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Three Jazz Works

Friday, January 13, 2012

Some of the major struggles and victories of the Civil Rights movement in the 1960s coincided with a most active period for jazz music.  In honor of Martin Luther King Jr's Birthday, WNYC’s Sara Fishko looks at a few cases where the movement and the music came together.  Here’s the next Fishko Files…

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Jon Hendricks

Friday, September 16, 2011

In music and especially in jazz, says WNYC’s Sara Fishko, one thing leads to another.  For lyricist and singer Jon Hendricks, who turns ninety today, it was some great instrumental jazz solos that led him to make an unforgettable leap into song. Here is the next Fishko Files…

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The Mystique of the Horn Player

Friday, April 01, 2011

In this archival edition of Fishko Files, WNYC’s Sara Fishko reflects on the mystique of cool jazz trumpeter/singer Chet Baker, and the facts and fantasies that have lifted jazz horn players to a special place in cultural mythology.

 

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Body and Soul

Friday, February 11, 2011

The Grammy Awards are this weekend. One of the many nominees is pianist Keith Jarrett, up for his improvised solo on the song “Body and Soul.”  It has WNYC’s Sara Fishko thinking about that song’s long history of musical inspiration...in this edition of Fishko Files.

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Hazel Scott as Herself

Friday, February 04, 2011

Pianist and singer Hazel Scott is perhaps best remembered for her glamour.  Glamorous she was, but in this edition of Fishko Files (from January ’09), WNYC’s Sara Fishko explores a new book and an old CD that can help us go beneath the surface to Scott’s life and work.

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Jazz Masters

Friday, January 28, 2011

As the awards season goes into full sparkle, WNYC’s Sara Fishko listens in on a group of non-glitzy winners of a few weeks ago.  Some chat among masters, in this edition of Fishko Files...

 

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Whistling

Friday, January 14, 2011

Originally aired on the occasion of the 2007 Academy Awards, this edition of the Fishko recognizes celebrated film composer Ennio Morricone, who received a special Oscar that year. Many of the composer's early scores for westerns used whistling to great effect. And as WNYC's Sara Fishko tells us, the world of 'instrumental whistling' has it's own story.

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Symphonies that Swing

Friday, September 10, 2010

Is the whole greater than the sum of its parts? Since the 1920s, composers of all kinds have been trying to write music that combines jazz and symphonic elements.

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Hoagy Carmichael: His Own Voice

Friday, June 04, 2010

This weekend, a run of shows devoted to the music and lyrics of Hoagy Carmichael will recall the distinctive style of that composer and performer.  We have more on Carmichael from WNYC’s Sara Fishko, in this edition of The Fishko Files…

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Artie Shaw

Friday, April 30, 2010

This May will mark 100 years since the birth of Artie Shaw, the bandleader and clarinet player. As WNYC’s Sara Fishko tells us in this edition of the Fishko Files, Shaw is worth remembering for more than just his music...

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Monk's Big Band

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Next week, two concerts in New York’s Town Hall recall an event held 50 years ago on that very same stage. There, Thelonious Monk and nine other stellar players made their mark on jazz history. WNYC’s Sara Fishko has the story behind a famous musical moment, in this edition of ...

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Hazel Scott as Herself

Friday, January 16, 2009


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Jazz Photography

Friday, December 05, 2008

An exhibition of classic jazz photographs is now showing in New York. It inspired WNYC’s Sara Fishko to talk about the art of photographing jazz with a couple of it’s most admired practitioners. Here is the next Fishko Files...

The Genius of Miles Davis” runs Through Dec. 10th at ...

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Five Four Time

Friday, July 18, 2008

A new song by the popular Icelandic group Sigur Ros is notable for having no time signature at all; it’s impossible to count. It has WNYC’s Sara Fishko pondering time, music, and especially the number 5. Here is the next Fishko Files.

Listen to Stuart Isacoff play "Castle ...

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Jazz Soundtrack

Friday, April 11, 2008

Jazz has become so treasured as a part of film-scoring that it's the subject of a new Museum of Modern Art exhibit, opening next week. As WNYC's Sara Fishko tells us in this edition of the Fishko Files, the connection between jazz and American film was especially vibrant during one ...

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Virtuoso

Friday, January 25, 2008

In the music world, being labeled a virtuoso is the highest compliment... or is it? WNYC's Sara Fishko considers the question, in this edition of the Fishko Files.

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Marc-André Hamelin will be performing with renowned violinist Midori at Lincoln Center's Rose Hall ...

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Cab Calloway

Friday, December 21, 2007

That notable date, December 25th, is also the birthday of the exuberant entertainer Cab Calloway of Hi-De-Ho fame. This year it's his centennial, which has Sara Fishko considering his vibrant legacy.

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This New Years Eve at the Apollo Theater: The Cab ...

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Moran on Monk

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Today marks the 90th anniversary of the birth of one of the masters of American music, Thelonious Monk. Monk, who died in 1982, left numerous recordings in his inimitable piano style; and broke new ground with visionary compositions such as "Brilliant Corners" and "Round Midnight." As Sara Fishko tells us ...

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The Mystique of the Horn Player

Friday, June 08, 2007

Today a restored version of a film made 20 years ago about the horn player and singer Chet Baker re-opens in New York. It’s combination of fact and fantasy has WNYC’s Sara Fishko trying to make sense of the horn-player’s special place in musical mythology. Here is the next Fishko ...

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Portraits

Friday, February 02, 2007

As the New York culture scene for ’07 gets underway, some of last year’s exhibits are ending their runs. WNYC’s Sara Fishko says two of the more interesting ones, closing soon, use portraits to reveal something larger than the pictures themselves.

“Glitter and Doom, German Portraits from ...

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