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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 - Ramsey Lewis and Dave Brubeck: Jazz Fame
Season 16, Episode 41
Airdate 07/02/2009
Description Both Dave Brubeck and Ramsey Lewis are exemplars of maintaining popularity for one’s artistry while continually changing.
Hosted by Wendell Pierce

Title JALC Radio - Nursery Song Swing
Season 16, Episode 40
Airdate 06/25/2009
Description Perhaps our band was so captivated by this idea because they all were invited to pull their pens out and do some arranging – on songs that many of them grew up on. Our special guests are three jazz musicians who are still growing up. But the music is most assuredly not just for kids.
Hosted by Wendell Pierce

Title JALC Radio - Best of the Cuban Big Bands
Season 16, Episode 37
Airdate 06/04/2009
Description On this side of the Carribbean it’s all too easy to forget that jazz and Latin are intertwined. Each shaped the other as they swung and sizzled their way through the 20th century. Maestro Paquito D’rivera and company remind us forcefully, dramatically and romantically, of ties that forever link names like Mario Bauza, Chico O’Farrill, Ernesto Duarte, not only to the greatest of the Cuban big bands but to the musical fortunes of jazz giants Dizzy Gillespie, Benny Goodman and many more.
Hosted by Wendell Pierce

Title JALC Radio - Another Big Band Bash: Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra & Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra
Season 16, Episode 33
Airdate 05/14/2009
Description During the Swing Era, battles between big bands were monumental events to behold, legends in the making such as the famous Benny Goodman-Chick Webb battle in the Savoy ballroom in 1938. Experience the fire and magic of a big band battle between the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.
Hosted by Wendell Pierce

Title JALC Radio - Essentially Ellington
Season 16, Episode 30
Airdate 04/30/2009
Description The Essentially Ellington competition and festival are central to Jazz at Lincoln Center’s mission to educate American youth about jazz. The competing high school bands get the opportunity to perform Ellington charts before esteemed judges. Listen to the finalist perform for the 2009 competition.
Hosted by Wendell Pierce

Title JALC Radio - Yes He Did: Irvin Mayfield and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra
Season 16, Episode 29
Airdate 04/16/2009
Description When Hurricane Katrina washed out New Orleans, it silenced the music. Patrons were gone, clubs were shuttered, musicians dispersed, and it looked for a time as if the storm might have drowned the city’s musical life. But musicians, many of them, have come back, and the heart of the Crescent City marches to a syncopated beat.
Hosted by Wendell Pierce

Title JALC Radio - NEA Jazz Masters
Season 16, Episode 28
Airdate 04/09/2009
Description The 2009 NEA Jazz Masters Induction Ceremony honored Snooky Young, Toots Thielmans, Rudy Van Gelder, Lee Konitz, and George Benson for making timeless contributions to Jazz.
Hosted by Wendell Pierce

Title JALC Radio - Central Avenue Breakdown
Season 16, Episode 27
Airdate 04/02/2009
Description A lesson in swing from octogenarian composer and conductor Gerald Wilson for the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis. The results are illuminating. This explosive night surveys almost a half-century of Wilson's work in Los Angeles around Central Avenue. Plus Johnson performs on Henry Mancini's theme "The Pink Panther."
Hosted by Wynton Marsalis