January 30, 2012. Posted by Tim Wilkins.
Singer Miche Braden, who stars as Bessie Smith in "The Devil's Music," a play currently at St. Luke's Theatre in New York City, talked with WBGO's Michael Bourne in our studios about the challenge of playing the legendary blues singer, and how she prepared for the role. Enjoy!
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December 20, 2011. Posted by Tim Wilkins.
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.
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!
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November 17, 2011. Posted by Simon Rentner.
Yesterday, Latin jazz percussionist Steven Kroon joined WBGO’s Sheila Anderson to talk about his new album, “Without a Doubt (Sin Duda)."
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.
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