December 23, 2008. Posted by Simon Rentner.
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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December 12, 2008. Posted by Simon Rentner.
An unsung hero of jazz trumpet, Eugene Edward "Snooky" Young, was honored at this year's 2009 NEA Jazz Masters Award Ceremony in Rose Theater, Jazz at Lincoln Center. The soft-spoken, humble master (and growler) of the cup mute played 1st trumpet in swing-era big bands led by Count Basie, Lionel Hampton, and Jimmie Lunceford. Born on February 3rd, 1919 in Dayton Ohio (yes, he turns 90 next year), Young grew-up idolizing (and imitating) Louis Armstrong. As a consummate professional and distinct voice on the trumpet, he became close to many luminaries in show business. He became most recognized with Johnny Carson, with whom he played for in the Tonight Show Orchestra for 20 years. - Simon Rentner
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December 11, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.
Next week, Cedar Walton's trio wraps up our 2008 concert series from the Village Vanguard. Don't worry, there's more to come:
The series kicks off 2009 with a performance from guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel on January 7, which will be available for download as a podcast. Grammy© winning trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard brings his quintet to the Vanguard in February along with special guests, and Grammy© nominated saxophonist David Sanchez follows in March with his quartet performing material from Sanchez's recent recording, Cultural Survival. In April, trumpeter and composer Tom Harrell and his quintet will play music from an upcoming release, Prana's Dance.
Live at the Village Vanguard Schedule
Wednesday, December 17 - Cedar Walton Trio
Wednesday, January 7 - Kurt Rosenwinkel Group
Wednesday, February 18 - Terence Blanchard Quintet
Wednesday, March 18 - David Sanchez Quartet
Wednesday, April 8 - Tom Harrell Quintet
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