The WFMT Radio Network
Broadcast Schedule - Fall/Winter
PLEASE NOTE: Program or podcast ** order may change due to scheduling needs. Check www.wfmt.com or www.murraystreet.com/jalcinfo.htm for the most up to date information, or call Tony Macaluso at 773-279-2114 or Carol Martinez at (773) 279-2112 for the most up to date information. Some archive shows are hosted by Ed Bradley, Wynton Marsalis and other guests. Because these programs are based on live performances, order or participants may change.
PROGRAM #: JAL 13-01
RELEASE: September 26, 2013
Charlie Musselwhite (Regular program and Fundraiser version)
Legendary harmonica player Charlie Musselwhite electrified the Chicago blues scene in the 60s. He's played with Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson, Howlin' Wolf and most recently Ben Harper. Now, Musselwhite brings his quartet to the Allen, for a set of blues, jazz and gospel storytelling. Tunes are likely to include Bad Boy, Roll Your Money Maker, Cristo Redentor, and more. Wendell Pierce hosts.
We will also offer Charlie Musselwhite as a station fundraiser, with pitches from Wendell Pierce, and the participants including Charlie Musselwhite. It will be in segments totaling approximately 53 minutes in length to allow local fundraising pitches. Available September 18th for fundraising use anytime! Subscribing stations may swap it for any other show in the Fall schedule to meet their own fundraising needs.
PROGRAM #: JAL 13-02
RELEASE: October 3, 2013
The Music of Bill Evans
Perpetually sensitive in style and spirit, pianist Bill Evans was driven by a 'quiet fire' that has influenced generations of pianists. Guest musical director Bill Charlap with Evans' guitarist Jim Hall and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra pay tribute with classics like Waltz for Debby, Five and Peri's Scope. Wendell Pierce hosts.
PROGRAM #: JAL 13-03
RELEASE: October 10, 2013
Regina Carter with Reverse Thread and Stefon Harris with Blackout
Reaching to their personal histories, innovative jazz fiddler Regina Carter and vibraphonist Stefon Harris create contemporary sounds. With kora and accordion, Carter explores the music of Africa - from Ugandan Jewish songs to traditional folk music of Madagascar and Mali. Harris and his band Blackout find inspiration in the funk and soul sound of the 70s. Wendell Pierce hosts.
Offer your listeners our JazzStories podcasts with Regina Carter and Stefon Harris - at or on iTunes**
PROGRAM #: JAL 13-04
RELEASE: October 17, 2013
Singer Dianne Reeves turns every note into an alluring story. In Jazz at Lincoln Center's Allen Room, she's joined by guitarist Peter Sprague, pianist Peter Martin, bassist Reuben Rogers and drummer Terreon Gully. We'll hear the enchanting strains of Blue Prelude, I'm In Love Again, Good Night Sweetheart and more. Wendell Pierce hosts.
Hear and post our JazzStories podcast with Dianne Reeves at www.jalc.org/podcasts or on iTunes**
PROGRAM #: JAL 13-05
RELEASE: October 24, 2013
Gerry Mulligan and John Lewis
Post-war America saw the hard edge of bebop evolve into Cool Jazz. The music flowed, bewitched and enchanted baritone sax man Gerry Mulligan and pianist John Lewis. They became twin pioneers of that sophisticated style. Now pianist Jonathan Batiste and baritone master Joe Temperly, with the Jazz at Lincoln Center orchestra transport us to the 1950's. The set includes Django, Delawny's Dilemma, and Animal Dance. Wendell Pierce hosts.
PROGRAM #: JAL 13-06
RELEASE: October 31, 2013
Sweet Honey in the Rock
Grammy winning a-capella ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock shines a new light on the work of Odetta, Abbey Lincoln and Nina Simone - and marks their own 30 year anniversary with something new: a backing trio. Performances include Midnight Special, Love Me Or Leave Me, and Feelin' Good. Wendell Pierce hosts.
Check out our JazzStories podcast with Sweet Honey in the Rock at www.jalc.org/podcasts or on iTunes**
PROGRAM #: JAL 13-07
RELEASE: November 7, 2013
Chucho Valdes and The Afro Cuban Jazz Messengers
Cuban pianist Chucho Valdes is today's ultimate jazz ambassador - from deep Afro-Cuban roots and improvisational jazz mastery, he creates a sophisticated style all his own. For their first stateside performance in seven years, Valdes brings his Afro Cuban Messengers to the Allen Room. Wendell Pierce hosts.
