Upcoming Guests

Jeff Sharp airs 9/27-10/3
Film producer (“Boys Don’t Cry”) discusses his passion for jazz and the important role music plays in the pacing and mood of a film.

Christopher Guest airs 10/4/2014 – 10/10/2014
Writer/Director/Actor (“Best in Show”, “Waiting for Guffman”, “This is Spinal Tap”) Christopher Guest equates his movie-making process with jazz performance.

Deanna Witkowski airs 10/11/2014 – 10/17/2014
Composer/pianist/vocalist, Deanna Witkowski, started as a classical pianist and now specializes in jazz, Brazilian, afro-cuban and sacred music.

Steve Brown airs 10/18/2014 – 10/24/2014
The great British drummer discusses his wide range of influences and his work with Scott Hamilton, John Bunch, Barry Harris and other jazz giants.

Conal Fowkes airs 10/25/2014 – 10/31/2014
Pianist Conal Fowkes discusses his long participation in Woody Allen’s jazz band and his recent part doing the vocals and piano work of the Cole Porter character in Woody’s film Midnight in Paris.

Skitch Henderson airs 11/1/2014 – 11/7/2014
We revisit Judy’s conversation with the late Skitch Henderson about his Hollywood years with Bing Crosby and Sinatra and his long career with the NBC Orchestra and the Tonight Show.

Freddy Cole airs 11/8/2014 – 11/14/2014

Matt Munisteri airs 11/15/2014 – 11/21/2014
Guitarist/vocalist Matt Munisteri talks about drawing on jazz and western swing for his unique approach to playing and composing.

Catherine Russell airs 11/22/2014 – 11/28/2014
Catherine has enjoyed a long career as a back up singer with everyone from David Bowie to Jackson Browne but is now focusing on the music of her father, Luis Russell, who was music director for Louis Armstrong and led his own bands in the 20′s and 30′s. Catherine discusses her love of New Orleans music and early jazz and what it means to come to this music at this stage of her career.

Axel Zwingenberger airs 11/29/2014 – 12/5/2014
German boogie-woogie pianist Axel Zwingenberger and American vocalist Lila Ammons (opera singer and granddaughter of pianist Albert and niece of saxophonist Gene) talk about working together, in spite of their very different cultural and musical backgrounds.

E.L. Doctorow airs 12/6/2014 – 12/12/2014
Novelist E. L. Doctorow (Ragtime, The Book of Daniel) was first introduced to jazz through his father who owned a record store in the thirties and helped John Hammond build his early record collection.

Richard Maltby airs 12/13/2014 – 12/19/2014
Tony Award winning director/lyricist Richard Maltby discusses his Fats Waller inspired play “Ain’t Misbehavin’”, his screenwriting, and how jazz influences everything he creates.

Marilyn Maye airs 12/20/2014 – 12/26/2014
80-years young, Marilyn performs with energy a 40-year-old would envy and a talent that Johnny Carson honored a record 70 times on his “Tonight Show”.

Roger Michell airs 12/27/2014 – 1/2/2015
Listen to a full-length program of Jazz Inspired, featuring British film director Roger Michell (Notting Hill).

Roy Scheider airs 1/3/2015 – 1/9/2015
The late Roy Scheider was inspired to be an actor by the collaborative creativity he saw with the jazz groups he heard as a young man. Roy discusses how jazz continued to inspire him throughout his stage and screen career.

Chevy Chase airs 1/10/2015 – 1/16/2015
The comedian Chevy Chase talks about jazz and comedy and his own Bill Evans-influenced piano playing.