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  • Chick Corea, JLCO with Wynton Marsalis

    May 2, 2013. Posted by David Tallacksen.

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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.

  • Singer Ann Hampton Callaway With Michael Bourne

    May 1, 2013. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    Singer Ann Hampton Callaway talks with WBGO's Michael Bourne about her new show, “From Sassy to Divine”, which honors Newark native and NEA Jazz Master Sarah Vaughan. Callaway performs at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola in New York's Jazz at Lincoln Center from May 2 through 5. Enjoy!

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  • Celebrate Jazz Around The World With WBGO

    April 30, 2013. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    International Jazz Day kicks off WBGO's monthlong celebration of global jazz, and you can join the celebration by watching video from UNESCO’s April 30 concert in Istanbul, Turkey and listening to earwitness reports from Istanbul by WBGO producer Josh Jackson.

    Jazz is increasingly embraced and played around the world. Last year, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) partnered with the Thelonious Monk Institute to celebrate the contributions of jazz to world culture, staging concerts in Paris, New Orleans and at the United Nations in New York.

    This year's UNESCO concert in Istanbul featured more than 40 musicians, including Herbie Hancock, Robert Glasper, George Duke, Esperanza Spalding, Pedrito Martinez and dozens of others.

    WBGO's celebration of global jazz continues on The Checkout, which airs Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m., showcases new music from this year's Jazzahead! festival in Bremen, Germany on May 7 and 14, and from South Africa on the 21st and 28th. We also have special reports on South Africa on The WBGO Journal by producer Simon Rentner, who just returned from the Cape Town Jazz Festival.

    On WBGO HD2, the jazz bee, we are hosting a special round-the-clock mix of recordings by artists who appeared at this year's Jazzahead! festival, from as far away as Albania, Brazil and Israel.

    And WBGO's brand-new Travel & Events series offers behind-the-scenes tours to the Montreal Jazz Festival in June, and to Perugia and the Umbria Jazz Festival in Italy in July.

    Happy International Jazz Day - and join us every day to celebrate this music we love, in every part of the globe - at WBGO!