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Duke Ellington

The Jonathan Channel

Happy Birthday, Duke Ellington

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Wednesday afternoon, we are celebrating the birthday of America's greatest ambassador of music & jazz - Duke Ellington. Tune in from 5PM to 7PM for nothing but Ellington.

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Michael Feinstein's American Pops

The Jazz Beat

Monday, August 25, 2014

Tuesday at 7PM, Michael Feinstein explores how the uniquely American art form of jazz inspired composers since the 1920s.

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The Jonathan Channel

When Basie Was Jazz' Greatest Dance Master

Thursday, August 21, 2014

For Count Basie's 110th birthday, we're revisiting his work with saxophonist Lester Young. Jazz writer Will Friedwald explores the artistry of two jazz greats. 

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Michael Feinstein's American Pops

The Jazz Beat

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Tonight at 10 pm, Michael Feinstein explores how the uniquely American art form of jazz inspired composers since the 1920s.

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Soundcheck

Terry Teachout On A New Ellington Biography

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

A new biography of Duke Ellington paints a complex picture: a man who was brilliant but undisciplined, prolific but prone to taking credit for the work of his sidemen.

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Soundcheck

Terry Teachout on Duke Ellington; Author Amy Tan Picks Three; Matana Roberts Plays Live

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

In this episode: Duke Ellington is one of the towering figures in American music, but there's more to his story than hits like "Take The A Train." Cultural critic and writer Terry Teachout discusses his comprehensive biography about the iconic jazz composer and bandleader.

Plus: Amy Tan is best known for her literary achievements with books The Joy Luck Club and The Kitchen God's Wife. But the acclaimed author has a musical side as well: she's written an opera libretto and performs as "lead rhythm dominatrix" in the literary garage band The Rock Bottom Remainders. In an interview with Soundcheck host John Schaefer, Tan talks about her latest book, The Valley Of Amazement, and about the family-related obsession that inspired her to delve into the world of Shanghai courtesans in the early 1900s. Plus, she shares three of her favorite songs.

And: Matana Roberts grew up in Chicago hearing stories about her family, from its roots in Louisiana and Mississippi, to the Great Migration north early in the 20th century. These stories and her love of history have become the basis for her recent works for sextet, the ambitious COIN COIN project. Hear Roberts play accompanied by a slightly smaller quartet live in the Soundcheck studio.

 

This is an encore episode of Soundcheck.


The Jonathan Channel

American Music: Duke Ellington's Birthday Celebration

Monday, April 28, 2014

Join The Jonathan Channel and WQXR's Terrance McKnight as we celebrate the birthday of the Pulitzer Prize winning composer, Duke Ellington. Beginning Tuesday afternoon at 4PM ET, we'll take a look into the life of one of America's most beloved composers.

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All Ears with Terrance McKnight

In a Sentimental Mood

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Duke Ellington's classic "In a Sentimental Mood" sets the stage for an evening of nostalgic moments. Our soundtrack for a journey down memory lane includes works by Bach, Janacek, De Falla and others.

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Around Broadway

The Jazz Age is Revived in After Midnight

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

New York Times theater critic Charles Isherwood lets us know if all the 20th century juice in After Midnight can light up Broadway almost 90 years later.

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Soundcheck

Terry Teachout On Ellington; Bryce Dessner; Speedy Ortiz Plays Live

Friday, October 18, 2013

In this episode: Duke Ellington is one of the towering figures in American music, but there's more to his story than hits like "Take The A Train." Cultural critic and writer Terry Teachout discusses his new comprehensive biography about the iconic jazz composer and bandleader.

Then, Bryce Dessner, one of the twin guitarists in The National, is also a classically trained composer, who has now written a number of string quartet pieces for the renowned Kronos Quartet. 

And the Northhampton, Mass. noise pop band Speedy Ortiz performs songs from its debut record Major Arcana, and a brand new, still untitled song in the Soundcheck studio.

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Spinning on Air

Pianissimo 2

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Piano music can have a very personal touch. The piano allows a composer or performer to all alone manifest a full vision of what their music can be. David Garland presents another hour of lyrical, soulful, playful piano music, featuring recordings by Chilly Gonzales, Duke Ellington, and others.

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All Ears with Terrance McKnight

Compassion in the Key of C

Saturday, January 05, 2013

For the first show of the year, host Terrance McKnight presents a program that speaks to the ideal of generosity and compassion.

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Spinning on Air

Pianissimo 2

Sunday, September 09, 2012

Piano music can have a very personal touch. The piano allows a composer or performer to all alone manifest a full vision of what their music can be. David Garland presents another hour of lyrical, soulful, playful piano music, featuring recordings by Chilly Gonzales, Duke Ellington, and others.

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New Sounds

Caravan Variations

Monday, August 09, 2010

Like camels slogging through the sand, the exotic strains of “Caravan,” by Duke Ellington and his sometime trombonist Juan Tizol (with rarely heard lyrics by Irving Mills), have been played loose, fast, swinging, and/or slow by just about everyone. For this New Sounds program, it’s another of the occasional series of programs of Theme and Variations, where the premise is simple: take a single piece of music and explore what a number of musicians have done with it, through arrangements, deconstructions, and revisions of the original theme.

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Studio 360

Jazz Portraits

Saturday, January 19, 2002

Jazz music has a long tradition of loving and sly portraits. Music historian and Village Voice jazz critic Gary Giddens takes us through some of them.

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Studio 360

Portraits, Chuck Close, Duke Ellington

Saturday, January 19, 2002

We look at what portraits reveal, both truthfully and in lies. Kurt Andersen and his guest, the photographer Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, discuss what goes into great portrait-making — from the 9-foot canvases of Chuck Close to Duke Ellington's compositions. We’ll also rediscover the work of printmaker Dox Thrash and remember Moe ...