• 30th anniv of Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz

    April 16, 2009. Posted by Becca Pulliam.

    Tuesday night, Dizzy's at Jazz @ Lincoln Center was packed, and pianists spottable in all directions. With one long break, the celebration ran past midnight. Marian listened from her dressing room as Bill Charlap opened with “While We’re Young,” a tip of the hat to her long friendship with composer Alec Wilder, who hosted the forerunner of Marian’s celebrated series, Piano Jazz. Bill made that melody sing. He’s with the Blue Note 7 at Birdland for the rest of the week. Be there.

    Renee Rosnes joined Bill – they were married at Dizzy’s – for the first two-piano presentation of the night. Fun! Then Renee continued with “Chelsea Bridge” (Strayhorn) – love the harmony. Grady Tate sang two with pianist John Di Martino. JoAnne Brackeen stepped up to play her own composition, then Taylor Eigsti put her feet to the fire on a two-piano “Giant Steps.” I really enjoyed that duo, am sure it was their first time together. Marian played “Easy to Remember (and so hard to forget),” and she seemed in synch with every note. Karrin Allyson sang “Twilight Time” with Marian, lyrics by Johnny Mercer, just right.

    The Kenny Barron and Mulgrew Miller two-piano closer was the apotheosis of the evening. Read more

  • Countdown to Checkout Time

    April 10, 2009. Posted by Joshua Jackson.

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  • The Checkout: WBGO's New Music Show

    April 1, 2009. Posted by Joshua Jackson.

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    It's no April Fool's Day prank (Take it from a guy who got married on this day nine years ago).  This plug comes factory direct from the shameless self-promotion department.  Hope you'll listen and support us.

    checkoutlogoWBGO launches new program, The Checkout, to air Tuesdays at 6:30pm
    One hour magazine format will focus on new music and inaugurate new content rich website, CheckOutJazz.com

    The Checkout, which makes its debut on Tuesday, April 7 at 6:30pm, will be the first new produced program on the WBGO airwaves since JazzSet began 17 years ago.

    Josh Jackson, host of The Checkout, first began his life in radio in New Orleans, then landed a temporary production assistant job at American Routes, and followed with public radio boot camp at Murray Street Productions in New York. Josh still believes that radio is a legitimate career path, and no one has the heart to tell him otherwise.

    Josh joined the WBGO team in 2001 and is currently the station’ Special Projects Producer, blogger-in-chief and an unparalleled enthusiast for modern expressions in jazz. He has been responsible for new media projects such as Living With Music, an online multimedia riff about jazz, and the multi-media partnership between WBGO and NPR, Live at the Village Vanguard, a monthly concert series that includes live audio and video streaming via the web, live radio broadcast, plus an interactive blog where fans of the music interact with one another. The Vanguard series, along with its free podcasts, has become such a sensation, that it was a focal point in the current JazzTimes cover story on Ravi Coltrane, who recently appeared on the program.

    As Josh was producing award-winning documentaries and more than 250 live concert recordings at WBGO, an idea for a show highlighting new music came to him. “I wanted to put this content we were recording in context, to connect the dots between artists’ upcoming performances in the area, their new releases, and what they’re listening to.”

    The Checkout will be a one-hour magazine format, also available as a podcast, that will feature what’s new in the New York jazz scene. The New York Times’ Ben Ratliff will occasionally sit down with Josh to discuss new releases, reissues, and newly discovered or unearthed music.

    A new website will also launch on April 7, www.CheckOutJazz.com. Josh’s strong relationship with many musicians will enable the site to have on-demand content such as Featured New Music - single tracks from new releases that day - and Studio Sessions, which are recorded in the WBGO performance studio. But Josh Jackson will certainly not be contained to the WBGO offices in Newark, but rather, he will be recording interviews and experiences on location throughout the New York area to collect the pieces of The Checkout.

    While The Checkout is for all WBGO listeners, Program Director, Thurston Briscoe, hopes that “the in depth magazine style focusing on new music, a fresh approach for WBGO original programming, will attract new listeners and the young of spirit.”

    WBGO is celebrating Jazz Appreciation Month in April, which is also the station’s 30th anniversary. The Checkout launch on April 7, which replaces the no longer available Jazz Profiles, is a highlight of this celebration. The first month of shows have been confirmed, and will feature interviews with Tom Harrell, Omar Sosa, Sangam – Sakir Hussein, Charles Lloyd, Chick Corea and John McLaughlin, as well as studio sessions with Claudia Acuna and Marco Benevento, a new release from Allen Toussaint’s Bright Mississippi band, and a playlist from Branford Marsalis.

    Check out The Checkout, Tuesdays at 6:30pm, beginning April 7, on WBGO – The Source for Jazz (88.3FM and www.wbgo.org).