March 26, 2001 The legendary alto sax player began playing saxophone at the age of 15 in native New York City. Schooled in bebop at the start of his career, McLean names Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young and Charlie Parker as influences. He's played with jazz greats pianist Bud Powell, Miles Davis and Charles Mingus. He continues to play and record today. He also teaches music at the University of Hartford.
March 24, 2001 Host Lisa Simeone talks with jazz musician Paul Horn about his recordings inside buildings around the world. His most famous recording inside the Taj Mahal became a best seller in 1969. He went back twenty years later and recorded again and for the first time the two recordings are now available on the same cd. We also go with Paul Horn to the Cathedral of Saint Matthew the Apostle in Washington DC for a short concert. (For more information, visit www.transparentmusic.com. This site will open in a new browser window.)
March 24, 2001 John talks with musician Ben Harper. Next week, Mr. Harper releases his fifth album. It's a two-CD set of concert recordings called Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals: Live From Mars (Virgin Records America).
March 19, 2001 In 2000, saxophonist Joe Lovano was voted Down Beat Readers and Critics Poll Winner Tenor Player of the Year. Early in his career, Lovano played with Woody Herman and the Mel Lewis Orchestra. He's also worked with Elvin Jones, Carla Bley, Lee Konitz and Charlie Haden. And he played with the Paul Motian Trio which featured his Berklee School of music classmate, Bill Frisell. In 1991 he began work as a leader, and has recorded a number of albums. His latest is Flights of Fancy: Trio Fascination, Edition Two.
March 19, 2001 Renee Montagne talks with bluesman R.L. Burnside about his new album Wish I Were in Heaven Sitting Down. She also speaks with Matthew Johnson, head of Fat Possum Records.
March 19, 2001 Host Bob Edwards remembers singer/songwriter John Phillips, who died of a heart attack on Sunday morning. The co-founder of the Mamas and the Papas and organizer of the Monterey Pop Festival penned many popular 1960s tunes, such as California Dreamin'.
March 18, 2001 We remember singer and songwriter John Phillips of The Mamas and the Papas. Phillips died this morning in Los Angeles, from apparent heart failure. He was 65 years old.
March 18, 2001 Liane Hansen speaks with guitarist/composer Ralph Towner, from the jazz/classical/world music group Oregon. After playing together for 30 years, the quartet has had collaborations with orchestras in the past, but only now has put their orchestral repertoire on disc:Oregon in Moscow (Intuition Records #3303) features the group performing with the Moscow Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra. We'll also hear from producer Steve Rodby, who organized the Moscow project.
March 17, 2001 John talks with the blues and gospel group the Holmes Brothers about their latest album on Alligator records, Speaking in Tongues.
March 10, 2001 Host Lisa Simeone talks with singer and songwriter Kristin Hersh about her new album, her busy family life, and what it was like being in a rock band, Throwing Muses, at age fourteen. Kristen Hersh's new album is called Sunny Border Blue.
March 6, 2001 Italian singer and songwriter Paolo Conte is a former lawyer from the small northern Italian town of Asti. He went from being an admirer of music to a musician in 1974 when he recorded his first album. He has since made a total of 11 albums.
March 5, 2001 Robert Siegel talks with Finnish vocalist Wimme Sari about his music, a form of traditional singing called "yoiking". The yoik is used by the Sami reindeer herders of northern Finland to evoke a feeling, or express a desire. A yoik is a chant of sorts; it can have real words, or just sounds, or a combination. Wimme, a musician who goes by his first name only, has developed the yoik into a fascinating modern form. The CD is Cugu by Wimme.
March 4, 2001 Host Lisa Simeone talks with Rob Bamberger about the life and music of Mildred Bailey (1903-1951). Bailey was a popular singer of the 1930s, 40s, and 50s. She sang with the Paul Whiteman Orchestra, and was married to bandleader and xylophone player, Red Norvo. Rob Bamberger is the host of the radio program, Hot Jazz Saturday Night, on member station WAMU,Washington DC (www.wamu.org) and on NPR Worldwide, NPR's international service. Listeners can reach Rob by e-mail at "firstname.lastname@example.org". A new re-mastered collection of Mildred Bailey's Columbia 78s is on Mosaic Records (www.mosaicrecords.com).
March 4, 2001 Jazz composer and arranger Bob Belden has written a musical suite based on the 1947 "Black Dahlia" case, involving the murder of a young actress. His influences include novelist James Ellroy and composers Alban Berg and Jerry Goldsmith. Belden is also known for producing Grammy-winning reissues of classic albums by Miles Davis.
February 27, 2001 Called one of the greatest improvisers in the history of jazz, Jarrett was famous for his wildly passionate solo recitals. In 1996, Jarrett came down with a mysterious illness- an interstitial bacterial parasite-- that caused him to stop performing for about two and a half years. Jarrett has started performing and recording again, but he still keeps a low public profile, so his condition will not worsen again. His newest CD is Whisper Not (Universal Classics). His other recent CD, Melody at Night, With You, was a solo album Jarrett recorded at his home studio in rural New Jersey.
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