4/12/14-4/18/14: 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.
4/19/14-4/25/14: Chico Hamilton
NEA Jazz Master winner, legendary drummer Chico Hamilton discusses starting the West Coast jazz sound in the early years of his career, his appearance in the film classic “Sweet Smell of Success” and why so many young musicians today can’t swing.
4/26/14-5/2/14: James Gavin
Writer James Gavin discusses his biographies on Chet Baker, Lena Horne and Peggy Lee and the combination of great talent and great heart that inspired him to write about these three greats.
5/3/14-5/9/14: Billy Joel
Musician Billy Joel discusses his studies with jazz great Lennie Tristano and how jazz influences his own music.
5/10/14-5/16/14: George Wein
Jazz impresario George Wein talks about creating the festival phenomenon, his own piano playing and his continuing love affair with jazz.
5/17/14-5/23/14: Charles Osgood
Radio personality and host of CBS Sunday Morning Charles Osgood compares jazz performances and his own writing for radio and TV.
5/24/14-5/30/14: Ken Page
Broadway star Ken Page (Ain’t Misbehavin’, Cats) and movie actor (Dreamgirls) talks about the way jazz used to influence stage performers and how he misses that influence in many performers today.
5/31/14-6/6/14: Neal deGrasse Tyson
Astrophysicist and director of the Hayden Planetarium in NYC discusses his love of blues and the connection between science and music.
6/7/14-6/13/14: Judith Schlesinger
In her new book “The Insanity Hoax” Schlesinger lays siege to the popular notion that to be truly creative, a person must be mentally unbalanced. A PhD psychologist and a jazz critic, Schlesinger discusses myths about Charlie Parker, Chet Baker and other jazz musicians presumed to have been insane to some degree. Judy and Judith discuss the psychology of genius and Judith’s fascinating and multi-faceted career.
6/14/14-6/20/14: Bryan Batt
Actor/Writer Bryan Batt discusses his role as Salvatore Romano on Mad Men, his recent book about his mother and how jazz and growing up in New Orleans inspires his creativity.