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  • Real people, real jazz, really

    February 1, 2008

    Add new comment | Filed under: Jazz Alive

    Today was Jazz Giants Day. Rhonda played some of the bigguns of this music in honor of the Giants Super Bowl appearance. If you were listening you heard Diz, Satch, Miles and many others in what was, for me, a great mid-day's worth of jazz. Singer sandy Sasso was in today. She's one of our most loyal volunteers and cooks and bakes like a mad woman for us and for her fellow volunteers. Today there was roast beet soup and chicken pot pie, not to mention a variety of super tasty banana nut and other bread. Yum!
    I told you I'd be blogging every day I was on the air, and today we said we'd post some of your comments. It's true, real people just like you are pledging their hard-earned cash to this radio station because they know that we rock the jazz all over the world like nobody else. Here are just a few comments:

    Lisa from Weehawken, NJ pledged $XXXX as a NEW pledge! (12:14:37) Note: I was thrilled to stumble upon WBGO! My radio is on 24-7! I even listen while I'm asleep

    Ingrid from New York, NY pledged $XXXX as a NEW pledge! (11:06:00) NOTE:Just put on the radio, and it made me smile and I decided to join.

    Marco from New York, NY pledged $XXXX - as a NEW pledge! (10:41:00) NOTE:Love the radio, normally does not listen to the radio. Through MY Ipod away since I've been listening to WBGO

    Clyde from Brooklyn, NY pledged $XXXX - as a RENEWING pledge! (10:46:00) NOTE: Today is my 70th birthday -- celebrating by renewing his membership.

    Norman from West Orange, NJ pledged $XXXX - as a RENEWING pledge! (10:30:00) NOTE:Thanks everyone on the station for keeping the music alive. You're the last gas, don't do away.

    Thanks to all of you who have done your part. For the rest of you: c'mon, you know you wanna! - David Cruz

  • Davell Crawford at Baryshnikov Arts Center

    January 28, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.

    Gary Walker at BAC

    WBGO and the Jazz Foundation of America partnered with Baryshnikov Arts Center to present another night of free live music. Gary Walker hosted the evening, which featured a concert an interview session with the New Orleans pianist and wunderkind, Davell Crawford.

    Listen to the concert here.

    Davell Crawford at Baryshnikov Arts Center

    And if you missed the Henry Butler show at BAC,
    You can still hear it here.

    -Josh

  • Mohonk Redux

    January 28, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.

    Here are a few images from Jazz on the Mountain, Michael Bourne's yearly January retreat at the Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz. Fran Kaufman took these photos. Fran is always on the scene, taking shots of music in the making. Now thru February 24th, you can see more of Fran Kaufman's jazz photography at Brooklyn Academy of Music's Brooklyn Next Art series.

    Here's Steven Bernstein and the Millennial Territory Orchestra:
    Steve Bernstein and MTO by Fran Kaufman

    Vibraphonist Joe Locke:
    Joe Locke by Fran Kaufman

    Brasileiros - Maucha Adnet, Duduka da Fonseca, and Helio Alves:
    Maucha Adnet Duduka da Fonseca Helio Alves by Fran Kaufman

    And Michael Bourne very much in his element with Maucha Adnet and Dena DeRose:
    Maucha Adnet Michael Bourne Dena DeRose by Fran Kaufman

    Finally, a note from Michael Bourne:
    "Jazz on the Mountain" was the best it's been in the 9 years I've been working the jazzfest at Mohonk Mountain House. All three nights the enormous hotel was sold-out, first time ever for the whole Martin Luther King weekend. Every concert was a hit, which was especially heartening since I book artists that I personally like. Joe Locke was especially a hit, playing opening night with The Brazilian Trio (Helio Alves, Nilson Matta, Duduka da Fonseca) and Maucha Adnet, playing an electrifying show Saturday afternoon and getting a standing O with his own new Force of Four group, joining Dena DeRose on Sunday afternoon, and highlighting the free-form "Parlor Games" on Monday morning. When I asked folks which were favorite shows, every artist was enthusiastically named, including singer Kendra Shank, Steven Bernstein and the Millenial Territory Orchestra, Hipmotism with saxophonist Erik Lawrence and singer Marya Lawrence. Marya Lawrence was the surprise of the weekend, twice playing seriously bopping solos on a slide-kazoo. The Frank Vignola Quintet blew the roof off Sunday evening with the swinging vitality of Django's Hot Club Quintet but without trying to imitate Django. I "performed" "As Time Goes By" during the Monday morning musical mixing and matching of players from the weekend. We've already pretty much programmed next year's jazzfest, which will be my 10th at Mohonk." -- MBourne