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  • Newport Jazz Festival Highlights on JazzSet

    July 7, 2012. Posted by Becca Pulliam.

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    Enjoy highlights from recent fests on JazzSet.. Sundays at 6pm, Wednesdays at 6:30pm.. and get ready for 2012 Newport Jazz Festival coverage, August 4-5 on WBGO and wbgo.org.

  • Allison Miller and Boom Tic Boom This Week on JazzSet

    July 1, 2012. Posted by Becca Pulliam.

    "Allison's happenin'!" So says MC Dee Dee Bridgewater from the stage at the 2012 Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival at the Kennedy Center.

    And we love this band with Marty Ehrlich on reeds, Dan Tepfer on piano, Todd Sickafoose on bass.

    Rhonda Hamilton guest hosts. Tune in Sunday, July 1, at 6pm.. Wednesday, July 4, at 6:30.. or link any time  to wbgo.org/jazzset.

    Photo by Margot Schulman, May 12, 2012, in the Terrace Theater
    Photo by Margot Schulman, May 12, 2012, in the Terrace Theater
  • Vanguard Jazz Orchestra Anticipates the Fourth of July on JazzSet

    June 26, 2012. Posted by Becca Pulliam.

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    Thanks to our colleagues at WBGO and NPR Music, this week JazzSet brings you a treasure of a band. The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra has achieved dazzling longevity, assembled a huge book of charts, and features one of New York's finest and bravest in every chair. Check this out:

    Of course in 46 years, there have been personnel changes beginning with the singer. Host Dee Dee Bridgewater launched her career at The Vanguard with the original Thad Jones / Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra from 1970-74. No one has replaced her. Thad had a nickname for her; she reveals it on JazzSet.

    Celebrating their anniversary, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra plays compositions by Jones and Bob Brookmeyer, Thad's successor as Musical Director. They wrap up waving the flag with a number Jones wrote for the Bicentennial, 7/4/76.   "My Centennial" has an irresistible melody led by the trumpets, with fireworks.

    Listen at 6:30 tomorrow evening, Wednesday, June 27. Or click here for JazzSet on demand. Happy Fourth!