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  • March BlueNotes

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    The March BlueNotes will feature the usual mix of classic and contemporary jazz favorites along with a special salute to the Harlem Renaissance. Join host Larry Beck and his special guest, Dr. Maude Jennings, as they discuss the Renaissance and how it impacted African-American arts, culture and music. Featured Harlem musicians include Duke Ellington, Ella […]

  • February BlueNotes

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    This month, BlueNotes returns to its traditional format of classic and contemporary jazz favorites. Join host Larry Beck to hear featured artists Chris Botti, Oscar Peterson, Esperanza Spalding, Abbey Lincoln and many others.     Hour One “Sixteen Men Swingin’” Claude Bolling “Show Me” Billy Taylor Trio “I Know You Know” Esperanza Spalding “Burnin’ the […]

  • The Swing Era

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    Warm up your January with hot jazz from the big bands and vocalists of the Swing Era! And, join host Larry Beck for a special observance of the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II with songs written specifically for the war effort. BlueNotes airs Saturday, January 25 at 8pm.   Hour One […]

  • All Jazz Christmas 2019

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    Join host Larry Beck for BlueNotes’ annual celebration of the season with two hours of jazz covers of your favorite Christmas hymns and pop holiday songs. December 21, 2019   Hour One   “Nutcracker Overture” Glenn Miller “Away in a Manger” Tim Cunningham “The Merriest” June Christy “Let It Snow” Wynton Marsalis “Santa Claus is […]

  • Hoagy Carmichael

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    In November, BlueNotes celebrates the 120th birthday of Hoosier native Hoagy Carmichael. From his early days leading his own jazz band at Indiana University to his extensive career adding to the Great American Sing Book, host Larry Beck will be featuring jazz covers of Hoagy’s greatest songs. Special guests include Jim Rinehart and Mark Buselli performing […]

  • Jazz by Request

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    Join host Larry Beck as he shares requests and dedications from IPR listeners. And, you may just hear the group that Larry’s mother loves (pictured.)   Hour One   Theme music Track 1: “Giant Steps” Lionel Hampton   “Bebop” Buselli-Wallarab Jazz Orchestra “They Can’t Take That Away from Me” Diana Krall “London Gets Ready” Oscar […]

  • Movie Jazz

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    BlueNotes returns to its traditional format of classic and contemporary jazz with the introduction of several new artists. Joining host Larry Beck in-studio will be local filmmaker, Robert Mugge to talk about his work documenting American musicians. Mugge’s films include “Sun Ra: A Joyful Noise,” “Saxophone Colossus, Sonny Rollins,” and “Giving up the Ghosts: Closing […]

  • The Great American Jazz Charts

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    BlueNotes celebrates “The Great American Jazz Charts” on the August broadcast. Join host Larry Beck for two hours of iconic jazz classics that defined 20th Century American jazz. Featured artists include Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, Charles Mingus and many others.   Hour 1   Theme Disc Track 1 “Giant Steps” Lionel Hampton   “Take the A […]

  • Great Jazz Vocalists

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    The great jazz vocalists are the focus of the July BlueNotes program. Featured artists include Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Billie Holiday, Mel Torme, Peggy Lee, and many others. Mark Buselli, director of the jazz studies program at Ball State University joins host Larry Beck in conversation about BSU jazz students and Mark’s career as a […]

  • Anniversary Show

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    June is the anniversary month for BlueNotes. Join host Larry Beck as he celebrates four years of jazz on IPR and the one year anniversary of BlueNotes as a regular monthly feature. Larry will share recollections of how the program came to be while playing his favorite jazz covers.

  • LP Jazz

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    The theme of the May BlueNotes program is “LP Jazz,” not to be confused with the 33 1/3 RPM record. Join host Larry Beck as he shares long-playing jazz, covers that don’t often receive regular airplay because of their length. Artists include Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Stan Kenton, and John Coltrane.

  • Jazz Grammy Award Winners

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    The 2019 Jazz Grammy Award winners will be the focus of the April BlueNotes. Featured artists include John Daversa, Wayne Shorter, Cecile McLorin Salvant, and Terence Blanchard. Joining host Larry Beck in-studio will be filmmaker, actress, and vocalist Vanessa Theme Ament (pictured) to discuss her career and present tunes from her latest CD.

  • Jeff Goldblum & The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra

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    Swing into spring with the March edition of BlueNotes. Join host Larry Beck as he features the music of actor Jeff Goldblum who’s currently wowing audiences with his new career as jazz pianist and bandleader. Plus, enjoy an eclectic blend of classic and contemporary jazz favorites.

  • In Memoriam 2018

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    The February BlueNotes features works by jazz artists who passed in 2018, including Roy Hargrove (pictured), Nancy Wilson, Hugh Masekela, Cecil Taylor, and many others. Join host Larry Beck for this mix of classic and contemporary jazz favorites. Aired Saturday, February 23, 2019

  • Swing Era Jazz

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    The January edition of BlueNotes is the perfect time to sit back with your favorite winter beverage and listen to the hot sounds of bands and vocalists from the Swing Era. Famous and not-so-famous bands and singers from the era are featured. Local big band historian David Reece joins host Larry Beck to discuss the […]

  • All Jazz Christmas 2018

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    Join host Larry Beck for the fourth annual BlueNotes All-Jazz Christmas. Hear jazz covers of favorite Christmas carols and popular holiday songs from an eclectic blend of classic jazz, big band swing, jazz vocals, and smooth jazz.   Airs 8-9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018.

  • Oliver Nelson and James Rhinehart

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    The November BlueNotes features the work of American saxophonist, arranger, and composer Oliver Nelson along with the program’s traditional mix of classic and contemporary jazz favorites. Joining host Larry Beck is Dr. James Rhinehart from the Ball State School of Music in conversation about his career and an upcoming tribute concert to the music of […]

  • October BlueNotes

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    The October BlueNotes returns to its traditional format of classic and contemporary jazz favorites.  Featured on the playlist is 15-year old piano sensation Joey Alexander.  Joining host Larry Beck are Dr. John ‘Doc’ Peterson and Phil Dunn who together make up the jazz and blues duo the Peterson and Dunn Project. ‘Doc” was also the driving force behind Doc’s Music Hall […]

  • Bracken Library Jazz Collection

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    Join host Larry Beck and music librarian Amy Edmonds for an ‘audio tour’ of the Bracken Library Jazz Collection at Ball State University. Hear selected recordings from the collection and learn about available jazz resources. John Coltrane’s lost studio sessions will also be featured.

  • Latin Jazz

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    Latin jazz is the focus of the August BlueNotes program with bands from Central and South America. Featured artists include Joao Gilberto, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Arturo Sandoval, David Sanchez and many others. Paula Monsalve, Chilean vocalist and musician, joins host Larry Beck in conversation about her career. Saturday, Aug. 25