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The Jazz River: My East is Your West

Matthew Goldwasser

From the Beatles and the Byrds in rock to Vijay Iyer and Rudresh Mahanthappa in jazz, Western musicians have used drones and the raga format to thoroughly explore how Indian…

The Jazz River: Summer Abroad

Matthew Goldwasser

Like a well-used Eurail Pass, this week's Jazz River excursion travels to 11 countries in Europe including unlikely places for jazz like Hungary, Serbia and Azerbaijan. Tune in for some…

The Jazz River: Crossing Streams-Eastern and Central European Jazz

Matthew Goldwasser

Musicians from Eastern and Central Europe took to Jazz enthusiastically, so much so that many totalitarian governments banned it and especially the saxophone. Still they persisted, drawing on folk melodies…

The Jazz River: Jimi and Frank

Matthew Goldwasser

Since 1952, the jazz magazine DownBeat has elected musicians into its Hall of Fame. In all that time only two rock musicians were ever inducted, both posthumously. Jimi Hendrix in…

The Jazz River: Inside Flying Dutchman Records

Matthew Goldwasser

From 1969-1976 Flying Dutchman Records was among most diverse and the weirdest of labels during an era of diversity and weirdness. It gave starts to Gil Scott-Heron, Leon Thomas and…

The Jazz River: Jazz from the Rising Sun

Matthew Goldwasser

Why is Jazz so wildly popular in Japan, perhaps even more than in the U.S.? Why are there amazing recordings only available there? Why does a Japanese fan have a…

The Jazz River: In the Orbit of Ra--exploring the genius of Sun Ra

Matthew Goldwasser

“I'm one that will cause people to scratch their heads in wonderment in search of their hollow hearts and look in their souls and wonder, Where did he come from? What is he?” Just…

The Jazz River: Into the Mystic

Matthew Goldwasser

The Jazz River goes Into the Mystic for a program of trance, meditation, and spiritual grooves on Sunday, January 12 at 5 pm. Check out North African Gnawa, Indian drone,…

The Jazz River: Land of Milk & Honey

Matthew Goldwasser

To celebrate the first night of Chanukah, the Jazz River travels to the Land of Milk and Honey to share sounds from Jewish, Israeli and Palestinian jazz musicians. Grooves from…

The Jazz River: Musical Genre Crossing

Matthew Goldwasser

Jazz fascinates all manner of musicians. How about a ska band playing Eddie Harris? What about when Bluegrass goes Miles Davis or African kora players swing Charlie Parker? Have you…

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