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  • Daniel Mille, Accordionist from France

    June 29, 2010. Posted by Becca Pulliam.

    Daniel Mille with Alfio Origlio, Jerome Regard, Julien Alour and Andy Barron, at Gesu - Centre de Creativite, June 27, 2010
    Daniel Mille with Alfio Origlio, Jerome Regard, Julien Alour and Andy Barron, at Gesu - Centre de Creativite, June 27, 2010

    Some of the most flowing, breathing music of the festival has come from this quintet led by Daniel Mille, who  sings in harmony over his accordion. Inside his quintet, he finds trios of accordion, bass and trumpet, or piano, bass and drums, or a duo of piano with drums alone. Yet these shifts of focus are subtle. Michael Bourne interviews the artist with Hugo Leclerc translating from French to English, and David Tallacksen's photos of the performance are on our flickr site.

  • Talking with Ben Sidran

    June 28, 2010. Posted by Becca Pulliam.

    The singer / pianist / ironist came by the Museum of Contemporary Art, site of the WBGO broadcast booth, to talk with Michael Bourne during Singers Unlimited. In the evening Ben sang and played Bob Dylan Ben's way, at Dylan Different at Club Soda. That's also his latest album with son Leo Sidran on drums.

    Besides Dylan, Ben has a Mose Allison heart with a helping of Horace Silver -  bop blues and lyrics. And he always has a good story and a unique take on things. Try his autobiography Ben Sidran: A Life in Music.

    Sorry I cut off his right hand in this photo; it's important to his keyboard playing!

    Click and listen to the conversation.

  • Hank Jones (1918-2010)

    May 17, 2010. Posted by David Tallacksen.

    Photo by David Tallacksen

    The death of Hank Jones was sad news to wake up to this morning.  Here is the New York Times obituary.

    Last year when the Jazz Journalists Association named him Pianist of the Year, Jones said the honor was an inspiration to work even harder. That comment summed up his rare dedication. Indeed at the age of 90, he was still practicing, two to three hours a day when he could. And his playing was sublime.

    At the end of the summer, he was honored by the Detroit International Jazz Festival. WBGO blogged excerpts of his Jazz Talk.

    As always, he graciously answers familiar questions and shares a little of himself. With his music he shares much more. - Becca Pulliam

    Click "read more" to view Hank Jones photo gallery.

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