The Joys of Jazz
By Robert Hecht
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The Joys of Jazz Podcast is created by award-winning jazz radio producer and host Bob Hecht who presents a variety of commentaries, interviews and personal stories focused on the ‘timeless’ jazz masters and composers of the past and present. Each episode examines particular artists and their work in the context of jazz history, exploring what makes their contributions so unique in the world of jazz.
||CleanMy Funny Valentine||In some ways, “My Funny Valentine” is an unlikely song to have endured since the 1930’s… it is a rather atypical love song, imbued as … Continue reading "My Funny Valentine"||2/11/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBeatle Jazz||This podcast explores the history of the love-hate relationship of the jazz world and the Beatles. We trace the evolution of the Beatles initial, devastating … Continue reading "Beatle Jazz"||2/3/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSophisticated Lady||One of Duke Ellington’s most famous compositions, “Sophisticated Lady,” actually had its genesis in two of his band members’ original musical ideas. In this podcast … Continue reading "Sophisticated Lady"||2/3/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMiles Davis, Space Man||Trumpeter Miles Davis was famous for how he used his unique concept of space to create indelible, dramatic solos. In this episode we explore how … Continue reading "Miles Davis, Space Man"||1/26/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSolo Flight||Charlie Christian was the first superstar of the electric guitar, ultimately paving the way for future greats like Wes Montgomery and Jimi Hendrix. As his … Continue reading "Solo Flight"||1/5/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHughes Blues||Langston Hughes’ love of jazz suffused his work as a poet. Hughes was considered a pioneer in jazz poetry, and collaborated with numerous jazz musicians … Continue reading "Hughes Blues"||1/5/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanStrange Fruit||“Strange Fruit” is the iconic lynching protest song written by a Jewish schoolteacher from the Bronx, and immortalized by Billie Holiday. Time Magazine named it … Continue reading "Strange Fruit"||1/5/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhitney Balliett, Jazz Poet||We’ve had many great jazz critics and writers, but perhaps no one whose work rose to the literary, and even poetic, reaches of Whitney Balliett’s. … Continue reading "Whitney Balliett, Jazz Poet"||12/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGoin’ Home||This is the story of how a piece of classical music composed in 1893 crossed over to other genres, tapping into a universal longing for … Continue reading "Goin’ Home"||12/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanConversations with Thelonious||Thelonious Monk was not known for his volubility. This podcast focuses on a few of his known conversations, and one notable missed opportunity. Playlist “Blues … Continue reading "Conversations with Thelonious"||11/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
The Joys of Jazz
Bob Hecht opens a wonderful view of the world of jazz, with fabulous music and amusing, well-told stories of these jazz artists. A great way to hear the best and for some of us, to learn more about jazz.