Airs Monday, June 9 at 8 p.m. A 20-something singing pianist of the New Orleans virtuoso tradition, Jonathan Batiste has a natural entertainer's charisma and chops to match. He now lives in New York — he met his band in school at Juilliard — and can do "modern jazz" with a metropolitan attitude. But Stay Human is named for its dedication to live music magic, which results in second-line-style parades in the subways and through the Lower East Side. It's perfect for Newport's festive ssetting — and yes, there's a tuba.
Airs Thursday, June 5, 2014. The concept of a jazz party goes back to the origins of the music, since the very function of jazz was often connected to dancing. More recently however, the term jazz party has been used to describe a multi-day gathering of musicians and audiences in which the common bond is the creation of a good time atmosphere where it's all about swinging the bandstand. In this episode, we listen to Bucky Pizzarelli, Ken Peplowski, Howard Alden, and Wycliffe Gordon, among others, performing some of the classics that helped define what we know today as "swing."
Airs Monday, June 2 at 8 p.m. One gets the sense that the pianist feels completely at ease with his Experiment quartet, running his right hand in circles, cracking jokes and switching directions on the fly. Along the way, he's cracked the mold of how jazz might approach the hip-hop and R&B of today.
Airs Tuesday, May 20 at 8 p.m. Join us for an evening of great music from Jazz and R & B to some great pop favorites as Chris McCaa (AKA Professor Porkchop) and Chris Allen perform live from the Red River Radio studios and help us raise the revenue we need for another year of great Public Radio programming. Call in during the show and show your support for live music at 800-552-8502 or Pledge Online Here.
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.