• Guest Contributer: Peter Muir, Author of Long Lost Blues

    March 25, 2010. Posted by Simon Rentner.

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    It was a real pleasure to be interviewed about my new book Long Lost Blues by Vincent Pelote on Jazz from the Archives earlier in March. I was first on the show back in 2001, and then as now, was struck by the depth and intelligence of Vincent's interviewing.  We certainly had a lively discussion about the book!

    The book is about the earliest (pre-1920) blues and its spread into popular culture.  These blues are really important in the evolution of both blues and jazz, yet they have been overlooked by historians.  In fact, my book is the first in-depth study of the genre...  Check out the book's website.

    Listen to my interview with Vincent on Jazz From The Archives below. - Peter Muir

  • Live Tonight: Nicholas Payton at the Village Vanguard

    March 10, 2010. Posted by Joshua Jackson.

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  • Steve Wilson on Live at the Village Vanguard

    March 4, 2010. Posted by Brandy Wood.

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    Wilsonian's Grain - Live at the Village Vanguard March 24
    Wilsonian's Grain - Live at the Village Vanguard March 24

    Steve Wilson is one of the finest saxophonists in the business: He's what musicians label a "first call" player. If you have a session coming up and you want great alto and soprano sax work, Wilson is your man. Many have called; Wilson has played on more than 100 albums, and he's a key member of Grammy-winning groups such as the Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra, Dave Holland Sextet and Chick Corea's Origin.

    Wilson grew up in Virginia and earned a music scholarship to Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, where he performed and studied with Lionel Hampton, the Heath Brothers and Ellis Marsalis. Eventually, the saxophonist made his way to New York and hooked up with some other talented young up-and-comers in the O.T.B. (a.k.a. Out of the Blue) band, organized by Blue Note records. Wilson is also a member of the all-star ensemble Blue Note 7, which is celebrating the 70th anniversary of the label in 2009.

    Wilson has recently been off to the far-east for concerts with Christian McBride and Inside Straight. But he returns and hits the ground running with his Wilsonian's Grain band for Live at the Village Vanguard on Wednesday, March 24.  WBGO listeners may recall this band which was captured by JazzSet in April 2009.

    This is WBGO’s Josh Jackson second broadcast from the Village Vanguard in March and it is sure to be exciting.  The band that evening will include Orrin Evans, Ugonna Okegwo and Bill Stewart.  The performance begins at 9pm, and will be available live online at WBGO.org.