April is Jazz Appreciation Month and SiriusXM is celebrating with specials all month long on Watercolors (Ch. 66) and Real Jazz (Ch. 67). Hear dozens of live performances and exclusive shows from traditional and contemporary jazz stars, only on SiriusXM!
Friday, April 1 at 3 pm ET
SiriusXM kicks off Jazz Appreciation Month on Real Jazz with an exclusive Town Hall with Oscar-nominated actor and producer Don Cheadle. His directorial debut Miles Ahead in which he stars as the legendary jazz musician Miles Davis opens on the same day as the Town Hall. The moderator is the widely acclaimed bassist and SiriusXM Real Jazz host Marcus Miller, who was Miles Davis’ producer.
Rebroadcast: April 1 at 6 pm ET, April 2 at 2 am ET and 1 pm ET, April 3 at 8 pm ET
Friday, April 1 at 4 pm ET
The celebration continues with the Real Jazz Friday Jam Session featuring Erin Davis and Vince Wilburn, the executors of the Miles Davis estate and the executive producers of the new Miles Davis biopic Miles Ahead starring Don Cheadle. Davis and Wilburn, the son and nephew of the great trumpeter, play music from the legendary musician and reveal some of the behind the scenes in the making of the move.
Rebroadcast: April 2 at 12 am ET
Saturday, April 2 at 10 am ET
The new Secretary of the Smithsonian Institute, Dr. David Skorton joins American Jazz host Dick Golden on Real Jazz. He is a flutist and big-time jazz fan who left his last gig as president of Cornell University to take over the organization that originated Jazz Appreciation Month. Dr. Skorton and Dick will explore the Great American Song Book and extol the virtues of Jazz Appreciation Month.
Rebroadcast: April 4 at 12 am ET
Saturday, April 2 at 8 pm ET
In a live broadcast, Wynton Marsalis premieres a brand new work titled Spaces, featuring the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and Fred Astaire Award-winning tap dancer Jared Grimes.
Rebroadcast: April 7 at 12 am ET
Monday, April 4 at 8 pm ET
Real Jazz continues celebrating Jazz Appreciation Month with a live broadcast of the 2016 NEA Jazz Masters ceremony from the Kennedy Center in Washington D. C. It’s the highest honor our government gives exclusively to jazz musicians. This year’s inductees include trailblazing vibraphone player Gary Burton and iconic saxophonists Pharoah Sanders and Archie Shepp. The show is hosted by Jason Moran and includes live performances from superstar pianists Chick Corea and Randy Weston and vibraphonist Stefon Harris.
Rebroadcast: April 6 at 8 pm ET
Friday, April 8 at 3 pm ET
Acclaimed actor Ethan Hawke helps SiriusXM keep the focus on Jazz in Film during Jazz Appreciation Month when he stops by the Real Jazz Friday Jam Session. Hawke’s new film Born To Be Blue is a biopic on the ill-fated trumpeter Chet Baker. He’s a devotee of jazz and jazz in film and has great taste in Chet Baker music as he displays on Real Jazz.
Rebroadcast: April 9 at 12 am ET
Friday, April 8 at 5 pm ET
“Sassy” Sarah Vaughan was also known as the “Divine One” and just last week the U.S. Postal Service unveiled a divine new Sarah Vaughan forever stamp. In honor of the sassy stamp, Real Jazz presents the brand new unearthed recording of the historic singer recorded at a New Orleans nightclub in 1978, Sarah Vaughan at Rosy’s.
Rebroadcast: April 9 at 2 am ET, April 10 at 10 pm ET
Saturday, April 9 at 8 pm ET
Jazz Appreciation Month continues with a SiriusXM exclusive live presentation of From Broadway To Harlem, featuring 2016 Best Jazz Vocal Grammy winner Cecile McLorin Salvant and Freddy Cole, brother of Nat Cole, in a celebration of the Great American Songbook. Selecting from the catalogs of the Ellingtons, the Gershwins, Irving Berlin and others, music director and pianist Bill Charlap leads an all star band that included saxophonist Houston Person.
Rebroadcast: April 14 12 am ET
Monday April 11 at 3 pm ET
The international jazz piano star from Japan, Hiromi, stops by Real Jazz to help celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month with an exclusive live solo performance.
Rebroadcast: April 12 at 3 am ET
Friday, April 15 at 3 pm ET
Actor Don Cheadle returns to the SiriusXM Jazz Appreciation Month festivities, this time to talk and play Miles Davis and Marty Kahn on the Real Jazz Friday Jam Session. In addition to the success of his new Miles Davis biopic Miles Ahead, this weekend Cheadle is celebrating the premiere of the 5th season of the Showtime series House of Lies, in which he not only star as lead character Marty Khan, but is also the producer.
