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  • WBGO JAM 2016: New School Improvisation Ensemble

    April 18, 2016. Posted by Corey Goldberg.

    WBGO's celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month continues with an in-studio performance and interview with the New School Improvisation Ensemble. Featuring leader Taulaunt Mehmeti's arrangements of folk melodies from the region of his home country of Kosovo, this session illustrates the limitless ability of jazz to combine with other music to create something new and vibrant with global resonance.

    IMG_0792New School Improvisation Ensemble - Directed by Vic Juris

    1) Martesa (trad., arr. Mehmeti)
    2) Hajredin Pasha (trad., arr. Mehmeti)
    3) Baresha (Rexho Mulliqi, arr. Mehmeti)

    Cemre Necefbas - Voice
    Apel-les Carod Requesens - Violin
    Paul Tafoya - Trumpet
    Alex Blade Silver - Tenor Saxophone
    Taulant Mehmeti - Guitar and Voice
    Sammy Weissberg -Bass
    Liam Zahm- Drums

  • Steve Jordan Talks to Michael Bourne About the 25th Annual Jazz Loft Party

    April 13, 2016. Posted by Corey Goldberg.

    Steve Jordan talks to Michael Bourne about his role as musical director of the 25th Annual Jazz Loft Party, which benefits the Jazz Foundation of America. Michael and Steve play some tunes from the lineup for this year's show, including Randy Weston, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and a tribute to David Bowie.

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  • WBGO JAM 2016: Juilliard Jazz Ensemble A

    April 13, 2016. Posted by Corey Goldberg.

    Juilliard's Jazz Ensemble A performs at WBGO as we continue celebrating Jazz Appreciation Month. Hear some of the future household names of jazz take on tunes by Charles Mingus and Andrew Hill.

    Hear this group and other top student ensembles featured on 88.3 FM throughout the month of April.

    Keep watching the blog for more complete JAM sessions all month long.

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    Juilliard Jazz Ensemble A, directed by Frank Kimbrough

    1) Remember Rockefeller at Attica (composed by Charles Mingus)
    2) Dusk (composed by Andrew Hill)
    3) Baby Babble (composed by Andrew Wangemann)

    Zoe Obadia - Alto Saxophone
    William Hawley - Trombone
    John Whitcomb - Trumpet
    Joel Wenhardt - Piano
    Dan Chmielinski - Bass
    Andrew Wangemann - Drums

  • Catherine Russell, Carolyn Leonhart, and LaTanya Hall Join Michael Bourne

    April 12, 2016. Posted by Corey Goldberg.

    Singers Catherine Russell, Carolyn Leonhart, and LaTanya Hall stop by Singers Unlimited to talk about growing up in musical families - and their experiences harmonizing together with Steely Dan. Hear how they rise to the challenge when Michael Bourne puts them on the spot to improvise a harmonization of "Honeysuckle Rose".

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  • WBGO JAM 2016: Queens College International Quintet

    April 11, 2016. Posted by Corey Goldberg.

    Queens College International Quintet stops by to celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month. A diverse collective of students from around the world, this group's original compositions demonstrate the power of jazz as language both distinctly global and intimately personal.

    Hear this group and other top student ensembles featured on 88.3 FM throughout the month of April.

    Keep watching the blog for more complete JAM sessions all month long.

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    The Queens College International Quintet, directed by David Berkman

    1) Like Kenny (composed by Samvel Sarkisian)
    2) January (composed by Miyoung Lee)
    3) Brooklyn Bound (composed by Flavio Silva)

    Flavio Silva (Brazil) - Guitar
    Sergej Avenesov (Russia) - Tenor Sax
    Miyoung Lee (Korea) - Piano
    Chang Min Jun (Korea) - Bass
    Samvel Sarkisian (Russia) - Drums