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  • Bob Brookmeyer and Clark Terry Together Again!

    December 20, 2011. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    WBGO says goodbye to Bob Brookmeyer, who passed away last Thursday, three days shy of his 82nd birthday. The trombonist and composer will be long remembered for his imagination as an improviser, virtuosic mastery of the valve trombone and work with Jimmy Giuffre, Gerry Mulligan, Stan Getz and the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Big Band. Brookmeyer's legacy lives on amongst the many younger musicians he mentored, including Jim McNeely, Maria Schneider and Darcy James Argue.

    Bob's friendship with trumpeter Clark Terry stands out amongst his many collaborations. Clark was his inseparable companion through the 1960s: the pair co-led a quintet at New York's Half Note starting in 1961, then recorded three albums together for Mainstream Records. The pair reunited many times thereafter, and their musical affinity is immediately apparent to the ear.

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    WBGO was fortunate to be present at one of these reunions on February 21, 1986 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, which we presented as part of the American Jazz Radio Festival. The pair performed with Tommy Flanagan on piano, Jay Anderson on bass, and Kenny Washington on drums.

    Here's a highlight from that concert, "Someday My Prince Will Come." Enjoy and thanks, Bob and Clark!

  • Auld Lang Syne 12/31/07 from Denver

    December 17, 2011. Posted by Becca Pulliam.

    What tune follows Auld Lang Syne? It's a good one.

    KUVO Jazz 89 presented CONVERGENCE, one of the all-time great groups ever heard anywhere, from Dazzle in Denver on Toast of the Nation.

    Greg Gisbert - trumpet ..  John Gunther - sax ..  Mark Patterson - trombone
    Mark Simon - bass ..  Eric Gunnison - piano ..  Paul Romaine - drums

    MC Susan Gatchet-Reese

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    This year on Toast, KUVO presents the Junior Mance Quintet .. 1:30-2:00 am Eastern Time

  • Auld Lang Syne 12/31/08 in New Orleans

    December 15, 2011. Posted by Becca Pulliam.

    No guesswork this time .. it's Evan Christopher, clarinet .. Tom McDermott, piano ..

    Matt Perrine, tuba .. Shannon Powell, drums .. Josh Jackson, MC

    Here's the music!

    Here's your ticket!
    Here's your ticket!
  • Who's playing this Auld Lang Syne?

    December 13, 2011. Posted by Becca Pulliam.

    As heard on a recenttoast_of_the_nation_logoand (hint) at 6:30 tonight on JazzSet

    Ever since approximately 1980, WBGO and NPR Music have been presenting live jazz from coast to coast on New Year's Eve. That's a lot of midnights and impromptu versions of Auld Lang Syne, one of the least jazzy of all melodies!

    From now until New Year's Eve, our goal is to post one Auld Lang Syne a day, and ask you who's playing? Can you recognize the musicians, or do you remember the setting? The year? Was it the beginning of a great new year, or the ending of a better one?

    For the 2011 New Year's Eve line-up, visit wbgo.org/toast

  • Frank Foster's All Star New York Orchestra Plays Shiny Stockings .. New Year's Eve 1995

    July 28, 2011. Posted by Becca Pulliam.

    This "Great Live Moment" from WBGO's audio archives is also part of our longer tribute to Frank Foster, which you can read here. Swing Easy, Uncle Frank!

    WBGO had a friend in the late Frank Foster (1928-2011). He and this band of great, name players rang in the New Year with the station at a great party in a ballroom at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York, live on WBGO and Cognac Hennessy New Year's Eve Coast to Coast across the country.

    And after midnight Milt Jackson (whose birthday was January 1) stepped up to the vibes for a long, relaxed jam on Foster's signature song. Solos are by Billy Harper (or so I think because someone in the crowd yells "Wild Bill!" after the solo), John Sneider and the late and much-missed Hilton Ruiz. Those trumpet shakes at the end must have put a buzz on the balloons and confetti and inspired the couples on the dance floor.

    Bill Easley, George Coleman, Fostina Dixon, Dave Glasser, Billy Harper, saxophones

    Tony Barrero, Cecil Bridgewater, Jon Faddis, Virgil Jones,  John Sneider, trumpets

    Curtis Fuller, Jack Jeffers, Robert Trowers, Andrew Williams, trombones

    Hilton Ruiz, piano; Earl May, bass; Grady Tate, drums