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  • Happy Birthday, Blue Note

    October 23, 2014. Posted by WBGO.

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    The Wayne Shorter Quartet performs at Blue Note at 75, The Concert. (Image Credit: NPR)

    Blue Note Records turns 75 this year, and to celebrate, Washington, D.C.'s John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts hosted a concert featuring some of the record label's living legends and rising stars. From the early years with co-founder Alfred Lion to the revitalization under Bruce Lundvall, Blue Note Records has become and remained one of the most iconic brands in jazz.

    On Jazz Night in America, hear highlights from the Kennedy Center stage, and reflections on the label's influence with Norah Jones, Terence Blanchard and Dianne Reeves. Blue Note artist Jason Moran guest hosts this episode.

    Set List

    • Robert Glasper & Jason Moran, "Boogie Woogie Stomp" (Glasper, piano; Moran, piano)
    • Bobby Hutcherson & McCoy Tyner, "Fly With The Wind" (Hutcherson, vibraphone; Tyner, piano)
    • Dianne Reeves, "Stormy Weather" (Reeves, voice; Terence Blanchard, trumpet; Peter Martin, piano; Derrick Hodge, bass; Kendrick Scott, drums)
    • Joe Lovano, "Fort Worth" (Lovano, tenor saxophone; Lionel Loueke, guitar; Fabian Almazan, piano; Derrick Hodge, bass; Kendrick Scott, drums)
    • Norah Jones, "I've Got To See You Again" (Jones, voice; Wayne Shorter, saxophone; Jason Moran, piano; John Patitucci, bass; Brian Blade, drums)
    • Lou Donaldson feat. Dr. Lonnie Smith, "Alligator Boogaloo" (Donaldson, alto saxophone; Smith, organ; Lionel Loueke, guitar; Kendrick Scott, drums)
    • Lou Donaldson feat. Dr. Lonnie Smith, "Blues Walk" (same personnel)

    Credits

    Duke Markos, recording and remix engineer. Special thanks to Kevin Struthers and Jean Thill of the Kennedy Center.

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  • Poetry Month: Rita Dove - "Canary"

    October 23, 2014. Posted by David Tallacksen.

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    October is Newark Poetry Month and WBGO is celebrating!

    Rita Dove
    Rita Dove

    Rita Frances Dove served as Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress from 1993 to 1995. She is the first African American to be appointed in that position, and the second African American to receive the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.

    Canary
    Billie Holiday’s burned voice
    had as many shadows as lights,
    a mournful candelabra against a sleek piano,
    the gardenia her signature under that ruined face.
    (Now you’re cooking, drummer to bass,
    magic spoon, magic needle.
    Take all day if you have to
    with your mirror and your bracelet of song.)
    Fact is, the invention of women under siege
    has been to sharpen love in the service of myth.

    If you can’t be free, be a mystery.

  • Singer Ann Hampton Callaway: Listen Now

    October 23, 2014. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    Singer Ann Hampton Callaway talks with Rhonda Hamilton about "From Sassy To Divine," her CD tribute to Sarah Vaughan, which she peforms Oct. 23 at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola in New York. Enjoy!

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