Shows
This week's classic rebroadcast: a Mother's Day show originally from May 2010 at The Town Hall in New York City. Pianist and composer Dick Hyman plays "Thinking About Bix" and "Ostrich Walk," Vince Giordano sits in with The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band for "Take Your Tomorrows," and Andra Suchy joins Garrison on "The Sweetest Gift, a Mother's Smile" and "Mama Say a Prayer." Plus: Mr. Pat Donohue leads the Shoe Band -- with a little help from Vince, trumpeter Randy Sandke, and Andy Stein on violin and saxophone -- on the "Lonesome Midtown Blues," Erica Rhodes joins our Royal Academy of Radio Actors for a few Mother's Day scripts, and Guy Noir tracks down a missing St. Olaf student in NYC. In Lake Wobegon, Carl Krebsbach becomes a spectacle after being covered in plum blossoms during a storm.
  • Dick Hyman

    As a kid growing up in New York, Dick Hyman was classically trained in piano by his uncle, the well-known concert artist Anton Rovinsky. Then he got hooked on jazz by listening to his brother's record collection -- Art Tatum, Bix Beiderbecke, and other greats. Now his remarkable career as a composer, arranger, pianist, organist, and more spans six decades, with a resume that includes scoring soundtracks for Woody Allen films like Zelig and The Purple Rose of Cairo. He has recorded well over 100 albums under his own name. His most recent project is A Century of Jazz Piano, a six-CD set released last fall on Arbors Records.
  • Vince Giordano

    Vince Giordano grew up on Long Island playing vintage 78s on his grandmother's Victrola. Maybe that's what fueled his passion for music of the 1920s and '30s. By age 14, he had joined the musicians' union. Later, he put together his own band, the Nighthawks -- longtime favorites on the New York jazz scene. Vince has appeared in films such as Woody Allen's Sweet and Lowdown and Martin Scorsese's The Aviator, for which the Nighthawks recorded a slew of vintage hits. Vince and the Nighthawks have released several albums, including Quality Shout! (Stomp Off Records) and a tribute to Bix Beiderbecke called Bill Challis' The Goldkette Project (Circle Records).
  • Andra Suchy

    Andra Suchy spent her childhood on a farm near Mandan, North Dakota, the daughter of two talented singers. By the time she was in grade school, she was traveling around, doing concerts and festivals with her family. These days, she sings with several groups in the Twin Cities area -- including the all-girl trio The Dollys. She also works as a back-up singer and as a jingle singer on commercials for White Castle, Target, and more. Andra's solo CD is called Patchwork Story.
  • Garrison Keillor

    Garrison Keillor was born in 1942 in Anoka, Minnesota. He went to work for Minnesota Public Radio in 1969, and on July 6, 1974, he hosted the first broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion in St. Paul. He is the host of The Writer's Almanac and the editor of the Good Poems series of anthologies from Viking.
  • The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band

    Richard Dworsky Keyboardist, composer, and arranger Richard Dworsky is APHC's music director. He leads the band, composes themes, improvises script underscores, and collaborates with such diverse guests as Yo-Yo Ma, James Taylor, Brad Paisley, Kristin Chenoweth, and Sheryl Crow. He has released many recordings of original material and has provided music for documentaries on HBO and PBS.
    Chet Atkins called Pat Donohue (guitar) one of the greatest fingerpickers in the world today. And he writes songs too -- recorded by Suzy Bogguss, Kenny Rogers and others. Freewayman (Bluesky Records) is the most recent of Pat's nine albums.
    Gary Raynor (bass) has performed with the Count Basie band, Sammy Davis Jr. -- with whom he toured for several years -- and the Minnesota Klezmer Band. He teaches jazz bass at the McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul.
    Peter Johnson (percussion) has played klezmer music with Doc Severinsen and jazz with Dave Brubeck. He was a drummer for The Manhattan Transfer and for Gene Pitney. He has toured the world, but he always comes back to home base: Saint Paul.
    Andy Stein (violin, saxophone) definitely has far-flung musical leanings. He collaborated with Garrison Keillor to create the opera Mr. and Mrs. Olson, and he has performed with artists such as Itzhak Perlman, Eric Clapton, Smashing Pumpkins, Billy Joel, Tony Bennett, Ray Charles, and Bob Dylan. Trumpeter Randy Sandke is steeped in classic jazz, but he knows his way around many styles, both as an instrumentalist and a composer whose works have been performed by the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band and the Bulgarian National Orchestra, among others. His albums include The Mystic Trumpeter and The Subway Ballet, both on the Evening Star label; and his latest book, Where the Dark and the Light Folks Meet: Race and the Mythology, Politics, and Business of Jazz, was published in 2010 by the Scarecrow Press.
  • Erica Rhodes

    Erica Rhodes starred in the 2008 indie horror film Plague Town, which has shown in festivals and theaters nationwide and beyond, and she has had roles in Go West, Javatown, and Blindsided. Her Web series include "Upstairs Girls," the story of a sweet girl named Sandy and her roommates, and "Fourplay," about modern single urban women trying to figure out the elusive rules of 21st-century L.A. Erica currently makes her home in Los Angeles.
  • Tim Russell

    One minute he's mild-mannered Tim Russell; the next he's George Bush or Julia Child or Barack Obama. We've yet to stump this man of many voices. Says fellow APHC actor Sue Scott, "He does a better Ira Glass than Ira Glass." A well-known Twin Cities radio personality and voice actor, Tim appeared in the Robert Altman film A Prairie Home Companion and the Coen brothers' A Serious Man.
  • Sue Scott

    Since 1992, Prairie Home fans have heard Sue Scott play everything from well-intentioned moms and ditzy teenagers to Guy Noir stunners and leathery crones who've smoked one pack of Camel straights too many. She recently climbed back on stage in a variety of theater roles. She is well known for her commercial and voice-over work on radio and television, as well as movie roles, including the part of "Donna" in Robert Altman's A Prairie Home Companion.
  • Fred Newman

    Sound effects man Fred Newman is an actor, writer, musician, and sound designer for film and TV. Turns out, no one is more surprised than Fred that he's made a career out of doing what he used to do behind the teacher's back -- crossing his eyes, making sounds, and doing voices. He readily admits that, growing up, he was unceremoniously removed from several classrooms, "once by my bottom lip."