State of the Arts

The First Lady of Jazz: Dorthaan Kirk

Clip: Season 40 Episode 3 | 6m 50s | Video has closed captioning.

When jazz legend Rahsaan Roland Kirk died in the 1970s, he left his wife Dorthaan with three children and no job. She turned her contacts in the jazz world into a career, including playing a pivotal role in the start up of WBGO Jazz Radio in Newark, NJ. Now the NEA has honored Kirk with a Jazz Advocate award. State of the Arts profiles Dorthaan and her career.

Aired: 12/18/21

Rating: NR

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State of the Arts is a local public television program presented by NJ PBS.