Airs Monday, November 11 at 11 a.m. On this week's concert by the San Francisco Symphony, Esa-Pekka Salonen will take the podium and lead the orchestra in music by Sibelius, Salonen, Wagner and Schoenberg. The concert opens with Sibelius' Pohjola's Daughter, Op. 49 and then violinist Leila Josefowcz joines the orchestra for the Violin concerto by Salonen. Soprano Christine Brewer will then be featured in excerpts from Wagner's opera Gotterdammerung and the program concludes with the Five Pieces for Orchestra by Arnold Schoenberg.
Airs Monday, November 4 at 8 p.m. You might not exactly expect one of the world's premier traditional jazz groups to play their regular gigs in exurban Boston. But the members of the New Black Eagle Jazz Band are experts in ragtime, early New Orleans and Chicago styles, and small group swing — and have been together in one form or another since 1971. The Black Eagles head south to the 2011 Newport Jazz Festival to kick off action on the Harbor Stage. Recorded live at the Newport Jazz Festival 2011.
Airs Thursday, October 31 at 8 p.m. While there are certain unmistakeable similarities in the musicianship of the two siblings, the younger brother of Nat King Cole long ago emerged from the awesome shadow cast by his elder brother. In truth, his phrasing is far closer to that of Frank Sinatra or Billie Holiday than that of his brother, and his timing swings a little more. In 2012, the Savannah Music Festival presented Freddy Cole on a double bill alongside the Marcus Roberts Trio in a program entitled "Cole in the Afternoon." This episode features Freddy Cole's half of that special matinee concert.
Airs Monday, October 28 at 8 p.m. The Hammond B-3 organ maestro performed at the Newport Jazz Festival on August 6. This is an unhosted music-only set. If you use it, please credit Newark's WBGO, Boston's WGBH and NPR Music for the recording. Available for free to NPR member stations. Not much in jazz combines the churchy moan and shaking hip quite like a Hammond B-3 organ. And Joey DeFrancesco is one of its modern masters — he grew up around the instrument since birth (his father is also a jazz organist), cut his first major-label album in his teens and has been honing his innate swing instincts since then. He's 40 now, and will celebrate with an eponymous album in September; at Newport, he brings a soulful trio to the Harbor Stage. Recorded live at the Newport Jazz Festival on Saturday, August 6, 2011
Airs Thursday, October 24 at 8 p.m. Join us once again for an electrified performance as AJ & The Two Tone Blues Band take to the air waves. Thanks to everyone who pledged we can offer this concert without interruption for pledging and we will let AJ and the Band have the studio all to themselves. AJ and the Two Tone Blues Band have maintained a prestigious career over the years and have played the Sonny Boy Blues Society Battle of the Bands Competition, the King Biscuit Blues Festival and the International Blues Competition in Memphis. They are well know throughout the region and always inject high voltage into our pledge drives. Tune in for this exciting show and make your pledge at 800-552-8502 or On Line Now Here.