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  • Some of the Best Stories...

    May 9, 2008. Posted by Amy Niles.

    Another post from Pledge Central. Don't shoot me, but I love pledge drives. Or Member drives, or what ever you want to call them. Some of the volunteers come for the food ( I have suggested that we weigh everyone before and after the drive), but most of us love to speak directly to you. To hear why WBGO is so important to you. You brighten our day and some of you make me laugh out loud!

    In the next few weeks, you will be hearing more about "My Source"- but in the meanwhile, I wanted to share some of the stories that contributors have told me- and was hoping that some of you would include some of your own personal tales.

    For instance- on the first morning of the drive, someone called and told me that he works for an auto insurance company. He listens to WBGO because we don't play the competitors "hairy commercials"! ( I think that he was referring to that caveman advertiser).

    Or the guy who listens faithfully to Michael and Andrew on his way home, hoping that they will talk about food. Every time that they do, he gets so hungry so that by the time that he comes home, his wife's cooking doesn't taste as bad as it really is.

    Someone told me a story today about how he was introduced to WBGO- he was a bartender at a rock club in the 80s. The men's room attendent was a crotchety guy who had WBGO playing on his transistor radio in the washroom. He kept telling the staff that one day they would wise up and come to appreciate WBGO- and he would make them sit in the bathroom and listen! 25 years later, we are still here and the caller finally became a member. He felt like he had finally grown up- you never know where you will be turned on to jazz.

    Share some of your stories in the comment section! Hopefully, I will have some time to read them on the air this weekend when I share the mike with Eulis Cathey from 9-11p ET on Saturday night.

    AMY

  • WBGO Studio Session - Jaleel Shaw Quintet

    May 6, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.

     

    Watch "Flipside," from a studio session we did with saxophonist Jaleel Shaw.
    Shaw was recently honored with an ASCAP Foundation Young Jazz Composer award. His new record is called Optimism. [Great title]. On that recording, "Flipside" is in the lead-off position, as it was during our studio date.
    We shot video only on the first take. The second was even better, and it will be part of the posted session. You'll have to wait until mid-month for that. Meanwhile, check out my other favorite sessions on NPR Music. And support young talent in jazz. Go to gigs. Buy records. And contribute to WBGO.
    -Josh

  • Talking Jazz with Ben Sidran

    May 6, 2008. Posted by Becca Pulliam.

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    Full disclosure and good news -- JazzSet is entering into a partnership with Jazz Standard. It's a great development and gets me to the club more often. And so I went last night to hear friend Ben Sidran do "Talking Jazz" with guest David Newman, resuming the conversation that enlivened "Sidran on Record," Ben's NPR series of yore. "Talking Jazz" is like "Piano Jazz" but different. Enjoyable from the git-go, Ben and "Fathead" relaxed into the night, didn't repeat themselves, told new stories and played different songs, reinforcing my latest rule to STAY FOR BOTH SETS, when possible. Newman contrasted his two long-time bandleaders, Ray Charles and Herbie Mann (quadrupled the pay), and emphasized that in various settings, even a "side" musician needs a consistent, identifiable, personal sound. Then he let us enjoy his, on tenor ("Girl Talk"), alto and flute. Ben sang/played Dylan's "You Gotta Serve Somebody" as though he wrote it. (Must find the words and try to learn them.) With solos on "Oleo," Mike Richmond on bass and son Leo Sidran on drums ended the night -- no speaking roles but effective communicating. - Becca Pulliam, JazzSet Producer