Listen to iconic masterpieces with new ears as NPR & PBS music commentator, conductor, composer, author and pianist Rob Kapilow shows you what you've been missing!
Featuring the big band The Kyle Athayde Dance Party
From Glenn Miller and Count Basie, to Duke Ellington and Wynton Marsalis, the everyday ordinary sounds of trains have inspired some of the greatest jazz composers and compositions of the 20th century. Railroads were a constant in American culture and deeply connected to the world of working musicians criss-crossing the country. Rob Kapilow and The Kyle Athayde Dance Party will unravel and explore trains as both sonic and cultural themes in a whistle-stop tour through some of the 20th century’s greatest big-band masterpieces. From Miller's "Chattanooga Choo Choo" to Marsalis's "Big Train," the everyday sounds of trains have been an inspiration to some of the greatest jazz composers in history. Rob Kapilow reveals the origins of What Makes It Great?