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 Tuesday, March 12 at 9 p.m. The name of the band refers to Ken Peplowski, a Swing-era specialist; Evan Christopher, a living historian of the New Orleans Creole clarinet; and Anat Cohen — what doesn't she do? They're not the only ones on stage, of course — they'll be backed by a band which knows the time-honored and broad-shouldered methods of swing. This reedy convocation on the state of the clarinet today was put together for Newport, and — on the birthday anniversary of Louis Armstrong — was filled with ad lib fireworks.