contexts at our festival over the past decade, Marcus played a 75-minute recital that included distinctive interpretations of works by Scott Joplin, W.C. Handy, James P. Johnson, Fats Waller, Duke Ellington as well as some original works and gospel pieces. Tune in to hear highlights from this 2013 SMF concert by the inimitable Marcus Roberts.
Airs Thursday, February 27 at 8 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.
Airs Friday, February 21 at 9 p.m. "Going Black: The Legacy of Philly Soul Radio" examines the legacy of Black radio, focusing on the legendary WDAS in Philadelphia. The story of Black radio in Philadelphia is actually the story of Black music, of civil rights and progress in the African-American community, and of how the radio medium has changed in the last century. The documentary special is hosted by legendary Sound of Philadelphia (TSOP) music producer and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Kenny Gamble.
Airs Wednesday, February 19 at 8:00 p.m. Wally Derleth will be your host with Bill Beckett at the Mix Console for this live show with George Hancock (Flute,Sax, percussions), Darrel Mims (Guitar & Vocals) and Rodger Barnes (Keys, Percussion & Vocals) AKA Jazziana. Call in and show your support for live music and diverse programming during this special at 800-552-8502 or pledge on line here: DONATE NOW!
Airs Friday, February 14 at 11 p.m. Langston Hughes, an enduring icon of the Harlem Renaissance, is best-known for his written work, which wedded his fierce dedication to social justice with his belief in the transformative power of the word. But he was a music lover, too, and some of the works he was most proud of were collaborations with composers and musicians. Hosted by Terrance McKnight, WQXR host and former Morehouse professor of music, I, Too, Sing America will dive into the songs, cantatas, musicals and librettos that flowed from Hughes’ pen. As he did with his poetry, Hughes used music to denounce war, combat segregation and restore human dignity in the face of Jim Crow. His musical adventures included writing lyrics for stage pieces such as Black Nativity and Tambourines to Glory, works that helped give birth to the genre of Gospel Play, as well as songs for radio plays and political campaigns, and the libretto for Kurt Weill’s Street Songs.