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JUMP FOR JOY: BIG BAND JAZZ AND CONJUNTO FIDDLE TRADITIONS WITH CARLA BLEY AND BELEN ESCOBEDO

A visit with inventive and eccentric jazz composer Carla Bley, for whom the National Anthem proves an unlikely source of inspiration. Bley brings wry humor to a conversation about the challenges of writing for her very big bands, her early days as a cigarette girl in NYC jazz clubs, and why America might be famous for baked beans. Then we head southwest and west to the borderlands of Mexican-American music with a stop for conversation with San Antonio’s Belen Escobedo, a master of the traditional conjunto violin. Plus songs from Freddy Fender, Elizabeth Cotten, Sunny and the Sunliners and Flatt & Scruggs.