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The Music of Mr. Rogers, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood and Al Jarreau

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

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The Music of Mr. Rogers, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood and Al Jarreau Dan Polletta speaks with jazz musician John Ellis about his tribute to the music of Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood on his new CD - It's You I Like. Plus, Dee Perry speaks with the creator of the new PBS Kids program that pays tribute to Fred Rogers - Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood - which premieres this month. And we hear how Grammy-award-winner Al Jarreau plans to get things swinging onstage at Severance Hall with The Cleveland Orchestra this weekend.

Additional Information

Saxophonist John Ellis’ new recording “It’s You I Like” paying tribute to the music of Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood is available from Criss Cross Records.

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood airs on WVIZ/PBS weekdays at 11am.

Al Jarreau performs with The Cleveland Orchestra this Sunday, September 30 at 7pm.


Arts and Culture, Motion Pictures (Film, Video), Music


John Ellis, musician

Angela Santomero, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood

Al Jarreau, jazz singer

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Special thanks to the Oberlin Conservatory of Music at Oberlin College for the use of their Steinway Piano.

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