Tune in to Afternoon New Music today, April 24, at 3:00 PM EST to hear an interview with Brooklyn based composer and electronic musician Kenneth Kirschner. Kirschner discusses his recent release “2016,” online distribution, and some pressing issues in contemporary classical and electronic composition.
Join WKCR Tuesday, April 25, 2017 for our first ever 24-hour Ella Fitzgerald birthday broadcast, in honor of what would have been her 100th birthday. On of the most influential jazz vocalists of the last century, Fitzgerald won 13 Grammy awards and sold over 40 million albums.In 1936, Fitzgerald made her first recording, "Love and Kisses," which was released under the Decca label, with moderate success. By this time she was performing with...
Tune in to the Musician’s Show on Wednesday, April 26 from 6:00-9:00 PM EST for an interview with drummer/composer Mark Guiliana. Still in his early thirties, Guiliana, is at the forefront of top drummers in the world for creating an entirely new vernacular on the instrument – blending virtuosic skills on acoustic drums alongside electronic elements and processing. The New York Times recognized Guiliana as “a drummer around whom a cult...
Join WKCR from midnight onwards on Saturday, April 29, 2017 as we celebrate the 118th anniversary of the birth of Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington, one of the most significant figures in the history of jazz. Ellington’s innovations in orchestration and composition have informed much of the development of the music. Originally from Washington DC, he moved to New York City where, in 1927, he began his tenure at the Cotton Club. It was there that...
Tune in to Live Constructions tonight, April 23, from 10:00-11:00 PM EST for a set and interview with the Brooklyn-based dynamic free jazz duo Aquiles Navarro (trumpet & vocoder) Tcheser Holmes (drum kit & drum machine). Having met in jazz conservatory, Navarro and Holmes bring together sounds from old swing to modern DJ and hip hop beats, merging traditional acoustics with new-tech instrumentation. Navarro, Panamanian, draws on Latin jazz,
Tune in to Studio A on Sunday, April 23 from 9:00-10:00 PM EST for a live reading and interview with poet Cynthia Manick. Manick is the author of Blue Hallelujahs (Black Lawrence Press, 2016). A Pushcart Prize nominated poet with a MFA in Creative Writing from the New School; she has received fellowships from Cave Canem, the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop, Fine Arts Work Center, the Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts & Sciences, Hedgebrook, Poets House, and the Vermont
On Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 12:00 AM, WKCR will celebrate the birth of one of the great innovators of American music, bassist and composer Charles Mingus. He was able to accomplish what so many of today's musicians strive for: his music was always original, transcending genre boundaries yet always remaining deeply rooted in the jazz tradition. Early in his career, he performed with such greats as Louis Armstrong, Kid Ory, and Lionel Hampton. In the 1950's, he settled in New York and