Rebroadcast: April 16 at 12 am ET
Friday, April 15 at 5 pm ET
Former NPR host Josh Jackson hosts an one hour special featuring Grammy winning pianist and composer Robert Glasper who scored the new Miles Davis biopic, Miles Ahead, as part of the Miles Ahead Radio Special. The music of Miles Davis is the star of this special with special commentary from the star and director Don Cheadle.
Rebroadcast: April 16 at 2 am ET
Saturday, April 16 at 10 am ET
Dick Golden, the host of American Jazz, is joined by Dr. John Hasse, the founder of Jazz Appreciation Month. Sprinkled throughout songs from the Great American Songbook, Dr. Hasse expounds on the extraordinary growth of his idea.
Rebroadcast: April 18 at 12 am ET
Saturday, April 16 at 8 pm ET
In a live broadcast from Jazz at Lincoln Center, Wynton Marsalis, rising star vocalist Katie Davis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra pay tribute to the Great White Way in a show titled Swinging Songs of Broadway. It’s the songs of Hoagy Carmichael, Harold Arlen, Jerome Kern and others live on Real Jazz.
Rebroadcast: April 21 at 12 am ET
Monday, April 18 at 6 pm ET
Beginning April 18, Watercolors broadcasts a week of exclusive nightly concerts from the 2016 Smooth Jazz Cruise, featuring contemporary greats like Marcus Miller, David Sanborn, Boney James, Brian Culbertson, Richard Elliot and more. It will include a highlight performance from legendary jazz artist and 2016 inductee of the Watercolors Jazz Hall of Fame, George Benson. Concerts air nightly from April 18 through April 23 at 6pm ET.
Friday, April 22 at 3 pm ET
Real Jazz continues the focus of Jazz in Film this Jazz Appreciation Month with the music of great sightless saxophonist Rahsaan Roland Kirk, subject of the new documentary The Case of the Three-Sided Dream. Director Adam Kahan joins in on the Real Jazz Friday Jam Session with details of Kirk’s legendary and successful sit-in on the CBS-TV live program Ed Sullivan Show, his influence on the rock groups, especially Jethro Tull, and his amazing ability to play three horns at once.
Rebroadcast: April 23 at 12 am ET
Friday, April 22 at 5 pm ET
The music of Charles Lloyd is the subject of a Blue Note Hour special on the Real Jazz channel featuring the president of Blue Note Records, noted artist and producer Don Was. Saxophonist and flute player Lloyd was one of the few jazz musicians to sell a million copies of a record in the 1960s while at the same time popularizing the music festivals with his live gold album Forest Flower. After a long period off the radar, Lloyd continues his spectacular comeback with a new band of young stars called the Marvels and a new album.
Rebroadcast: April 23 at 2 am ET
Saturday, April 23 at 8 pm ET
2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and lifelong jazz fan Steve Miller returns to his jazzy blues roots with a SiriusXM exclusive performance. Joined by pianist, 2016 Grammy nominee and SiriusXM host Shelly Berg and guitarist Jimmie Vaughan, Miller belts out a wide ranging jazz, blues and beyond program called Ma Rainey Meets Miles Davis covering Ma Rainey, Miles Davis and much of what’s in-between.
Rebroadcast: April 28 at 12 am ET
Monday, April 26 at 6 pm ET
After four years overseas, the 5th annual International Jazz Day celebrations returns home this year in a big way: at the White House and live on ABC-TV on Saturday, April 30th. ABC News correspondent and big time jazz fan Ryan Smith host a preview of the festivities exclusively on Real Jazz.
Rebroadcast: April 27 at 6 pm ET
Saturday, April 30 at 4pm ET
On the 5th annual International Jazz Day, SiriusXM’s Watercolors joins in on the festivities with the 2016 Watercolors Jazz Hall of Fame concert broadcast recorded aboard the 2016 Smooth Jazz Cruise. This exclusive event celebrates two of the most iconic figures in contemporary jazz, legendary pianist and founding member of the Jazz Crusaders, Joe Sample, and universally-renown singer, guitarist and NEA Jazz Master, George Benson. SiriusXM gives tribute with an all-star concert featuring performances by Norman Brown, Richard Elliot, Chanté Moore and Peabo Bryson among others.
Rebroadcast: May 3 at 6 pm ET