Lea joins Fresh Air with a musical tribute to Cole Porter. She had her start singing in the 1950s in Boston and then moved to New York where she recorded her first album in 1955 to critical acclaim. She dropped out of singing for a while but made a comeback during the 70s in New York's cabaret world. Lea is accompanied by pianist Tony Tamburello. He was Sinatra's rehearsal pianist and was on the road accompanying Tony Bennett for 21 years. (REBROADCAST FROM 6/07/91)
Opera soprano Dawn Upshaw performs a concert with jazz pianist Fred Hersch at WHYY. The program includes highlights from her just-released album "Dawn Upshaw sings Rodgers and Hart," as well selections by Leonard Bernstein, Mark Blitstein and George Gershwin. Upshaw joined the Metropolitan Opera in 1984. Later in the show, Upshaw will be accompanied by a 15-piece orchestra, led by Broadway music director Eric Stern, and singer David Garrison.
Bandleader and pianist Eddie Palmieri. Through his first band, La Perfecta, labeled "the band with the crazy roaring elephants," Palmieri was credited with originating Latin jazz's trombone sound in New York during the sixties. He has a new CD "Vortex" by RMM Records. (Originally aired 6/20/94)
Singer pianist Randy Newman in the studio for music and conversation. Known for his satiric songs, Newman has portrayed a racist, a rapist, and even God in songs like "Suzanne" and "Rednecks." In 1990 Newman composed the soundtrack for the short-lived musical cop show, "Cop Rock." He also composed music for the movies "Parenthood," and "Avalon." His newest CD is "Faust" by Reprise Records 1995. (REBROADCAST from November 16, 1992)
Lea started singing in the 1950s; she recorded her first album in 1955 to critical acclaim. After a hiatus from music, she made a comeback during the 70s in New York's cabaret world. This concert with Lea and pianist Tony Tamburello was recorded in 1991, in celebration of Cole Porter's 100th birthday.
New Orleans songwriter, pianist and singer Allen Toussaint. He has worked with artists like Paul Simon, Ringo Starr, and Elvis Costello. This year, Toussaint recorded "The Ultimate Session" with the New Orleans group Crescent City Gold, and "Rhythm Country and Blues," which received a Grammy Nomination. We replay our 1988 interview with him.
Novelist Frank Conroy. At 57, he's just published his first novel, "Body & Soul" (Houghton & Mifflin). He is currently the director of the prestigious Iowa Writers Program, and this novel has been long awaited by fans of his 1967 autobiography "Stop Time". Conroy has one other book, a collection of short stories called "Midair"; he's worked as a jazz pianist in Greenwich Village and Nantucket for many years.
Newman joins Terry in the studio for music and conversation. Known for his satiric songs, he has sung from the perspective of a racist, a rapist and even God in songs like "Suzanne" and "Rednecks." He is currently working on a musical based on "Faust."