John D'Agostino likes to add color, dimension, and fun to the listening experience by sharing the illuminating anecdotes and trivia scribbled in the margins of jazz history. He also enjoys programming shows around unifying themes- instrumentation, subject matter, special events, the seasons, great songwriters. On "Johnny D's Jazz Journal", he does all that and more.
The theme for the May 4, 2014 edition of Johnny D’s Jazz Journal is “Sueños: The Cinco de Mayo Show”. “Sueños” is Spanish for “dreams,” and in this case it refers to 19th-century Mexico’s dreams of freedom following centuries of domination by Spain and France; coincidentally, the word sueños also kept popping up in the titles of the songs I was auditioning for this show, so it became a recurring motive.