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.
Jill remembers an icon, Edith Piaf, a Parisian singer who captured the hearts of the entire world with her passionate and earthy performances. The show was inspired by the release of La Vie en Rose, a film which was one of the centerpiece productions of the Philadelphia Film Festival, which ended last week. Mike Lerman from the Festival staff joins Jill for the show.
Pianist Simone Dinnerstein: Her recording of Bach's <i>Goldberg Variations</i> has won praise.
William H. Johnson's <i>World on Paper</i> at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
The Independence Seaport Museum at Penn's Landing in Philadelphia--the waterfront museum includes a working boat shop, an 1892 battleship used in the Spanish-American War, and a World War II submarine.
Jill Pasternak spoke with baritone Thomas Hampson in 2006 when he was in Philadelphia on tour with his latest project with the Library of Congress: The American Songbook. We examine his stellar career, and his personal views about the mission of music, and in particular American music.