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Jazz at Lincoln Center Radio

This Spring Jazz At Lincoln Center Radio brings a bushel of new programs from the House of Swing with our host, actor Wendell Pierce.

From fresh faces to jazz icons, this quarter is brimming with talent.  Pianist and recent MacArthur "Genius" Grant recipient Vijay Iyer makes a JALC Radio debut with his trio, featuring Marcus Gilmore (drums) and Stephan Crump (bass).

Stanley Crouch calls Ahmad Jamal second in importance only to Charlie Parker in post 1945 jazz.  We'll feature the 83 year-young composer /pianist with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra for a set that illuminates musical imagination in time and space.

For Jazz Appreciation Month in April, Guitar master Bill Frisell explores the roots of American musical style in works by George Gershwin, William Billings, Stephen Foster, and Charles Ives in "Gershwin & Beyond".  Frisell is joined by Sam Amidon, Jason Moran, and vocalist Alicia Hall Moran to interpret the backbone of our nation's musical legacy. We'll offer special promotional materials for this highlight program and hope you can feature it prominently. 
(This program will be available on April 3 via ContentDepot, PRX and CD, and is free of charge to all stations.)

Ted Nash and Victor Goines, two members of our JALC Orchestra offer new commissioned works in Fresh Sounds.  Saxophonist and composer Nash shares his six-movement Presidential Suite - featuring orations by JALC host Wendell Pierce.  Reedman Goines's Crescent City is a tribute to his native New Orleans.

Our season also features Chris Crenshaw's extended work based on James Weldon Johnson's God's Trombones.  Kim Burrell brings us a program of Gospel Jazz, and the JLCO tackles works by Dizzy Gillespie and Tito Puente, Chick Corea, the NEA Jazz Masters (including Jack DeJohnette, Von Freeman, Charlie Haden, Sheila Jordan and Jimmy Owens) and Dianne Reeves, plus A Joe Henderson Birthday Celebration, an Eddie Palmieri Retrospective, and the SFJAZZ Collective's exploration of The Music Of Stevie Wonder.   It's going to be a beautiful spring. 

Please do be in touch and let us know how these are working for you.
David Goren, Josh Landes, Steve Rathe

 Because these shows and podcasts are based on live performances, the order or participants may change. Check or for the most up-to-date information.  

For distribution questions and custom promos, talk with Tony Macaluso at (773) 279-2114, email: or Estlin Usher at (773) 279-2112, email:

For content questions, call Steve Rathe or associate producer Josh Landes (888) 675-2363, or email  We always welcome your comments and suggestions

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