How to Improvise: Bela Fleck and Jason Marsalis


October 3rd, 2012 ~ This week we meet with two practitioners of the art of improvisation. Bela Fleck joins us for a conversation about banjo traditions and experimentation in bluegrass, jazz and classical music. Then we'll head to the studio for a jazz breakdown by New Orleans master percussionist Jason Marsalis.

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Hour One   Hour Two  
  • Prickly Pear Bela Fleck
    Rocket Science, E One
  • Eh, La Bas Preservation Hall Jazz Band with Don Vappie
    Shake that Thing, Preservation Hall
  • Just Because Jorma Kaukonen with Bela Fleck
    Blue Country Heart, Columbia
  • Whitewater Bela Fleck
    Drive, Rounder
  • John Henry Joe and Odell Thompson
    Black Banjo Songsters of North Carolina and Virginia, Smithsonian Folkways
  • Blue Tail Fly Abner Jay
    Blues Routes: Heroes & Tricksters, Smithsonian Folkways
  • Polly Wolly Doodle Leon Redbone
    On the Track, Warner Bros.
  • Instrumental: Funky Banjo Don Vappie
    Banjo a la Creole, Vapielle
  • Glendale Train New Riders of the Purple Sage
    New Riders of the Purple Sage, Columbia
  • CLIP: Jerry Garcia
  • Foggy Mountain Breakdown Flatt & Scruggs
    Complete Mercury Sessions, Mercury
  • CLIP: Earl Scruggs
  • SEGMENT: Bela Fleck
  • Instrumental: Sugar Baby Bill Frisell
    The Willies, Nonesuch
  • Cluck Old Hen Noam Pikelny & Steve Martin
    Beat The Devil and Carry A Rail, Compass
  • No One Knows My Name Gillian Welch
    Soul Journey, Acony
  • 21st Century Chicken Shack Back Blues Andy Statman
    Old Brooklyn, Shefa
  • Soul of a Man Carter Brothers
    The Road to Roosky, Compass
  • End Bed: Waterbound Dirk Powell
    Time Again, Rounder Select
  • Open Bed: Guess Who's Back? Jason Marsalis
    Music Update, Elm
  • Rhythm Is Our Business Jimmie Lunceford
    Swingsation, Universal
  • Bourbon Street Parade The Young Tuxedo Brass Band
    The Atlantic New Orleans Jazz Sessions, Mosaic
  • I Got Rhythm Felix Mendelssohn & the Hawaiian Serenaders
    Blue Hawaii, Living Era
  • Till Tom Special Charlie Christian with Benny Goodman Sextet
    The Genius of the Electric Guitar, Columbia
  • It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing) The Modern Jazz Quartet
    Les Incontournables, Warner Jazz/ Rhino
  • Blues for the 29%ers (Down to 19) Jason Marsalis
    Music Update, Elm
  • Instrumental: Mamblues Cal Tjader
    Cal Tjader's Greatest Hits, Fantasy
  • SEGMENT: Jason Marsalis
  • Instrumental: Rhythm-A-Ning Thelonious Monk
    This is Jazz 5: Thelonious Monk, Columbia
  • Laughing in Rhythm Slim Gaillard
    Laughing in Rhythm: The Best of the Verve Years, Verve
  • My Feet Can't Fail Me Now The Dirty Dozen Brass Band
    Our New Orleans: A Benefit Album 2005, Nonesuch
  • Doin' the New Low Down Bill 'Bojangles' Robinson
    Stars of the Apollo, Columbia
  • Get Rhythm Johnny Cash
    The Essential Johnny Cash, Columbia
  • Gotta Lot of Rhythm in My Soul Patsy Cline
    The Essential Patsy Cline, RCA
  • You are My Sunshine Smiley Lewis
    Shame, Shame, Shame, Bear Family
  • End Bed: Will the Circle Be Unbroken Dr. Michael White with Jason Marsalis
    Blue Crescent, Basin Street