Rhythm and blues with singers Joe Turner and Esther Phillips, guitarists Lowell Fulson and T-Bone Walker, saxophonist Eddie Cleanhead Vinson and pianist Charles Brown. Highlights: "Shake, Rattle and Roll" (Turner); "Shuffle" (Esther); "Reconsider, Baby" (Fulson); "Baby, Don't You Know" (Walker).
Veterans of radio and TV appear in "The Plot to Overthrow Christmas," a 1938 verse play about the devil's plan to kill Santa Claus. Devil: John McIntire. Nero: Karl Swenson. Santa Claus: Alan Reed Sr. Courier: Jerry Hausner. Sotto Voce: Ed Platt. Ivan the Terrible: Henry Corden. Caligula: Steve Franken. Haman/ Narrator: Paul Condylis. Simon Legree: Parley Baer. Lucrezia Borgia: Jeanette Nolan. Reporter: Byron Kane.
"Off-Beat Down-Beats," jazz by the Willie Ruff-Dwike Mitchell duo; song stylings by Howlett Smith. Highlights: "Take the `A' Train," Gershwin medley (duo); "Let's Go Where the Grass Is Greener" (Smith).
Classical and flamenco music by the Romeros, "the first family of the Spanish guitar." Selections include Bach's "Prelude"; Vivaldi's Concerto in D; Mudarra's "Fantasia"; Fernando Sor's Debertimento, Op. 34; Villa-Lobos's Prelude in E Minor; and Albeniz's "Layenda."
1. A tour through the medieval collection at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, with music by the New York Pro Musica. 2. A musical portrait of India by sitarist Debu Chaudhuri, accompanied by his wife on the tamboura (a type of lute) and Sitaram Sharma on the tabla. Charles Champlin is the host.
An hour of rock with Leon Russell, blues singer-guitarist Furry Lewis, saxophonist Jim Horn, guitarist Don Preston and others. Songs: “It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry,” “Delta Lady,” “Song for You,” “Emily,” “Prince of Peace” and “Honky-Tonk Women.” Host: Charles Champlin.
A jazz concert with pianist Bill Evans and his trio, and the quartet led by vibraphonist Gary Burton. Selections by Evans include "So What?" "Waltz for Debbie," "Like Someone in Love" and "Someday My Prince Will Come." Host: Charles Champlin.