Jazz

StudioTulsa
3:37 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

"Selected Letters of Langston Hughes"

Aired on Friday, February 27th.

On this penultimate day of Black History Month, we're talking about the life and work of one of our greatest African American writers, Langston Hughes (1902-1967), the prolific and influential poet, activist, novelist, memoirist, playwright, and newspaper columnist. Our guest on ST is David Roessel, one of the editors of the recently published "Selected Letters of Langston Hughes" (Knopf).

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StudioTulsa
12:54 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

Cellist Jeffrey Zeigler, Formerly of the Acclaimed Kronos Quartet, Presents a Concert of New Music

Aired on Friday, February 20th.

On this edition of ST, we welcome Jeffrey Zeigler, the gifted cello player and composer who's best known for his eight-year tenure with the internationally known Kronos Quartet. Since leaving that collective about two years ago, Zeigler has embarked on an interesting (and decidedly multi-genre) solo career that's found him collaborating with a host of fascinating musicians -- such as singer/songwriter Norah Jones, avant-jazz guru John Zorn, pianist Vijay Iyer, composer Philip Glass, Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche, and so forth.

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StudioTulsa
4:05 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

This Weekend, Michael Rossi Conducts an All-Gershwin Evening with the Signature Symphony

Aired on Thursday, September 11th.

The Signature Symphony at Tulsa Community College continues its search for a new artistic director and conductor, and the field has narrowed to three young finalists, each of whom is a promising talent amid the next generation of American conductors. As the Symphony begins its new season of concerts, each of these finalists will be given the chance to wave the baton, as it were, during an actual concert.

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StudioTulsa
5:08 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Meet Rebecca Kilgore: A Wonderful Jazz Singer and Dedicated "Sleuth" of the American Pop Songbook

Aired on Friday, March 28th.

On this edition of ST, we're pleased to speak by phone with the terrific jazz singer Rebecca Kilgore, who'll be performing here in Tulsa tomorrow night (Saturday the 29th) in the Emerson Hall at All Souls Unitarian Church. The concert starts at 7pm; tickets (for $20 each) will be sold at the door.

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StudioTulsa
5:44 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Classical Origins and Jazz Chops Galore: A Chat with the Noted Composer and Pianist Amina Figarova

Aired on Wednesday, August 14th.

On this edition of our show, we speak by phone with the pianist, composer, and bandleader Amina Figarova, who was born in Azerbaijan in 1966 and is now based in New York City. She began to study music as a child, eventually attending the Baku Conservatory, and became a classical concert pianist while still a young girl. Later she was drawn to jazz at the Rotterdam Conservatory --- and later still at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston.

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StudioTulsa
3:59 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

"Dancing With You After You've Gone" --- A Conversation with Jazz Saxophonist Denny Morouse

Aired on Tuesday, August 6th.
Credit KKCR

On this edition of StudioTulsa, Rich Fisher speaks with local saxophonist and composer Denny Morouse. The Pittsburgh native was a fixture in New York City music circles from the 1970s through the 1990s, working with pop superstars like Stevie Wonder, with various studio/commercial outfits, and with jazz legends like the drummer Art Blakey and the organist Larry Young. Morouse moved to Tulsa a few years ago, during the terminal illness of a close family member, and he's been based here since.

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StudioTulsa
2:31 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Banjo Whiz Noam Pikelny Brings His Trademark Blend of Old-Time and Progressive Music to Bartlesville

Aired on Monday, June 10th.

On this edition of ST, we present an equal-parts tuneful and thoughtful conversation with Noam Pikelny, the Grammy-nominated banjoist who's probably best known as a founding member of the progressive bluegrass group known as the Punch Brothers. Pikelny will be performing at the OK Mozart Festival in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, tonight, Monday the 10th; he'll take the stage --- for a concert entitled "An Evening of Bluegrass" --- alongside Bryan Sutton, Ronnie McCoury, Luke Bulla, and Barry Bales.

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StudioTulsa
1:58 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Mardi Gras Music Appreciation: Some Fun, Fanciful, and Funky Tunes for Fat Tuesday 2013

Aired on Tuesday, February 12th.

On today's ST, we're spinning a seriously tasty variety --- a gumbo, in fact --- of great Mardi Gras music with Denis McGilvray, a local music blogger and longtime New Orleans music enthusiast.

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StudioTulsa
4:59 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

The Tulsa Symphony Presents a "Red" Evening of Music by O'Connor, Daugherty, and Ives

Aired on Friday, February 8th.

On this edition of our program, we're joined by Timothy Myers, an up-and-coming American classical-music conductor with an impressive resume and a thoughtful, articulate appreciation for music of all sorts. Myers will be the guest conductor for the next concert in the Tulsa Symphony's current --- and color-themed --- season of performances. "Red," a concert of music notable for its energy, heat, passion, and jazzy intensity, gets underway tomorrow night, Saturday the 9th, at 7:30pm at the Tulsa PAC. On the program will be works by Michael Daugherty, Mark O'Connor, and Charles Ives.

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StudioTulsa
1:24 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

Remembering Dave Brubeck, a Jazz Titan

Aired on Thursday, December 6th.

On this edition of StudioTulsa, we remember the great jazz pianist and composer Dave Brubeck, who died yesterday at 91. (He would have turned 92 today, the 6th.) Rich Fisher spoke with Brubeck back in the fall of 1996, prior to a Tulsa concert appearance. Brubeck's quartet with saxophonist Paul Desmond and drummer Joe Morello was among the most popular bands (of any sort) of the 1950s and '60s, and even today, their 1959 album, "Time Out," remains one of the most popular jazz recordings of all time.

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