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Listen to Jazz at Lincoln Center's radio shows, including new episodes of Jazz Night in America, which explores the best music and stories in jazz in weekly radio episodes as well as video shorts and video concerts. The program is coproduced by NPR Music, WBGO, and Jazz at Lincoln Center and hosted by Christian McBride.

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Title JALC Radio - The Genius of Eddie Jefferson
Season 15, Episode 49
Airdate 08/28/2008
Description He called it vocalese -- and singer Eddie Jefferson made the art of putting lyrics onto jagged, rapid-fire jazz solos, seem effortless. His skill masked the difficulty of what he was doing – which is one of several reasons that wide popular acclaim eluded this bebop pioneer.
Hosted by Wycliffe Gordon

Title JALC Radio - Speaking in Jazz: Oscar Brown Jr., Gil Scott Heron, Yusef Komunyakaa
Season 15, Episode 48
Airdate 08/21/2008
Description Verse and verve, when word-struck musicians and jazz-possessed poets share our stage. We feature one of Oscar Brown, Jr.'s last performances, including his lyrical "Round Midnight." Strong words from Gil Scott-Heron and Pulitzer Prize–winner Yusef Komunyakaa, punctuated by the saxophone of Sonny Fortune, Reggie Workman's bass, and Rashied Ali's drums.
Hosted by Ed Bradley

Title JALC Radio - Gershwin Rhapsody: Michael Feinstein, Patti Austin, Marcus Roberts
Season 15, Episode 47
Airdate 08/14/2008
Description George and Ira are well remembered: Singers Michael Feinstein and Patti Austin dig into "Nice Work" "Embraceable You" and "Lady Be Good." Marcus Roberts re-imagines "Rhapsody in Blue," and the Jazz at Lincoln Center and American Composers' Orchestras unite in a Gershwin Rhapsody.
Hosted by Wynton Marsalis

Title JALC Radio - Big Bands
Season 15, Episode 45
Airdate 07/31/2008
Description Our own big band, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, is bursting with young players who can push the barriers of contemporary jazz. But even when they are playing modern music there's a foundation of swing. And when this ensemble goes to the well for the big band classics we all come back refreshed.
Hosted by Awilda Rivera

Title JALC Radio - Swing Me a Song: Carmen Lundy
Season 15, Episode 44
Airdate 07/24/2008
Description A classic from our archives, hosted by the late Ed Bradley. Carmen Lundy grew up singing in church, went to school to sing opera, and then heard Ella Fitzgerald. Now she digs into Ellington's "Come Sunday", "Sophisticated Lady" and her own love ballads.
Hosted by Ed Bradley

Title JALC Radio - Brazilian Rhythms: Today and Tomorrow
Season 15, Episode 43
Airdate 07/17/2008
Description For Brazilian musicians who came of age in the 60s, the bittersweet bossa nova is in their musical DNA. But Brazilian music is hardly trapped in a time warp. Many musicians have built in their own way upon the music of Antonio Carlos Jobim and Joao and Astrud Gilberto.
Hosted by Awilda Rivera

Title JALC Radio - Rosa Passos and Bossa Nova: Still New
Season 15, Episode 42
Airdate 07/10/2008
Description For four decades bossa nova has lived in the shadow of Jobim and Gilberto. But it has been sustained in Brazil by a group of songwriters and a singer who give it continued vitality and new life with each passing year.
Hosted by Billy Banks

Title JALC Radio - Singers Over Manhattan: The Jazz Standard Today
Season 15, Episode 46
Airdate 06/21/2008
Description The show tunes, pop hits, and jazz standards that make up the Great American Songbook have been a proving ground for vocalists over the better part of a century. But a singer today must make sure that those great interpretations of the past don't intimidate or stifle but inspire – originality.
Hosted by Lewis Nash