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Alexander's Ragtime Band

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Alexander's Ragtime Band

James Eldred, Elliot Long, Jeremy Parish

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It's all prog rock, all the time! Giant art rock nerds Jeremy Parish, James Eldred, and Elliot Long gather together to hash out the art of progressive rock. From its roots in the ’60s to the best modern interpretations of the form, the only rule here is that each episode fills at least one full side of an LP and contains plenty of pretentious solos.
 
The Carolina Shout is a podcast about ragtime, New Orleans jazz, Harlem stride piano, and swing. Ethan Uslan is the pianist and host who performs live from his living room and offers up fun commentary and stories about the music. Each episode is a short informal private concert just for you, with occasional special guests and experts. So if you are interested in a podcast about rip-roarin American piano music that’s funny, quirky, a little educational but not too much, here it is!
 
During the pandemic, a new podcast will go live every Sunday. A podcast featuring extended interviews and discussions from the Bookwaves and Arts-Waves programs on KPFA, and extended archive interviews from the Probabilities series over the past forty years. Literature, theater, film, the visual arts: in-depth interviews from a progressive and artistic viewpoint, with long-time KPFA/Pacifica host Richard Wolinsky.
 
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Sun Ramen

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Sun Ramen

CJSW 90.9 FM

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Soup for breakfast?! That's right! Just like a bowl of soup in need of broth, no day is complete without a hearty serving of funk and soul. After the broth, your ramen is going to need noodles. After an hour of funk and soul, the wordsmiths of our age roll out the dough of life and cut it into slurp-able strips. And while you can expect every bowl of ramen to have noodles and broth, it is the differences between each recipe, the varietal galaxy of ingredients keeps you coming back for more. ...
 
The Jazz Treasury Podcast is devoted to exhibiting the best of jazz history in the format of an auditory tour of America’s richest indigenous music. Bi-weekly a different aspect of jazz will be presented. It may be a portrait of a musician such as Duke Ellington or John Coltrane. It could be a specific instrument like the bass or trumpet. We may visit a jazz city like Chicago or New Orleans. Other exhibits will focus on genera such as bebop or swing. Your curator and tour guide, Rich Sylvest ...
 
Conversations revealing the cultural and emotional impact of our favorite musicals in theatre history. On each episode of “A Musical Theatre Podcast,” Jeff welcomes a special guest to explore one musical from theatre history. Together they get to the heart of the show’s cultural and emotional impact by looking at its creators, context, and storytelling. Always fun and heartfelt, this is the podcast to celebrate the humanity of our musical theatre art form.
 
A podcast from renowned silent film accompanist/historian Ben Model covering the techniques of creating and performing live scores to silent films, as well as a discussion of the language of silent cinema. Find what goes on in the mind of a silent film accompanist before, during and after playing for a show. Learn about the aesthetics of silent filmmaking and storytelling language.
 
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Broadway Bullshit

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Broadway Bullshit

Abbey Harris & Cassidy Kaye

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Lifelong broadway fans, theatre majors, and travel buddies Abbey and Cassidy attempt to reform the industry by reforming the musical theatre canon. Each week they will watch a different broadway musical and discuss whether it should “fly, die, or retry.” This Comedy Broadway podcast strives to provide contextual analysis while also reminding broadway fans of why they love what they do. Are Rodgers and Hammerstein woke? Which broadway musicals should be #cancelled? What do we do with problema ...
 
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Before Vangelis was known the world over for his scores to films like Blade Runner and Chariots of Fire, he was a member of Aphrodite's Child. The group started out as a rather by-the-numbers psychedelic rock act, but the band went full prog for their final record, a sprawling concept album about the literal end of the world called 666. Elliot and …
 
Christine Dwyer, who plays "Mother," along with characters in the ensemble, in the current production of the musical "Ragtime" at TheatreWorks Mountain View Center for the Arts, in conversation with host Richard Wolinsky. Ragtime is based on the E.L. Doctorow novel, and concerns the changes in music, women's rights, and the experience of Black Amer…
 
[caption id="attachment_261577" align="alignleft" width="237"] Peter Brook and Richard Wolinsky.[/caption] Peter Brook (1925-2022), visionary director, in conversation with Richard Wolinsky. Peter Brook was one of the greatest theatrical directors of the twentieth century. Artistic director of the Royal Shakespeare Company for twenty years from 196…
 
[caption id="attachment_240490" align="alignleft" width="352"] Richard Wolinsky & Garry Marshall, May 9, 2012.[/caption] Encore Podcast: An Interview with Garry Marshall (1934-2016) hosted by Richard Wolinsky. First posted July 20, 2016. Garry Marshall died on July 19, 2016 at the age of 81. Over the course of his life, he was a comedy writer, acto…
 
David Sedaris, whose latest collection of essays is titled "Happy Go Lucky," is interviewed by Richard Wolinsky. Recorded June 9, 2022 at Book Passage Bookstore in Corte Madera, California. David Sedaris is author of thirteen books, including Me Talk Pretty One Day, A Carnival of Snackery, The Best of Me, Calypso, Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls a…
 
