• Master Drummer Michael Carvin with WBGO's Michael Bourne

    August 1, 2012. Posted by Simon Rentner.

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    Michael Carvin
    Michael Carvin

    Don't miss Michael Carvin's final performance at New York City's Jazz Standard tonight.  And listen to his interview with WBGO's Michael Bourne.

  • JazzSet Will Be at the Caramoor Jazz Festival

    July 26, 2012. Posted by Becca Pulliam.

    Photo: R.J. DeLuke

    Saturday, July 28, we will be at Caramoor, the outdoor performing arts center near Katonah, New York, for the 19th Annual Caramoor Jazz Festival. Yes!! Please come by and say HELLO.

    Beginning at 3 o'clock with The Cookers, we're laying down tracks for a Labor Day special and future JazzSets .

    Trumpeters David Weiss and   Eddie Henderson and saxists Craig Handy and Billy Harper play that beautiful four-horn harmony of  The Cookers, “a supergroup,” just home from a tour of the Northwest. They open the day.

    The line-up features two winning voices – Gretchen Parlato (above), this year’s Jazz Journalists Association Female Singer of the Year, and Dee Dee Bridgewater, who received the award in 2011. Both Dee Dee and Gretchen spent July touring Europe, so stepping onto the Venetian Theater stage should ease the transition home for each.

    Photo: Mark Higashino

    And not one but two NEA Jazz Masters are on the program. Kenny Barron plays solo piano , and drummer Roy Haynes leads his Fountain of Youth Band. Barron will probably wing it. As he told George Kanzler in this month’s New York City Jazz Record, "I rarely do set lists. It works out better for me. Every time I try and do one I’m always sorry I did it. . . . I like to read the audience, see who’s out there" and choose accordingly. "That’s not pandering, it’s just realizing who you’re playing for."

    Pianist to pianist, in a recent interview with Ethan Iverson of The Bad Plus, Fred Hersch said, "Kenny Barron is like a combination of Tommy Flanagan and McCoy Tyner." Can't do better than that!

    And Roy Haynes is likely to get up and dance. We’ll make that a radio highlight. JazzSet’s Grammy Award winning Technical Director Duke Markos is recording and mixing in Surround Sound. We thank the Caramoor Jazz Festival for supporting WBGO and JazzSet programming from Caramoor.

    The Venetian Theater at the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts
    From the back of the audience toward the stage ihe Venetian Theater at the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts .. Photo: Gabe Palacio
  • What Is Your Star Wars Identity?

    July 20, 2012. Posted by Simon Rentner.

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    I visited the Star Wars Identities exhibition at Montreal's Science Center with two brilliant and witty musicians from the modern gospel band Irreverend James: Pianist Hereticus Monk and John the Bassist.  In the radio feature that airs TONIGHT on The WBGO Journal,  we cast ourselves into George Lucas's creative universe.

    During our tour, we captured photos of our Star Wars character-building experience, thanks to Èrik Ayotte, who also so graciously set up the tour.

    Part of the museum experience includes having your Star Wars Profile saved for your friends and family to see.  You can see the details of all of our characters Benji the Bith (John the Bassist), Narnt the Blue Thing (Hereticus Monk), and Hairrok the Wookie (me) by clicking on the links.  Or, click on the images below, to see our full, riveting star wars profiles.

    WBGO's Simon Rentner/Hairrok the Wookie (click to see more)

    John the Bassist/Benji the Bith (click to see more)

    Hereticus Monk/Narnt the Blue Thing (click to see more)

    Note:  Narnt's skin color was originally blue and changed to yellow later in production.

    A quick note about the talent.  Irreverand James is a Montreal-based band that puts an irreverent twist on music from a black Mississipi-delta church.  Only, these musicians -- including Hereticus Monk and John the Bassist -- are secular, and preach about many social hot-button topics, such as their support for gay marriage.