Check out our JazzStories podcast with Chucho Valdes at www.jalc.org/podcasts or on iTunes**
PROGRAM #: JAL 13-08
RELEASE: November 14, 2013
Kurt Elling and Richard Galliano
Vocalist Kurt Elling and French accordionist Richard Galliano transport us from the New York vista of the Allen Room to the cafes of Paris and the plazas of Buenos Aires. Don't miss this heartfelt collaboration exploring the art of the ballad. We'll hear classics like Nicht Wandle, Mein Licht, an arrangement of the Beatles' Norwegian Wood, and La Vie en Rose. Wendell Pierce hosts.
PROGRAM #: JAL 13-09
RELEASE: November 21, 2013
Maceo Parker: Funky Stuff
Funk's living legend Maceo Parker brings red-blooded soul to the Allen Room. He's played alongside James Brown, George Clinton, and Prince - but on his own, he's a force to be reckoned with. Maceo Parker's compositions burst with energy as he leads "the Tightest Little Funk Orchestra On Earth" through a set including Off The Hook, Georgia on My Mind, and Make It Funky. Wendell Pierce Hosts.
PROGRAM #: JAL 13-10
RELEASE: November 28, 2013
Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra
Pianist, composer, and arranger Toshiko Akiyoshi mixes intricate bebop sensibilities and Japanese influences in a big band sound. Joined by long-time partner, saxophonist Lew Tabackin and Japanese taiko drummer Eitetsu Hayashi, Akiyoshi leads a dazzling performance of her own compositions including Remembering Bud and Pollination, alongside classics like Ellington's Black and Tan Fantasy. Wendell Pierce hosts.
PROGRAM #: JAL 13-11
RELEASE: December 5, 2013
Prohibition and the Jazz Age
"The parties were bigger…the pace was faster…and the morals were looser" (F. Scott Fitzgerald). Prohibition was intended to stifle vice - but instead, it nourished crime and the clubs that would become a hot bed for jazz. Ken Burns joins Wendell Pierce to bring us the sound of the speakeasies in the work of Beiderbecke, Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton and James P. Johnson. Songs like Snake Dance, New Orleans Bump, and Variety Stomp will doubtless provoke merrymaking on par with the era of bathtub gin and backroom carousing. Special guests Doug Wamble and Vince Giordano join the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. Wendell Pierce hosts.
Check out our JazzStories podcast with Ken Burns and Lynn Novak at www.jalc.org/podcasts or on iTunes**
PROGRAM #: JAL 13-12
RELEASE: December 12, 2013
Brazilian Nights: Leny Andrade with Paquito D'Rivera
New York Times writer Stephen Holden calls her "both the Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald of bossa nova." Vocalist Leny Andrade embodies the spirit of jazz with the soul of her native Brazil. Andrade is inspired and accompanied by reedman and friend Paquito D'Rivera through bossa nova, sambas and choros including Manha de Carnival, Batida Diferente and Ceu e Mar. Wendell Pierce hosts.
PROGRAM #: JAL 13-13
RELEASE: December 19, 2013
Big Band Holidays
No one throws a holiday party like Jazz At Lincoln Center! Wynton Marsalis leads an all-star lineup through a Yuletide romp. The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra is joined by vocalists René Marie and Gregory Porter for a New Orleans style holiday treatment of I'll Be Home for Christmas, Winter Wonderland and We Three Kings. Wendell Pierce hosts.
PROGRAM #: JAL 13-14*** rev 11/19
RELEASE: December 26, 2013
Kansas City: K.C. and The Count
The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis romp through the Kansas City songbook of the Count Basie Band. Basie alum and saxophonist Frank Wess joins pianist Eldar Djangirov to perform "One O'Clock Jump," "The Golden Bullet" and "Moten Swing." Wendell Pierce hosts.
PROGRAM #: JAL 13-15
RELEASE: January 2, 2014
Re-Imagined: The Music Of Herbie Hancock
Herbie Hancock's timeless innovations are brought to life in the voices of a big band. Bobby Hutcherson guests with the Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra in this brilliant outing from the House of Swing. Wendell Pierce hosts.
PROGRAM #: JAL 13-16
RELEASE: January 9, 2014
Nuevo Tango: The Music of Astor Piazzolla with Pablo Aslan and Paquito D'Rivera
Astor Piazzolla's impact on tango heralded a stunning new incarnation of the art form: Nuevo Tango. His native Argentina - and the rest of the world - was never the same. Pablo Aslan and Paquito D'Rivera are no lightweights either, and they present an hour of hot Latin tango. Wendell Pierce Hosts.
PROGRAM #: JAL 13-17
RELEASE: January 16, 2014
Bird With Strings
In 1949, Charlie Parker envisioned an album that would link jazz to pop and influence artists to come. His legendary venture with strings has done just that. Parker with Strings set his searching solos against a lush string quartet. And onstage Bird lives - as we feature saxophonists Wess Anderson and Charles McPherson and the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas. Wendell Pierce hosts.
