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  • Toots Thielemans 90th Birthday Alert .. coming on JazzSet

    April 27, 2012. Posted by Becca Pulliam.

    Listen Sunday, April 29, at 6pm .. Wednesday, May 2, at 6:30pm .. and for a sweet 30-second preview, click on this audio link:

    TootsAnd don't forget to hear another great harmonica player, on This Week in JazzSet History!

  • Dee Dee Bridgewater wins Bistro Award, and Martin Bejerano plays on JazzSet

    April 23, 2012. Posted by Becca Pulliam.

    Congratulations, Dee Dee! Getting an award in New York tonight!!

    27th ANNUAL BISTRO AWARDS GALA
    HONORS KAYE BALLARD, DEE DEE BRIDGEWATER, MELISSA MANCHESTER, AND WARREN VACHE
    RITA GARDNER, JOYCE BREACH, AARON WEINSTEIN AMONG OTHER WINNERS IN CEREMONY AT GOTHAM COMEDY CLUB ON MON., APRIL 23

    (NEW YORK CITY, March 7, 2012) The legendary singer, actress and comedienne Kaye Ballard, the Grammy and Tony Award-winning singer/songwriter and actress Dee Dee Bridgewater, songwriter and performer Melissa Manchester, and the renowned jazz trumpeter and cornetist Warren Vaché will be the special honorees of the 2012 Bistro Awards on Monday, April 23 at 6:30pm.  Taking place at Gotham Comedy Club, 208 West 23rd Street (between 7th & 8th avenues), the 27th Annual Bistro Awards gala, which celebrates outstanding achievement in New York cabaret and jazz, will also recognize 22 other artists and shows.
    And congratulations to the Miami pianist Martin Bejerano, composer of the Potential Energy Suite for his trio with Edward Perez and Ludwig Afonso. Bejerano was one of nine chosen from a field of 120 applicants. Hear it Wednesday, April 25, at 6:30pm on JazzSet. Click below for a 30-second taste. Click here to listen online.

    The Potential Energy Suite has been made possible with support from Chamber Music America's New Jazz Works: Commissioning and Development program, funded through the generosity of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. We bookend it between two pieces from Roy Haynes's Fountain of Youth Band, in which pianist Martin Bejerano  is a charter member.
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  • This Week In JazzSet History: Christian McBride/Ray Brown Duet and "Tain"!!!

    April 18, 2012. Posted by Alex Ariff.

    Alexander Gelles Ariff is a musician/composer and graduate student in the Jazz History & Research Program at Rutgers University-Newark. Each week, he resurfaces gems from past JazzSets.

    This week in JazzSet history, it’s all about the music! In celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month, I’d like to express my appreciation for the preservation of great music. The JazzSet archive is like a time capsule into  the past 20 years of jazz—an ever evolving music. JazzSet captures the spontaneity of the live performance. I’m presenting a special gem this week: a duet between a 68-year-old Ray Brown and 22-year-old Christian McBride. Below is a recent photo of McBride that I shot at the Jazz House Kids summer concert in Montclair, NJ.

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    Ray Brown and Christian McBride performed a duet at 1994 Monterey Jazz Festival. The recording first aired April 22, 1995. They take their time at the beginning of each tune. First is “Things Ain't What They Used To Be,” and McBride takes the first solo. Second is the tune “Bye, Bye Blackbird." If you listen closely you can hear the audience singing along—you can also hear grunts of satisfaction from the bassists as the two engage in a musical conversation while trading-fours.

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    Beware! The wrath of "Tain"!! When drum Jeff "Tain" Watts is behind the kit, there is no groove he cannot tackle. In 2001, Watts brought in his 41st birthday at The Village Vanguard. JazzSet, with many thanks to proprietor Lorraine Gordon, aired the Jeff “Tain” Watts’ debut band: Ravi Coltrane, tenor; Paul Bollenbeck, guitar; David Budway, piano; Eric Revis, bass. The clip below begins in the piano solo and works its way to the end. The tune’s title—and the title of Watts’ debut album as a leader --is “The Impaler.” (We think this might be Watts' first week as a leader at The Vanguard. --Ed.)

    In an interview with JazzSet host Branford Marsalis, Watts explained how his roots culminated into forming The Impaler. Tain said, "A good thing about my generation is we were privy to Motown and James Brown, Classic R&B and Rock, but at the other side of the spectrum we were still 18 and 19 years old when Hip-Hop was put into effect.” Your work is much appreciated, Mister Tain, your exceptional drumming bares all!