April 9, 2010. Posted by Becca Pulliam.
It's Randy Weston's 84th birthday, and the celebration is at the Jazz Standard. Last night, I enjoyed the first set. For the opening minutes (at least five minutes), Weston's hands didn't venture above the middle of the keyboard. That powerful low piano goes straight to your center. The vibration is strong enough to make you a resonator! As Randy Weston says, "In the African tradition, we are all musicians. Your heart is your drum and your voice is your sound."
As the set unfolded from the processional "Blues to Africa" through "Saucer Eyes," "African Sunrise" for Dizzy Gillespie and Machito, "Hi Fly" and "Berkshire Blues," I felt as if I'd died and gone to heaven (or Sunside, a Paris club which for some reason came to mind). Love yourself. Go see Randy Weston.
Here's a clip of "African Sunrise" from the same quintet, as heard on JazzSet in 2004.
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April 1, 2010. Posted by Becca Pulliam.With the death of June Kim, WBGO has lost a great volunteer and friend. June was born in Harlem, raised in the Bronx ("Miss Paradise Farms" 1953), worked her full career at New York Telephone Co., and resided for many years in Teaneck. June always spoke with pleasure of her close and extended family and friends, and -- as expressed in her Obituary, in capital letters -- JUNE LOVED JAZZ. Long before young Jeremy Pelt came to New York, June was telling us about her trumpet-playing nephew. We at WBGO who knew June are very fortunate, and share in the sadness of losing her. In Volunteer Co-ordinator Sylvia Brewer's words, "June was a wonderful, classy lady – her smile, and love for the music will always be remembered."
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January 7, 2010. Posted by Brandy Wood.
WBGO Jazz 88.3FM will broadcast the 2010 NEA Jazz Masters Awards Ceremony & Concert taking place on Tuesday, January 12 at 7:30PM in the Rose Theater at Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center at Broadway at 60th Street. The performance will feature the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis in a program dedicated to the 2010 honorees’ works.
Joining the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra will be many of the honorees themselves including Muhal Richard Abrams, Bill Holman (as guest conductor), Annie Ross, and Cedar Walton. Also featured will be 2010 Jazz Master Kenny Barron on solo piano and 2010 Jazz Master Yusef Lateef with percussionist Adam Pudolph. George Avakian will receive the A.B. Spellman NEA Jazz Masters Award for Jazz Advocacy.
Twenty-six fellow NEA Jazz Masters will be in the audience, including Toshiko Akiyoshi, Ornette Coleman, Paquito d’Rivera, Ramsey Lewis, and Dr. Billy Taylor. The broadcast will be co-hosted by WBGO’s Gary Walker and Sirius/XM’s Mark Ruffin, and carried on both WBGO and Sirius/XM’s Real Jazz channel.
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