Today is the 100th anniversary of the birth of Billie Holiday. In honor of her birth, we speak to Johann Hari, author of Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the American Drug War, the centerpiece of which tells the tale of Harry Anslinger, the first head of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, and his personal war to destroy Billie Holiday. Holiday struggled with heroin addiction but was also emblematic of the fearlessness of standing up against racism. Anslinger was a racist and he hated jazz, so Billie Holiday embodied all that he loathed.
Marc Steiner Show producer Mark Gunnery shares an appreciation and review of the latest John Coltrane release, Offering: Live at Temple University. The recording documents one of Coltrane’s final concerts on November 11, 1966, and offers a glimpse of where he was heading musically in the final months of his life.
Fifty years ago today, John Coltrane recorded his classic album A Love Supreme. We discuss the lasting impact of that album with: Robert Shahid, jazz drummer and co-host of The Baltimore Blend on WEAA; Doc Manning, host of In the Tradition on WEAA; Nasar Abadey, drummer, composer, and percussion instructor at the Peabody Institute; Lewis Porter, jazz pianist, composer, Professor of Music at Rutgers University, Founder and Director of the Master’s Program in Jazz History and Research, and author of John Coltrane: His Life and Music; and Marcellus “The Bassman” Shepard, host of In the Groove on WEAA and co-host of the nationally syndicated Cool Jazz Countdown.
We talk with Judy Chalkin, producer and director of the documentary The Girls In The Band, about female jazz and big band instrumentalists and their fascinating, groundbreaking journeys from the late 30s to the present day. The Girls in the Bandwill show Thursday April 17th at 6pm at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum.
We bring you a special musical treat – Baltimore’s First Lady of Jazz Ethel Ennis will be in-studio along with her husband, writer and former Baltimore Sun reporter Earl Arnett, and pianist, songwriter, producer, and Baltimore native Cyrus Chestnut. Ethel and Cyrus will be performing Friday and Saturday night at An Die Musik!
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