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.
Close friend of Jonathan Schwartz and former editor of The Boston Herald and New York Newsday, Donald Forst, passed away last Saturday. In this episode, Jonathan pays tribute to his friend, recalling their first few moments of friendship.
This week, Radio Deluxe is broadcasting from the Pizzarelli enclave in Saddle River, New Jersey. It's great talk and music streaming from the dining room table of the Pizzarelli family.
Brigitte Bardot is most known for her film career in the 1950's and 1960's. In addition to her work as an actress, Jonathan Schwartz reminds us, Bardot enjoyed success as a musician. During the 60's and 70's Bardot recorded several albums, in both French and English. In 1968, Bardot released a self-titled album complete with big band arrangements - including the standard Everybody Loves My Baby.
In 1960, Frank Sinatra ended his relationship with Columbia Records and founded his own record label, Reprise Records. Sinatra insisted each artist enjoy full creative freedom and complete ownership of their work (including publishing rights). The original roster of artists included Bing Crosby, Jo Stafford, Rosemary Clooney, Redd Foxx and many more.
Jazz and Soul singer Gregory Porter had a breakout year in 2012. His album Be Good topped many “Best of” lists and was named iTunes’ Jazz Album of the Year. He was also nominated for a Grammy for Best Traditional R&B Performance. On this Song Travels, Porter is joined by his band mates Chip Crawford and Aaron James for a set including numbers from his latest album, Liquid Spirit.
Brian Stokes Mitchell is a star of stage and screen, and can regularly be heard on The Jonathan Channel. Throughout his career, Stokes-Mitchell has received one Tony award and been nominated for 3 others. Hailed as "stunning" by Stephen Holden of The New York Times, Brian Stokes Mitchell is a master interpreter of the Great American Songbook.
Spend the first day of 2014 in the studio with Jonathan Schwartz. Jonathan will be in the studio today, with a perfectly prepared mix of classic American songs.
Radio Deluxe returns with another New Year’s Eve celebration on WNYC. Join husband and wife musicians John Pizzarelli and Jessica Molaskey, for their annual broadcast from their "deluxe living room" to ring in the New Year with all your favorite music from the Great American songbook.
Join hosts John Pizzarelli and Jessica Molaskey as they pay tribute to some of their favorite musicians. Together they shine the spotlight on the music of Paul Simon, Wes Montgomery, Blossom Dearie and The Nat Cole Trio. It's great music on this week's edition of Radio Deluxe.
The Beatles are not traditionally considered to be a part of the Great American Songbook. However, their music did had a large impact on American culture and Jonathan Schwartz.
New York Times music and film critic Stephen Holden covered the 1970s singer/songwriter explosion before he went on to write up everything from film to cabaret. Music has been with him every step of the way. On this week’s program Holden illustrates his life’s journey through musical milestones from Bob Dylan to Sinatra to Sting.
During WWII, the United States government worked with several record labels inside the U.S. to record albums specifically for American soldiers. V-discs (or victory discs) included the music of the eras most popular singers and orchestras. In this episode, Jonathan talks about this moment in American history and shares some music from these records.
Jonathan Schwartz is live, in the studio on Christmas Day. Tune in for all of your favorite standards and holiday favorites. Let us be the soundtrack to a lovely holiday!
Start your holiday off right with an afternoon full of songs and stories recorded live at Birdland! With performances by John Pizzarelli, Jessica Molaskey, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Tierney Sutton, Loston Harris and many more!
In this episode, Radio Deluxe keeps the holiday fires burning! Join Jessica Molaskey and John Pizzarelli as they open presents, drink egg nog and of course, play their holiday favorites. Tune in for this holiday edition of Radio Deluxe.
Star of stage and screen, Mandy Patinkin documents the Jewish-American experience through song in his third solo album on Nonesuch records. Mamaloshen (mother tongue) is an exploration of Yiddish Song, and an album which Jonathan Schwartz holds in high regard.
Originally aired on December 15, 2012.
Mel Torme was a close friend of Jonathan Schwartz. Throughout the years, the music and their mutual respect for one another bonded these two men. Jonathan remembers Mel Torme and tells the story of their first meeting.
This episode originally aired on December 6, 2013.