JazzWorks

Monday-Saturday plus various times each Sunday on HD3
  • Hosted by Bob Studebaker

JazzWorks is classic recordings by many of the legends of American music plus new music by emerging artists from all over the world, presented by hosts who know the music and the artists. JazzWorks offers an entertaining, engaging tour of an American treasure, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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The pandemic redefined television in 2020 — and the evolution isn't over. Production of scripted TV series has stalled or been delayed and redesigned because of health and safety concerns, and major movies and small-scale independent films and documentaries are now premiering in our homes, on television. Streaming services have become so prominent they rival, and often dwarf, the broadcast networks with their offerings.

It was a year when most of us stayed away from movie theaters, but it wasn't a year without movies. While the major studios largely set their sights on 2021 (and a few released their big titles on streaming services), it was an unsurprisingly terrific year for independent narrative films, feature-length documentaries and pictures of all types and genres from overseas. Here are the 10 that meant the most to me, arranged, per my annual tradition, as a series of themed pairings:

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