The Bridge with Joel Hurd

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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 They contained previously unpublished shots of John Coltrane recording his masterpiece.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:
Peacock Music, Plattsburgh:

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 Recent Jazz Interviews on The Bridge

Ken McCarthy talks about Jazz on the Tube

Ken McCarthy makes his living as an internet marketing professional, but jazz is one of his true passions. So in January 2009 he founded Just a year and a half later nearly 20,000 people have subscribed to this free service. Ken talked about it with Joel Hurd on "The Bridge".  Go to full article

Burlington's Discover Jazz Festival announces 2010 lineup

The Burlington Discover Jazz Festival seems to have music for every taste this year. The festival's managing director, Brian Mital, talked about it with Joel Hurd on "The Bridge".  Go to full article
Tia Fuller
Tia Fuller

Saxophonist Tia Fuller takes time away from playing with Beyonce to release new CD

Saxophonist Tia Fuller's new CD, "Decisive Steps", is just out on Mack Avenue Records. She talked about it with Joel Hurd on "The Bridge".  Go to full article
Ramona Borthwick
Ramona Borthwick

Pianist Ramona Borthwick releases new CD

Pianist/composer Ramona Borthwick, who spent several years in nearby Ottawa, has a new CD. She talked about it with Joel Hurd on "The Bridge".  Go to full article
Angela Hagenbach
Angela Hagenbach

Singer Angela Hagenbach pays tribute to three composers on her new CD.

Singer Angela Hagenbach's new CD, "The Way They Make Me Feel" pays tribute to Henry Mancini, Michel Legrand and Johnny Mandel. She talked about it with Joel Hurd on "The Bridge".  Go to full article
Alex Hargreaves
Alex Hargreaves

Violinist Alex Hargreaves releases a new CD

Jazz violinist Alex Hargreaves has just released his debut CD at the age of 17. Joel hurd talked with him about it on "The Bridge".  Go to full article

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