Arts & Culture

American Routes Shortcuts: Delfeayo Marsalis

Sep 18, 2020
Delfeayo Marsalis
American Routes

This is American Routes, I’m Nick Spitzer, with our program devoted to the musical legacy of the late jazz pianist, composer, teacher and patriarch Ellis Marsalis Jr. and his late wife Dolores. Four of their six sons play music. Trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis was the one also enlisted to record his brothers. He interned with Allen Toussaint at Sea Saint Studios, producing albums by Terrance Blanchard, Preservation Hall Jazz Band and his family. Delfeayo wrote a children’s work for the Dallas Opera in the ‘90s.

Put to the Test

Sep 17, 2020
Quratulain Fatima
Catherine Fox

Living on the 44th floor, Lucy Danser has to face her fear of elevators.  Albert Fox Cahn finds unexpected motivation to turn his health crisis around.  Quratulain Fatima grows up refusing to take no for an answer. Tim FitzHigham takes on 10 world record holders. 

Harry Shearer
Harry Shearer / Harry Shearer

This week on Le Show Harry brings us News from the Land of 15,000 Princes, News of the Olympic Movement, News of Smart Houses, News of Dominion, Nixon in Heaven, The Apologies of the Week, plus tributes to Toots Hibbert of Toots & The Maytals and Ronald Bell of Kool & The Gang.

This week, Susan Larson talks with Matthew Van Meter, author of “Deep Delta Justice: A Black Teen, His Lawyer, and Their Groundbreaking Battle for Civil Rights in the South”. We’ll also hear from novelist Iris Martin Cohen, author of “Last Call on Decatur Street.”

American Routes Shortcuts: Max Baca

Sep 11, 2020
Max Baca
American Routes

Max Baca grew up in New Mexico, playing in his dad’s band from age eight. After mastering bass and accordion, he picked up the bajo sexto, a Mexican twelve-string instrument featured in Tejano music. Max Baca Sr. took regular trips to Texas to introduce his sons to the conjunto scene, pioneered by his favorite accordion player, Narciso Martínez. Brothers Max Jr. and Jimmy channeled the San Antonio sound in forming their own band, Los Hermanos Baca. The Bacas were playing cantinas around New Mexico when Max got the call inviting him to tour with the Texas Tornados.