The bandleader for The Late Show With Stephen Colbert has released a new album of “funkified” holiday classics. “I love remixing things and making them fit in a different context,” he says.
Barker played with everyone from Billie Holliday to Cab Calloway to Jelly Roll Morton. Scott Simon speaks with Music Inside Out host Gwen Thompkins about the late banjo player and guitarist’s legacy.
The Grammy-winning saxophonist plays Duke Ellington standards with host Marian McPartland in a 1994 session.
In 2010, the acquisition of William Savory’s legendary collection of almost 1,000 live recordings had jazz fans salivating. Now, 40 restored tracks from the Savory archives are available on iTunes.