December 29, 2008. Posted by Simon Rentner.
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.
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December 24, 2008. Posted by Simon Rentner.
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
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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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