"The Roots of Smooth" with Bobby Jackson is a music program, that more broadly displays how music connects us to a global community. This hour-long series showcases artists playing their music, and the music of their influences both in and outside of the jazz world. You’ll hear the music of their peers, and the young artists they have influenced. It is an engaging smart blend. Hear the personal journeys of legends such as Grover Washington Jr. and Toots Theilemans as well as the latest generation of players including Esperanza Spaulding and Amina Figarova.
Latin Jazz has its own unique place in the Jazz idiom. Born out of the American Jazz and Afro-Cuban music cauldron, it combines jazz's syncopated improvisational qualities with prominently featured polyrhythmic African percussion, often with dynamic horn sections.
This is the mainstream jazz show we’ve been waiting for! “Return to the Source” provides the polished presentation and insightful selections that you would expect from a straight-ahead jazz show, and more. It is the real deal.