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  • Freddie Hubbard (1938 - 2008)

    December 29, 2008. Posted by Simon Rentner.

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    Freddie Hubbard

    The great trumpeter and composer Freddie Hubbard passed away today at Sherman Oaks hospital in LA, California. He had been hospitalized for over a month after suffering a heart attack.  Stay tuned to WBGO in the coming days for exclusive Freddie Hubbard music and interviews.

  • BEST CD’S OF 2008 selected by Rhonda, Brian, & Sheila

    December 24, 2008. Posted by Simon Rentner.

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    PLAYLIST FOR BEST CD'S OF 2008 SHOW WITH
    RHONDA HAMILTON, BRIAN DELP & SHEILA ANDERSON

    KENNY BARRON - THE TRAVELER ON SUNNYSIDE RECORDS

    ROY HARGROVE - EARFOOD ON EMARCY

    AHMAD JAMAL - IT'S MAGIC ON DREYFUS JAZZ

    TOM LELLIS & TONINHO HORTA - TONIGHT ON ADVENTURE MUSIC

    JAMES MOODY & HANK JONES - OUR DELIGHT ON IPO RECORDS

    ARTURO O'FARRILL & THE AFRO LATIN JAZZ ORCHESTRA - SONG FOR CHICO ON ZOHO RECORDS

    AARON PARKS - INVISIBLE CINEMA ON BLUE NOTE

    DANILO PEREZ - ACROSS THE CRYSTAL SEA ON EMARCY

    ART TATUM - PIANO STARTS HERE: LIVE AT THE SHRINE ON SONY CLASSICAL

    THE VANGUARD JAZZ ORCHESTRA - MONDAY NIGHT LIVE AT THE VILLAGE VANGUARD ON PLANET ARTS

  • The New Jazz Composers Octet Live at J & R Music World

    December 23, 2008. Posted by Simon Rentner.

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    David Weiss
    The New Jazz Composers Octet performed a rousing set, live on our airwaves at J & R Music World in lower Manhattan on Saturday, December 20th.  WBGO's Monifa Brown interviewed the leaders of the band during the broadcast: trumpeter David Weiss (first composer in-command) and pianist Xavier Davis (recipient of Chamber Music America Doris Duke Jazz Ensembles Project).  They are a modest duo.  Listening to their quiet insights into their craft is a poor way to measure the power that bursts off their lead sheets through their instruments.  An Octet is a particularly opulent setting for a contemporary jazz composer.  It's difficult to keep a band like that on the road.  And when its manned with talents Craig Handy, Jimmy Greene, and Nasheet Waits, Weiss should have a lot to boast about. However, his soft-spoken nature reflects a great irony that confronts many of our great artists today.  The common dilemma of being under-appreciated as a modern composer seems to suit his temperament.  Weiss would rather have the music do the talking.  Once the set was finished, nothing was left unspoken.  Now that's music. - Simon Rentner

    Listen to the full concert and interview:

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