Jazz and Country Music

May 22, 2014

Sonny Rollins

This week on The New Jazz Archive, we’ll take an updated tour of those rare moments when the two usually separate paths of jazz and country crossed for some of the most fascinating fusions in American music. We’ll talk with music historian Cary Ginell about forgotten Nashville session man Hank Garland's role in jazzing up the early Nashville country scene, and get to know the good-natured lovechild of jazz and country that was Western Swing. And we'll take a look at the thriving Nashville jazz scene, and listen in on composer Andrew Bishop's contemporary jazz take on the music of country legend Hank Williams.

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