11/09/13-11/15/13: Duke Heitger
Trumpeter Duke Heitger isn’t a native New Orleanean, but has lived there many years and talked with Judy about the challenges and advantages of a career in this most musical of cities, when you aren’t a native. Recorded onstage at the Ascona Jazz Festival in Switzerland.
11/16/13-11/22/13: John Bunch
We revisit Judy’s conversation with the late, much-admired pianist John Bunch, where he discusses the changes in the jazz world throughout his long career, and his work with Tony Bennett, Benny Goodman and other jazz giants.
11/23/13-11/29/13: Ava Astaire McKenzie
Ava Astaire McKenzie grew up surrounded by creativity. She draws on this experience lecturing around the world about her father Fred, and has expressed her own creativity in her book “At Home In Ireland” Cooking and Entertaining with Ava Astaire McKenzie. Ava talked with Judy about her life-long love of jazz and the influence jazz had on her father.
11/30/13-12/06/13: Joey Singer
Pianist/conductor talks about his long tenure as music director for Debbie Reynolds and getting back to his jazz roots with his own recording.
12/07/13-12/13/13: Maud Hixson
Judy talks with vocalist Maud Hixon about her new CD “Don’t Let A Good Thing Get Away” and its focus on the compositions on Mickey Leonard.
12/14/13-12/20/13: Leonard Maltin
We revisit Judy’s conversation from 2000 (one of her first for Jazz Inspired) with author and movie critic Leonard Maltin where he discusses his favorite jazz, his own piano playing and his four-hand duet with Judy on Entertainment Tonight.
Part One: 12/21/13-12/27/13: Bill Charlap
Part Two: 12/28/13-01/03/14
Pianist Bill Charlap discusses the influence his musician parents have had on his jazz and his continuing love for the Great American Standards.
01/04/14-01/10/14: Leroy Jones
Trumpeter Leroy Jones talks about blending his New Orleans musical roots, and love for Clifford Brown, and his work with Harry Connick and his own band with his trombonist wife Katja Jones.
01/11/14-01/17/14: Jay Leonhart
Bassist Jay Leonhart discusses his career from TV appearances as a teen playing BANJO, to working with everyone from James Taylor and Queen Latifah to Tony Bennett and Ozzy Osbourne.
01/18/14-01/24/14: Warren Vache
Trumpeter Warren Vaché discusses the realization of his life-long dream to play with strings, what makes a perfect jazz festival, and how to accompany a singer.
01/25/14-01/31/14: Dave Tull
Drummer Dave Tull has provided rhythm for everyone from Chuck Magione and Michael Buble, to Jack Sheldon and Family Guy creator Seth McFarlane. While Dave has also occasionally sung a tune or two with these groups and others, he has recently focused on performing his own beautiful melodies and often hilarious lyrics. Dave is a favorite among jazz musicians, who relish his spot on laments of the sometimes ridiculous challenges jazz musicians face.
02/01/14-02/07/14: Champian Fulton
Pianist/singer Champian Fulton talks about the advantages of starting a music career outside of L.A. or NY and how her father’s taste in music has influenced her since before her birth. Hint: He held headphones up to her mama’s baby bump. Baby Bud Powell, anyone?
02/08/14-02/14/14: Rossano Sportiello
Italian pianist is equally smitten with jazz of the Barry Harris/Tommy Flanagan era and the great stride pianists who came before them. Rossano Sportiello, while extensively trained in classical music, loves jazz and enjoys combining the two.
02/15/14-02/21/14: Pat O’Leary
Bassist Pat O’Leary has helped some of the best musicians in jazz swing like mad: Diana Krall, Bob Dorough, Lionel Hampton, Mel Lewis and others. O’Leary is also a composer and passionate teacher and talked to Judy about a fascinating project in Serbia where he combined his talents, working with students and professionals to present his arrangements of Serbian folk songs as reborn jazz orchestrations.
02/22/14-02/28/14: Karen Allen
Raiders of the Lost Arc star discusses growing up with jazz, her love for Fats Waller and how jazz influences her acting choices.
03/01/14-03/07/14: John O’Conor
We revisit Judy’s conversation with Irish classical pianist John O’Conor, recorded at Steinway Hall in NYC and where she talked him into performing some jazz-inspired classical pieces on one of the many great Steinway grands sitting nearby.
03/08/14-03/14/14: Sandy Stewart
Singer Sandy Stewart discusses her most recent CD with her son, pianist Bill Charlap, and the special musical connection they share.
Film maker “Huey” discusses his documentary about the late pianist Marian McPartland, which is part of his series of films about fascinating older artists.
03/22/14-03/28/14: Monty Alexander
Jazz pianist Monte Alexander talks about how growing up in Jamaica influenced his music as well as his love of American Westerns and country music.
03/29/14-04/04/14: Mark Whitfield
Judy talked to guitarist Mark Whitfield onstage at the 2013 Ascona Jazz Festival in Switzerland, where he discussed his work with pop and jazz musicians and the influence each style has on the other.