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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.
Saturday, February 15, 2014
Spend this Valentines Day weekend with the hippest couple on Lexington Avenue - John and Jessica Molaskey. These two will be spinning their favorite jazz records and while keeping the spirit of love alive.
Friday, February 14, 2014
This weekend New York is filled with Valentine’s Day concerts. Here are our picks for a romantic night of music out on the town.
Thursday, February 13, 2014
Vocalist and songwriter Rosanne Cash is the daughter of Country music icon Johnny Cash and one of the preeminent artists of her time, with eleven number one Country singles. She is a Grammy winner, and her 2009 album, The List, won the Americana Music Award for Best Album of the Year. On this week’s Song Travels, Cash and her husband and co-writer John Leventhal join Michael Feinstein to perform a set of music from their latest album, The River & the Thread.
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
In this essay, Jonathan Schwartz recalls the desert, the late-1970's and his close friends Tony Bennett and Frank Sinatra.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
To celebrate Black History Month, we are highlighting the life and career of four significant African American contributors to the American Songbook. Last week, we shined the spotlight on Ella Fitzgerald - this week, we turn our focus to Louis Armstrong. Tune in this Friday at 3 to 4PM ET for an hour of music, focusing on Louis Armstrong.
Saturday, February 08, 2014
This week on Radio Deluxe, John Pizzarelli is focusing on a few of his favorite movie soundtracks. Tune in and hear music from An Affair To Remember, The Road Movies and many others!
Friday, February 07, 2014
In June of 1996, the world lost a phenomenal talent. At the age of 76, after a long battle with diabetes, Ella Fitzgerald passed away at her home in Beverly Hills. Soon after her death, the international jazz community erupted in tribute. In New York, Jonathan Schwartz gathered together friends of Ella Fitzgerald to celebrate her life and music.
Thursday, February 06, 2014
Pianist, singer, composer, and producer Allen Toussaint defines the sound of New Orleans. He penned early R&B hits including “Mother-in-law,” “Working in a Coalmine,” and “A Certain Girl.” He also produced Funk legends The Meters and has worked with artists from The Band to Elvis Costello. This week Toussaint and Feinstein discuss the vital role of New Orleans in American music.
Tuesday, February 04, 2014
In 1979, Jonathan Schwartz wrote an essay recalling his experience of a 1978 Boston Red Sox-New York Yankees playoff game at Fenway Park. This vivid account ran originally in Sports Illustrated and has since been published as a book.
Monday, February 03, 2014
To celebrate Black History Month, The Jonathan Channel will highlight the life and career of four significant African American contributors to the American Songbook.
Sunday, February 02, 2014
Join us this Sunday, for The Jonathan Schwartz 44th Annual Salute to the greatest game ever invented - Baseball.
Saturday, February 01, 2014
In this episode of Radio Deluxe, John and Jessica celebrate a week at sea on The Jazz Cruise! Enjoy the sounds of Matt Dennis, Bobby Darin, George Shearing and other jazz greats.
Thursday, January 30, 2014
Three-time Emmy award winner Elaine Stritch became a star on Broadway before going on to a string of acclaimed film and television roles. One of her most recent roles was as Colleen, mother of Alec Baldwin’s character, Jack Donagy, on NBC’s hit sitcom 30 Rock.
Monday, January 27, 2014
On Monday, The Jonathan Channel celebrates the 129th birthday of the father of American Popular Song - Jerome Kern. The hero of Irving Berlin and George Gershwin (plus countless others), Kern's innovative compositions changed the face of American music forever with the invention of The Great American Songbook.
Sunday, January 26, 2014
This Sunday, The Jonathan Channel and WNYC celebrate the 101st birthday of composer Jimmy Van Heusen.
Saturday, January 25, 2014
Saturday, January 25, 2014
This week on Radio Deluxe, John and Jessica share stories from their Christmas and New Years celebrations! Join in hear some good music and great stories.
Thursday, January 23, 2014
Austin based quartet the Jitterbug Vipers play 1930s-style viper Jazz - the intoxicating underground take on swing classics by Duke Ellington, Count Basie, and Cab Callaway. The Jitterbug Vipers are vocalist Sarah Sharp, guitarist Slim Richey, bassist Francie Meaux Jeaux, and drummer Masumi Jones. On this Song Travels, the band presents a set sure to make you want to get up and dance…jitterbug or otherwise!
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Rosemary Clooney lived in George Gershwin's house, next to Ira Gershwin's house, on North Roxbury Drive in Beverly Hills. I spent a good deal of time in that house, playing George's piano, eating pasta with Rosie, drinking whiskey with Rosie, and talking with her until late at night.