Jazz At Lincoln Center Launches JazzStories Podcast

First episodes feature Billy Higgins and Barry Harris, Randy Weston, Sam Rivers, Hank Jones and more to be announced


On November 29, Jazz at Lincoln Center (JALC) launches Jazz Stories*, the new podcast of Jazz at Lincoln Center Radio. The Jazz Stories podcast – produced with JALC’s long-time collaborator Murray Street Productions – features jazz luminaries, in their own words, sharing stories of their lives and music. Wendell Pierce, host of the weekly Jazz at Lincoln Center Radio, will also introduce the podcasts. The Jazz Stories podcast can be downloaded via jalc.org/jazzstories and via iTunes keyword: Jazz Stories. New Jazz Stories podcasts will be released every second Monday beginning on November 29.

The first episode features a conversation between legendary drummer Billy Higgins and pianist Barry Harris. Recorded in 1992 at a rehearsal for the Jazz at Lincoln Center production “The Majesty of the Tap,” Higgins and Harris remember “watching tassels sway” and the bebop hoofer who “would actually roll up to the microphone wearing a pair of skates… and tell the band ‘anything by Charlie Parker!'” In another episode featuring Randy Weston, the pianist recalls the childhood piano teacher who told Weston’s father, “Mr Weston, save your money.”

The JazzStories podcast will come from new artist interviews as well as JALC’s extensive archive of interviews recorded for its national radio program and education events.

Jazz Stories Podcast Schedule: Jazz Stories Featuring Billy Higgins & Barry Harris – Nov. 29

Jazz Stories Featuring Randy Weston – Dec. 13

Jazz Stories Featuring Sam Rivers – Dec. 27

Jazz Stories Featuring Hank Jones – Jan. 10

Jazz at Lincoln Center Radio is broadcast weekly to over 314 radio affiliates nationwide through the Jazz Satellite Network/WFMT, in Canada on CJRT and on Radio New Zealand. The program, a collaboration between Jazz at Lincoln Center and Murray Street Productions debuted in 1994 with founding host Ed Bradley, whose voice was the signature of each show until 2006. Wynton Marsalis was host from 2006 to 2009 and last year actor Wendell Pierce became the radio host. Stephen Rathe is senior producer. Jazz at Lincoln Center Radio offers performances captured live at Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center, and this season’s episodes feature an array of artists including: Dianne Reeves, Chucho Valdes, Ahmad Jamal, Kurt Elling, Richard Galliano, Luciana Souza and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis.

The programs are also available for streaming at jalc.org/radio

Sponsorship: Jazz at Lincoln Center proudly acknowledges its major corporate partners: BET J, Brooks Brothers, The Coca-Cola Company, Entergy, Related, Bloomberg, SIRIUS XM.

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