Hope you can tune in Saturday the 18th at 10pm, right here on Public Radio 89.5, for another edition of All This Jazz (with an online "live stream" of the show accessible at PublicRadioTulsa.org).
Each week, ATJ spins modern jazz, both recent and classic, across a range of styles. We also present, every Sunday night, a 7pm re-airing of the show on Jazz 89.5-2, which is our station's all-jazz (and all-excellent) HD Radio channel.
He was the King of Swing from the 20's to the 80's! This weekend some rare and some very familiar recordings from Benny Goodman! We'll also give you tunes from the girl singers that graced the Goodman stage including the saucy Peggy Lee and the enchanting Martha Tilton.
Join us at 8 o'clock on 89.5 and we will continue to "swing into spring" on Big Band Saturday Night. This is Alan Lambert, happy to be celebrating 20 years with BBSN on Tulsa radio!
Composer, arranger and pianist Henry Mancini (1924–1994) wrote some of the most memorable tunes of the modern era. Throughout his career, he recorded more than 90 albums and won 20 Grammys and four Oscars.
To mark what would have been Mancini's 91st birthday, Piano Jazz brings you this episode from 1985. He discusses his muse — the movie screen — and performs several favorites, including "Days Of Wine And Roses."
Among the celebrations of Billie Holiday's centennial birthday anniversary is a new album from Cassandra Wilson. In Coming Forth By Day, one of today's top jazz vocalists salutes one of her idols, drastically rearranging the Holiday songbook.
Jazz Night In America features Cassandra Wilson's blues, country and folk-tinged delivery as she performs her Billie Holiday tribute, and catches up with some key collaborators of both Wilson and Holiday herself.
Nora Jane Struthers might never have become a professional musician were it not for a moment of euphoria at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival. Struthers had gone to school to study education — and was actually working as a teacher in Brooklyn — when she turned around to face away from the stage at Telluride. When she saw the crowd and the mountains, she decided to follow her heart and head to Nashville to make music.
On his most recent album, Vestiges & Claws,José González treads a familiar musical path, offering listeners the same subdued-but-powerful austerity of his unobtrusive tenor paired with minimal instrumentation that's come to define his remarkable sound since his full-length debut with 2003's Veneer. While those compositional tendencies have thankfully remained undisturbed, Vestiges & Claws is a divergence in theme for González.
Percussionists back in Beethoven's day could be forgiven for feeling a little bored, waiting for the infrequent roll of the kettledrum or the occasional cymbal crash. But as orchestras grew bigger, percussionists got busier — even more so after World War I, when a new generation of composers began writing specifically for percussion.