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  • Abbey Lincoln Songbook on JazzSet

    June 15, 2012. Posted by Becca Pulliam.

    Abbey Lincoln used to call her songs "little ditties." That's what her pianist James Weidman told us when we played a WBGO recording of her from The Peppermint, a jazz club in New Jersey, on JazzSet. It comes from the 1980s, and Abbey was introducing her album Talking to the Sun. This is the cover photo.

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    Those little ditties contain amazing images. It's as though we can be with Abbey Lincoln all over again as Cassandra Wilson sings "Talking to the Sun," Dee Dee Bridgewater chooses "Another World" (singing it made her cry), and Dianne Reeves soars on"Bird Alone." All three whistle and trill on "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings." It may be my favorite moment of this Tribute to Abbey Lincoln from the Kennedy Center. Hear it Sunday, June 17, at 6pm .. Wednesday, June 20, at 6:30 .. or any time at wbgo.org/jazzset.

    Bridgewater, Musical Director Terri Lyne Carrington, Wilson and Reeves
    Bridgewater, Musical Director Terri Lyne Carrington, Wilson and Reeves
  • Twofer from Detroit Jazz Festival on JazzSet: Sean Jones, Jeff Tain Watts

    June 11, 2012. Posted by Becca Pulliam.

    Marcus Strickland in the Jeff Tain Watts Four .. photo by Jeff Forman, DJF
    Marcus Strickland in the Jeff Tain Watts Four .. photo by Jeff Forman, DJF

    From last summer's end, to set the stage for a new festival season, listen to JazzSet.

    Trumpeter Sean Jones leads his group in music from his CD No Need for Words. Then Marcus Strickland (above) -- with Lawrence Fields, piano; Christian McBride, bass; and 2011 DJF Artist in Residence Jeff Tain Watts on drums -- brings full focus to Tain's closing set, especially the sign-off piece, "Attainment."

    Hear a sample in the promo above. Come back for more, Wednesday at 6:30pm.

    For info about some of this summer's festivals, click here and scroll down to the WBGO Festival Calendar.

  • Russell Malone Trio on JazzSet

    June 1, 2012. Posted by Becca Pulliam.

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    Tassili Bond, Russell Malone, Darrell Green by Mark Schramm
    Tassili Bond, Russell Malone, Darrell Green by Mark Schramm

    Here's a taste of the Jazz Journalists Association Guitarist of the Year Russell Malone and his trio .. Sunday June 3 at 6pm, Wednesday June 6 at 6:30pm .. on JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater.

    And by the way, Dee Dee is at the Blue Note. I saw her second set last night. She was great!