• David Sanchez - City Stories

    March 4, 2009. Posted by Joshua Jackson.

    On Tuesday, March 17th at 9pm, WBGO and NPR Music are presenting saxophonist David Sanchez for our next installment of  Live at the Village Vanguard.  Since it's so rare to see a jazz musician get wide exposure, I thought I'd share this installment of City Stories, a series of ads for Banana Republic.  My favorite part?  David recommends a visit to the Village Vanguard as one of the must-do jazz experiences in New York.  Hope you'll join us on March 17th.

  • Honor! with Jessye Norman, Geri Allen, and James Carter

    March 4, 2009. Posted by Simon Rentner.

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    0708_norman_jessye_21Tonight, the opera diva Jessye Norman kicks off Honor! A Celebration of the African American Cultural Legacy at Carnegie Hall. It's an ambitious concert and discussion series that spans the city and traces the historical path of black music in America.  With an eclectic lineup of artists -- Ron Carter, Toni Morrison, The Roots, The Philadelphia Orchestra -- Ms. Norman aims to build bridges and break down musical barriers in the age of Obama.  In the interview with WBGO's Michael Bourne, she cites "there is only good music, and then there is the other kind."  But other than featuring some of the best in American Music, perhaps her primary objective is to make the case that all popular American music is rooted in the blues and spiritual. - Simon Rentner

    Listen to the interview:

    The festival runs through March 23rd.

    Click here for a full listing of events.

  • Mingus and Monk - last week in New York

    March 1, 2009. Posted by Becca Pulliam.

    The King Phillip Regional High School Combo from Wrentham, MA, was a winner in the Charles Mingus Jazz Competition, February 22 in Manhattan

    Last week was book-ended by exhilarating concerts. On Sunday at Manhattan School of Music, I witnessed the first-ever Charles Mingus High School Jazz Band Competition (Northeast). The first contender, from Gates Chili HS in Rochester, was BIG (with girls too) - as wide as a subway car is long – and FIRED UP, and the intensity continued through five potential champions, playing for keeps. Rochester’s Eastman Youth Jazz Orch won. Mingus Dynasty played at the end. Helen Sung on piano! On Friday, IN MY MIND - a multi-media Thelonious Monk at Town Hall concert - was signed sealed & delivered by Jason Moran & his 8-piece Big Bandwagon. Nasheet Waits on drums! Above the stage, images of the Flower District (the neighborhood for the jazz loft scene circa 1960) were superimposed with words, in a closed-caption sort of way but beautifully designed. It was moving to experience music, visuals and typography together. Were others there? Please comment!