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  • Boom Tic Boom And Sexmob at 92Y And On WBGO HD2

    May 8, 2013. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    WBGO's The Checkout! presented a live double bill from 92Y Tribeca of drummer Allison Miller's trio Boom Tic Boom and trumpeter Steven Bernstein's Sexmob on Wednesday, May 8 at 8 p.m. Watch video from both sets here.

    Want to hear more? WBGO's HD2 channel for new music, the jazz bee, features Boom Tic Boom's brand-new album, No Morphine, No Lillies, as well as past releases by Miller, Bernstein and their bandmates. Enjoy!

    Like WBGO's other live broadcasts, these shows live on in our video archive and at NPRmusic.org.

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    Click here to watch Allison Miller with Boom Tic Boom:

    Click here to watch trumpeter Steven Bernstein with Sexmob:

    Watch live streaming video from wbgo at livestream.com

  • Johannesburg's Maboneng Precinct with Simon Rentner

    May 3, 2013. Posted by Simon Rentner.

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    Our celebration of global jazz all May continues with more from my recent trip to South Africa. In this second report for The WBGO Journal, I investigate urban renewal in Johannesburg's Maboneng Precinct.

    Once a notoriously dangerous part of the city's bustling Central Business District, Maboneng now a playground and living space for some of the country's top artists.

    Click here to hear my first report for The WBGO Journal, on the Capetown Jazz Festival.

    Maboneng Graffiti

    There are over 100 murals of Graffiti Art throughout the Maboneng Precinct.

    Arts on Main

    The flagship development of the Maboneng Precinct is Arts on Main.  This courtyard hosts their very fashionable Sunday Market.

    The Museum of African Design

    This October, the Museum of African Design in the Maboneng opens to the public. The museum is currently showcasing this private show of works described "braille astronomy."

    The Museum of African Design Part II

    Skateboard Ramp and Graffiti Wall

    Skateboarding is very popular in Johannesburg.  This ramp is installed on the main avenue of the Maboneng Precinct in effort to "activate" the streets and welcome kids from the surrounding poor neighborhoods.

    Remed's View Mural

    The murals and special commissions of public art throughout the precinct are impressive, including this work by the French artist Remed.  This painting is featured on an under-construction building for low-income students called Remed's View.

    For more of my South African arts coverage, click here for a recap of the 14th Annual Cape Town International Jazz Festival.  And here's my article about five South African swing artists every jazz lover should know.

  • Chick Corea, JLCO with Wynton Marsalis

    May 2, 2013. Posted by David Tallacksen.

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    Watch Live on Sat May 18, 2013 8:00pm EDT

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    Now in his seventies, the pianist-composer Chick Corea will be celebrated during JALC's 25th Anniversary Season with a multi-venue festival.

    On the Rose Theater portion, Corea will reconnect with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis in a reprise of their highly acclaimed collaborations in 2011, performing deeply original arrangements by JLCO members of Corea's masterful songbook. This interplay showcases Corea's singular abilities as a musical storyteller, with vocabulary that contain a global range of reference-Bach and bebop, Bartok and the blues, Mozart and montunos, Ravel and rumba, Stravinsky and samba, all tempered with the language of swing and the Spanish Tinge.