04/13-04/19: Marian McPartland
Judy turns the tables on Marian (Marian interviewed Judy years ago) and talks with Marian about her adventures during WWII playing for the troops and meeting Jimmy McPartland during this period and how it all influenced her music and career.
04/20-04/26: Bucky Pizzarelli
Guitar legend Bucky Pizzarelli, talks about Eddie Lang, Dick McDonough, and others who influenced him, and what it takes to be a great rhythm guitarist.
04/27-05/03: George Rodrigue
New Orleans painter talks about how growing up in the south and experiencing jazz has influenced his painting – from his “Blue Dog” portraits to his posters for “Jazz Fest.”
05/04-05/10: John Lithgow
We revisit Judy’s 2008 conversation with stage and screen star, John Lithgow, who talks about his love for classic jazz, recording a jazz-inspired children’s record, and how improvisational acting influences even the most scripted performance.
05/11-05/17: Jon Weber
Chicago pianist Jon Weber talks about his jingle writing years, his love for every kind of jazz from the early days to the present, and what his recent move to NYC has done for his playing.
05/18-05/24: Andrew Suvalsky
Interior designer and jazz vocalist Andrew Suvalski discusses combining two full-time careers and how the two inspire each other.
05/25-05/31: Melinda Doolittle
Even Simon Cowell was wowed by vocalist Melinda Doolittle, on the sixth season of American Idol, and although he said she should have won, she placed third in the competition. Melinda discusses what her music education and career as a back up singer brings to the solo career she enjoys now.
06/01-06/07: John Allred
Trombone virtuoso talks about the influence his trombone-playing father Bill Allred had on him growing up and what it takes to be a great player in every setting.
06/08-06/14: Wayne Bergeron
Trumpet man Wayne Bergeron is known for his amazing high notes and studio work, and making everyone else sound great. In Judy’s 2007 discussion with Wayne he revealed what it was like to finally record under his own name and receive a Grammy nomination for his efforts.
06/15-06/21: George Gee
“I think I’m the only Chinese/American Big Band Leader in the country,” says George Gee, and a more enthusiastic proponent of this music cannot be found. George discusses keeping this music alive and the great advice he got from his mentor Count Basie.
06/22-06/28: Stuart Isacoff
Author, educator and classical and jazz pianist Stuart Isacoff explains how the openness and improvisation of jazz has affected his writing and other creative endeavors.
06/29-07/05: Dick Hyman
Pianist/composer talks about his work for Woody Allen and early TV.
07/06-07/12: Mina Agossi
French singer Mina Agossi draws on opera, hip hop and jazz to create her unique approach to the Great American Songbook.
07/13-07/19: Jonathan Schwartz
We revisit Judy’s 2006 conversation with singer, radio personality and Sinatra authority Jonathan Schwartz, who talks about his early years in radio and growing up with his famous father, composer Arthur Schwartz.