A Musical Biography of Bill T. Jones

This show originally aired May 15, 2010

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Saturday, February 05, 2011

This special episode features an exclusive, gripping two-hour interview with MacArthur “Genius” Award-winner Bill T. Jones, tracing his life through music. We are proud to rebroadcast this show in conjunction with Black History Month. 

The legendary artistic director, choreographer and dancer reminisces about listening to B.B. King back in the days when he and his parents pulled potatoes as migrant workers; discovering Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, and Joan Baez at college; sharing Barbra Streisand recordings with his late partner, Arnie Zane, with whom he would later found the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company in New York; and the music that played as Zane died in his arms.

Read more about music in the choreography of Bill T. Jones

Playlist:

St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 - Make Thee Clean, My Heart, From Sin
Johann Sebastian Bach
William Wildermann, bass
Leonard Bernstein, conductor
New York Philharmonic
Sony Music 60727

Woke Up This Morning (My Baby She Was Gone)
B.B. King, composer, guitar, vocals
Classic Masters
Virgin Records

(Sittin' On) The Dock of The Bay
Otis Redding, composer, vocals
The Very Best of Otis Redding
Rhino Records 71147

I Put a Spell On You
Screamin' Jay Hawkins, composer, vocals
Cow Fingers and Mosquito Pie
Epic/Legacy

St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 - Come, Ye Daughters
Johann Sebastian Bach
William Wildermann, bass
Leonard Bernstein, conductor
New York Philharmonic
Sony Music 60727

If I Can Help Somebody
Alma Bazel Androzzo
Mahalia Jackson, vocals
The Essential Mahalia Jackson
Columbia/Legacy

When The Revolution Comes
The Last Poets
The Last Poets (The Original)
Gravity/Douglas

A Day In the Life (disambiguation)
Lennon/McCartney
The Beatles
Sgt. Pepper Lonely's Hearts Club Band
Parlophone

The Times They Are A-Changin'
Bob Dylan, composer, vocals, guitar
The Times They Are A-Changin'
Sony BMG Music Entertainment

The Sound of Silence
Paul Simon, composer, vocals, guitar
Art Garfunkel, vocals
The Sounds of Silence
Columbia Records

Just in Time
Jule Styne, Betty Comden, Adolph Green
Nina Simone, vocals
Nina Simone at the Village Gate (Live)
Blue Note Records

Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone
Sam H. Stept, Sidney Clare
Billie Holiday, vocals
Ultimate: Billie Holiday
The Verve Music Group

Brilliant Corners
Thelonious Monk, composer, piano
The Essential Thelonious Monk
Columbia/Legacy

Tears of Rage
Joan Baez, composer, vocals
Any Day Now
Vanguard Records

Pace Pace Mio Dio
Giuseppe Verdi
Rosa Ponselle, soprano
Rosario Bourdon, conductor
Uncredited Orchestra
Nimbus 7818

Study No. 5
Conlan Nancarrow
Other Minds Records 1012

God Bless the Child
Billie Holiday
Eric Dolphy, bass clarinet
Stockholm Sessions
Enja Records

Dreams Freud Dreamed
Charles Amirkanian, composer, vocals
Mental Radio
CRI

Les nuits d'ÈtÈ, Op. 7, Absence
Hector Berlioz
RÈgine Crespin, mezzo soprano
Ernest Ansermet, conductor
Suisse Romande Orchestra
London/Decca Legends 460973

September Song
Kurt Weill
Lotte Lenya, vocals
Lotte Lenya Sings Kurt Weill / Levine, Lenya, Armstrong, Gilford, et al
Sony Music

Idle Chatter
Paul Lansky, composer, electronics
Bridge 9050

Octet in E-Flat Major for Strings, Op 20: II. Andante
Felix Mendelssohn
The Guarneri String Quartet
The Orion String Quartet
Arabesque Recordings

12 Microludes for String Quartet, Op. 13
Gyorgy Kurtag
Avanti Quartet
Ondine

Eyes II
Kenneth Frazelle
composed for Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Co. work Still/Here

Zombie
Fela Kuti, composer, vocals
Zombie
Knitting Factory

Song of Solomon
Composed by Jerome Begin, Christopher Antonio William Lancaster, and George Lewis, Jr.
Performed with Clarissa Sinceno
composed for Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Co. work Fondly Do We Hope...Fervently Do We Pray

Weavily Wheat
American Folk Song
Arranged by Jerome Begin, Christopher Antonio William Lancaster, and George Lewis, Jr.
performed for Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Co. work Fondly Do We Hope...Fervently Do We Pray

String Quartet No. 16 in F Major, Op. 135, III: Lento assai, cantante e tranquillo
Alexander String Quartet
Foghorn Classics

Notalina (Call Them All)
Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR) composer, violin
Bill T. Jones, vocals
BTJ & DBR: Lights, Bridges And Endless Miles
DBR Music Productions

This program was produced by Ave Carrillo and Terrance McKnight. Our executive producer is Limor Tomer.

Watch a video from Serenade/The Proposition, a work about the legacy of Abraham Lincoln which appeared at the Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival on July 21-25, 2010.

Major Productions from the Bill T. Jones / Arnie Zane Dance Company

Bill T. Jones and Arnie Zane
Lois Greenfield
Bill T. Jones and Arnie Zane
Bill T. Jones by Arnie Zane
Bill T. Jones by Arnie Zane
Lois Greenfield
Bill T. Jones: Animal Trilogy
Bill T. Jones Dance Company: Another Evening - I Bow Down
Paul B. Goode
Bill T. Jones Dance Company: Another Evening - I Bow Down
Bill T. Jones Dance Company: Fondly Do We Hope... Fervently Do We Pray
Paul B. Goode
Bill T. Jones Dance Company: Fondly Do We Hope... Fervently Do We Pray
Bill T. Jones Dance Company: Still Here
Joanne Savio
Bill T. Jones Dance Company: Still Here
Sahr Ngaujah as Fela Kuti and the Broadway cast of FELA!
©Monique Carbon
Sahr Ngaujah as Fela Kuti and the Broadway cast of FELA!

Comments [1]

This was a sit-up-and-listen-come-to-Jesus moment. I loved it. But I would recommend listening to this with friends around.

Jul. 03 2011 10:33 PM

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