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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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One of the world's best jazz drummers is also a singer-songwriter, session man for Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell and the son of a preacher man. It's all potently distilled for his band of over 15 years.
 
Metal superstar Robert Trujillo never spoke with the late Jaco Pastorius. But Trujillo is funding a film and a new compilation of demo recordings from his personal bass guitar hero.
 
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 They contained previously unpublished shots of John Coltrane recording his masterpiece.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>
 


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:
518-891-3114
Peacock Music, Plattsburgh:
518-561-0555

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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

Singer Alan Leatherman makes a strong debut with "Detour Ahead"

Alan Leatherman's new CD, Detour Ahead, is a very appealing, yet simple, celebration of songs that fit the theme, "The Blues In Love". It's Joel Hurd's favorite CD release of 2011. Alan talked about it with Joel on The Bridge.  Go to full article
Paul Meyers
Paul Meyers

Potsdam native Paul Meyers releases new CD

Guitarist Paul Meyers grew up in Potsdam and now lives in the New York City area. He's a fixture on the Brazilian jazz scene in the city, teaches at two colleges, and is the longtime guitarist for legendary singer Jon Hendricks. Paul's latest CD, recorded here in the North Country, is called Welcome Home. He talked about it with Joel Hurd on The Bridge.  Go to full article
Frank Vignola
Frank Vignola

Guitarist Frank Vignola to play in Norwood

Frank Vignola is one of the busiest guitarists on the jazz scene today. His versatility, showmanship, and blistering technique have made him a favorite around the world. Later this week he and his trio will play the Norwood Village Green Concert Series. He talked about his music with Joel Hurd on The Bridge.  Go to full article

Preview: Kingston Jazz Festival

The Kingston Jazz Festival takes place today through Saturday with five headlining performances and other jazz activities around the city. Recently Joel Hurd spoke with Brian McCurdy, the cultural director for the City of Kingston, Ontario, to find out more.  Go to full article

Preview: Burlington Jazz Festival starts Friday

The Burlington Discover Jazz Festival kicks off this Friday at various venues around Burlington, and this year features more music than ever before. Joel Hurd spoke with the festival's Managing Director Brian Mital.  Go to full article

Guitarist Steve Khan's new CD, Parting Shot, is a celebration of Latin Jazz

Guitarist Steve Khan has always used Latin rhythms on his CDs, but the new CD, Parting Shot, is a full-out Latin Jazz effort from this veteran jazz guitarist. he talked about the new CD and more with Joel Hurd on The Bridge.  Go to full article
Julian Lage (courtesy julianlage.com)
Julian Lage (courtesy julianlage.com)

Guitarist Julian Lage mixes many musical styles on the new CD "Gladwell"

At age 23 Julian Lage has just released the followup to his Grammy-nominated 2009 debut CD, "Sounding Point". Without any lyrics, "Gladwell" tells the story of an imaginary and forgotten town through music. He talked about the new CD and lots more with Joel Hurd on The Bridge.  Go to full article
Elizabeth Woodbury Kasius & Heard
Elizabeth Woodbury Kasius & Heard

Local pianist/composer Elizabeth Woodbury Kasius releases new CD, Karibu

Elizabeth Woodbury Kasius, who grew up on the southern edge of the North Country in Queensbury has a new CD called Karibu. She talked about the new disc, and her very talented band which she calls Heard, with Joel Hurd on The Bridge.  Go to full article

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