November 11, 2008. Posted by Simon Rentner.
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
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November 3, 2008. Posted by Vincent Bochis.
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.
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October 31, 2008. Posted by Simon Rentner.
Obama is in the lead
Is McCain gaining speed?
The underdog, he won’t throw in the towel
While Obama gets endorsed by Colin Powell
Barack the front runner
McCain has the nod of Joe the Plumber
A man with no license who owes back taxes
McCain pushing in Pennsylvania to attract backers
Obama is in the cradle of steel
In Pittsburgh trying to close the deal
Obama turning red to blue
He’s redrawing the map
Could Virginia really have his back?
Barack the redistributor says McCain
Not supporting job growth and the American Dream
11th hour distractions says Obama’s team
The race in Ohio is closely contested
In this state Obama might fail
Because of the fast falling support of white males
Maxed out moms unsure of Obama because he’s young
And some because they fear that he’s Muslim
They see themselves in Palin
But some see her views failing
From global warming to abortion
While these moms struggle to hold on and keep housing
RNC goes clothes shopping, dropping $150,000
In an economic crisis people reaching for the life line
Obama makes his closing arguments in big budget prime time
If Obama wins and gets the inauguration
Charles Barkley says he’s going on vacation
Why? The White House has a new resident
Who? The first ever black president
Or will it be the oldest president it’s still a mystery
With Sarah Palin ready to make history
And where’s Biden been hiding?
Close to a teleprompter because of rhetorical flourishes he’s been providing
Were less then a week away
What challenges we will face on Election Day?
Late mailings leaving voters lost
Provisional ballots that often go uncounted
Untrained poll workers, what ID do you bring?
Will voters get dissed?
Phony fliers in Virginia saying democrats vote on the fifth
While ACORN comes under heat
Who will lead us, who will take the seat?
Will it be victory in Iraq?
Or will our soldiers really come back?
Will there be health care for all?
Or will tax credits be too small?
The country holds its breath, from right to left
Will it be a democratic landslide? Or dead even?
Or will the the Republicans fall from grace like Ted Stevans.
Or will we see the ghost of the Bradley Effect?
Change is on the way
Red to blue, blue to red
Written and performed by Baba Israel from Open Thought Music
Produced by Simon Rentner
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