"a boat to the land of dreams"

In the second of a two-part series (listen to part one), we'll continue to explore classical music that takes cues from the American vernacular. This week, we'll wander through works inspired by jazz and hip hop. Thank you for listening.


  1. Anthony Braxton: Composition 23b by Nicole Mitchell, Tomeka Reid, Mike Reed on Artifacts (482)
  2. George Gershwin & DuBose Heyward: Summertime by Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong with Russell Garcia's orchestra on Our Love Is Here To Stay: Ella & Louis Sing Gershwin (Verve/PolyGram)
  3. Duke Ellington: Harlem by Detroit Symphony Orchestra; Neeme Järvi, conductor on William Grant Still: Symphony No. 2 (Song of a New Race); William Levi Dawson: Negro Folk Symphony; Duke Ellington: Harlem (American Series: Volume 5) (Chandos)
  4. Valerie Coleman: Red Clay & Mississippi Delta by Imani Winds on Startin' Sumthin' (Entertainment One)
  5. Spencer Williams: Basin Street Blues by Miles Davis on Seven Steps To Heaven (Sony)
  6. Cat Toren: Ignis Fatuus by Cat Toren's HUMAN KIND: Xavier Del Castillo, Yoshie Fruchter, Cat Toren, Jake Leckie, Matt Honor, Stephanie Rooker on Scintillating Beauty (Panoramic/New Focus) New
  7. Maria Schneider: Scenes from Childhood Suite - Pt. 3, Coming About (Live) by Maria Schneider & SWR Big Band on Maria Schneider & SWR Big Band (SWR Jazzhaus)
  8. Phantom of the Illharmonic by Detroit Illharmonic Symphony on Phantom of the Illharmonic (self released)
  9. Hip-Hopera by Bounty Killer, ft. The Fugees on My Xperience (TVT)
  10. Cortigiani (Rigoletto) by Babatunde Akinboboye on Della Citta (self released)
  11. Like You by Kelis on Kelis Was Here (LaFace)
  12. Shaker by Black Violin on Stereotypes (Universal Music Classics)
  13. Medusa by Boldy James / Sterling Toles on Manger on McNichols (Sector 7G)
  14. The Blue Series Continuum: Urban Shadows (from The Sorcerer Sessions) by DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid on Celestial Mechanix: The Blue Series Mastermix (Thirsty Ear)
  15. Black Vivaldi Sonata by Sudan Archives with Black Taffy on Athena (Stones Throw)
  16. Daniel Bernard Roumain: Hip-Hop Studies & Etudes - I. Hip-Hop Study & Etude in D-Sharp Minor by Jade Simmons on Revolutionary Rhythm (Koch International Classics)
  17. Roumain: Hip-Hop Studies & Etudes - III: Hip-Hop Study & Etude in B Minor by Jade Simmons on Revolutionary Rhythm (Koch International Classics)
  18. Thee Phantom & The Illharmonic Orchestra: The Entertainer by Facebook Hip-Hop Orchestra on single (self released)
  19. True Believer by clipping. on Splendor and Misery (Sub Pop)