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  • WBGO Airs Two Tributes to Prince This Weekend

    April 22, 2016. Posted by Brandy Wood.

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    WBGO remembers The Purple One, The Artist – Prince - with two tribute programs this weekend, Saturday on Rhythm Revue with Felix Hernandez (10AM-2PM) and Sunday on The Checkout (7-8PM).

    In describing Prince’s influence, Rhythm Revue host Hernandez said, “The impact of Prince's artistry on popular music is immeasurable. Early in his career, Prince blurred the lines between rock and R&B at a time when the divide between the genres seemed ever widening. He earned the respect and praise of musicians from every field, to say nothing of critics and the public, with sales of over one hundred million recordings to his credit. Like his genre-bending predecessors Jimi Hendrix, Miles Davis, David Bowie, to mention a few, Prince brought together elements of all types of music to create art that was always fresh, daring and popular, a rare accomplishment.”

    This Sunday at 7PM, The Checkout will pay tribute to Prince, by featuring a variety of jazz artists performing Prince’s music, as well as presenting an interview with Thelonious Monk Institute Award winning bassist Ben Williams. In December, Williams presented a program of new arrangements of Prince songs at Harlem Stage. Williams discovered Prince as a kid by way of the very adult film Purple Rain. On Sunday’s episode, he tells that story plus shares one of his favorite Prince compositions.

  • Win tickets for The Art of the Duo at Sheen Center

    April 21, 2016. Posted by Brandy Wood.

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    Broadway's Alexander Gemignani joins forces with jazz arranger Tedd Firth to bring the Sondheim catalogue alive. Paul Gemignani, Sondheim’s longtime collaborator will be a special guest for the evening. Event details.

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  • Win tickets to the annual celebration of jazz

    April 20, 2016. Posted by Brandy Wood.

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    The Cicely Tyson High School of Performing & Fine Arts presents their Annual Celebration of Jazz during the month of April - Declared Jazz Month by The U.S. Congress.

    The Cicely Tyson School Jazz Band, Directed by Oscar Petty, takes the lead on this concert. The student ensemble is joined by Artists in Residence Adegoke Steve Colson, Oliver Lake, Chris Beck, Andy McKee, and Tyson string instructor Marlene Rice. You don't want to miss these polished and award winning students as they play America's Classical Music - JAZZ.

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  • Win Tickets for Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra with Kate Davis

    April 12, 2016. Posted by Brandy Wood.

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    The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and vocalist Kate Davis pay tribute to Broadway’s brightest lights. The famed avenue has been home to some of the most talented, inventive, and sophisticated composers, many with jazz-oriented roots. Harold Arlen wrote over 500 songs, including many for the stage as well as the classic “Over the Rainbow,” which was voted the No. 1 song by the Recording Industry Association of America and the National Endowment for the Arts. Jerome Kern and Irving Berlin are two of the most significant American theatrical composers of the early 20th century, each having been represented on Broadway hundreds of times. The list goes on: composers like Cole Porter, Stephen Sondheim, and Mel Brooks have penned time-tested musical gems that continue to uplift and entertain – both on Broadway and on record. In tonight’s performance, gutsy songstress Kate Davis shares her own fresh spin on the standards, which are sure to put you in a New York state of mind.

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    Kate Davis

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  • Win a pair of tickets to VUYO SOTASHE

    March 14, 2016. Posted by Brandy Wood.

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    Young South African jazz vocalist, Vuyo (Vuyolwethu) Sotashe, is gradually making his mark in the New York jazz scene. Sotashe moved to the NYC in 2013 after being awarded the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship to pursue Master of Music (Spring 2015) at William Paterson University. Since then, he has gone to win first prize at the very first Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival Vocal Competition in 2014, and performed on the festivals’s main stage in February of 2015. More recently, he won the Audience prize award and placed second over-all at the Shure Montreux Jazz Voice Competition in 2015, held at the annual Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland.

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    Vuyo Sotashe

    Vuyo Sotashe has also performed on international stages which include singing at the Arcevia Jazz Fest and the Fermo Jazz Festival in Italy 2012; the Stockholm Jazz Festival with South African National Youth Jazz Band in Sweden 2012; and he has toured with the SAMA Award (GRAMMY equivalent) winning band Proxy in the UK and Ireland 2009-2011.
    Scheduled to perform with Vuyo: Russell A. Hall (bass), Gabe Schnider (guitar), Kyle Poole (drums) and Mathis Picard (piano).

    Monk in Motion: The Next Face of Jazz is a partnership between BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center and the Thelonious Monk Institute that presents the top three winners from the renowned Annual Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition. Each concert features one winner and their combo from various parts of the world, demonstrating the versatility and variety of different jazz styles. For more information on the Institute, please visit www.monkinstitute.org.

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