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  • Carmen Bradford and Melba Joyce at WBGO

    December 20, 2011. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

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    It's hard to top the mother-daughter singing team of Melba Joyce and Carmen Bradford. Between the two, they have performed with Louis Armstrong, Sarah Vaughan, Lionel Hampton the Count Basie Orchestra and many jazz luminaries past and present.

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    Rhonda Hamilton caught up with the pair on December 15 to talk about their careers and their performance that week at City College's Aaron Davis Hall. Enjoy!

  • Steve Kroon with WBGO's Sheila Anderson

    November 17, 2011. Posted by Simon Rentner.

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    Yesterday, Latin jazz percussionist Steven Kroon joined WBGO’s Sheila Anderson to talk about his new album, “Without a Doubt (Sin Duda)."

    Steve Kroon
    Steve Kroon

    Kroon grew up in New York City surrounded by jazz, Cuban music, rhythm and blues, Brazilian music, and more. He worked with Luther Vandross for twenty years, and has also long been associated with the great bassist Ron Carter. He has performed and recorded with Spyro Gyra, Diana Krall, Aretha Franklin, Roberta Flack, Jimmy Heath, and many more.  And, in recent years he has pursued a solo career.

    Steve Kroon is performing this Saturday, November 19, 2011, at 7:30 p.m. at the York College Performing Arts Center.

  • Paquito D'Rivera with WBGO's Michael Bourne

    November 11, 2011. Posted by Simon Rentner.

    Paquito D'Rivera celebrates the great Argentinean tango master Astor Piazzolla this Friday and Saturday at Jazz at Lincoln Center in the Rose Theater. He sat down with Michael Bourne to discuss his most recent album, Tango Jazz, and his approach to the clarinet versus the saxophone. This weekend, D'Rivera will imagine Piazzolla's music with an unorthodox twist by adding new instrumentation and expanding on old grooves.

    Hear Michael Bourne's conversation with D'Rivera below:


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    D'Rivera grew up in Havana, Cuba. So how did he get hooked up with the Argentinian tango? He would watch movies on TV featuring the bandoneón, a traditional instrument of the tango similar to the accordion. This weekend's concerts will feature this instrument as well as Piazzolla's former pianist, Pablo Ziegler and Astor Piazzolla's grandson Pipi on drums.