This May will mark 100 years since the birth of Artie Shaw, the bandleader and clarinet player. As WNYC’s Sara Fishko tells us in this edition of the Fishko Files, Shaw is worth remembering for more than just his music.
Swing bands of the 1930s and 1940s often played one signature ...
Film Editor Dede Allen, who worked on classic films like "The Hustler," "Serpico," and "Little Big Man," has died at the age of 86 after suffering from a stroke. Starting as a messenger for Columbia Pictures as a young woman, Allen went on to become renowned for her work, and was the first editor to receive sole credit for a film: 1967's Bonnie and Clyde. WNYC's culture producer Sara Fishko, who was once a film editor herself, tells us more.
The cancellation of the long-running TV series "At the Movies" has stimulated speculation about the future of film criticism. Sara Fishko weighs in on this edition of the Fishko Files.
In a year filled with interesting centennial and bicentennial occasions, Sara Fishko still can’t shake the memory of one pianist who would have been 95 this week, Sviatoslav Richter. She offers an appreciation on this edition of The Fishko Files.
Sviatoslav Richter was one of the 20th century’s most dynamic, memorable ...
This month, the world is celebrating the bicentennial of Frederic Chopin. Locally, we’re celebrating what we hope is the end of a long, long winter. As Sara Fishko tells us, "Chopin" and "winter" came together in 1838 to create a popular musical favorite.
Chopin’s Opus 28, Number 15 is one of ...
Although all eyes will be looking forward to the results of this year's ceremony, the Oscars also provide an opportunity to take a look backward, at Oscar's past.
Back in 1928, screenwriter Ben Hecht was awarded the first Original Screenplay Academy Award, for 1927's "Underworld." Despite his Hollywood success, Hecht was ...
From 1957 to 1965, the master photographer W. Eugene Smith had a studio and darkroom in a dilapidated building on 6th Avenue north of 28thstreet in Manhattan. The Jazz Loft, as it became known, had already become a favored spot for jam sessions by hundreds of jazz players of the day. During his years there, Smith became obsessed with the goings-on in the building, musical and otherwise, and he taped and photographed them with an unimaginable thoroughness, capturing thousands of hours of sound as well as tens of thousands of images. The sounds and stories that emerged from those years are the basis for The Jazz Loft Anthology, a ten-part radio series now heard across four one-hour programs.
Hear the whole story of the Jazz Loft years in The Jazz Loft Project Radio Series.
The Jazz Loft Project Radio Series was supported in part by a grant from The National Endowment for the Humanities; and by an award from The National Endowment for the Arts.
It’s the bicentennial year of composer Frederic Chopin, born in Poland in March of 1810. That makes this a very big year for pianist Garrick Ohlsson, who talked to WNYC’s Sara Fishko about Chopin’s music for this edition of the Fishko Files.
It’s the bicentennial year of composer Frederic Chopin, who was born 200 years ago in March of 1810. This year marks a related anniversary for pianist Garrick Ohlsson, who won the gold medal at the International Chopin Competition in Warsaw, Poland back in 1970.
Read Senior Producer/Host Sara Fishko's introduction to The Jazz Loft Project Radio Series.
Extra audio and visual materials from the first episode of The Jazz Loft Project Radio Series. This post features interviewee David Amram.
The Images of the Loft episode web extras feature photographs from W. Eugene Smith's collection, extra music from the episode, and interview clips from Steve Swallow and Jimmy Stevenson.
The web extras for Episode 3, The Tapes, features Jazz Loft regular Dave Frishberg's musings on Dave McKenna, Steve Swallow, Al Cohn and Zoot Sims, as well as photos from W. Eugene Smith's archive.
This web extra for Episode 4, The Tapse, features photos from W. Eugene Smith and an interview clip from Jazz Loft regular Carman Moore.
This web extra to episode 5, Before the Loft, features extended interview footage from Teddy Charles, Phil Woods, and Bill Crow, part of a tune from episode 5, and a photograph from W. Eugene Smith.
In the extras for episode 6, Ron Free, WNYC goes back to the loft today with Ron Free. This web extra also features a quote from Dave Frishberg and a photograph of a young Ronnie Free from W. Eugene Smith.
Listen to clips from Loft regulars Harry Colomby and Bill Crow, and see photographs from W. Eugene Smith's collection.
This web extra for Episode 8, Monk Town Hall Tapes, features photos of Thelonious Monk by W. Eugene Smith, and interview excerpts from author Robin Kelley, Bob Brookmeyer, Harry Colomby and Bill Crow.
In this extra for Episode 9, hear interview excerpts from Ron Free and Teddy Charles while viewing a selection of W. Eugene Smith's photographs.