PROGRAM #: JAL 13-18
RELEASE: January 23, 2014
Catherine Russell / Nancy Wilson
Two vocalists defy category - Catherine Russell, who nurtured a career as a backup singer with Al Green, Michael Feinstein and David Bowie, and has cultivated her own strong solo voice. Nancy Wilson, the perennial song stylist whose five-decade career started with Cannonball Adderley, seamlessly crosses the jazz-blues-pop divide. Wendell Pierce hosts.
PROGRAM #: JAL 13-19
RELEASE: January 30, 2014
Bu's Babies: Graduates Of The Jazz Messengers
In the second half of the 20th Century a cadre of stars emerged from Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers. "Do you teach them what to play?" Blakey was asked. "Hell no! I teach them what NOT to play." From the House of Swing we'll hear from Blakey's son, Takashi Blakey, along with appearances from graduates of "Blakey University" from over three decades: Bobby Watson, Javon Jackson, John Hicks, and Wynton Marsalis. Wendell Pierce hosts.
PROGRAM #: JAL 13-20
RELEASE: February 6, 2014
Frank Foster and Songs of Romance
The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, led by musical director Vincent Gardner and joined by vocalists Dennis Rowland and Marlena Shaw, collaborates with the late, legendary Count Basie composer and arranger Frank Foster. The works are composed in an ode to romance. Wendell Pierce hosts.
PROGRAM #: JAL 13-21
RELEASE: February 13, 2014
A Tribute To Bobby Short
The phrase "Living Legend" is often bandied about - but there aren't many who get that designation from the Library of Congress. The late Bobby Short was but one of his many accomplishments. A staple of Manhattan's nightlife behind the piano of the Carlyle Club for over 35 years, he used to celebrate the "Great American Song". This show from Michael Feinstein's Jazz and Popular Song series features performances from Barbara Carroll, Paula West, T. Oliver Reid, and more. Wendell Pierce hosts.
PROGRAM #: JAL 13-22
RELEASE: February 20, 2014
Journey To Brazil - Moacir Santos
Moacir Santos' career didn't invite casual listeners - he composed largely for radio, film, and television, rarely touring and never leading a band. But his ingenious combination of traditional Brazilian jazz tropes with futurist leanings is celebrated at Jazz At Lincoln Center with guitarist Mario Adnet, saxophonist Zé Nogueira, and an orchestra of Brazilian talent. Wendell Pierce hosts.
PROGRAM #: JAL 13-23
RELEASE: February 27, 2014
New Kings of the Crescent City
Louis Armstrong. Sidney Bechet. Jelly Roll Morton. King Oliver. Immortals who directed and defined the development of jazz into the body of work that's celebrated across the globe. Victor Goines, a son of the Crescent City, leads a stellar line up of musicians in celebration of the names that made New Orleans a latter day Atlantis of music. With Marcus Printup, Kenny Rampton, Chris Crenshaw, Don Vappie, Dan Nimmer, and more. Wendell Pierce hosts.
PROGRAM #: JAL 13-24
RELEASE: March 6, 2014
Danzones and "sons montunos" spill into the streets as maestro Paquito D'Rivera leads a journey through the music of his native Cuba. Sonero and guitarist David Oquendo, Las Hermanas Marquez and percussionist Candido Camero join in this Afro-Cuban Fiesta. Wendell Pierce hosts.
PROGRAM #: JAL 13-25
RELEASE: March 13, 2014
Luciana Souza Trio
Toast of the Brazilian jazz scene Luciana Souza offers up her trademark style of gentle but adventurous vocal explorations. With four Grammy nominations for Best Jazz Vocal under her belt, Souza lights up the Allen Room with a panache reserved for veterans twice her age. Wendell Pierce hosts.
PROGRAM #: JAL 13-26
RELEASE: March 20, 2014
Wynton Marsalis was commissioned in 2008 to write a piece for the bicentennial of the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem. This incarnation of the opus that emerged embraces a celebration of life, humanity, and love, uniting musical traditions from across centuries and continents. Performed with the 70 piece Chorale de Chateau and the Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra, the Abyssinian Mass must be experienced to be believed. Wendell Pierce hosts.
PROGRAM #: JAL 13-27
RELEASE: March 27, 2014
Ethel Waters: Blues, Broadway, and Jazz
Michael Feinstein leads a trio of vocals in tribute to the woman who marked her career defying cultural boundaries - black and white, jazz and Broadway, secular and gospel. Ethel Waters' legacy lives on in this hour of show stopping numbers. Adriane Lenox, Catherine Russell, and Tracie Thoms light up the Allen Room with song. Wendell Pierce hosts.