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Jonathan's Weekend Playlists

Monday, July 07, 2014

Every weekend, Jonathan Schwartz brings you a great mix of timeless music from the WNYC studios, and each week we listen and put together a playlist. Have you been trying to remember the name of that song you heard or maybe you didn't get a chance to tune in? No worries, here are Jonathan's weekend playlists. 

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DJ for A Day: Tony DeSare

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Tuesday at 7PM, pianist Tony DeSare takes over The Jonathan Channel acting as guest DJ for a day. Recently, DeSare thrilled a packed house at our live BAM show and was named a "Rising Star" by Downbeat Magazine. So, we thought it would be a good idea to have him in the studio. 

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Exploring the Angst & Evolution of Grammy-Nominated Gungor

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Today at 3PM, join us for Song Travels. In this episodeMichael Feinstein chats songwriting with the Grammy-nominated duo, Gungor. Tune in as the Colorado based husband and wife duo demonstrate their innovative sound with a performance of their song “I Am Mountain.”

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A Tribute to the Late Pianist Horace Silver

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Saturday morning at 10AM ET, join world-renowned musicians, John Pizzarelli and Jessica Molaskey in their deluxe cabin in the woods or two hours of conversation and exceptional music. This week, you'll hear new songs from Keith Jarrett and Charlie Haden, as well as a tribute to the late Horace Silver.

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The Jonathan Channel's Fourth of July Playlist

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

The Jonathan Channel and The Fourth of July, c'mon it's an obvious pairing. That in mind, we've put together a playlist of great American songs. Whether you're enjoying a picnic in the park, or lighting sparklers in the driveway - The Jonathan Channel can provide the accompaniment.

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Staff Picks: The Great American Songbook Live

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

The Jonathan Channel is committed to bringing you great music - it's our job. Each week, we compile a concert calendar that is guaranteed to satisfy even the most selective music fan (from New York to Montreux). Here are our picks for July 1 - July 6. 

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What You Don't Know About Mel Tormé

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Mel Tormé was a singer of jazz standards, nicknamed The Velvet Fog and co-wrote the holiday smash-hit, "A Christmas Song". And you probably know those things. What you might not know: Jonathan Schwartz and Mel Tormé were good friends. Over the years, the two spent quite a bit of time together and in this essay, Jonathan Schwartz reveals a little of what he has learned about The Velvet Fog. 

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Jonathan's Weekend Playlists

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

This week on The Jonathan Channel we've celebrated the birth anniversary's of two legendary composers. Do you know what that means? It means well-curated shows, full of rare recordings and timeless songs. Just in case you missed any of it, we've put compiled Jonathan's weekend playlists. 

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Frank Loesser: Lyricist, Composer & Tony Award Winner

Sunday, June 29, 2014

The Jonathan Channel celebrates the birthday of famed composer-lyricist Frank Loesser - the man who wrote the lyrics for "Guys And Dolls." Tune in today, as we celebrate the music of Frank Loesser from 4 PM to 8 PM ET.

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Radio Deluxe: The Enduring Presence of Richard Rodgers

Saturday, June 28, 2014

This morning at 10AM ET, join world-renowned musicians, John Pizzarelli and Jessica Molaskey in their deluxe Manhattan living room for two hours of conversation and exceptional music. In this episode, the couple pays tribute to Richard Rodgers with a look into his life and music.

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A Day of Richard Rodgers, Celebrating the Birthday of a Legend

Friday, June 27, 2014

Today at 12PM, tune in for an encore airing of Jonathan Schwartz' tribute to Richard Rodgers. A prolific composer of American popular songs, Rodgers is also the most performed composer in the history of popular music. Join us this afternoon as we celebrate the 112th birth anniversary of this legendary composer and lyricist. 

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10 Interpretations of Richard Rodgers

Friday, June 27, 2014

The Jonathan Channel is celebrating the 112th birthday of Richard Rodgers in style. Here are our favorite, top 10 Richard Rodgers videos - the interpretations that have us holding our breath.

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Mary Rodgers, Broadway Composer & Author, Dies at 83

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Mary Rodgers was born into a musical family. The daughter of composer Richard Rodgers, she composed several musicals including: Once Upon a Mattress and The Madwoman of Central Park West. Also an accomplished writer, she authored several children's books, most notably Freaky Friday. She was 83 (January 11,1931 - June 26, 2014).

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Valerie Simpson: From the Bronx to the Top of the Mountain

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Today at 3PM, tune in for Song Travels with Michael Feinstein. In this episode, singer/songwriter and Bronx native Valerie Simpson stops by the studio to talk about her prolific songwriting career. Simpson and her late husband Nick Ashford formed one of the most powerful singing and songwriting duos of the modern era. These undisputed master architects of soul and R&B penned hits including “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” “I’m Every Woman,” and “Solid.” 

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On Demand Audio: Sunday in New York with Jonathan Schwartz

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Two weeks ago, The Jonathan Channel sprang to life on the stage of The Harvey Theater in Brooklyn. It was an afternoon of storytelling and music which Jonathan referred to as, "a remarkable and profoundly moving afternoon of world class music." We'd have to agree. The audio from the concert is now available on-demand.

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Jonathan's Weekend Playlists

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Every weekend, Jonathan Schwartz brings you a great mix of timeless music from the WNYC studios, and each week we listen and put together a playlist. Have you been trying to remember the name of that song you heard or maybe you didn't get a chance to tune in? No worries, here are Jonathan's weekend playlists. 

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The Rose Note with Isabel Rose

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Tonight at 9PM, tune in for The Rose Note with Isabel Rose. In this week's episode, Isabel takes a look at the popular ballads of the Great American Songbook. Isabel unpacks these gems, delving into the origin stories and arrangements of several of the most known downtempo offerings from the American canon.

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This Week: Staff Music Picks

Monday, June 23, 2014

The Jonathan Channel is committed to bringing you great music - it's our job. Each week, we compile a concert calendar that is guaranteed to satisfy even the most selective music fan (from Chicago to Samois). Here are our picks for June 23 - June 29. 

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DJ for A Day: Tierney Sutton

Friday, June 20, 2014

Six-time Grammy-award nominated vocalist, Tierney Sutton, is clearly no stranger to contemporary jazz. An undeniable talent, Sutton was recently hailed as, "a serious jazz artist who takes the whole enterprise to another level." by The New York Times. This morning at 11AM, Tierney Sutton will be in the studio hosting an hour of music from artists who inspire her.

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Father & Daughter Edition of Radio Deluxe

Friday, June 20, 2014

Saturday morning at 10AM, it's a father/daughter edition of Radio Deluxe. Tune in as John Pizzarelli and his daughter Maddie trade the music they love. You'll hear a great mix of music - Fiona Apple, Oscar Peterson, Bobby Darin and Laura Marling and many others. 

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