WBGO Blog
  • Vocalese For Hurricane Sandy Relief in Red Bank

    April 3, 2013. Posted by Michael Bourne.

    Two legendary vocal groups, The Manhattan Transfer and New York Voices, joined together with their musical
    godfather Jon Hendricks for an evening of vocalese at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank on March 28th.

    I was there, as was WBGO'S John Abbott. The concert was a benefit to help rebuild the music and arts department of St. Rose High School in Belmar, alma mater of the Transfer's Tim Hauser.

    michael_the guys
    L-R: Michael Bourne, Alan Paul (TMT), Darmon Meader (NYV), and Peter Eldridge (NYV), photo by George Wirt

    That they were singing at a theatre named for Count Basie was historically meaningful for them all. Jon's most iconic recording was the Lambert, Hendricks, and Ross album "Sing a Song of Basie." Jon wrote all the lyrics for the Transfer's Grammy-winning album "Vocalese" that included tracks with the Count Basie Orchestra. NYV also won a Grammy for an album with the CBO.

    Photo by John Abbott
     The Manhattan Transfer and New York Voices together, photo by George Wirt

    Highlights of the concert in Basie's hometown included a friendly vocal battle of the sexes with the four girls singing "Charleston Alley" and the four boys singing "Caravan" in the style of the Mills Brothers. Jon, lively as ever at 92, inspired them all in their musical careers and lives. Jon joined them all for a climactic "Birdland" and an encore of Jon's lyrics to the Ray Charles classic "Rockhouse."

  • Drummer Michael Carvin With Gary Walker

    March 15, 2013. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    Drummer Michael Carvin talks with WBGO's Gary Walker about his career and upcoming performance in New York his group and saxophonist Sonny Fortune at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola from March 21st through 24th. Enjoy!

    michael_carvin_669

  • Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella and More

    March 1, 2013. Posted by Michael Bourne.

    Add new comment | Filed under: Jazz Alive

    Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein created the musical Cinderella for television in 1957. Julie Andrews played the girl with the glass slipper back then. Laura Osnes wears (and loses) the glass slipper now in the first production of Cinderella on Broadway.

    I talked with Ted Chapin, president of the Rodgers and Hammerstein Organization, about the new Cinderella, about last season's City Center Encores revival of the Rodgers and Hammerstein flop, Pipe Dream, and about Everything Was Possible, Chapin's memoir of his beginnings in the theatre, as a go-fer for the original production of Stephen Sondheim's Follies.

    -- Michael Bourne

    Photo Credit: Carol Rosegg
    Photo Credit: Carol Rosegg

    Songs:

    Cinderella Overture
    South Pacific Overture
    Julie Andrews In My Own Little Corner
    Kaye Ballard & Alice Ghostley The Stepsisters Lament
    Edie Adams & Julie Andrews Impossible
    Will Chase All Kinds of People
    Will Chase & Laura Osnes All At Once You Love Her
    Follies Waiting for the Girls Upstairs
    Ron Raines The Road You Didn't Take
    Jan Maxwell Could I Leave You?
    Laverne Butler In My Own Little Corner