Jonathan Schwartz


Jonathan Schwartz joined WNYC in 1999 and he’s been on the radio in New York City since 1967. His programs are extemporaneous.

His novels and stories have been published by Random House and Doubleday, including his memoir "All in Good Time," hailed by The New York Times as "luminous" and received enthusiastically by the Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, and the Los Angeles Times, among others. Jonathan's stories and articles have been published in dozens of magazines. He was, for four years, the artistic director of Lincoln Center's American Songbook series, and for five years appeared as the music correspondent on NBC's Sunday Today Show. He has been a monthly columnist for GQ Magazine and a weekly columnist for the Village Voice. His own three CDs on the Muse label were released in 1978, 1979 and 1983.  He has performed more than 400 times at Michael’s Pub, Rainbow & Stars, and other rooms in New York.


Jonathan Schwartz appears in the following:

Sally Keeble and Sinatra

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

In this essay, Jonathan Schwartz tells the story of his friend Sally Keeble and her relationship to the legendary singer Frank Sinatra.  

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The Greene Space

Letters to Dinah Washington with Champian Fulton

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

7:00 PM

Wed, Feb. 18 | Join The Jonathan Channel for Champian Fulton's tribute to the late, great Dinah Washington. Hosted by Jonathan Schwartz.

From This Moment On

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

This week, Jonathan Schwartz continues the story of composer/arranger Nelson Riddle. 

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Jonathan Schwartz + John Schaefer + Bob Dylan

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Bob Dylan is not a guest on today's show, but WNYC's Jonathan Schwartz and John Schaefer join us to discuss his new Sinatra cover album. 

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His House by Jonathan Schwartz

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Sometimes, we are lucky enough to get a story from Jonathan Schwartz - in print. This is one of those lucky times. 

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On-Demand Video: The Jonathan Channel Presents Ana Gasteyer Live

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Watch Ana Gasteyer and her swinging quintet in a special night of music and conversation with Jonathan Schwartz.


A Very Parisian Thanksgiving

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

How does a working musician celebrate Thanksgiving in Paris? Jonathan Schwartz has first hand experience. Enjoy his holiday how-to guide. 

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Seymour's First First Name

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

This week, Jonathan Schwartz concludes the story of his relationship with author Anna Maida. As you would perhaps expect, a secret is revealed. 

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A Visit with Anna Maida

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Last week, Jonathan Schwartz began the retelling of his relationship with a certain, Sally Keeble. He continues, only this week he introduces us to an author named Anna Maida. 

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London By Day

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

In mid-September of 1962, Jonathan Schwartz had the honor of recording at Abbey Road Studios in London. In this essay, he gives us the inside scoop.

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Paris, Part Two

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Last week, Jonathan Schwartz began the retelling of his experience as a working musician in Paris. As promised, this week he's written the second installment.

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Paris, Part One

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Last week, Jonathan Schwartz wrote an essay about his almost-successful career as a singer. This week, he tells the first part of his experience as a working musician in Paris.

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DJ Flops as Singer

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

For over a decade, in addition to working as a radio disc jockey, Jonathan Schwartz was a working musician. He recorded albums and took his music on the road. In this essay, he tells all about it. 

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Sinatra, Van Heusen and a Piano in the Desert

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The place? The California Desert. The time? 1988. The event? Jonathan Schwartz, Frank Sinatra & Jimmy Van Heusen sit down for a dinner. 26 years later, Jonathan Schwartz tells the story. Here it is. 

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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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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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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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A Note of Thanks from Jonathan Schwartz

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Recently, The Jonathan Channel sprang to life on the BAM stage with Sunday in New York with Jonathan Schwartz. It was a complete success. The Harvey Theater was packed, the performances were top-notch and there was even a standing ovation. In this essay, Jonathan Schwartz expresses his gratitude for "a remarkable and profoundly moving afternoon".

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Nelson Riddle: An Author of American Popular Song

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Nelson Riddle is widely considered to be one the of the greatest arrangers in this history of American popular music. Riddle was the preferred arranger of Frank Sinatra, producing the star’s most famous albums including the single "I've Got You Under My Skin". He won Grammy awards, received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and influenced a generation of arrangers after him. Today at 12PM, Jonathan Schwartz plays his favorite Nelson Riddle arrangements & compositions.


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Jonathan on Woody's Show

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

"Bullets Over Broadway" is an active and hilarious musical based on one of Woody Allen's films. In this essay, Jonathan Schwartz delves into the creation of the show, taking a look at everything from the process of writing a joke to the music selection. 

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