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Jonathan Schwartz

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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.

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Jonathan Schwartz appears in the following:

London By Day

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

In mid-September of 1962, Jonathan Schwartz had the honor of recording at Abbey Road Studios in London. In this essay, he gives us the inside scoop.

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Paris, Part Two

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Last week, Jonathan Schwartz began the retelling of his experience as a working musician in Paris. As promised, this week he's written the second installment.

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Paris, Part One

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Last week, Jonathan Schwartz wrote an essay about his almost-successful career as a singer. This week, he tells the first part of his experience as a working musician in Paris.

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DJ Flops as Singer

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

For over a decade, in addition to working as a radio disc jockey, Jonathan Schwartz was a working musician. He recorded albums and took his music on the road. In this essay, he tells all about it. 

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Sinatra, Van Heusen and a Piano in the Desert

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. 

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What You Don't Know About Mel Tormé

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. 

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A Day of Richard Rodgers, Celebrating the Birthday of a Legend

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. 

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Mary Rodgers, Broadway Composer & Author, Dies at 83

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).

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A Note of Thanks from Jonathan Schwartz

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".

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Nelson Riddle: An Author of American Popular Song

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.

 

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Jonathan on Woody's Show

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. 

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Jonathan's Favorite Trumpet Players

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.

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The Sound of Surprise: Jonathan Schwartz on Jazz

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. 

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Part III: Clint Eastwood & Jonathan Schwartz

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. 

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An Important Voice: Mandy Patinkin

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.

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A Conversation with Stephen Sondheim

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.

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Part II: Clint Eastwood on Jazz & Film

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.

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Part 1: Clint Eastwood on Jazz & Film

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.

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Tony Bennett, Part Four

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. 

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Movie Music from The Golden Age

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

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