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Remembering Harold Arlen

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.

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A Romantic Radio Deluxe

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.

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A Night on The Town

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.

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Song Travels Presents Rosanne Cash

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.

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Tony Bennett, Part One

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.


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The Life of Louis Armstrong

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. 

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Movie Magic with Radio Deluxe

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!

 

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Lady Ella: A Jonathan Schwartz Tribute

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. 

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Song Travels presents Allen Toussaint

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. 

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A Day of Light and Shadows

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. 

 

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A Month of Celebration

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. 

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The 44th Annual Salute to Baseball

Sunday, February 02, 2014

Join us this Sunday, for The Jonathan Schwartz 44th Annual Salute to the greatest game ever invented - Baseball.

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Beyond the Sea with Radio Deluxe

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.

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Song Travels presents Elaine Stritch

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. 

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A Tribute to Jerome Kern

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. 

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Jimmy Van Heusen Celebration

Sunday, January 26, 2014

This Sunday, The Jonathan Channel and WNYC celebrate the 101st birthday of composer Jimmy Van Heusen.

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Ol' Man River

Saturday, January 25, 2014

The 1927 Broadway musical, Show Boat, was a smash success. Advertising music by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein, the musical was based on a novel of the same name, written by Pulitzer Prize winning author, Edna Ferber. The stand out song from the show is unarguably, the timeless Ol' Man River.

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Songs & Stories with Radio Deluxe

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. 

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Song Travels Presents Jitterbug Vipers

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!

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Rosemary Clooney's House

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.

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