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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 Music of Ethel Waters
Airdate 06/05/2014
Description Michael Feinstein is not just a cabaret singer --he's one of the foremost observers of American popular song – and he says that Ethel Waters’ singing style is so much a part of contemporary music that we take it for granted.
Hosted by Wendell Pierce

Title JALC Radio - Eddie Palmieri: A Career Retrospective
Season 34, Episode 20
Airdate 06/27/2013
Description An irresistible layer cake of rhythmic flavors; a rainbow of colorful percussion; and from the piano, crystal melodies and dark, percussive chords -- those are the calling cards of the visionary composer and pianist Eddie Palmieri.
Hosted by Wendell Pierce

Title JALC Radio - Keeping the Tenor Flame
Airdate 09/23/2012
Description Music has the power to cross borders and transcend languages. And sometimes, it has the power to change lives…consider how profoundly a record by pianist Teddy Wilson inspired a Japanese teenager living in China in 1946. That teenager – Toshiko Akiyoshi -- is now an 82-year-old bebop master. She is a powerful pianist and resourceful composer, one who also pulled off a rare feat -- she and her husband Lew Tabackin co-founded a successful big band during the 1970s, at a time when the music industry had given up on the sound.
Hosted by Wendell Pierce

Title JALC Radio - Monty Alexander: The Music of Nat King Cole and Frank Sinatra
Season 19, Episode 38
Airdate 06/14/2012
Description We're celebrating two truly unforgettable singers who defined the sound of a generation -- Nat “King” Cole and Frank Sinatra.
Hosted by Wendell Pierce

Title JALC Radio - Bird with Strings
Season 19, Episode 33
Airdate 05/10/2012
Description The music heard of Charlie Parker’s hit album Bird with Strings is only a fraction of the music that he played with a string ensemble. Hear these lesser-known arrangements, as Bird with Strings classics, performed by Vincent Gardner, the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Charles McPherson, and Wessell “Warmdaddy” Anderson.
Hosted by Wendell Pierce

Title JALC Radio - 2012 NEA Jazz Master Award Ceremony & Concert
Season 19, Episode 28
Airdate 04/05/2012
Description Listen to special performances and speeches honoring the 2012 NEA Jazz Masters.
Hosted by Wendell Pierce

Title JALC Radio - Brazilian Nights
Season 19, Episode 26
Airdate 03/22/2012
Description Four beats in, and you know where this tune came from -- the melody's infectious. The rhythm, irresistible. This can only be music from Brazil.
Hosted by Wendell Pierce

Title JALC Radio - Remembering Odetta, Nina, and Miriam
Season 19, Episode 22
Airdate 02/23/2012
Description Their repertoire ranged from slave songs and traditional African melodies to the most sophisticated jazz. On the Rose Hall stage, we honor three women whose work has become part of the DNA of jazz music.
Hosted by Wendell Pierce