Julio Cortázar’s book Rayuela is expansive, smart, breezy, romantic and occasionally reminiscent of a disturbing dream. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead says that Miguel Zenon and Laurent Coq’s Rayuela-inspired album lands on all those squares.
Marian McPartland asked her friend Elvis Costello to sit in as guest host for this episode of Piano Jazz. The session features New Orleans legend Allen Toussaint, who sings and plays his hit tune “Southern Nights” and performs a duet with Costello on the pair’s recent collaboration “Ascension Day.”
Listener Melanie Cowart says things were rarely easy for her parents — one of whom was black and one white — in Depression-era Missouri. Porter’s “Begin the Beguine,” one of their favorite songs, became a fitting symbol of their relationship.
From a traditional blessing to a children’s dance, the program returns to the main Fort Adams stage of the 2011 Newport Jazz Festival. Hear a violin address the African diaspora — and a trumpet tell a bedtime story.