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  • The Lush Life of Billy Strayhorn (ENCORE). The fruitful collaboration between Billy Strayhorn and Duke Ellington is widely known to have brought us such classics as “Take The ‘A’ Train,” “Chelsea Bridge,” and “Isfahan.” But behind the music, Billy Strayhorn led a complex and often vice-driven life. While composing some of the most harmonically rich jazz of its time, often in the shadow of Duke Ellington, Strayhorn was an outlier in that he led an openly gay life as a black man in the homophobic 1940s. Hear interviews with Strayhorn family members and biographer, and rare archival tape of Strayhorn himself. You'll also hear Strayhorn's music performed by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, featuring pianist Johnny O'Neal.
  • Activists Bassists (Originally aired 06/08/2014). In his immense curiosity about jazz players, host Richard Hadlock always wondered why bass players always wanted to send messages beyond music. Are the natural born activists? Or is their anchor-like role in a jazz band that is conducive to speaking out? Or maybe they feel squelched in the rhythm section? In this edition of The Annals of Jazz, well-known bassists with interesting messages are featured like (pictured, clockwise from top left) Milt Hinton, Red Mitchell, Charles Mingus, Charlie Haden and others.
  • In honor of "Juneteenth" Pete's guest is Professor Fred Irby, III who is the Musical Director at Howard University, and founder of the Howard University Jazz Ensemble. He is also the Principal Trumet of the Kennedy Center Opera House Musical Theater Orchestra and is in demand as a trumpet artist, conductor, clinician, adjudicator, and consultant. His accomplishments are vast and jaw-dropping, and we'll learn more about his stellar history in the Doodlin' Lounge.
  • My 2019 conversation with pianist, composer, Jon Batiste, who is an exuberant presence, whether playing music or talking about the importance of putting good energy and meaningful work into the world. His band, Stay Human, is named to honor the belief that human interaction during a live musical performance can uplift humanity in the midst of the "plug in/tune out" nature of modern society.Stephen Colbert, like Jon Batiste, has a commitment to social engagement, making Batiste a natural choice to lead the band on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. Jon and I talked about his work with Colbert, his commitment to positivity and his CD, Anatomy of Angels.Jon left The Late Show with Stephen Colbert in 2022 to pursue personal and professional interests, which this tireless talent has done in spades.
  • Dr. C.J. Johnson (pictured) and Family, Dixieaires, Violinaires, Andrew Watts & Gospel Storytellers, the Christianaires, Jubilee Hummingbirds, Mance Lipscomb and others.
  • You Can Still Have An Abortion. How does anyone make sense of abortion access these days? We sat down with All Options Pregnancy Resource Center in Bloomington, Indiana to talk about what’s changed since Indiana’s full abortion ban went into effect last August. Local abortion funds like All Options do a lot, but they can't talk to clients about self-managed abortion, even though the World Health Organization says it's safe and effective. We learn about the ways folks are getting access to abortion pills, what to expect from a self-managed abortion and about the case in the Supreme Court now - whether the pill Mifepristone will still be legal to use for abortions, even in states where abortion care is protected.
  • Christian McBride, Grammy Award winning jazz artist. McBride is an American jazz bassist, composer and arranger. He has appeared on more than 300 recordings as a sideman, and is an eight-time Grammy Award winner. McBride has performed and recorded with a number of jazz musicians and ensembles, including Freddie Hubbard, McCoy Tyner, Herbie Hancock, Pat Metheny, Joe Henderson, Diana Krall, Roy Haynes, Chick Corea, Wynton Marsalis, Eddie Palmieri, Joshua Redman, and Ray Brown's "SuperBass" with John Clayton, as well as with pop, hip-hop, soul and classical musicians like Sting, Paul McCartney, Celine Dion, Isaac Hayes, The Roots, Queen Latifah, Kathleen Battle, Renee Fleming, Carly Simon, Bruce Hornsby, and James Brown.
  • Maya Barrera. A musician and representative of the Harmony Project, Maya Barrera discusses the power of music and its ability to provide opportunities and break down barriers. She shares personal stories and highlights the mission of the Harmony Project, which aims to bring music education to historically marginalized communities. Maya emphasizes the importance of music programs in schools and the positive impact they have on student's academic and personal development. She also encourages listeners to support the Harmony Project and other arts education initiatives in their communities