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Wynton Marsalis Will Continue The Legacy Of Ed Bradley

Jazz at Lincoln Center announced that Artistic Director, Wynton Marsalis will take on the host chair for its national radio series, continuing the incredible legacy left by the passing of beloved Board member, Ed Bradley. For 14 seasons, Mr. Bradley, renowned CBS News "60 Minutes" correspondent, hosted each Jazz at Lincoln Center Radio show elegantly threading performances and artist interviews with his distinguished narrative.

Mr. Bradley will be deeply missed, but his love of the music, his joy and spirit will be heard in each of the series' repeat programs and inspires the continuation of the series he lifted to Peabody Award winning status.

On the upcoming broadcasts, Mr. Marsalis will introduce riveting performances by some of the world's greatest jazz artists (see schedule below). In addition, listeners will hear from special guest hosts including Jazz at Lincoln Center Curator Phil Schapp. Jazz at Lincoln Center Radio airs nationwide on more than 240 stations and can be heard at http://www.jalc.org/jazzcast/j_radio.asp. For a list of stations across the country carrying the program visit http://www.jalc.org/jazzcast/j_stations.asp.

"Ed Bradley was a great lover of jazz and a great friend to Jazz at Lincoln Center", said Wynton Marsalis. "And for every week since that first radio show, Ed's voice reached all of us with authority and feeling. He told us 'hey, check this out. It's important and you'll love it, ' and it seemed people did."

Jazz at Lincoln Center Radio is produced by Murray Street Productions for Jazz at Lincoln Center. Steve Rathe is senior producer. The series is distributed in the U.S. by the WFMT Radio Network and represented internationally by Murray Street Productions.

Jazz at Lincoln Center Radio Season 14 Listings: January 11, 2007 - Brad Mehldau -There isn't a pianist more rigorous or imaginative in his repertoire than Brad Mehldau. He's adapted material ranging from Radiohead to Brahms, and he just keeps absorbing more. This performance marks a departure for this phenom as Mehldau breaks away from his trio, to bring Nick Drake's "Riverman" and Thelonious Monk's "Think of One" to a compelling solo performance.

January 18, 2007 - SFJazz Collective -Shift into high gear as the SFJazz Collective makes old ideas new. These world-class improvisers -- including Joshua Redman, Miguel Zenon, Nicholas Payton, Bobby Hutcherson, and Renee Rosnes -- keep pushing past the charted terrain. Along with their modern compositions, they conjure up John Coltrane's "Crescent" and the monumental "Africa."

January 25, 2007 - Monk's Solo Mood -Five formidable instrumentalists - saxophonist Gary Bartz, pipa player Min Xiao Fen, bassist Charnett Moffett, guitarist Doug Wamble, and trombonist Steve Turre - pay homage to one of the most important stylists and composers in jazz history -- Thelonious Monk. These musicians unravel Monk's angular melodies "Ask Me Now", "Round Midnight", and "Reflections" in unique, solo performances.

February 1, 2007 - One Family Of Jazz -An all-star cast celebrates a shining addition to Broadway in the premiere performance from Jazz at Lincoln Center's Frederick P. Rose Hall. Ed Bradley hosts as Ellis, Branford, Delfayeo, and Jason Marsalis join Tony Bennett, Dr. Michael White, Roy Haynes, Marcus Roberts and Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra to celebrate the world's first auditorium designed for the sound of Jazz. We'll hear "Body and Soul", "Sing, Sing, Sing", "Lost in the Stars", and more.

February 8, 2007 - Dee Dee Bridgewater -This Valentine's Day, savor Dee Dee Bridgewater's French formula for romance -- a concert devoted to Parisian café classics, ballads, and torch songs. Her remarkable renditions of "La Vie En Rose", "Ne Me Quitte Pas", and "J'ai Deux Amours" are impeccably articulated en français and leave us longing for more.

February 15, 2007 - Kurt Elling and Luciana Sousa -He is a master of vocalese whose control and range produce visions of Ella Fitzgerald. She is a virtuoso singer of jazz and classical, steeped in Brazilian traditions. Join us when Elling and Sousa debut at the Allen Room of Jazz at Lincoln Center. Highlights include Elling's "More Than You Know" and "Wee Small Hours", Souza's homage to Antonio Carlos Jobim and her own "Poetry 101."

February 22, 2007 - Wynton Marsalis & Friends: Armstrong's Hot Fives -Select veterans from Jazz at Lincoln Center's Orchestra - Wycliffe Gordon, Victor Goines, Walter Blanding Jr. - recreate Louis Armstrong's revolutionary recordings from the 1920's. Marsalis' inspired soloing channels the greatness of his New Orlean's predecessor on "Cornet Chop Suey", "Fireworks", and "St. James Infirmary." 19-year-old pianist Jonathan Batiste astounds the audience with his traditional stride technique.

March 1, 2007 - Ricky Skaggs & Friends: Jazz/Country Connection -America's country traditions reunite with jazz in the fingers of Ricky Skaggs on guitar and mandolin, fiddler Mark O'Connor and the flying slide of trombonist Wycliffe Gordon. Hear this one time only collaboration up close, from Frederick P. Rose Hall.

March 8, 2007 - James Carter And Craig Taborn -Behold the highest levels of virtuosity when explosive instrumentalists - James Carter (saxophones) and Craig Taborn (piano) - exchange ideas in intimate duets at the Stanley Kaplan Penthouse. Hear Carter's jaw-dropping acrobatics on Don Byas' "1944 Stomp", Oscar Petiford's "Tricotism", and Billy Strayhorn's "A Flower Is A Lonesome Thing."

