Jonathan Schwartz joined WNYC in 1999 and he’s been on the radio in New York City since 1967. His programs are extemporaneous.
His novels and stories have been published by Random House and Doubleday, including his memoir "All in Good Time," hailed by The New York Times as "luminous" and received enthusiastically by the Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, and the Los Angeles Times, among others. Jonathan's stories and articles have been published in dozens of magazines. He was, for four years, the artistic director of Lincoln Center's American Songbook series, and for five years appeared as the music correspondent on NBC's Sunday Today Show. He has been a monthly columnist for GQ Magazine and a weekly columnist for the Village Voice. His own three CDs on the Muse label were released in 1978, 1979 and 1983. He has performed more than 400 times at Michael’s Pub, Rainbow & Stars, and other rooms in New York.
Jonathan Schwartz appears in the following:
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
The place? The California Desert. The time? 1988. The event? Jonathan Schwartz, Frank Sinatra & Jimmy Van Heusen sit down for a dinner. 26 years later, Jonathan Schwartz tells the story. Here it is.
Tuesday, July 01, 2014
Mel Tormé was a singer of jazz standards, nicknamed The Velvet Fog and co-wrote the holiday smash-hit, "A Christmas Song". And you probably know those things. What you might not know: Jonathan Schwartz and Mel Tormé were good friends. Over the years, the two spent quite a bit of time together and in this essay, Jonathan Schwartz reveals a little of what he has learned about The Velvet Fog.
Friday, June 27, 2014
Today at 12PM, tune in for an encore airing of Jonathan Schwartz' tribute to Richard Rodgers. A prolific composer of American popular songs, Rodgers is also the most performed composer in the history of popular music. Join us this afternoon as we celebrate the 112th birth anniversary of this legendary composer and lyricist.
Thursday, June 26, 2014
Mary Rodgers was born into a musical family. The daughter of composer Richard Rodgers, she composed several musicals including: Once Upon a Mattress and The Madwoman of Central Park West. Also an accomplished writer, she authored several children's books, most notably Freaky Friday. She was 83 (January 11,1931 - June 26, 2014).
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Recently, The Jonathan Channel sprang to life on the BAM stage with Sunday in New York with Jonathan Schwartz. It was a complete success. The Harvey Theater was packed, the performances were top-notch and there was even a standing ovation. In this essay, Jonathan Schwartz expresses his gratitude for "a remarkable and profoundly moving afternoon".
Tuesday, June 03, 2014
Nelson Riddle is widely considered to be one the of the greatest arrangers in this history of American popular music. Riddle was the preferred arranger of Frank Sinatra, producing the star’s most famous albums including the single "I've Got You Under My Skin". He won Grammy awards, received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and influenced a generation of arrangers after him. Today at 12PM, Jonathan Schwartz plays his favorite Nelson Riddle arrangements & compositions.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
"Bullets Over Broadway" is an active and hilarious musical based on one of Woody Allen's films. In this essay, Jonathan Schwartz delves into the creation of the show, taking a look at everything from the process of writing a joke to the music selection.
Monday, April 21, 2014
Every week during jazz appreciation month, Jonathan Schwartz will share his favorite musicians from a jazz quartet — think Stan Getz and Bill Evans. This week we feature trumpet players.
Tuesday, April 01, 2014
Jonathan Schwartz has devoted his life to music. Over fifty years in the music industry, a musician and a disk jockey, has deepened his relationship to music - especially jazz.
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
As a host at WQEW New York, Jonathan Schwartz had to the opportunity to sit down and talk music and film with actor/musician/director Clint Eastwood. In this final segment, Clint and Jonathan discuss literature and the Great American Songbook.
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
The beard is back, after a few months away from the face of Mandy Patinkin, who now prepares for a new season of "Homeland," the enormously successful Showtime program that's mesmerized millions for a long while now. The New Yorker called him "a subtle actor," which minimizes the case. Mandy is a brilliant actor, credible down to the last word, mysterious, moving, and honest, and, as well, a remarkable singer, a theatrical figure, melancholy, and vigorously hilarious in much of his music.
Friday, March 21, 2014
Stephen Sondheim is a living legend. He was the student of Oscar Hammerstein II, he's written and contributed to countless Broadway shows (for which, he has won countless awards) and he is a published author. Sondheim's work is continually celebrated, and his birthday is no exception. In 2005, Symphony Space joined Jonathan Schwartz in celebrating the 75th birthday of this beloved composer.
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
As a host at WQEW New York, Jonathan Schwartz had to the opportunity to sit down and talk music and film with actor/musician/director Clint Eastwood. Last week, we brought you the first part of our interview series and today, the conversation continues as Clint Eastwood and Jonathan Schwartz discuss their relationship with music.
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
In 1996, while a host at the radio station WQEW New York, Jonathan Schwartz had the opportunity to sit down and talk music, literature and film with the legendary actor/musician/director Clint Eastwood.
Tuesday, March 04, 2014
In this essay (part 4 of 4), Jonathan Schwartz recalls the desert, the late-1970's and his close friends Tony Bennett and Frank Sinatra.
Saturday, March 01, 2014
Join us on on Saturday March 1st, from 4 to 8PM ET, as we explore the Oscar winning songs (and noteworthy nominations) from the Golden Age of Hollywood, hosted by WQXR's Annie Bergen.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
In this essay (part 3 of 4), Jonathan Schwartz recalls the desert, the late-1970's and his close friends Tony Bennett and Frank Sinatra.
Friday, February 21, 2014
This week on The Jonathan Channel, we continue our celebration of Black History Month with a week-long focus on the life and career of Billie Holiday.
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
In this essay (part 2 of 3), Jonathan Schwartz recalls the desert, the late-1970's and his close friends Tony Bennett and Frank Sinatra.
Saturday, February 15, 2014
On February 15, The Jonathan Channel celebrates the birthday of Harold Arlen. A cantor’s son from Buffalo, NY, Arlen is best known for composing the music to The Wizard of Oz. Forever billed as “the composer of Over the Rainbow,” Harold Arlen wrote some of the greatest melodies in what is considered the American Songbook.