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: Sandy Stewart
Singer Sandy Stewart discusses her most recent CD with her son, pianist Bill Charlap, and the special musical connection they share.
03/08/14-03/14/14: 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.
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.