New Jazz Archive
We'll talk with biographer Robin Kelley about Monk's life and music, and chat with Monk's son TS about Monk the family man. And we'll take a look at how Monk's masterpiece "Round Midnight" became the most recorded jazz standard of all time.
Remembering Dave Brubeck
Hear how Dave Brubeck defied the odds and became a jazz celebrity in the early rock and roll era. And we'll take a tour of the experimental side of Dave Brubeck with our jazz historian Lewis Porter.
We'll talk with historian Benjamin Givan about the life of gypsy jazz godfather Django Reinhardt, and hear how gypsy jazz as a musical genre actually post-dates Django's heyday by nearly 40 years. And we'll explore violinist Stephane Grappelli's often...
Weird Jazz Instruments
We'll sit down for a conversation with jazz tuba pioneer Howard Johnson, and explore how banjo shaped early jazz. And we'll take a look at how flute worked its way from the jazz margins to mainstream, and explore the life and music of Rufus Harley -...
We'll talk with mystery writer Bill Moody about real-life jazz mysteries, and visit the cemetery that's become the final resting place for an A-list of jazz legends. That plus the myth and truth behind bluesman Robert Johnson's notorious deal with...
Jazz and Film
We'll talk with historian Krin Gabbard about how the movies have shaped our understanding of jazz, and how jazz helped define the genre of film noir. And we'll take a look at how jazz helped inspire the birth of the music video way back in the 1940s.
Before They Were (Jazz) Stars
We'll bring in our jazz historian Lewis Porter to introduce us to the epic A-listers who made their names in the Miles Davis band. That plus a look at the meteoric rise of electric bass hero Jaco Pastorius.
We'll spend the hour talking with biographer Tom Nolan about Artie's reluctant rise to stardom and his much publicized rivalry with Benny Goodman. And we'll explore what made Artie Shaw one of the most innovative and complex voices of the swing era.
Jazz and Comedy
We'll talk with stand-up comic Jeff Cesario about his former life as a jazz musician. And jazz historian Lewis Porter on jazz's vaudeville roots and how jazz lost its sense of humor in the 1950s. That plus a look at jazz prankster Dizzy Gillespie.
Rahsaan Roland Kirk
We'll talk with biographer John Kruth about Kirk's life and art from his unequaled ability to make music on many instruments at once, to his eccentric, and often politically-charged stage persona.
Sex, Jazz & the Bawdy Blues
We'll talk with our historian Lewis Porter about the blues' racy reputation during the 1920s and 30s, and explore the role New Orleans' turn of the century Red Light District played in shaping the music.
Jazz and Literature
We'll talk with poet Sascha Feinstein about the many ways jazz shaped the world of poetry, and take a look at the life and work of "jazz poet" Langston Hughes.
We'll talk with the Bobby Sanabria about the many talents that made Tito Puente the undisputed King of Latin Jazz. And Tito Puente's friend and biographer Joe Conzo on the 1950s mambo craze that launched Tito's meteoric rise to the top.
We'll talk with Irving Berlin biographer Laurence Bergreen, and explore the role jazz musicians played in shaping the glory years of the USO. And we'll explore how the classic American musical West Side Story helped revive jazzers' interest in the...
Great Jazz Cities: St. Louis
We'll talk with historian Kevin Belford about how St. Louis' rich blues heritage got written out of the jazz history books. And we'll chat with jazz historian Ben Cawthra about St. Louis favorite son Miles Davis's years growing up in the Gateway City.
The Psychology of Jazz
We'll talk with jazz pianist Kenny Werner about how his self-help manifesto for musical breakthroughs became a must-read for musicians of all stripes. And we'll get an insiders' look at music therapy with Dr. Kenneth Aigen of Temple University.
African Roots of Jazz
This week, jazz historian Lewis Porter talks about ethnomusicologists's efforts to trace jazz back to African music. And we'll find out how American slavery influenced early forms of jazz and the blues.
We'll talk with historian and archivist Don Fleming about Lomax's groundbreaking work in the American South during the 1930s. And, we'll find out how Alan's long-held dream of providing unlimited access to his work, is now becoming reality in the...
Jazz's Great Comeback Stories
We'll talk with jazz historian Phil Schaap about the saxophone solo that propelled Duke Ellington back into jazz relevance. And, the story of guitarist Pat Martino, who survived a brain aneurysm, to retake his place as one of the music's great voices...
The Art of Jazz Drumming
Veteran drummer Danny Gottlieb dissects the art and craft of jazz drumming. And we'll explore the life and legend of one of jazz drumming's most colorful heroes: the great Buddy Rich.
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More informationThe New Jazz Archive (TNJA) is a PRX-syndicated weekly hour-long radio series documenting jazz's often unrecognized place in American life. Each hour-long episode offers a collection of stories, interviews, and music that relates jazz to other aspects of American life, including pop culture, social issues, art, history, movies, and even other forms of music. TNJA is hosted by composer and musician Jeff Haas, son of the legendary Detroit radio host Karl Haas.
TNJA is produced out of WICA (Interlochen Public Radio) in Traverse City, Michigan.