MAMA AFRICA: MIRIAM MAKEBA! traces the life and music of the South African singer and anti-apartheid activist, the voice and the hope of Africa.
In this concert special from 2003, Aretha Franklin and the late Lou Rawls welcome over 20 legends of R&B, Motown and soul, including Gloria Gaynor, Thelma Houston, The Manhattans, Peaches & Herb, The Spinners, Edwin Starr and many more.
Tanaquil Le Clercq, known to all as “Tanny,” was the inspiration and then the wife of one of the greatest geniuses in the history of dance, George Balanchine; she also sparked the creative imagination of Jerome Robbins. In 1954, at the height of her fame, she was paralyzed by polio.
Join host Geoffrey Baer as he travels to Havana, where dancers, musicians, architects and writers invite him into their lives to experience the color, culture and history of a beautiful and seductive city only recently re-opened to Americans.
Learn how two musical geniuses, producers Willie Clarke and Johnny Pearsall, created the first black-owned record label in Florida. Explore the early days of 1960s soul music in Miami, the pioneers of that era and their lasting contributions to the broader American musical landscape.
Relive memorable nights of slow dancing and romancing to favorite love songs, featuring unforgettable classics from The 5th Dimension, Dusty Springfield, Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton and many others.
In the 1960s, the question of what is jazz and what isn’t rages, dividing audiences, musicians and generations. Miles Davis leads a movement of jazz musicians who incorporate elements of rock and soul into their music.
As rhythm and blues and rock ‘n’ roll erode jazz’s audience, the music nonetheless enjoys a time of tremendous creativity. Tenor saxophonist John Coltrane scores a hit with his version of the show tune “My Favorite Things” and creates some of the most intense music in jazz history.
Jazz splinters into different camps: white and black, cool and hot, East and West, traditional and modern. Trumpeter Miles Davis becomes the most influential musician of his generation.
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