• Happy 88th Birthday Bud Powell! with Peter Pullman & Dan Morgenstern

    September 27, 2012. Posted by Simon Rentner.

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    Bud Powell

    Jazz88, NPR, and Jazz From the Archives commemorate a master of 88 keys:  Bud Powell.  Independent Bud Powell biographer Peter Pullman wrote a remarkable book about this king of bebop.  Pullman not only shared his five essential Powell recordings with NPR, but he recently sat down with the brilliant Dan Morgenstern for an interview on Jazz From the Archives.   Listen to the riveting one-hour special here.

    Coming Up:   Jazz From the Archives Part II with Dan Morgenstern and Peter Pullman.

  • WBGO's Gallery Reception for BT: The Last Days

    September 7, 2012. Posted by Brandy Wood.

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    Newark-based photojournalist and filmmaker Akintola Hanif was at WBGO last night to host and discuss his photography exhibition, BT: The Last Days, which documents the drama of Newark's Baxter Terrace housing project throughout the year before it's demolition began. In 2009, the City of Newark began tearing down the development as part of a larger campaign to build better housing. Shot over a period of twelve months, BT: The Last Days is an objective look at the beauty, despair & diversity that existed within one of Newark's most notorious housing projects. There was also a screening of his short film, Blue & Grey, at the reception on September 6, 2012.

  • Song Long Shimmy

    September 4, 2012. Posted by Simon Rentner.

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    Shrimrit Shoshan

    Her friends called her "Shimmy."  Shimrit Shoshan had many of them -- including me -- admirers, fans, and peers who appreciated her talents often at places like Smalls, The Fat Cat, and The Bar Next Door in Greenwich Village.  She was a journeywoman, first as a curious and seeking pianist and composer, but also as musician from Tel Aviv, Israel, dedicated to becoming a great artist in New York City.  Everyone respected her and believed she would become a name in jazz.  It was only a matter of time.  But for this 29 year old, time wasn't in her favor.  The WBGO Journal mourns the loss of this remarkable pianist and person.