January 31, 2008
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
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January 29, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.
If you missed it, you can listen to some selections from the live concert here:
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January 10, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.
In 2007, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers and the International Association for Jazz Education honored the life and work of Frank Foster (or Uncle Frank, as we call him at WBGO) by commissioning two works in his honor. These works were premiered at the conference today.
The first was "Vinifero," a composition by Ayn Inserto. The tenor soloist is George Garzone. Check it out:
The second piece is one that the composer, Tim Hagans, describes as a love story. Ingrid Jensen is the soloist. Hagans also notes that the commission refers to Frank Foster's "Shiny Stockings," but I missed it. It's called "Box of Canoli," as you might expect a love song to be named...
Both commissions were performed by Darcy James Argue's Secret Society North, the Canadian splinter cell of his New York Area band.
Here's what Frank Foster had to say about it all:
Swing is the thing, baby. - Josh
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