It's Pride month, and we're celebrating with the drag mother of musicals: LA CAGE AUX FOLLES. Joining us to explore this traditional yet groundbreaking milestone is original Broadway cast member David Engel (FOREVER PLAID, SEUSSICAL, PUTTING IT TOGETHER). Please enjoy all the charming first hand accounts you could ever wish for plus a crash course …
 
Giuseppe Verdi composed Aida for a new opera house in Cairo, Egypt that opened around the time as the opening of the Suez Canal. Aida is the story of an Ethiopian princess being held captive by Egyptians. One of the Egyptian generals is desperately in love with her, and she's in love with him -- but so is the daughter of the Egyptian king.…
 
An opera is like a play in which the characters sing all their lines. Opera singers do not use microphones -- their voices are trained, and can fill a whole theater with sound without any amplification. All operas have solo singers and an orchestra -- and a lot of operas have a chorus, too. Operas have been written in many different languages, incl…
 
James Salter (1925-2015) was what's known as a writer's writer. Author of several novels, screenplays (including the Robert Redford film Downhill Racer) collections of essays and short fiction and travel works, he came on tour to Berkeley for his memoir, Burning the Days, which discussed his life as an army pilot and as a writer. He was interviewed…
 
Recently we chose five musicals from our listener request list that had all won the "Best Musical Tony Award" and allowed our social media followers to vote on which we should cover to celebrate next week's 2022 Tony Ceremony. The winner? Kander & Ebb's "darksical" KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN. Not only was this musical groundbreaking when it opened on…
 
Dodo Marmarosa Trio - "Trade Winds" Don Byas - "I Don't Know Why" [0:02:58] Euneeda Bodenheim - "Euneeda This" [0:10:13] Herm "Sonny" Blount - "Old Man River" [0:12:25] Vaughn De Leath - "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" [0:15:23] Slim Gaillard Quartette - "Jumpin' at the Record Shop" [0:18:59] Marion Abernathy - "Ja-Hoosey Baby" [0:22:04] Jack McVea & H…
 
The plan was to cover Manfred Mann's Earth Band in the same episode as Supertramp, but we talked so much about Supertramp that we couldn't fit Manfred in. And it turns out that we had even more to say about Manfred Mann (the man), Manfred Mann (the band) and Manfred Mann's (the man) Earth Band, so it was a good thing that we dedicated a whole episo…
 
KJ Sanchez, director and co-adapter (with Karen Zacarias) of "Romeo y Juliet" at Cal Shakes, California Shakespeare Theatre, [1] in conversation with Richard Wolinsky, recorded via zencastr on May 20, 2022. Playwright, actor and director, KJ Sanchez is the head of the MFA Directing Program at the University of Texas in Austin. She is founder and CE…
 
In this episode: Ben trusts his instincts and has a little magic happen during a show of “The Patsy”; makes a decision and tries something new when it comes to using a “characteristic” musical mode in scoring Keaton’s “The Cameraman” and “The General”; pays tribute to Gilbert Gottfried and talks about getting to do a comedy bit with him when Ben wa…
 
Rube Bloom - "That Futuristic Rag" [0:00:00] Dodo Marmarosa - "Tone Paintings I" [0:02:46] Gus Bodenheim - "A Bodenheim Birthday Bulletin" [0:08:23] Charlie Johnson's Paradise Ten - "Hot-Tempered Blues" [0:11:27] Sol K. Bright & His Hollywaiians - "Heat Wave" [0:14:49] Slim Gaillard Quartet - "Scotchin' with the Soda" [0:17:53] Penny Malone - "I Co…
 
Jasson Minadakis, Artistic Director of Marin Theatre Company and director of "The Sound Inside," by Adam Rapp, which runs May 26 - June 19, 2022, in conversation with host Richard Wolinsky. In his fifteenth year as Artistic Director at Marin, Jasson Minadakis has directed numerous plays both here and elsewhere. In this interview recorded outdoors d…
 
A wisecracking sound designer once said, "The audience doesn't leave humming the lights." Whoever said it, they have a point. That's why this week's episode dedicated to the rock musical THE WHO'S TOMMY features a guest with one of the most important jobs in musical theatre! But Cricket Myers is no ordinary sound designer. She was also the first wo…
 
Jess Stacy - "In the Dark — Flashes" - Odeon OR 2233 Dodo Marmarosa - "Tone Paintings II" - private recording, Hollywood, 1947 [0:02:59] Gus Bodenheim - "The Art of the Non Sequitur" - The Art of the Non Sequitur [0:09:18] The Milt Herth Trio - "Jersey Bounce" - Odeon 78 286061-A [0:12:16] Eric Siday - "Paraphrase (Dinah)" - Columbia test pressing …
 
