WBGO Blog
  • Dispatches from the drive

    January 31, 2008. Posted by .

    On the second day ... we started to hit our stride. Believe it or not, these fund drives are as much science as art. Sure, you've got your witty and knowledgeable hosts and sidekicks (like me) but we actually plan ahead for the drive, coming up with themes and strategies, often based on what we hear from you.

    I won't tell you what's different about this drive; I'll let you figure that one out yourself. Today's highlights included pledges from South Carolina and Rhode Island. I'm always amazed that people hundreds of miles outside of our listening area actually take the time to make a pledge of support. How cool is that?

    Things you missed today, if you weren't listening include Michael Bourne's tale of smoking (not cigars!) with Dizzy Gillespie while watching soap operas; Gary Walker explaining what it means when the horse in a statue of a guy on a horse has one leg or two raised; and Rhonda Hamilton's really bad New England accent.

    Now we three sidekicks (Doug Doyle, Andrew Meyer and I) are preparing for "Lessons Learned," our one-hour call-in show with Newark School Superintendent Marion Bolden. This could be interesting - David Cruz

  • Mohonk Redux

    January 28, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.

    Here are a few images from Jazz on the Mountain, Michael Bourne's yearly January retreat at the Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz. Fran Kaufman took these photos. Fran is always on the scene, taking shots of music in the making. Now thru February 24th, you can see more of Fran Kaufman's jazz photography at Brooklyn Academy of Music's Brooklyn Next Art series.

    Here's Steven Bernstein and the Millennial Territory Orchestra:
    Steve Bernstein and MTO by Fran Kaufman

    Vibraphonist Joe Locke:
    Joe Locke by Fran Kaufman

    Brasileiros - Maucha Adnet, Duduka da Fonseca, and Helio Alves:
    Maucha Adnet Duduka da Fonseca Helio Alves by Fran Kaufman

    And Michael Bourne very much in his element with Maucha Adnet and Dena DeRose:
    Maucha Adnet Michael Bourne Dena DeRose by Fran Kaufman

    Finally, a note from Michael Bourne:
    "Jazz on the Mountain" was the best it's been in the 9 years I've been working the jazzfest at Mohonk Mountain House. All three nights the enormous hotel was sold-out, first time ever for the whole Martin Luther King weekend. Every concert was a hit, which was especially heartening since I book artists that I personally like. Joe Locke was especially a hit, playing opening night with The Brazilian Trio (Helio Alves, Nilson Matta, Duduka da Fonseca) and Maucha Adnet, playing an electrifying show Saturday afternoon and getting a standing O with his own new Force of Four group, joining Dena DeRose on Sunday afternoon, and highlighting the free-form "Parlor Games" on Monday morning. When I asked folks which were favorite shows, every artist was enthusiastically named, including singer Kendra Shank, Steven Bernstein and the Millenial Territory Orchestra, Hipmotism with saxophonist Erik Lawrence and singer Marya Lawrence. Marya Lawrence was the surprise of the weekend, twice playing seriously bopping solos on a slide-kazoo. The Frank Vignola Quintet blew the roof off Sunday evening with the swinging vitality of Django's Hot Club Quintet but without trying to imitate Django. I "performed" "As Time Goes By" during the Monday morning musical mixing and matching of players from the weekend. We've already pretty much programmed next year's jazzfest, which will be my 10th at Mohonk." -- MBourne

  • 2nd Annual Brooklyn Jazz Underground Festival

    January 16, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.

    Brooklyn Jazz Underground

    You'll find a lot of good new music Thursday through Saturday nights at Smalls. All of it from Brooklyn residents. The Brooklyn Jazz Underground celebrates their 2nd Annual Festival with a bunch of shows at the affordable (!) jazz hang in the West Village.
    Here's the schedule:

    Thursday, January 17
    8:00 PM: ANNE METTE IVERSEN QUARTET
    Anne Mette Iversen (bass), John Ellis (saxophones), Danny Grissett (piano), Otis Brown III (drums)

    10:00 PM: ALAN FERBER NONET
    Alan Ferber (trombone), Scott Wendholt (trumpet), Will Vinson (alto sax), Chris Cheek (tenor sax)
    Douglas Yates (bass clarinet), Nate Radley (guitar), Bryn Roberts (piano), Matt Clohesy (bass), Mark Ferber (drums)

    12:00 AM: EMER/LACKNER/BERNARD BAND with Mark Ferber
    Benny Lackner (piano), Will Bernard (guitar), Andrew Emer (bass), Mark Ferber (drums)

    Friday, January 18
    8:00 PM: DAN PRATT ORGAN QUARTET
    Dan Pratt (tenor sax), Alan Ferber (trombone), Jared Gold (bass), Mark Ferber (drums)

    10:00 PM: JEROME SABBAGH QUARTET
    Jerome Sabbagh (tenor sax), Ben Monder (guitar), Joe Martin (bass), Ted Poor (drums)

    12:00 AM: SUNNY JAIN COLLECTIVE
    Sunny Jain (drums), Steve Welsh (tenor sax), Marc Cary (piano), Gary Wang (bass)

    Saturday, January 19
    8:00 PM: ALEXIS CUADRADO PUZZLES QUARTET
    Alexis Cuadrado (bass), Loren Stillman (alto sax), Brad Shepik (guitar), Mark Ferber (drums)

    10:00 PM: TED POOR & BAD TOUCH
    Ted Poor (drums), Loren Stillman (alto sax), Nate Radley (guitar), Gary Versace (piano/organ)

    12:00 AM: TANYA KALMANOVITCH'S GIRLFIGHT
    Tanya Kalmanovitch (viola/violin), Jacob Wick (trumpet), Aryeh Kobrinsky (bass),
    Jonathan Goldberger (guitar), Fred Kennedy (drums)

    - Josh Jackson