July 3, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.
This photo was taken by Rob Hayes from the Berklee College of Music. It's from today's rehearsal of the McCoy Tyner Big Band (aka Berklee College Jazz Orchestra) with guest soloist Christian Scott. Scott is performing with Tyner tonight, and with his own band tomorrow evening at the Salle de Gesu. It's been ten years since Michael Bourne saw a 14 year old Christian Scott performing with his uncle Donald Harrison at the New Showcase Lounge in New Orleans. What a difference a decade makes.
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June 17, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.
Drummer and composer Brian Blade brings the Fellowship Band to the Village
Vanguard this week. We are presenting them live on WBGO and NPR Music,
tomorrow night at 9pm. Don't miss this.
It's never an easy interview when your guest is a quiet, introspective person.
But Brian and I share a passion for music made intently and intensely. I
suppose that's why I love listening to The Fellowship Band. Especially when
they play at the Village Vanguard.
Anyway, listen to Brian Blade talk about music. My favorite story? One night,
just before midnight, Brian biked through the French Quarter in New Orleans.
He absolutely had to buy a Blind Willie Johnson record before the store closed.
So Brian gets home, plays the music, and cannot go to bed. The bare sound
of Johnson and his guitar was haunting. One of many stories you'll find when
you listen to the interview here.
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