Festivals Music PodcastsJanuary 12, 2017


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Hot music for a cold month – that’s the idea behind Centenary Stage‘s January Thaw Music Fest in Hackettstown, NJ. Producer Susan Wallner talks with Eddie Allen, leader of 3hree for Louis, a six-piece ensemble playing the music of the great Louis Armstrong. “Louis had a way of putting his signature stamp on every tune he played. There’s no way to improve on what he did with his music,” says Allen. “So, this three trumpet ensemble has taken some of the music Louis performed and rearranged them with “Louis-isms” throughout the music.” 3hree for Louis performs Sunday, January 22. The January Thaw Music Fest begins this Saturday, January 14, with the Hoo Doo Loungers, called “the East Coast’s New Orleans Party Band.” The festival concludes on January 28 with Sweet Plaintain, a quartet fusing Western classical traditions with hip-hop, jazz, and Latin rhythms.

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Susan Wallner
Susan Wallner

Susan Wallner is a principal of PCK Media, an independent production company. She is the co-series producer of the public television program "State of the Arts," a job that has introduced her to a wealth of talent and artistic diversity over the years. Susan's documentaries and performance specials have aired nationally. Most recently, her profile of the writer, aviator and celebrity, "Anne Morrow Lindbergh: You’ll Have the Sky," won the 2017 Mid-Atlantic Emmy for Best Feature Writing (it was Susan's 15th regional Emmy win). Narrated by Judith Light and Lily Rabe, it aired throughout the country on PBS and PBS World, and is available on DVD. Currently, Susan is working on a documentary about the self-taught city planner, builder, and artist, Kea Tawana.