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 an award-winning producer and writer. She recently completed You'll Have the Sky: The Life and Work of Anne Morrow Lindbergh about the writer and aviator, narrated by Judith Light and Lily Rabe. She co-produced Ode to Joy, a performance special now airing on PBS. Her national documentaries include Ben Shahn: Passion for Justice, Toshiko Takaezu: Portrait of an Artist, and Michael Graves: The Warehouse. Susan is a principal at PCK Media, where she produces the award-winning weekly public television series State of the Arts as well as a wide range of other projects. Recent highlights include a history series produced for New Jersey’s 350th birthday, It Happened Here: New Jersey, and advocacy videos for the statewide campaign, “Pre-K Our Way.” Susan has an MA from the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg School of Communication, and a BA from New College of Florida. She also studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her awards include 13 regional Emmys, four CINE Golden Eagles, two NETA Awards, a Worldfest Houston Gold Special Jury Award, and a Pennsylvania State Council on the Arts Fellowship.