Miles Davis

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Repeats Saturday, February 27, at 7 p.m. Patti LaBelle: Gospel Into Soul examines the artist's evolution over a 60-year career.  Producer Steve Rowland created works on Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Leonard Bernstein and more. His thesis, that Patti's gospel based, improvisational vocals are as profound as the spiritual communications of some of our jazz giants, is evident in this piece.

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Airs, Friday, February 26 at 10 p.m. This one-hour program features live music from and stories about his last concert.  Songs recorded live at Pittsburgh's Stanley Theater in Sep 1980 include "Exodus," "Could You Be Loved," "Redemption Song," "No Woman, No Cry," "Jamming" and more.  Rita, Damien and Rohan Marley are interviewed, as well as Marcia Griffiths, biographer Vivien Goldman, and Doug Gebhard - a former journalist who covered the 1980 Pittsburgh show and is now a priest.

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Airs Thursday, February 18, at 8 p.m. "She's Every Woman", a 2-hour documentary, tells the story of Chaka's rise, beginning in the 1970's, and her journey as a career vocalist, now spanning over 40 years. Chaka Khan is a force of nature, acknowledged as one of the greatest living vocalists on the planet. She has secured a place in the pantheon of African-American musical royalty for a generation.

Airs Thursday, November 5, at 8 p.m. The many victorious performances made by Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Cannonball Adderly added timeless examples of small group jazz to a tradition that developed in the wake of the bebop movement of the 1940s. Working together, the three artists achieved a poetic level of expression that was as playful and tender as it was distinctive and mysterious.

Airs Monday, February 16, at 10 p.m. Wayne Shorter is one of the icons of modern jazz. This special documentary edition of Perspectives on Jazz looks at his music from the early days with Art Blakey, through his work with Miles Davis and later Weather Report, and down to today.