EPISODES OF AMERICAN ROUTES WITH CYNTHIA GIRTLEY
From the show "Celebrating Jazz Fest at 50: With Duke Ellington and Mahalia Jackson" originally aired on May 1st, 2019
From the show "I Am (Not) a Diva" originally aired on June 5th, 2019
What comes to mind when you hear the word "Diva"? We've found that it's a word that can go both ways--as praise for an accomplished and magnetic performer, or as a put-down to someone seen as pompous or high-strung. We're singing divas' praises while also exploring the term's various connotations through music and interviews from high-minded women with conflicting views on the word: Bonnie Raitt, the late Abbey Lincoln, Norah Jones, and New Orleans Gospel Diva, Cynthia Girtley. Plus songs from divas and non-divas like Aretha Franklin, Patsy Cline, Lydia Mendoza, and Jessie Mae Hemphill.
We're celebrating 50 years of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival by looking back at historic performances from the first festival in 1970. We'll hear live recordings from Jazz Fest royalty, Duke Ellington and the Queen of Gospel, Mahalia Jackson. We'll start with commentary from jazz clarinetist Dr. Michael White on Duke Ellington's New Orleans Suite, which was commissioned by Jazz Fest founder George Wein, premiered at the 1970 festival, and was turned into an iconic studio recording. Then, we'll hear from Mahalia Jackson in her own words in historic interviews and performances. Also Irma Thomas' tribute in Jazz Fest's Gospel Tent; plus Jackson biographer Mark Burford and New Orleans gospel singer Cynthia Girtley on the Gospel Queen's legacy in and beyond New Orleans. Join us for Jazz Fest's 50th anniversary with a trip back to its birth in Congo Square, 1970. Photo by Michael P. Smith courtesy of The Historic New Orleans Collection
From the show "Soul Sisters" originally aired on February 24th, 2016
From the show "Soul Sisters" originally aired on March 18th, 2015