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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.