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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.

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Don't Call It A Comeback

Monday, April 13, 2015

In 1947, Billie Holiday was released from Alderson Federal Prison on good behavior. She needed to restart her career - but how? Jonathan Schwartz has the story. 

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A Musical Mind

Monday, April 13, 2015

Here are the weekend playlists of Jonathan Schwartz. See what you missed or hear it again using our Spotify player at the bottom of the page! 

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José Feliciano on Song Travels

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Thursday night at 10PM, join Song Travels host Michael Feinstein for an hour of music talk and in-studio performances with guitarist, and composer José Feliciano.

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Jonathan's Weekend Picks

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Miss Jonathan's weekend shows? No worries, we've complied his playlists & created the perfect weekend mix. Take a look to see what was played & enjoy the mix using our Spotify player. 

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God Bless The Child

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

In 1941, Billie Holiday co-wrote the lyrics to her famous song, "God Bless the Child". Jonathan Schwartz walks us through it, its lyrics and the process of writing the classic tune.

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Concert Calendar: Billie Holiday Birthday Edition

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

April 7th would have been Billie Holiday’s 100th birthday, and we aren't the only one celebrating. Here is a listing of events, concerts, and tributes happening around the country.

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Choices: Billie Holiday & Addiction

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Billie Holiday is known for her music. She is also known for her battle with drug addition. Jonathan Schwartz has the story.

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I’m A Hit Record!

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Today would have been Billie Holiday's 100th birthday. We're celebrating with a look at her life. Here, Jonathan Schwartz tells the story of her success as a commerical artist.

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Joelle Lurie on Song Travels

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Tonight at 10PM, jazz vocalist Joelle Lurie joins host Michael Feinstein for an hour of in-studio performances and music chat.

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Jonathan's Weekend Playlists

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Miss Jonathan's weekend shows? No worries, we've complied his playlists & created the perfect weekend mix. Take a look to see what was played & enjoy the mix using our Spotify player. 

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The Great American Songbook Live

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Each week, we put together a list of shows that we think are top notch. This week, we've chosen shows throughout the country, go on tour with the American Songbook!

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The Debate About Billie Holiday

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

This April would be been Billie Holiday's 100th birthday. To celebrate, we're telling the story of her life - beginning with her early years in Baltimore. Jonathan Schwartz narrates.

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Becoming Billie Holiday

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

This week, we're telling the story of a young Lady Day. Jonathan Schwartz narrates the transformation of the junvenile delinquent Billie Holiday into the full-fledged jazz musician.

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Prez and Lady Day

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

We continue telling the story of Billie Holiday's life by looking at her personal relationship with tenor saxophone player Lester Young. Jonathan Schwartz tells all. 

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Lady Day: The Complete Billie Holiday on Columbia

Monday, March 30, 2015

This Wednesday, we kick off our month-long celebration of Lady Day's centennial anniversary. This week, we begin our celebration featuring her complete Columbia recordings (1933-1944).

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PLAYLIST: MoMA Captures Vintage Sounds of 1930s Harlem

Friday, March 27, 2015

In their multi-media exhibition, MoMA uses painting, literature and music to capture the radical spirit of The Great Migration. Check out the playlist using our Spotify player. 

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Go See Live Music!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Each week, we put together a list of shows that we think are top notch. This week, we've chosen shows throughout the country, go on tour with the American Songbook!

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Jonathan's Weekend Mix

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Miss Jonathan's weekend shows? No worries, we've complied his playlists & created the perfect weekend mix. Take a look to see what was played & enjoy the mix using our Spotify player. 

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Stephen Sondheim According to Jonathan Schwartz

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Last week, American composer Stephen Sondheim celebrated his 85th birthday. Schwartz was in the studio, dutifully spinning Sondheim. Join us from noon to 4PM for an encore presentation.

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A Billie Holiday Songbook

Monday, March 23, 2015

The recent release from pianist and Harlem native, Lara Downes, is a tribute to Lady Day. This week, we are featuring her album, A Billie Holiday Songbook - tune in and check it out.

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