Peter Levinson, author of Tommy Dorsey: Livin' in a Great Big Way, chats with Jill about swing legend and big-band leader, Tommy Dorsey. Dorsey, and his brother Jimmy, helped define American pop music from the '20s to the '50s. You'll also hear rare recordings of the Dorsey Orchestra. Originally aired on May 27, 2006.
The charming duo Coco Soleil and Christiana Gallagher deliver a combination of sophisticated, yet naive, French vocal selections from the renaissance to modern day, with guitar and percussion. Originally aired November 4, 2006.
Jill Pasternak hosts 2006 National Medal of Arts winner Erich Kunzel, conductor of the Cincinnati Pops. Dubbed the "Prince of Pops" by the Chicago Tribune, he's celebrating the 50th anniversary of his conducting debut. Originally aired June 18, 2006.
Jill speaks with piano virtuoso Lang Lang. A child prodigy in China, he began playing when he was only two years old. He entered the Curtis Institute of Music when he was 14, and made his U.S. debut in 1998. But it was his spellbinding performance at the 1999 Ravinia Festival that catapulted him into international fame. Originally Aired April 23, 2005.
Russian violin virtuoso Maxim Vengerov chats with Jill Pasternak about his worldwide concerto and solo recital tours. A 2004 Grammy winner for Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (with Orchestra) for the Britten: Violin Concerto/Walton: Viola Concerto, Vengerov has released a documentary film, Living the Dream. Originally aired October 14, 2006.
Acclaimed pianist Jorge Federico Osorio talks with Jill Pasternak about his interesting career. Born in Mexico City, he has performed with leading orchestras around the world. Although primarily a classical pianist, Osorio's recordings also include Piano Espagnol and Mexican Piano Music by Manuel M. Ponce. Originally aired on August 13, 2005.
This week, Jill interviews an exciting new light on the music scene. His name is Gordon Goodwin, and he has been responsible for creating a new genre of music, with his Big Phat Band?contemporary big band jazz. His newest album, The Phat Pack, highlights once again his 18 man band, made up of some of the finest studio musicians in the music world today. Inspired by the big bands of the early to mid 20th century, his new take is both nostalgic and brilliant.