• Coda: Trumpeter Jon Faddis and the Naked Campaign

    November 12, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.


    It's been a week since our nation's historic election.  One of the most artful methods of election coverage was The Naked Campaign, a series of videos featuring New Yorker illustrator Steve Brodner.  As a project, the Naked Campaign demonstrates that all the tools of drawing, painting, writing, and filmmaking can be utilized to create a distinct point of view.  You don't necessarily have to agree with that point of view, but if you're a jazz fan, you'll certainly appreciate this final installment of the series.  Jon Faddis is the trumpeter.  Considering that Faddis is the protege of Dizzy Gillespie, who ran for president in 1964, it is a coda indeed.

  • Interview & Feature with NEA Chairman Dana Gioia

    November 11, 2008. Posted by Simon Rentner.

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    Dana Gioia

    WBGO collaborated with the National Endowment for the Arts and Jazz at Lincoln Center to bring you the live broadcast of the 2009 NEA Jazz Masters Award Ceremony in Rose Theater on October 17th.  We hope to post the complete live broadcast of the ceremony on this blog in April of 2009.  While we wait for that concert to be on-demand, here's an interview with the chairman of the NEA, Dana Gioia, who'll be stepping down from his position to focus on poetry at the end of the year. - Simon Rentner

    Click here for the short feature.

    And here for the full interview.

  • The Return of Salsa Meets Jazz

    November 3, 2008. Posted by Vincent Bochis.

    Bobby Sanabria
    Last month, Salsa Meets Jazz returned to Greenwich Village. The show was held at Le Poisson Rouge, located at the site of the old Village Gate, at Bleecker and Thompson, where Salsa Meets Jazz originated in the 1980's.Bobby Sanabria's nineteen piece juggernaut roared through two sets. The first set included new power arrangements of Latin jazz classics "Manteca" and "Tin Tin Deo." Selections from the band's latest album Big Band Urban Folktales included trombonist Chris Washburne's composition "Pink," which Sanabria described as a song that captures the sights in the city every summer. Trumpet great John Faddis' muscular virtuosity in "Tin Tin Deo" set the bar for the ozone-piercing trumpet work of the four regular section members. The defining rhythms of legendary guest artist, conguero Candido Camero, demonstrated that he continues, at the age of 87, to be a grand master who delights in connecting with the audience. Original Village Gate impresario Art D'Lugoff, who serves as a consultant to Salsa Meets Jazz and other productions, was on hand. WBGO's Awilda Rivera was the host for the evening.

    On December 1, Salsa Meets Jazz returns to Le Poisson Rouge. Latin Jazz icon Larry Harlow and his orchestra will be joined by guest artist, the renowned baritone saxophonist Ronnie Cuber.