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The Bridge features classic jazz recordings, new releases, local musicians and interviews with the people who make jazz exciting.

Joel HurdHost Joel Hurdsays:

It all started with public radio. Growing up 50 miles west of Boston I would tune in to WGBH-FM every night to hear Eric in the Evening with Eric Jackson. His voice was (and still is) amazing and the music he played gave my 12-year-old ears a thrill that exists to this day.

That was right around the time that I started playing guitar. So the Miles, Sonny Rollins, Art Blakey, Coltrane, Bill Evans and Duke Ellington that Eric was playing got mixed in my brain with Pat Metheny, John Scofield, Robben Ford, Mike Stern, Steve Morse and Scott Henderson. The result is how I hear the music today.

On The Bridge you won't hear screaming guitars or drum machines, but you will hear a program that embraces the new sounds of jazz and celebrates the classics that have shaped those sounds. We'll also play a cut or two from a classic piece of vinyl from the NCPR jazz collection and usually spend a few minutes chatting with an artist about a new release or upcoming concert.

As with all of our programs, your input is welcomed and encouraged. Please drop me an email and let me know what you think. E-mail Joel

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Burlington Discover Jazz Festival
Joel's Jazz Performer Picks
Recorded live at The Blue Whale in Los Angeles, the Grammy-winning pianist and his quartet make psychic connections to Freddie Hubbard via "Bolivia."
In a 2002 session, Miller's unique harmonic and rhythmic style comes through in his composition, "Carousel." He also joins host Marian McPartland for Duke Ellington's "What Am I Here For?"
The great jazz photographer Chuck Stewart recently found six rolls of 50-year-old film in his archive. They contained previously unpublished shots of John Coltrane recording his masterpiece.
Loueke is one of the most distinctive artists on the world-music scene. Loueke gets African-style rhythms going, tapping on his guitar and using his effects pedals at the Kennedy Center.
At the Kennedy Center Jazz Club, the trio plays everything from bebop classics to Cole Porter and Thelonious Monk. Mulgrew's take on the timeless ballad "My Foolish Heart" is unforgettable.
The Grammy Award-winning singer joins host Michael Feinstein to talk about his own musical evolution. McFerrin demonstrates his a cappella style and performs songs from <em>Porgy and Bess.</em>
The Portuguese term — which embodies a particular mix of melancholy, longing and loss — has no direct equivalent in English. But it does find full expression in bittersweet music.
<em>JazzSet</em> celebrates the 70th birthday of NEA Jazz Master Kenny Barron with new duets featuring bassist Dave Holland at the Kennedy Center's Family Theater. Plus, hear a solo Barron set from the Caramoor Jazz Festival.

Finding Music

You can find or special order any of the music heard on this program from local music stores, including:
Northern Music & Video, Potsdam: 315-265-8100
Ampersound, Saranac Lake:
Peacock Music, Plattsburgh:

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 Recent Jazz Interviews on The Bridge

TD Ottawa International Jazz Fest welcomes hundreds of musicians to Canada's capital

This year's TD Ottawa International Jazz Festival will feature over 120 concerts and over 800 artists. Petr Cancura is the Programming Director for the festival and he's in charge of determining who those artists are and where they'll be playing. He talked about the festival with Joel Hurd on The Bridge.  Go to full article

Kingston Jazz Fest features wonderfully diverse lineup

This year's Empire Life Kingston Jazz Festival in Kingston, Ontario features The Anat Cohen Quartet, Sophie Milman, The Jerry Granelli Trio, Tanya Tagaq, Homburger/Guy/Niggli, and the Joe Lovano & Dave Douglas Quintet. Brian McCurdy, the Cultural Director for the city of Kingston, talked about it with Joel Hurd on The Bridge.  Go to full article

Ten days of jazz in Burlington

The Burlington Discover Jazz Festival returns for ten days beginning Friday, June 1, at a variety of venues throughout the city. The festival's Managing Director, Brian Mital, talked about this year's highlights with Joel Hurd.  Go to full article
Tom Tallitsch
Tom Tallitsch

Tenor Saxophonist Tom Tallitsch's new CD, Heads Or Tales, blends classic sounds with contemporary compositions

Tom Tallitsch has just released a new CD for Posi-Tone Records, and has tapped three great players to interpret his modern compositions with an old school sound. He talked about it with Joel Hurd on The Bridge.  Go to full article
Melissa Stylianou's "Silent Movie"
Melissa Stylianou's "Silent Movie"

Singer Melissa Stylianou's new CD is a compelling mix of standards, originals, and re-worked pop tunes

Melissa Stylianou has roots in Toronto and London, Ontario, but for the last six years has been a busy singer and educator in New York City. Her fourth CD, Silent Movie, has just been released on Anzic Records, and she talked about the CD, her early years as an aspiring actress in Toronto, and more with Joel Hurd on The Bridge.  Go to full article
Carl Bartlett, Jr.
Carl Bartlett, Jr.

A strong debut for alto saxophonist Carl Bartlett, Jr.

Alto saxophonist Carl Bartlett, Jr's debut CD, Hopeful, features six original tunes and a guest appearance by the trumpeter who turned him on to jazz more than 15 years ago: his uncle Charles. He talked about the CD, his musical vision, and more with Joel Hurd on The Bridge.  Go to full article

Drummer Jack DeJohnette's Sound Travels features nice melodies and strong grooves

Jack DeJohnette is widely regarded as one of the greatest drummers in the world. This year he celebrates his 70th birthday and shows no signs of slowing down. His latest CD is "Sound Travels" on E-One Records. He talked about it with Joel Hurd on The Bridge.  Go to full article
The SFJAZZ Collective
The SFJAZZ Collective

The SFJAZZ Collective to make three stops in the region

Jazz supergroup The SFJAZZ Collective will be playing three shows in the area next week. March 2nd at The Flynn Theatre in Burlington, March 3rd at Hosmer Hall at SUNY Potsdam, and March 4th at The Egg in Albany. The concerts will feature music of Stevie Wonder along with original compositions from the band members. The group's trombonist Robin Eubanks talked with Joel Hurd on The Bridge.  Go to full article
Kevin Crabb
Kevin Crabb

Drummer Kevin Crabb returns to Toronto to record the new CD, Waltz for Dylan

Kevin Crabb grew up in Toronto but has lived in Los Angeles since his college days at Pepperdine University. His debut CD, Waltz for Dylan, was recorded in his hometown and features nine original compositions. He talked about it with Joel Hurd on The Bridge  Go to full article
Shirley Crabbe's new CD, <em>Home</em>
Shirley Crabbe's new CD, Home

Singer Shirley Crabbe releases her debut CD, "Home"

Jazz singer Shirley Crabbe's new CD, Home is getting rave reviews and lots of national attention. She joined Joel Hurd on The Bridge (via Skype from her home near NYC) to talk about the new disc, growing up in a musical family, and a vocal cord injury that nearly ended her singing career before it ever even started.  Go to full article

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