I Didn't Learn That In School!


September 20th, 2006 ~ It's time to go back to school! Many of the lessons learned in school are valuable, but more often people carry their memories of great teachers, friends and growing up to think for themselves. Likewise, much of America's greatest music -- blues, jazz, country, Cajun -- was passed on informally from master players, in clubs, at jam sessions or dances. We'll visit two special professors who really believe in teaching the musical vernacular both formally and informally. Ray Charles shows kids how to play the blues at his Los Angeles studio, and trumpeter Wynton Marsalis tutors New Orleans high school students in jazz technique and appreciation. We'll also talk to the all-teen Cajun band from French Louisiana, Feufollet, about why they learned to play traditional music. Plus, tune in to children's songs and back-to-school anthems from Chuck Berry, Louis Armstrong, Willie Nelson and Aretha Franklin.

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  • Open Bed: Rockhouse Ray Charles
    Genius & Soul: The 50th Anniversary Collection, Rhino
  • School Days Chuck Berry
    The Chess Box, MCA/Chess
  • High School Confidential Jerry Lee Lewis
    Classics, Bear Family
  • Help Me Rhonda The Langley Schools Music Project
    Innocence and Despair, Bar/None
  • Space Oddity The Langley Schools Music Project
    Innocence and Despair, Bar/None
  • I Want My Milk Woody Guthrie
    Songs to Grow on for Mother and Child, Folkways
  • Shortenin' Bread Lee Dorsey
    Ride Your Pony, Sundazed
  • All Mama's Children Carl Perkins
    Sun Singles Collection Vol.2, Bear Family
  • Down on the Farm Kim Lenz
    The Bottle Let Me Down: Songs for Bumpy Wagon Rides, Bloodshot
  • Instrumental: What'd I Say Ray Charles
    Uh Huh: His Greatest Hits, DCC
  • SEGMENT: Ray Charles with L.A. high school kids from the Sir Charles Blues Lab
  • School Days Dizzy Gillespie
    Birks Works: The Verve Big-Band Sessions, Verve
  • Going to School Buddy Guy
    The Complete Chess Studio Sessions, MCA/Chess
  • Instrumental: Soul Finger Bar-Kays
    Rock Instrumental Classics Vol.4: Soul, Rhino
  • Wonderful World Otis Redding
    Otis Blue: Otis Redding Sings Soul, Sundazed
  • I Got it From Boo Jo Jo Reed
    Funky Zydeco, Maison de Soul
  • SEGMENT: Feufollet
  • Open Bed: Root Groove Wynton Marsalis
    Popular Songs: The Best of Wynton Marsalis, Columbia
  • Collegiate Love Ted Weems & His Orchestra
    David Giovannoni CD,
  • Bright College Days Tom Lehrer
    Songs & More Songs By Tom Lehrer, Rhino
  • Ivy League Roy Brown
    The Complete Imperial Recordings, Capitol
  • Little School Girl Smokey Hogg
    Essential Texas Blues, HoB
  • Spirit in the Dark Aretha Franklin
    Queen of Soul: The Atlantic Recordings, Rhino
  • SEGMENT: Sally Walker
  • Little Sally Walker Mattie Gardner et al
    Southern Journey Vol.3: 61 Highway Mississippi, Rounder
  • Sally Walker Leadbelly
    Sings Songs for Children, Folkways
  • Mustang Sally Sir Mack Rice
    Beg, Scream & Shout: The Big Ol' Box of '60s Soul, Rhino
  • Instrumental: Sunflower Wynton Marsalis
    Popular Songs: The Best of Wynton Marsalis, Columbia
  • You Don't Learn That in School Louis Armstrong & His Orchestra
    From the Big Band to the All Stars, 1946-1956, RCA
  • Lester Left Town Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers
    Africaine, Blue Note
  • INTERVIEW: Wynton Marsalis
  • Instrumental: Hip Vibrations Cal Tjader
    Verve Jazz Masters 39, Verve
  • El Puente Roto Flaco Jimenez w/Linda Ronstadt
    Partners, Warner
  • Rainbow Connection Willie Nelson
    Rainbow Connection, Island
  • Summertime is Past and Gone Bill Monroe w/ Flatt & Scruggs
    16 Gems, Columbia/Legacy
  • Maggie May Rod Stewart
    Have a Nice Decade: The 70s Pop Culture, Rhino
  • Stay in School Otis Redding
    Remember Me, Stax/Volt
  • End Bed: To Sir, With Love The Ventures
    $1, 000, 000 Weekend, EMI