The sounds of Frank Sinatra, Nelson Riddle, Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett, Mel Torme, Bing Crosby, Billie Holiday and other masters of the American songbook can be heard 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, anywhere in the world.
“The Jonathan Channel” provides an unparalleled showcase for this timeless music, presented by its strongest advocate, Jonathan Schwartz, in his intimate, insightful, and utterly original approach that combines impeccable taste with countless personal tales, colorful anecdotes and encyclopedic knowledge.
Jonathan, who has been a fixture on the New York City radio dial for 50 years and a host on WNYC for the past 14 years, hosts and curates the playlist. The stream champions the Golden Age of American song with recordings by both the legends and the next generation of American standards performers, including Diana Krall, Michael Buble, Jane Monheit, Nancy LaMott, and obviously many others. “The Jonathan Channel” also features weekly programs from the internationally-revered Michael Feinstein and John Pizzarelli with Jessica Molaskey.
Beginning Friday afternoon at 3PM, The Jonathan Channel celebrates the birthday of Ella Fitzgerald. For over five decades, Ella Fitzgerald dominated the jazz world and tomorrow afternoon, we're having a party. From 3PM to 7PM, WQXR's Terrance McNight hosts a musical tour through the life of this dynamic performer.
Country vocalist and songwriter Brandy Clark has written major hits for modern country artists Reba McEntire, Miranda Lambert, and The Band Perry. With her acclaimed debut solo album, 12 Stories, she revitalizes the tradition of storytelling in country music with darkly humorous songs that speak from the experiences of a modern woman. Clark performs a set of her original songs including “Pray to Jesus” and “Take a Little Pill.”
"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.
To celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month, The Jonathan Channel is inviting jazz musicians to act as DJ for a day. This week we are joined by the husband and wife jazz pianists Bill Charlap and Renee Rosnes. Tune in tomorrow at 11AM as they team up to spin their favorite jazz records.
The Jonathan Channel brings you great music - no matter where you are. Here are our staff picks for the week of April 21-27.
Winner of the 2014 Nightlife Award for Outstanding Female Vocalist, Stacy Sullivan, is a favorite of Jonathan Schwartz and can regularly be heard on The Jonathan Channel. April is Jazz Appreciation Month and we continue our celebration with Stacy Sullivan. We recently invited Mrs. Sullivan in to the studio to be a DJ for a day. Join us tonight at 7PM, for an hour of great jazz hosted by Stacy Sullivan.
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.
Actor/singer Cheyenne Jackson is equally at home on stage and in front of the camera. He won a Theatre World Award for his role in All Shook Up, and his television roles include stints on 30 Rock, Glee, and Curb Your Enthusiasm. Jackson joins Feinstein to perform a set of favorite tunes, including selections from the album, The Power of Two.
The Jonathan Channel brings you great music - no matter where you are. Here are our staff picks for the week of April 14-20.
Vocalist and jazz sensation Maude Maggart is no stranger to the stage, so it only makes sense that we would invite her into the studio to share with us some of her favorite tunes. Tune in tonight at 7PM as vocalist she spins some of her favorite jazz records.