4:07 pm
Sun February 15, 2015

The Doctor Is In: Eddie Henderson On Life As 'The Funk Surgeon'

Eddie Henderson's latest album is Collective Portrait.
Jimmy Katz Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun February 15, 2015 5:20 pm

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Kind of Blog: An Occasional KWGS Jazz Journal
7:04 pm
Fri February 13, 2015

On the Valentine's Day Edition of ATJ: Jazz Greats Perform the Music of Sinatra

Tune in for the next installment of All This Jazz, right here on Public Radio 89.5 (KWGS-FM). Our show begins at 10pm on Saturday the 14th -- which is Val's Day, of course -- and it's also conveyed via live stream at

For those unaware: ATJ airs every Saturday night on Public Radio 89.5, from 10pm till midnight. We always thereafter offer a 7pm re-airing of the program the following Sunday evening, on Jazz 89.5-2, which is our station's all-jazz HD Radio channel.

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1:26 pm
Fri February 13, 2015

Valentine’s Day Show on Big Band Saturday Night


Hi, this is Alan Lambert…this weekend join me for our annual Valentine’s Day Show on the actual day of celebration. We’ll have some of the best of swing and select “heart” songs. Plus, as of this week, I’ve been producing and hosting Big Band Saturday Night on Tulsa radio for 20 years!

Join us at 8 o’clock on 89.5. Don’t be late…

Song Travels
10:39 am
Fri February 13, 2015

René Marie On 'Song Travels'

René Marie.
Joe Boggess Courtesy of the artist

Jazz singer, songwriter and actress René Marie launched her career in 1999 with her self-released debut album, Renaissance, and quickly found success as a performer and recording artist. Her 2013 album, I Wanna Be Evil, is the first ever tribute album to the late Eartha Kitt. You can hear Kitt on an episode of Piano Jazz from 1993.

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
9:35 am
Fri February 13, 2015

Eartha Kitt On Piano Jazz

Eartha Kitt.
Amy Sussman Getty Images

Most people probably know Eartha Kitt for her famous recording of the seductive "Santa Baby" or perhaps for her role in the campy '60s television series, Batman — and on this Piano Jazz, she even threw in a few trademark growls for good measure. However, her musical and performance career went far deeper than that, as is evident on this program.

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Jazz Night In America: Wednesday Night Webcasts
5:49 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

Marcus Roberts And The Modern Jazz Generation At Jazz At Lincoln Center

Marcus Roberts.
John Douglas Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed February 25, 2015 11:02 pm

The pianist Marcus Roberts rose to prominence as a gifted performer — first with the Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center bands for years, then with his own trio and as a classical soloist. Along the way, he's become a mentor to many younger musicians, training many on the bandstand and from his professorship at Florida State University. That's given rise to a new group called The Modern Jazz Generation, which recently released a suite of original work called Romance, Swing, and the Blues.

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All Songs Considered
10:19 am
Thu February 12, 2015

All Songs At 15: Our First Ever Tiny Desk Concert

Will Marsh

Originally published on Thu February 12, 2015 12:28 pm

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World Cafe
1:16 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

Horse Feathers On World Cafe

Horse Feathers.
Courtesy of the artist

The Portland folk-pop band Horse Feathers' new album, So It Is With Us, showcases a lively, even aggressive sound. It's a much different approach than the one taken during the group's previous visit to World Cafe. Bandleader Justin Ringle presides over a full-band sound that's more cohesive than ever, and you can hear that quality in this upbeat session.

A Blog Supreme
11:57 am
Wed February 11, 2015

Introducing The Reginald Cyntje Group: Who Are These Guys?

Saxophonist Brian Settles takes a solo, with bandleader Reginald Cyntje looking on.
Patrick Jarenwattananon NPR

The artists featured on this week's Jazz Night In America Wednesday Night Webcast are, by a fair margin, the least-known performers we've had on the program. Their names don't travel far outside the underrated musicians' community of the mid-Atlantic — specifically, Washington, D.C. — but not for lack of talent. They're among the premier musicians in the region, some being bandleaders themselves, and they all have strong individual sound identities.

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Deceptive Cadence
2:39 am
Wed February 11, 2015

What It Means To Play Pablo Casals' Cello

Amit Peled is preparing to re-create a century-old cello recital by Pablo Casals, using the master's own instrument. Here, he shows if off in NPR's Washington, D.C., studios.
Colin Marshall NPR

Originally published on Thu February 12, 2015 1:47 pm

When Amit Peled was 10, his parents gave him a gift: a cassette of music by cello master Pablo Casals. Peled had no classical background; his parents were not musicians. He says his own budding interest in the cello was a scam, a way of getting close to a girl in his town who happened to play the instrument. And yet, every night, he would fall asleep with the tape playing from a boombox beside his bed. The music made an impression.

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