• WBGO JAM Live: Rutgers University Jazz Ensemble I

    April 8, 2013. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    Rutgers University's Mason Gross School of the Arts Jazz Ensemble 1 performed live in the WBGO studios, the second in our series of student ensembles for Jazz Appreciation Month. Click to hear audio from this concert, and at the bottom of the page for all of our 2013 JAM Student Festival broadcasts.

    The 25-piece group, directed by trombonist Conrad Herwig, performed original compositions by Herwig, trumpeter Suzan Veneman, and arrangements of compositions by Bill Evans and Danny Zeitlin by pianist Marc Stasio. More details on the set and personnel are listed below.

    Enjoy this live performance, check out links to other performances and join us again as we broadcast the rising generation of jazz greats on air and online all April, as we celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month!

    Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts Jazz Ensemble I
    Live at WBGO 4/8/13
    Set list and soloists:

    "Interplay" by Bill Evans, arranged by Toby Whitaker (MM Jazz Studies)

    Jessica Ackerley - Guitar
    Marc Stasio - Piano
    Sam Tobias - Bari Sax
    Suzan Veneman - Trumpet

    "Journey To The Heart"  by Suzan Veneman (MM Jazz Studies)

    Marc Stasio - Piano
    Suzan Veneman - Trumpet

    "Quiet Now" - by Denny Zeitlin, Arr by Marc Stasio (MM Jazz Studies)

    Marc Stasio - Piano

    "Displacement" - by Bill Evans, Arr by Marc Stasio (MM Jazz Studies)

    Gusten Rudolph - Drums
    Marc Stasio - Piano
    Toby Whitaker - Trombone
    Issac Dye - Tenor Sax

    "Big O's Blues" - by Conrad Herwig, Arr by Marc Stasio (MM Jazz Studies)

    George Maher - Trumpet
    Marc Stasio - Piano
    Matt Echols - Trombone



    Alto I – Dan Stark
    Alto II – Mark Jackovic
    Tenor I – Isaac Dye
    Tenor II – James Ohn
    Bari – Sam Tobias


    Toby Whitaker
    Matt Echols
    Andy Kleindienst
    Eric Ianucci


    Anthony Fazio
    George Maher
    Joshua Orr
    Suzan Veneman


    Marc Stasio


    Jessica Ackerley
    Peter Park


    Tassili Bond

    Mike Noordzy


    Gusten Rudolph
    Michael Winnicki

    All 2013 WBGO JAM Live Student Broadcasts

    4/1/13: NJCU Cedar Walton Combo

    4/8/13: Rutgers University Jazz Ensemble I

    4/12/13: William Paterson "Hawk Flies" Jazz Septet

    4/15/13: Berklee Ralph Peterson Sextet

    4/16/13: Juilliard Jazz Artist Diploma Ensemble

    4/17/13: New School For Jazz Improv Ensemble

    4/18/13: MSM Chamber Jazz Ensemble

    4/19/13: LaGuardia High School Senior Band

    4/23/13: SUNY Purchase Super Sophomores

    4/24/13: NYU Karachacha Afro-Peruvian Ensemble

    4/25/13: Queens College International Jazz Band

  • Trombonist Clifton Anderson With Gary Walker

    April 5, 2013. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    Trombonist Clifton Anderson talks with WBGO's Gary Walker about his new CD, And So We Carry On, and performances at Bethany Baptist Church in Newark on April 6 and at New York's Iridium on April 7. Enjoy!


  • 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.

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    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."