This weekend... Some real fun is in store for you this weekend on Big Band Saturday Night! The swing era music comes alive as we review some recordings...you may have missed. Bing Crosby in 1931 is only one example. Join us at 8 o'clock on 89.5 for Big Band Saturday Night.
Originally published on Sat February 28, 2015 9:40 am
Before he soaked up the American Songbook, Tom Brosseau grew up with music in church, school and home, surrounded by the hymnal and folk songs adored by his grandparents. Today he lives in the sprawling metropolis of Los Angeles, but the North Dakota native says his heart remains far away, back at home.
Tune in for the next All This Jazz, airing soon right here on Public Radio 89.5 (KWGS-FM). Our show begins at 10pm on Saturday the 28th, and it's also conveyed as a live stream at PublicRadioTulsa.org.
For those unfamiliar: ATJ is heard every Saturday night on Public Radio 89.5, from 10pm till midnight. We always thereafter offer a 7pm re-airing of the program on the following Sunday evening, on Jazz 89.5-2, which is our station's all-jazz HD Radio channel.
We're fans of Jenny Lewis' latest album, The Voyager. Since she and her band already came in to play the new songs live, Lewis invited us to do something different — drive through the San Fernando Valley, where she grew up, to find the inspiration for the title of The Voyager. So it's kind of a mystery in the back seat of a rental car, where we will also hear an acoustic version of the album's title track.
Renowned lyricists and songwriters Marilyn and Alan Bergman have been the recipients of Oscars, Grammy, Emmys and many additional awards. Their works include "The Windmills of Your Mind" and lyrics for Yentl.
On this 1995 episode of Piano Jazz, they collaborate with host Marian McPartland as she accompanies Alan singing their trademark songs "The Way We Were" and "Nice 'n' Easy."
Singer, composer and actor Nellie McKay brings a comedic flair to her stage shows, including Nellie with a Z, in which she plays a cabaret veteran three times her age. Her music also has been featured on the television series Weeds, Grey's Anatomy and Boardwalk Empire. Her latest album, My Weekly Reader, is out March 24.
World Cafe's Sense of Place visit to LA continues today with a bit more of a funky West Coast vibe. Our guests are the powerful new Latin funk band Jungle Fire, whose album Tropicoso is out on North Hollywood-based Nacional Records.
We have a special Latin Roots segment for our Sense of Place: LA today as we are joined by a band from East LA, Las Cafeteras. The band formed around a community space called the Eastside Café, where they studied Son Jarocho music from Mexico and made it their own.
Regular visitors to Jazz at Lincoln Center know Marcus Roberts the pianist — as a former member of Wynton Marsalis' bands and the Jazz at Lincoln Orchestra, he still returns often with his own groups. But since leaving Marsalis, he's also become a mentor to many younger musicians, both on the bandstand and in the classroom. His new 11-piece ensemble the Modern Jazz Generation combines his trio with many of his younger protégés, looping the feedback full circle.