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  • WBGO Celebrates Blue Note's 75th Anniversary

    October 20, 2014. Posted by Brandy Wood.

    WBGO Presents: Our Point of View in their only East Coast Appearance
    December 12 at Le Poisson Rouge

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    To commemorate WBGO’s 35th anniversary year, we are teaming up with Blue Note Records at the close of their 75th anniversary year to present the only East Coast appearance of the supergroup, Our Point of View. With a limited number of engagements in Monterey, Paris, London and New York City, the December 12, 2014 performance in support of WBGO will be the only opportunity for fans in the jazz capital to experience this historic group.

    Created in honor of Blue Note’s anniversary, Our Point of View celebrates the vitality of the label by looking ahead and bringing together the leading young artists on the Blue Note roster who steadfastly continue to move jazz forward. Featuring keyboardist Robert Glasper, trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, guitarist Lionel Loueke, saxophonist Marcus Strickland, and bassist Derrick Hodge with drummer Kendrick Scott, the band’s repertoire draws from each of these artists’ own remarkable catalogs as well new spins on Blue Note classics.

    The creative young voices of jazz have been the lifeblood of Blue Note Records since its formation in 1939—from Thelonious Monk and Herbie Hancock, to Freddie Hubbard and Joe Henderson—all of whom made their debut albums for the legendary label. Since WBGO’s inception in 1979, the station has been at the forefront of many brilliant jazz careers, including the members of this group, each of whom has performed in WBGO’s studio in Newark.

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    Our Point of View

    December 12, 2014 ι Le Poisson Rouge

    In 2009, WBGO launched an innovative program entitled, The Checkout, which brought each of these musicians into our Newark studios to perform as band leaders and discuss their music. Two years later, veteran record producer and musician Don Was joined Blue Note as Chief Creative Officer and soon became its president, renewing its dedication to the original label vision, articulated by Blue Note founder Alfred Lion that “any particular style of playing which represents an authentic way of musical feeling is genuine expression.”

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  • DIVA Drummer Sherry Maricle: Listen Now

    October 16, 2014. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    Drummer and bandleader Sherry Maricle talks with Rhonda Hamilton about the DIVA Jazz Orchestra's CD "A Swingin' Life," and "Swing It Forward!" concerts at Jazz At Lincoln Center's Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola in Manhattan Oct. 17-19. Enjoy!

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  • Vocalist Annie Ross

    October 11, 2014. Posted by Michael Bourne.

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    You can hear the life of Annie Ross in her singing.  She's … lived.  Just like her friend and inspiration Billie Holiday.  Lady In Satin was Billie's penultimate album and is one of the most deeply emotional albums ever made.  You also can hear in Billie's voice how much she's … lived.  I know some who can't listen to Lady in Satin — too painful.  Others have said it's Billie's greatest album.   Annie's new album, To Lady With Love, includes mostly songs from that album, and also Annie's poem for Lady Day.  Her "band" on the album: Pizzarelli pere et fils.  Bucky and John on the guitars.  We'll talk about Billie and singing and … life when Annie Ross joins me this Sunday (10/12) at noon on Singers Unlimited.