An interview with legendary author J. G. Ballard (1930-2009), conducted for KPFA's Probabilities radio program on May 8, 1988, digitized and re-edited in 2016 by Richard Wolinsky. This encore podcast was originally posted on May 13, 2016. J. G. Ballard, who died in 2009 at the age of 78, was one of the greatest of all British speculative fiction wr…
 
The polonaise is a dance that was fashionable in the Polish court. Since Polish nobility used to like to speak French, the name "polonaise" is French. Eventually, the polonaise caught on all over Europe, and even migrated to America. Lots of operas contain polonaises, and after a while, composers began to use the polonaise as a form for non-dancing…
 
Howard McGhee Sextet - "Up in Dodo's Room" - Dial 1010 [0:00:00] Horace Henderson & His Orchestra - "Kitty on Toast" - Vocation 5433 [0:03:16] Gus Bodenheim - "OCNN+ Extends Bodenheim History Month" - Gus Bodenheim's Commercial Scams [0:10:01] Bud Powell's Modernists - "Wail" - Blue Note 1567-B [0:11:55] Andrew Aiona & His Novelty Four - "That Lovi…
 
A conversation with Hanya Yanagihara, author of the best-selling novel, A Little Life, hosted by Richard Wolinsky. This encore podcast was originally posted on March 17, 2016 and was recorded on February 22, 2016. Hanya Yanagihara [1]’s 2015 novel, A Little Life, made a huge splash in the literary world. This story of a group of friends in New York…
 
In 1951, THE KING AND I changed musical theatre, and now in 2022, the modern world has changed THE KING AND I. While everyone can (and should) have an opinion on this work of art, this week’s episode provides context for those opinions thanks to some incredible guests. Historian from the Library of Congress, Mark Eden Horowitz, joins us after spend…
 
Willie "The Lion" Smith & His Cubs - "Harlem Joys" Kitty Gray & Her Wampus Cats with Oscar "Buddy" Woods - "Baton Rouge Rag" [0:02:33] Bob & Ray - "Members of the Audience Write a Song" [0:08:08] Lani McIntyre & His Orchestra ft. Hal Aloma - "Holo Holo Kaa" [0:11:01] Joe Venuti & Eddie Lang - "Put and Take" [0:14:10] Sophie Tucker - "No One Man is …
 
Don Winslow, author of "City on Fire," in conversation with Richard Wolinsky, recorded at Book Passage bookstore in Corte Madera on April 27, 2022. Don Winslow is the author of 21 novels, many of which focus on crime and the criminal underworld, including The Cartel, The Force, Savages (which became an Oliver Stone film), and The Border. His latest…
 
Benjamin Britten was asked to compose music for a film that explained the instruments of the orchestra to children. Britten borrowed a tune by one of his favorite composers, Henry Purcell, to create his Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra. This show uses Britten's Guide to introduce the instruments of the brass and percussion families.…
 
Fats Waller - "The London Suite, Pt. 6: Whitechapel" Pete Johnson - "Death Ray Boogie" [0:03:20] Gus Bodenheim - "OCNN+ (The Expanded Old Codger News Network)" [0:09:02] Bo Carter - "Same Thing the Cats Fight About" [0:12:00] Earl "Fatha" Hines - "Whirl in a Whirl" [0:15:27] Helen Kane - "He's So Unusual" [0:18:04] Dave Bartholomew - "Frantic Chick…
 
Jim Harrison, who died on March 26th, 2016 at the age of 78, was one of those figures people call “larger than life.” A novelist, essayist, poet, screenplay writer and master of the novella, Harrison dealt in his work with issues such as mortality, illness, living the solitary life, redemption and absolution, work that, as the NY Times obituary sai…
 
Whether you've already met or have yet to meet the genius creativity that is PASSING STRANGE, this episode invites you to truly come as you are. Chita Rivera Award Winner, Todd Underwood (director/choreographer of the current SLAC production) joins us for a very personal conversation about musical poetry, artistic journeys and, of course, "the real…
 
Benjamin Britten was asked to compose music for a film that explained the instruments of the orchestra to children. Britten borrowed a tune by one of his favorite composers, Henry Purcell, to create his Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra. This show uses Britten's Guide to introduce the instruments of the woodwind and string families.…
 
Fats Waller - "London Suite Pt. 4: Bond Street" Fats Waller - "London Suite Pt. 5: Limehouse" [0:03:40] Pete Johnson & Albert Ammons - "Boogie Woogie Man" [0:08:51] Gus Bodenheim - "Apologia for This Week's Absence" [0:12:29] Dave Bartholomew - "Ay Cubanos" [0:13:43] Jazz Gillum & His Boys - "Windy Blues" [0:16:16] Louis Jordan and His Tympani Five…
 
A conversation with A.O. Scott, co-chief film critic of the New York Times and author of Better Living Through Criticism: How to Think about Art, Pleasure, Beauty and Truth, Hosted by Richard Wolinsky. Encore podcast originally posted on April 7, 2016. A.O. Scott is one of America’s foremost film critics. Since 2002, he’s shared the chief movie rev…
 
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