Tune in throughout the month to hear jazz music from new and established voices in the genre, such as Terri Lyne Carrington, Christian McBride, and Monty Alexander, as well as live coverage of the NEA Jazz Masters Jazz Tribute Concert, and much more. See the full programming lineup below, and start listening to Real Jazz and Watercolors now.
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Watercolors Broadcast Schedule (all times ET)
JAM edition: The Craft Room with Andy Snitzer
Powerhouse saxophonist Andy Snitzer’s multi-faceted career includes touring with Billy Joel, Rolling Stones, Sting, and — for the last 20 years — as part of Paul Simon’s band. As we celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month, Andy is your Guest DJ, spinning music from the masters who not only influenced him but laid the groundwork for contemporary jazz today. From Stanley Turrentine and Grover Washington Jr. to David Sanborn, take a musical journey with Andy from his Craft Room in New York.
The Dave Koz Lounge
This week in honor of Jazz Appreciation Month, Dave Koz traces our musical family tree to jazz legend Herbie Hancock. He’ll remember the late saxophonist Kevin Garren, a longtime member of Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band, plus give a respectful nod to song crafter, singer, and humanitarian Roberta Flack.
Real Jazz Broadcast Schedule (all times ET)
Women In Jazz
The women of Vocal Gumbo, Janis Siegel from Manhattan Transfer, and Lauren Kinhan from the New York Voices present a five-part musical history of women in jazz. Catch a new part premiering every Sunday in April from 10am to 1pm, with rebroadcasts on Tuesdays at 3am, Thursdays at 5pm, and Fridays at 9am.
Week 1: A Shot History of Women In Jazz
Week 2: The Young Lionesses
Week 3: Women of The World
Week 4: Pioneers of Activism
Week 5: The Fine Wine Set: The Great Women of the 20th Century
Terri Lyne Carrington Town Hall
Terri Lyne Carrington‘s incredible run of honors this century continues later this month when she is awarded the highest government honor given to a jazz musician: NEA Jazz Master. On April 15 at 2pm, the week before the ceremony, the GRAMMY-winning musician sits down to answer questions from the Real Jazz audience, hosted by her long-time friend and legendary activist Angela Davis. She’ll also announce details of her new SiriusXM Real Jazz weekly series. Hear rebroadcasts of the special on April 15 at 12am, April 16 at 8pm, April 17 at 5pm, April 18 at 1pm, April 19 at 9am, and April 20 at 6pm.
Friday Jam Session: Jazz and Comedy
Funny people who like jazz and musicians who are funny is the theme all month on the Real Jazz Friday Jam Session, featuring Guest DJs every Friday at 3pm and midnight in April.
April 2 – Comedian and Berklee College of Music graduate Eric Andre plays music and talks about his new Netflix movie, Bad Trip.
April 9 – Comedian Alonzo Bodden is a grand prize winner of the show Last Comic Standing and is known for his many appearances on jazz cruises and at jazz festivals as well as his funny public feud with jazz star and humorist Robert Glasper.
April 16 – When Chuck Redd was 21, the vibraphonist brought Dizzy Gillespie home for Thanksgiving dinner. The legendary jazz funnyman came back for the next 10 holidays to eat and laugh with his mom. When his son, Charlie Redd, was 21 he joined the staff of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. The two-time Emmy-winning writer joins his father on Real Jazz to talk about his grandmother, Dizzy, and John Oliver.
April 23 – Jamaica’s gift to the jazz world, Monty Alexander is also one of the funniest men in the genre. From being discovered by Frank Sinatra as a kid to getting a record company to sign him because Oscar Peterson said so, the pianist has been associated with the biggest names in jazz. He was also named by Jazz Times magazine as one of the funniest names in the genre. He reveals all the jokers in jazz and plays their music.
NEA Jazz Masters Tribute Concert
The annual star-studded event premieres April 22 at 8pm ET and features musicians who are awarded the government’s highest jazz honor. The 2021 class includes frequent Real Jazz guest host Terri Lyne Carrington. The drummer is joined by saxophonist Henry Threadgill, drummer Albert “Tootie” Heath, and historian Phil Schaap. The virtual event is produced by the SF Jazz Center and is hosted by singer Dee Dee Bridgewater and actor Delroy Lindo. Performers include Wynton Marsalis, Dianne Reeves, Danilo Perez, and others. You can also hear a rebroadcast on April 23 at 12am.
The Lowdown: Conversations with Christian
Christian McBride, the multi-GRAMMY-winning bassist, begins a new season of his popular interview/music show just a week before the Oscars. The social-distancing version premieres every Saturday at 12pm, with a rebroadcast on Tuesdays at 9pm, and includes Christian with his jazz friends as well as luminaries from the sports and entertainment fields.
April 17: Andra Day and Kris Bowers – The 2021 Oscar nominees join Christian for his season premiere. Ms. Day is nominated for Best Actress for the film The United States vs. Billie Holiday. Even though Mr. Bowers scored the film, his nomination is as co-producer for the Best Documentary Short, A Concerto Is A Conversation, a film about his grandfather.
April 25: On Oscars weekend, trumpeter, composer, and 2021 Oscar nominee Terence Blanchard joins Christian to talk about his score to the film Da 5 Bloods and his opera that opens this fall season at the Metropolitan Opera.
Plus, in May, hear from guests Eugene Ashe, writer/director of the Amazon movie Sylvie’s Love; legendary Jackson 5 songwriter and Godfather of Harlem actor Clifton Davis, who recently released a new album, Never Can Say Goodbye; NBA Hall of Famer Spencer Haywood; and members of the band Tower of Power, who are celebrating their 50th anniversary.
International Jazz Day
2021 GRAMMY winner and International Jazz Day music director John Beasley returns to Real Jazz with music inspired by the legendary worldwide day for jazz. It’s the 10th anniversary of the event that will be virtual this year. Tune in on April 30 at 3pm, with a rebroadcast at midnight.
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