Sunday Best: A lotta blues today -- just because. Bukka White, J.B. Lenoir, and Big Joe Turner (with Count Basie in tow) all made appearances. Several new releases made the playlist too, adding up to three hours of the usually unusual fun.
The Roots Music Project: The show focuses on the creases and intersections between genres, styles and influences in music and features everything from folk to country, from blues to roots rock, from rockabilly to bluegrass and just about everything in between.
The In Crowd: We honored the legendary jazz producer Orrin Keepnews, founder of Riverside Records, with a look back at his career. We also paid tribute to singer Nancy Wilson with a selection of some of her biggest hits.
The Groove Yard: The Groove Yard celebrates the life and legacy of musician, composer, educator and NEA Jazz Master Clark Terry, who passed away last week. We'll hear him as a sideman, backing Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus, Quincy Jones, Johnny Griffin, and many more.
From Memphis To Motown: This week on From Memphis to Motown we featured artists with Michigan roots who have new recordings....Greg Nagy, Shaun Murphy and Bettye LaVette.
Cuban Fantasy: This week concluded our feature on songwriter extraordinaire Tite Curet Alonso with performances from Willie Rosario, Sonora Poncena and Ray Barretto. New releases in the middle set of each hour including the Spanish Harlem Orchestra, Steven Pouchie, Bobby Matos, Alex Conde in tribute to Thelonious Monk and Manny Moka. Ernesto Lecuona solo piano feature around 7:55pm. Plus vaults sides from Compay Segundo, Arturo O'Farrill, Perez Prado, and tributes to John Coltrane from the Afro Blue Band, Bobby Matos and conguero Miguel "Anga" Diaz.
The Big City Blues Cruise: We thawed out to new blues from Linsey Alexander and the Linsey Alexander Blues Band, Altered Five Blues Band, Bruce Katz, plus Rob Paparozzi & Ed Palermo Big Band's tribute to Paul Butterfield, and Magic Slim's posthumous latest.
We also had a lean, mean lineup of Blues Birthdays: Fats Domino (Fats Domino - Singer) (2/26/28), John Primer (3/3/45), and J. B. Lenoir (J.B. Lenoir) (3/5/29).
The New Jazz Archive: Billie Holiday has one of jazz's most bittersweet voices, and the biography to match.
TED Radio Hour: In this hour, TED speakers share ideas about what makes us successful.
Wait Wait Don't Tell Me: Recorded in Chicago with Not My Job guest Marky Ramone and panelists Adam Felber, Ophira Eisenberg and Brian Babylon.