V&B: The Ins and Outs of ObamaCare

How does ObamaCare work in Texas? Join KUT’s Veronica Zaragovia and Ben Philpott along with a panel of experts to explore the ins and outs of Obama Care.

V&B: Frank Sinatra and The Art of Image

Who was Frank Sinatra? What can his legacy teach us? Did he get his wish?

Frank Sinatra (Sunday 9.22.13)

Sinatra was responsible for the popularity of the male singer in big band movement. He was able to merge his arts of music and acting. Sinatra has one of the most enduring voices in music, jazz or otherwise.

V&B: Spaces, Stuff and Ourselves

We take a look at our spaces, our stuff and ourselves with KUT’s Rebecca McInroy, UT Professor Sam Gosling Author of “Snoop: What your stuff says about you”, and architect Christopher Travis. What is the psychological functions our homes can serve? How do people shape the spaces around them? And what we can learn about behavior from things?

Cannonball Adderley (Sunday 9.15.13)

Hard bop was popularized by Cannonball Adderely in the 1950s and 1960s. Adderely reinvigorated jazz in the 1970s after a successful career playing with many of the jazz greats.

Sonny Rollins (Sunday 9.8.13)

Sonny Rollins pioneered a bass drum rhythm section with no piano so his saxophone playing would stand out as well as be a rhythm instrument itself. Rollins joined the Miles Davis Quintet in 1955.

Art Pepper (Sunday 9.1.13)

Alto saxophone player Art Pepper redefined himself repeatedly, and each time gained greater respect and popularity.

Max Roach (Sunday 8.11.13)

A pioneer of the drums, Max Roach revolutionized the concept of musical time. Max’s playing and interpretation of time inspired generations of jazz musicians and drummers.

Herb Ellis (Sunday 8.4.13)

Herb Ellis gave us a different way of looking at the different ways of coping with the events of the 1950s and 1960s. He incorporated the blues and twang into a bee bop sound with his jazz guitar playing. He’s most well-known for joining the Oscar Peterson Trio in the 1950s.

Norman Granz (Sunday 7.28.13)

Jazz producer and music impresario Norman Granz was born to Jewish immigrants in Los Angeles and came of age in pre-WWII America. During a time of segregation, fear and war Granz wanted to unite, desegregate and entertain. He arranged desegregated jam sessions in LA that later turned into Jazz at The Philharmonic. He started various…

Tadd Dameron (Sunday 7.21.13)

Rabbi Neil Blumofe examines American jazz musician in this week’s Liner Notes short. The composer, arranger and pianist is most well known for his involvement in the bebop era, but also in the swing and hard bop genres. The Cleveland native collaborated with other Liner Notes artists such as Sarah Vaughan, Dizzy Gillespie and Benny…

Sarah Vaughan (Sunday 7.14.13)

With her ability to banter with the audience and outspoken sense of humor Sarah Vaughn was best described as “sassy.” Her first big break came after she won an amateur night at the famous Apollo Theatre.  She would go on to work with such great jazz musicians as Louie Armstrong, Miles Davis, and Count Basie,…

Hank Mobley (Sunday 7.7.13)

Hank Mobley was a self-taught hard bop and soul jazz tenor saxophone player whose sound was situated between that of John Coltrane and Stan Getz. As a bandleader he worked to encourage musicians to develop their concepts and skills past what they may have thought possible, as he created a space for performers to work…

Lena Horne (Sunday 6.30.13)

Jazz singer, actress, dancer and activist Lena Horne began performing at the Cotton Club in her teens before moving to Hollywood where she work as an actress and also from which she was blacklisted during the Red Scare. Over her long career, that ran from the mid 1930s until 2000, she enchanted audience yet never…

Milt Hinton (Sunday 6.23.13)

Milt Hinton, known as “The Judge”, was the most recorded jazz musician in history. Over his extensive career he recorded on more than 1,100 sessions as a bass player. He was also a very accomplished photographer whose images captured intimate moments shared between some of the greatest jazz legends in history. In this short feature…

Horace Silver (Father’s Day, Sunday 6.16.13)

Horace Silver’s powerful and transcendent musical pieces pushed him beyond the label of jazz pianist. His specific composing and instrumentation of his quintet, created the unique sound that combined rhythm-and blues and gospel music with jazz known as “Hard Bop.”. He was known for his straight forward sound and his songs that drew their meaning…

Stan Getz (Sunday 5.26.13)

“My life is music, and in some vague, mysterious and subconscious way, I have always been driven by a taut inner spring which has propelled me to almost compulsively reach for perfection in music, often – in fact, mostly – at the expense of everything else in my life. – Stan Getz Stan Getz brought…

Cab Calloway (Sunday 5.12.13)

Singer, dancer, and bandleader, Cab Calloway is often referred to as the “hi- di -hi- di-ho” man. His nonsensical sounds and improvised melodies made him one of the fathers of “scat.” He was also a commercial success as a performer on stage and in film. In the 1979 movie “The Blues Brothers”, he adorned his…

Art Tatum (Sunday 5.5.13)

Self taught pianist, Art Tatum is acknowledged as one of the greatest jazz pianists of all time. Known for his technical proficiency, speed, and unique improvisations, he set a new standard for jazz piano. His visual impairment allowed him an interesting relationship with the piano, taking his playing to indefinable levels and spreading his sound…

Ella Fitzgerald (Sunday 4.28.13)

Coming from a troubled childhood, Ella Fitzgerald found solace in music and song. Discovered at age 17, after singing in the style of the Boswell sisters in a talent competition, she would become the top female jazz singer for 50 years. Her distinctive vocals and her ability to personally hear and feel the emotion in…