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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.

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That Old Black Magic

Thursday, January 23, 2014

"That Old Black Magic" was composed in 1942 by the songwriting team Johnny Mercer and Harold Arlen for the film, Star-Spangled Rhythm. In 1943, the song was nominated for a Best Song Oscar, losing to Jerome Kern's "The Last Time I Saw Paris". 

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Blue Moon

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

The song, Blue Moon is a classic american song with an interesting history. Composed in 1933 by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart, Blue Moon was originally entitled "Prayer" and intended to be sung by Jean Harlow in the MGM film, The Hollywood Revue of 1933

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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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Sunday with Schwartz

Sunday, January 19, 2014

It's Great American songs from a Great American city. Jonathan Schwartz is live from the WNYC studio's today. Tune in on your radio dial at WNYC 93.9FM or you can stream the show at

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It's Magic

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Spend your Saturday afternoon with Jonathan Schwartz and enjoy the sounds of Frank Sinatra, Nelson Riddle, Ella Fitzgerald and others masters of the Great American songbook. 

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The Classics with Radio Deluxe

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Join hosts John Pizzarelli and Jessica Molaskey for classic jazz and good conversation. In this episode, you'll hear a little bit of Count Basie, Annie Ross, Chet Baker and there will be a Carole King tribute. All of this and more on this week's Radio Deluxe. 

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High Hopes

Friday, January 17, 2014

Join Jonathan Schwartz live in the studio today from noon to 3PM ET. Jonathan, who has been host on WNYC for the past 14 years, hosts and curates the playlist, playing the music you know and love.


When In Rome

Thursday, January 16, 2014

The Jonathan Channel provides an intimate, insightful, and original approach to the Great American Songbook. You can enjoy this eclectic mix of beloved music by visiting


Song Travels presents Johnny Mandel

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Legendary composer and arranger Johnny Mandel started out working in the Big Bands of Joe Venuti, Buddy Rich, and Jimmy Dorsey, and later worked as an arranger for Count Basie. Mandel’s resume includes film and television classics such as “Suicide is Painless” (the M*A*S*H* theme) and “The Shadow of Your Smile” from The Sandpiper. The five-time Grammy winner sits down with Feinstein to discuss his lifetime in the industry, writing for screens large and small.


How to Listen to The Jonathan Channel

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

The Jonathan Channel provides an intimate, insightful, and original approach to the Great American Songbook. You can enjoy this eclectic mix of beloved music by visiting

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Sundays with Schwartz - January 12, 2014

Sunday, January 12, 2014

In this episode, Jonathan Schwartz tells the story of his parents first meeting. They met near a Broadway stage, his mother was dancing and the singing the music of Oscar Hammerstein...

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Angel From Montgomery - January 11, 2014

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Raised in household steeped in the music of the Great American Songbook, singer Bonnie Raitt has become a "significant figure" in American music. Daughter of the Broadway star, John Raitt, Bonnie has reinterpreted the music of her childhood, carving out her own place in this country's musical history.

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Out of the Cold with Radio Deluxe

Saturday, January 11, 2014

This week, John and Jessica escape the cold weather with the warm tones of great records. Tune in, sit back and enjoy the music of Wes Montgomery, Donald Fagen, Bob Dylan and many more. 

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A Foggy Day - January 10, 2014

Friday, January 10, 2014

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. 

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Song Travels presents John Proulx

Thursday, January 09, 2014

Vocalist, pianist, and Grammy-winning composer John Proulx has a voice that is reminiscent of  another great all-around jazzman, the late Chet Baker. Proulx’s original songs have been recorded by artists including Nancy Wilson and Mary Stallings, and he’s also performed with legends Natalie Cole, Anita O’Day, and Marian McPartland. Proulx joins host Feinstein to discuss the continuing evolution of jazz in a changing world.

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This Happy Madness - January 9, 2014

Thursday, January 09, 2014

Committed to the endurance of the Great American Songbook, Jonathan Schwartz was delighted to discover the Canadian jazz sensation, Diana Panton. Fairly new to the scene, Panton has released 5 albums to international critical acclaim. 

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My Kind of Town - January 8, 2014

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Betty Carter was an American jazz singer, a woman Jonathan Schwartz refers to as "a citizen of jazz". Known for her unmatched vocal ability and imaginative interpretation of lyrics, Betty Carter was a staple in the New York City jazz community. In this episode, Jonathan Schwartz recalls performing with this jazz legend. 

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A Letter From Jonathan Schwartz: Adam and Casey

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

My son will be 27 in a week or so. He lives in the West with a girl named Kerri. Adam is reasonable, socially comfortable, generous, and wickedly funny. He was 12 when he told me, as I drove him downtown, that he wanted to be a comedian when he grew up. At that moment, an immaculate Rolls Royce stopped next to us at a red light. "And I want that car!" He continued, peering into its plush insides. Then quietly he said, "I guess nobody is THAT funny."

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Sunday with Schwartz - January 5, 2014

Sunday, January 05, 2014

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. 

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