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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 - Modern Jazz Quartet
Season 19, Episode 8
Airdate 11/17/2011
Description In 1952, with jazz still under the spell of Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie, a new kind of jazz group -- featuring no horns and no headlining soloist -- was born.
Hosted by Wendell Pierce

Title JALC Radio - Lionel Loueke & Richard Bona
Season 18, Episode 18
Airdate 01/22/2009
Description They are musical dreamers from West Africa --- composers, singers and instrumental virtuosos – remarkably original musicians who have caught the attention and the imagination of the jazz world.
Hosted by Wendell Pierce

Title Time Remembered: The Music of Bill Evans
Season 18, Episode 1
Airdate 09/30/2010
Description Composer George Russell and his wife nicknamed pianist Bill Evans “the minister.” Gaunt and bookish, Evans didn’t quite look or sound like a typical 50s jazz musician.
Hosted by Wendell Pierce

Title JALC Radio - Benny Goodman Centennial
Season 17, Episode 13
Airdate 12/24/2009
Description The story begins with music lessons in his local synagogue, and a stint in a boys club band, from there, he started playing gigs in his hometown of Chicago at the tender age of fourteen.. just twelve years later, in 1935, he was hailed as everything from "The King of Swing" and "The Rajah of Rhythm" to "The Professor" and "The Patriarch of the Clarinet".
Hosted by Wendell Pierce

Title JALC Radio - John Coltrane: The Breakthrough -- Giant Steps
Season 16, Episode 53
Airdate 09/24/2009
Description The music that Coltrane wrote and played 50 years ago on giant steps can still sound as fresh as your first cup of coffee.
Hosted by Wendell Pierce