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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 They contained previously unpublished shots of John Coltrane recording his masterpiece.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:
518-891-3114
Peacock Music, Plattsburgh:
518-561-0555

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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
Monty Alexander
Monty Alexander

Piano legend Monty Alexander featured on "The Bridge"

Jamaica-born Monty Alexander is widely regarded as one of the best pianists in the history of jazz. He's celebrating 50 years as a professional musician with a new live CD, "Uplift", and he talked about the CD and his career with Joel Hurd on The Bridge.  Go to full article
Bucky Pizzarelli
Bucky Pizzarelli

Preview: Jazz great Bucky Pizzarelli in Potsdam

A jazz legend who has played professionally for over 65 years will be playing a special concert in Potsdam Thursday night. Joel Hurd has a preview.  Go to full article
Larry Ham
Larry Ham

Pianist Larry Ham to tour the North Country

Pianist Larry Ham returns to the North Country March 11-14 to play shows in Upper Jay, Saranac Lake and Potsdam. He'll also be working with jazz bands at Keene Central School and Canton High School and giving a music business workshop at his alma mater, The Crane School of Music. He talked about all of this and more with Joel Hurd on The Bridge.  Go to full article
Jonathan Kreisberg
Jonathan Kreisberg

Guitarist Jonathan Kreisberg releases new CD, "Shadowless"

Amazing technique is on display on guitarist Jonathan Kreisberg's 8th CD, "Shadowless." It features a fascinating variety of compositions & sounds, and a tight, locked-in band. He talked about it with Joel Hurd on The Bridge.  Go to full article
Matthew Rybicki
Matthew Rybicki

Bassist Matthew Rybicki offers a strong debut with his new CD, "Driven"

Matthew Rybicki is a very busy bassist in New York. With degrees from Berklee and Julliard and sideman experience with the best jazz players in the city, he waited until age 37 to record his first CD. The results are worth the wait and he talked about it (via Skype) with Joel Hurd on The Bridge.  Go to full article
Jonathan Lorentz
Jonathan Lorentz

Saxman Jonathan Lorentz pushes the idea of the saxophone trio on his new CD, Borderlands

Shrewsbury, VT native Jonathan Lorentz is no stranger to North Country audiences, having lived in Queensbury for a few years. His new CD, Borderlands, is a sparse and intense offering of sax, bass and drums. He talked about it with Joel Hurd on The Bridge.  Go to full article

Pianist Leslie Pintchik's new CD is all about listening

Leslie Pintchik is a busy New York-based pianist and her latest CD, "We're Here To Listen" is an appealing mix of covers and originals. She spoke with Joel Hurd on The Bridge  Go to full article
Yeahwon Shin
Yeahwon Shin

Singer Yeahwon Shin talks about her U.S. debut CD, "Yeahwon"

Korean singer Yeahwon Shin's U.S. debut features eleven songs...nine in Portugese and two in Korean. It's Joel Hurd's pick for album of the year and she spoke with him about it on The Bridge.  Go to full article

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