The Joys of Jazz Podcast is created by award-winning jazz radio producer and host Bob Hecht who presents a variety of commentaries, interviews and personal stories focused on the ‘timeless’ jazz masters and composers of the past and present. Each episode examines particular artists and their work in the context of jazz history, exploring what makes their contributions so unique in the world of jazz.
“45 Revelations Per Minute” & other stories
In this concluding episode of the Joys of Jazz series, Bob shares several personal stories about such things as his first hearing and falling in … Continue reading "“45 Revelations Per Minute” & other stories"
REGINA CARTER, Versatile Virtuoso
In this episode, the remarkable jazz violinist talks about her Detroit roots, her important mentors and her special love for playing ballads. In conversation with … Continue reading "REGINA CARTER, Versatile Virtuoso"
St. James Infirmary Blues
As we all make our way through the coronavirus era, the traditional blues, “St. James Infirmary,” seems more apt than ever. A simple yet profound … Continue reading "St. James Infirmary Blues"
The Fabulous FATS NAVARRO
Theodore “Fats” Navarro is considered by many to be the greatest of the bebop trumpeters, famous for his full sound, inventive ideas and remarkable execution. … Continue reading "The Fabulous FATS NAVARRO"
Why BIX Matters
The legendary cornet player Bix Beiderbecke is often considered to be the first great white jazz musician. But what is his legacy beyond that? And … Continue reading "Why BIX Matters"
Blue in Green
In 1959, Bill Evans and Miles Davis collaborated on the famed Kind of Blue album. Scholars have shown that Evans was responsible for composing some … Continue reading "Blue in Green"
The Joys of Jazz
Bob Hecht opens a wonderful view of the world of jazz, with fabulous music and amusing, well-told stories of these jazz artists. A great way to hear the best and for some of us, to learn more about jazz.