August 27, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.
We're presenting pianist Kenny Barron tonight at the Village Vanguard. Barron's new recording, The Traveler, released yesterday. We talk about living with music, something that Kenny Barron has done for most of his life. Hear the honesty, humility, and everything else that makes Kenny Barron one of today's most well-regarded jazz musicians. It's all in this interview.
Now seems as good a time as any to tell you about an idea that has been germinating in my mind. I have been building a Frankenstein in WBGO's covert ops laboratory. It's a radio show/new media platform/chimera called Living With Music, and you will be hearing more about this in the coming months. One of the features is called Shuffle, where I invite a musician into the studio, ask them to bring their digital music player, set it to access their playlist randomly, and we improvise from there. I always thought it was a perfect vehicle for the broad listening habits of jazz musicians. Jazz covers of Sting and Radiohead, a string quartet playing a famous jazz tune, an original composition... that's just some of the stuff on Kenny Barron's iPod. So here's a sample of the feature, before it gets edited into a finely-crafted production for Living With Music. Let's call it a rough edit, if you care about the nitty gritty details of production terminology.
Check it out.
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August 21, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.
Singer Melody Gardot visited the WBGO studio yesterday, and she brought her entire band with her. Melody's debut release, Worrisome Heart, has generated a lot of attention for both her personal story and her intimate, original songwriting. She intended to play three songs - "Worrisome Heart," "Goodnight," and "Somewhere Over the Rainbow." But she fell in love with our Steinway piano, and added "Love Me Like a River Does." Check out the session. If you like what you hear, and you want the accompanying visuals, be advised that Melody Gardot is playing tonight at the Blender Theater at Gramercy on East 23rd Street in New York.
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July 5, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.
Billy Bang is here in Montreal. He's part of the 25th Anniversary concert for Justin Time Records. Bang has released two recordings related to his experience in Vietnam - both the pain and the healing. Bang spoke with Michael Bourne about reconciliation, from the perspective of an artist and a former warrior. There are some memorable moments in this conversation, including this great line: "We live the music that we perform, and we perform the music we live. There's no separation."
Listen to the interview.
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