March 15, 2007 - Congo Square -Impassioned cries and percussion from New Orlean's Congo Square - where slaves freely expressed themselves in the 19th century - are the source of inspiration for Wynton Marsalis's 12-part commission. Listen to highlights of this epic work for the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra in collaboration with Odadaa!, a nine-piece Ghanaian drumming and chanting troupe led by Yacub Addy.

March 22, 2007 - Lizz Wright -Still in her mid 20's, singer Lizz Wright is taking the jazz world by storm. In her gospel and R &B infused style, she delivers a soulful performance of Mongo Santamaria's "Afro-Blue" and Chick Corea's "Open Your Eyes, You Can Fly", along with some of her own originals, captured at the Stanley Kaplan Penthouse.

March 29, 2007 - Moscow Nights -Moscow's world-class Igor Butman Big Band and New York's Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra trade movements from Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite then combine their instrumental forces in Duke Ellington's "Ready, Go." Reminiscent of the Count Basie Band's head-to-head encounter with Ellington's organization, the camaraderie onstage fuels an uplifting brass battle of grace and high honor.

April 5, 2007 - Stand-Up For Jazz -For Jazz Appreciation Month! Punch lines meet brass lines: comedian Bill Cosby quips with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra for a night of stories, humor, and music. Hear Cosby's tales of jazz legends Ray Charles and Frank Foster and his duets with the orchestra on "Green Chimneys", "Open the Door, Richard", and "Salt Peanuts." Drum roll please!

April 12, 2007 - Great Latin Jazz Vocalists -Songstress Claudia Acuna and Sonero Herman Olivera remember the great Latin singers Tito Rodriguez and Celia Cruz with Arturo O'Farrill and the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra. Selections include "Buscando La Melodia", "Somos Novios", and "Estoy Como Nunca."

April 19, 2007 - Motor City Jazz -Start your engines! A Motor City juggernaut - Ron Carter, Geri Allen, Marcus Belgrave, Curtis Fuller, Charles McPherson, Ali Jackson, and Yusef Lateef - drives the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra on a soundtrack from Detroit to New York. Scenic moments include Carter's flamenco tinged "Sheila's Song", Barry Harris' bouncing "Minor Situation", and Lateef's epic suite "Morning Trilogy."

April 26, 2007 - The Music Of Paul Whiteman -The hugely popular big band leader of the 20's, Paul Whiteman, crowned himself the "King of Jazz." He hired the best musicians to work for him - George Gershwin, Don Redman, and Duke Ellington. Wynton Marsalis and The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra showcase classic Redman arrangements such as "Stampede" and "I'd Love It." Special guests include Bob Wilbur, Daryl Sherman, and Vince Giordano.

May 3, 2007 - Central Avenue Breakdown -A lesson in swing from octogenarian composer and conductor Gerald Wilson for the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis. The results are illuminating. This explosive night surveys almost a half-century of Wilson's work in Los Angeles around Central Avenue. Plas Johnson performs on Henry Mancini's theme "The Pink Panther."

May 10, 2007 - 11th Annual Essentially Ellington Competition -Two rival Northwest high schools - one from Seattle, the other from Vancouver - compete as finalists in the most prestigious big band jazz competition in the world. A school from Jacksonville, Florida takes the crown. Hear the soul and guts of our nation's top teenage jazz players in Duke's treacherous "Braggin in Brass", plus "All Too Soon", and "I'm Just a Lucky So and So."

May 17, 2007 - The Music Of Gil Evans And More -Wynton Marsalis and The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra adapt popular and folk songs of Europe and Russia, works by Gil Evans, and Igor Stravinsky's rarely heard Ebony Concerto (written for the Woody Herman Orchestra). Italian saxophone sensations Stefano Di Battista and 14-year-old Francisco Cafiso joins the proceedings for "La Paloma" and "Bluesette."

May 24, 2007 - Kansas City Boogie-Woogie -Sax wizard and conductor Bobby Watson treats the 17-piece Julliard Jazz Orchestra to "Swingmatism" and back-porch barbecue in a celebration of Count Basie, the Kansas City legend. Watson - who is native to Kansas City - and trumpet virtuoso Terrell Stafford, dig into Joe Turner's groove "Piney Brown Blues" and Neal Hefty's lively "Coral Reef."

May 31, 2007 - The Sounds Of Japan: Toshiko Akiyoshi -Toshiko Akiyoshi fuses traditional Japanese taiko drumming and American bebop in a new work commissioned by Jazz at Lincoln Center. The composition features her husband Lew Tabackin on flute and tenor saxophone plus taiko drumming legend Eitetsu Hayashi with her orchestra in a three-part suite.

June 7, 2007 - Manhattan Rhapsody: Music Of George Gershwin -Orchestras unite! The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and the American Composers Orchestra with Steven Sloane re-imagine George Gershwin's masterpiece "Rhapsody in Blue" with sparkling pianist Marcus Roberts. Singer Patti Austin taps into Gershwin's oeuvre with "Embraceable You" and "Lady Be Good." Composer Derek Bermel premieres his "Migration Series."

June 14, 2007 - Maria Schneider Orchestra -Maria Schneider, one of today's most respected jazz composers, premieres a Jazz at Lincoln Center commissioned work entitled Three Romances. This alluring three-movement suite borrows elements from the Brazilian choro tradition and features pianist Frank Kimbrough.

June 21, 2007 - Jazz Con Salsa -Arturo O'Farrill leads the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra with special guest Lew Soloff in an homage to his father, Chico, in "Variations of a Well-Known Theme" and "Three Afro-Cuban Jazz Moods." Saxophonists Greg Osby and Joe Lovano counterpoint the classics with churning solos on new commissions by Dafnis Prieto ("Song For Chico") and Bob Franceschini ("Soul and Culture Suite").

Jazz at Lincoln Center Radio is made possible with support from The New York State Music Fund, established by the New York State Attorney General at Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors.

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