On this "encore edition" of All This Jazz, we're listening back to a program that first aired in early June of this year. It's a show for which our second-hour theme had an especially historical bent, for said theme was "Jazz Music Listed in the National Recording Registry."
E.T.A. Hoffmann's original story, "Nutcracker and Mouse King," is darker and spookier than the ballet version most people know.
Credit Courtesy of Crown
Maurice Sendak worked on a version of The Nutcracker for the Pacific Northwest Ballet in 1983, and put out a book in 1984. He described Hoffmann's story as having "bite and muscle, the way the Grimm fairy tales do."
This is the time of year when one man's work is widely — if indirectly — celebrated. His name used to be hugely famous, but nowadays, it draws blank stares, even from people who know that work. We're speaking about E.T.A. Hoffmann, original author of The Nutcracker.
A jazz trio and Minnesota music supergroup, The New Standards features singer and pianist Chan Poling of The Suburbs, singer and bassist John Munson of Semisonic and Trip Shakespeare, and vibraphonist Steve Roehm of Electropolis and Billy Goat. With a repertoire composed largely of holiday classics and unexpected covers of contemporary pop and rock favorites, the band has long been a must-see live, but it's also hit the studio a handful of times, releasing albums in 2005 and 2008.
Discovering Brazil has been a series of wonderful revelations for me. As principal conductor of the Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra for the past year, I have been deeply moved and even changed by my exposure to this culture of passion and positivity.
Brazil's inherent societal belief that music improves quality of life, contributes to improved social behavior, and is an important vehicle to establish a peaceful society filled with tolerance and respect is a philosophy I once thought existed only in my utopian dreams.
Piano Jazz swings in the holiday season, as Marian McPartland and her guests from seasons past, present and future share favorite memories and unique musical performances of Christmas classics and original holiday tunes.
Join us for All This Jazz here on Public Radio 89.5-1 on Saturday the 22nd, beginning at 10pm. (There will also be a rebroadcast of this show on Sunday the 23rd [beginning at 7pm] on Jazz 89.5-2, our mighty fine all-jazz HD Radio channel.)
It's our Christmas show --- with seasonal songs from Bela Fleck, Vince Guaraldi, Stan Kenton, Duke Ellington, John Coltrane, Joe Williams, John Zorn, Michael Carvin, Matt Wilson, Chet Baker, Jimmy Smith (see album cover herewith), Dexter Gordon, and many others.