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I'm Talkin' Jazz
<strong>I'm Talkin' Jazz</strong><br> Sun, Feb 23rd from 8:00AM - 8:30AM
Wayne Wallace with Jesse "Chuy" Varela
Five-time Grammy nominee, trombonist and bandleader Wayne Wallace is one of the more respected exponents of African American-Latin music in the world today well-known for his use of traditional forms in combination with contemporary music. His extensive works have earned him numerous honorable mentions and grants from the NEA, Zellerbach Foundation and the Down Beat Critics Poll. In addition to running his own record label (Patois Records) he is currently faculty at the University of Indiana in Bloomington, Indiana.
Jazz Night In America with Christian McBride
Jazz Night In America with Christian McBride Mon, Feb 24th from 9:00PM - 10:00PM
Electric Miles: Behind the Brew
Electric Miles. Few word pairings in the jazz lexicon are apt to inspire so much contention and challenge and ferment. What the phrase refers to, of course, is a period in the career of trumpeter Miles Davis, spanning the last third of his life. And while there are other important antecedents, the big bang of this period is an album recorded 50 years ago by the name of Bitches Brew.

This episode of Jazz Night in America takes us behind the furious mystique of that album, illuminating the musical and cultural forces Miles was metabolizing at the time. We'll hear from an array of authorities on the subject — notably his second wife, funk heroine and fashion icon Betty Davis, who inspired his outrageous transformation in the Age of Aquarius. ("Whatever I would wear, he would wear," says Betty with a laugh, in this rare, can't-miss interview.)

Among the other essential voices in the show is electric bassist Marcus Miller, who served as musical director and record producer for a later edition of Davis' band. We'll hear highlights from an Electric Miles concert that Miller put together for Jazz at Lincoln Center — featuring not one but two blazing trumpeters, Russell Gunn and Marquis Hill, along with stone killers like guitarist Vernon Reid. "When you create music," Miller asserts, "your primary responsibility is to reflect the times that you live in." That's one of many explanations for the current that flows through Electric Miles — and the charge that it can still deliver.

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