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Mon September 20, 2004
Columns

Program Line-up for Sunday, September 26th

Welcome to another week of fall and a great line-up of tasteful tunes this Sunday, September 26th, including JAZZ ON THE SIDE profiling Lucky Thompson at noon!

We'll start you off at 11:00 am as another month blows by with Riverwalk and "Porgy & Bess: A Jazz Transcription Part 2." William Warfield returns in his spectacular role as narrator for the conclusion of this two-part program in which Porgy's love for Bess is put to the test. Tunes include "It Ain't Necessarily So," "A Red-Headed Woman," and "Oh Lawd, I'm on my Way."

Start to pull out your pumpkins as October rolls around at noon with Jazz On The Side and Lucky Thompson. Lucky was a pioneer of modern tenor sax in the 40's, from featured soloist with Count Basie to early recordings with Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Charles Mingus, and Miles Davis, he exemplified the jazz musician's struggle for recognition and justice for 35 years. In 1978 he quit music and disappeared.

Slow down and relax after a hard week of work at 5:00 pm with Jazz Profiles and Charlie Parker (Part 2). The concluding half of this trip focuses on Bird's influence on other musicians, his celebrated return to New York, his superstar acceptance in Europe, his experimentations with strings, and his premature tragic death. Interviewees include Jackie McLean and Mitch Miller.

Wrap up warm as the temperature begins to drop at 6:00 pm with Jazz From Lincoln Center and "America in Rhythm and Tune." The quintessential American big band and the quintessential American composer who could ask for anything more? Ellington wrote nearly 2000 compositions--from evocative blues to sultry Latin beats, and from sexy ballads to the stomping juggernauts. With Wynton Marsalis at the helm, the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra takes on "Sophisticated Lady," the iconic "Take the A Train," Duke's little known "The Shepherd" and plenty in between.

Sip on some steaming hot cocoa at 7:00 pm with Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz and Norah Jones. Norah Jones has taken the music world by storm with her smoky, sweet voice and a style that combines elements of jazz, folk, country and soul. Blending intimate vocals with superb songwriting and piano playing, Jones debut album, Come Away With Me, shows of recent years, Jones brings her warmth to Hoagy Carmicheal's "The Nearness of You," and together McPartland and Jones witness the beginning of a "Beautiful Friendship."

And finally, let the tunes of JazzSet at 8:00 pm sing you to sleep with Cassandra Wilson at NJPAC. A sold-out house at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark gives Cassandra Wilson a hometown embrace. She sings music by Muddy Waters, Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan, and Sting with her own spare instrumental arrangements and dream-inspiring voice.

We hope you'll tune in this last Sunday of September for our great line-up of programs.