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.
The Art of the Solo
We'll talk with veteran jazz instructor Bill Sears about the challenge of teaching students the art of jazz improvisation. And we'll countdown the all-time most influential solos in jazz history with our favorite jazz historian Lewis Porter.
Jazz's Lost and Found
We'll talk with Loren Shoenberg of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem about one of the music's biggest lost treasure troves of 1930s jazz. And, the man behind a California company committed to bringing listeners an authentic vinyl experience.
Great Jazz Cities: New Orleans
We'll talk with jazz historian Bruce Raeburn about jazz in New Orleans, and get to know the parade tradition that is Second Line. And we'll welcome back historian Ricky Riccardi to talk about Satchmo's wild and woolly years growing up in the Crescent...
Jazz and the Visual Arts
We'll talk with Dr. Robert O'Meally, about how art and music collided during the Harlem Renaissance, and explore the life and art of the jazz painter Romare Bearden. And we'll take a look at the life and work of iconic jazz photographer William...
Great Jazz Cities: Chicago
We'll talk with the owner of the storied Green Mill Cocktail Lounge, Dave Jemilo, about how the Green Mill helped found the improv-rich tradition that is the poetry slam. And we'll tour the bizzare, outer-spaced-themed world of Sun Ra.
The Life and Music of Louis Armstrong
We'll chat with Deslyn Dyer about Louis' more than 1200-hour-long audio diary. And we'll chat with Armstrong historian and archivist Ricky Riccardi about how Louis' musical, cultural, and political legacies continue to evolve, even forty years after...
The Life and Music of John Coltrane
We'll talk with renowned Coltrane scholar Lewis Porter about Trane's early roots in rural North Carolina. And we'll sit down for a conversation with Ravi Coltrane about how his father's music unexpectedly inspired him to carry on the family legacy.
Jazz on the Radio
We'll talk with filmmaker Huey Coleman about his recent documentary on beloved jazz radio host Marian McPartland. And we'll talk with jazz historian Chris Tyle about how jazz fueled the Golden Age of Radio.
We'll talk with jazz historian Bill Sears about jazz takes on your favorite holiday classics. Plus, pianist Eugene Marlow on reworking classic Hanukkah music - and tunes from Duke Ellington, Jimmy Smith, Vince Guaraldi, and the Squirrel Nut Zippers.
Jazz's One Hit Wonders
We'll chat with jazz historian Tom Cunniffe about the one-hit songwriters who contributed some of the most memorable standards in the jazz canon. And how a long-lost recording of John Coltrane and Thelonious Monk became a recent surprise jazz hit.
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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.