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Cab Calloway: Sketches

Biographic Essay: Cab Calloway’s Rennaissance

In 1980, Cab Calloway was (re)discovered by a new generation, in a filmed tribute to black music, The Blues Brothers. Long-term jazz fans, young initiates or blossoming rappers would be filled with the spirit of the last living jazz legend.

Cab Calloway: Sketches

Danny Holgate plays Gershwin

Danny Holgate plays a section of George Gershwin’s “Ain’t Necesarily So” from Porgy and Bess, a song sung by a Cab inspired character, in an outtake from the documentary Cab Calloway: Sketches. Cab Calloway: Sketches premieres nationally Monday, February 27 at 10 p.m. (ET) on PBS (check local listings). In the New York metro-area the […]

Cab Calloway: Sketches

Cab’s Straight Hair

Horn player Gerald Wilson, jazz writer Gary Giddens, and jazz critic/cultural historian Stanley Crouch discuss how Cab’s straight hair, unusual in people of African American descent, and his ability to toss it while performing, played into his persona and popularity as an entertainer. Cab Calloway: Sketches premieres nationally Monday, February 27 at 10 p.m. (check […]

Bill T. Jones: A Good Man

Full Episode

Bill T. Jones, the recipient of a prestigious MacArthur “genius” grant and winner of two Tony Awards, has been named “an irreplaceable treasure” by the The Dance Heritage Coalition. Above all, he is a socially conscious choreographer who never shies away from controversy — tackling thorny subjects such as race and politics with elegance and […]

Bill T. Jones: A Good Man

Jamyl’s Jump

Jamyl Dobson, the actor in the production, describes how he adapted to Jones’s physically-demanding staging, as well as how his experience with voice helped the dancers approach their speaking roles. Bill T. Jones: A Good Man premieres nationally Friday, November 11 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings) as part of the first PBS […]

Pearl Jam Twenty

Preview Writing “Release”

This excerpt from Cameron Crowe’s Pearl Jam Twenty features the band discussing songwriting in the early days and includes a performance of “Release” from Arena Di Verona, Italy – September 16, 2006. American Masters Pearl Jam Twenty premieres nationwide Friday, October 21, 2011 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings) as part of the […]

Pearl Jam Twenty

Guitarist Mike McCready

Watch archival footage of Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready solo “Nothing As It Seems” on stage as Eddie Vedder sing his praises in the narration in this clip from Pearl Jam Twenty. American Masters Pearl Jam Twenty premieres nationwide Friday, October 21, 2011 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings) as part of the […]

Pearl Jam Twenty

Eddie Vedder Smashes the Stage

Watch Eddie Vedder smash the stage and his microphone in this archival concert footage of one of Pearl Jam’s rowdier stage performances where set to the song “Leash” from Vs., the band’s second studio album. American Masters Pearl Jam Twenty premieres nationwide Friday, October 21, 2011 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings) as […]

Pearl Jam Twenty

Music Video: “Do The Evolution”

Check out Pearl Jam performing “Do the Evolution” from the Monkeywrench Radio Sessions in Seattle, 1998, shortly after the completion of their Yield album. American Masters Pearl Jam Twenty premieres nationwide Friday, October 21, 2011 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings) as part of the first PBS Arts Fall Festival.

Pearl Jam Twenty

Pearl Jam’s Name Change

This excerpt from Cameron Crowe’s Pearl Jam Twenty features Pearl Jam discussing their original band name, Mookie Blaylock. American Masters Pearl Jam Twenty premieres nationwide Friday, October 21, 2011 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings) as part of the first PBS Arts Fall Festival.