March 25, 2014. Posted by Carmen Balentine.
WBGO and 2 Gateway Center invite you to celebrate April as Jazz Appreciation month and the 35th Anniversary of WBGO 88.3 FM at the free concert series featuring the Peter Bernstein Trio.
Jazz guitarist and New York City native Peter Bernstein has been a part of the jazz scene in New York and abroad since 1989. He has released nine albums and has performed with musicians from all generations, including Joshua Redman and Diana Krall. Bernstein is described as “an extremely elegant musician with a gorgeous tone” and legendary guitarist Jim Hall says “he is the most impressive guitarist I’ve heard”. The Peter Bernstein Trio includes Mike LeDonne (organ) and Joe Farnsworth (drums).
They join us in honor of April as Jazz Appreciation Month (an annual celebration of jazz as an original American art form) and to celebrate WBGO’s 35th anniversary as a publicly-supported, cultural institution that champions jazz to a worldwide audience through radio, online, travel, community events and more.
So bring your friends, your family, your lunch and enjoy a wonderful performance.
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March 20, 2014. Posted by Tim Wilkins.
Tenor saxophonist Michael Blake's World Time Zone, with Ben Allison on bass and Ferenc Nemeth on drums, play live and talk with Michael Bourne about Contrasts In Individualism, an homage to the legacies of saxophonists Coleman Hawkins and Lester Young. This concert was first broadcast March 17, 2014. Enjoy!
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March 7, 2014. Posted by Tim Wilkins.
Trumpeter Takuya Kuroda plays selections from his new Blue Note CD "Rising Son" live at WBGO with Corey King on trombone, Takeshi Ohbayashi on keyboards, Rashaan Carter on bass and Adam Jackson, drums. Enjoy!
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February 11, 2014. Posted by Carmen Balentine.
WBGO and the Gateway Center invite you to its FREE concert series occurring once a month during lunch time. In March, we celebrate Women's History Month with The Firey String Sistas! They perform on Wednesday, March 5 at Gateway Center Plaza 2, Newark, NJ at 12pm..
This band of female string players is dedicated to promoting the work of female composers in jazz, world music, and beyond. Nioka Workman is the founder, frontwoman and cellist of this spirited group. The core members are Charisa Dowe Rouse (violin), Jennifer Axelson (violin, viola), Riza Printup (harp), and Melissa Slocum (bass). These artists all maintain exciting performance schedules as ‘band’ leaders all year around.
As Firey String Sistas!, the group successfully mixes jazz, world, folk and new music presenting dynamic and educational performances. The group expands from duo to a 10 piece ensemble for events and the festival throughout the year. They just released their first cd, a lively jazz, blues and new music experience for the entire family.
We can think of no better way for us at WBGO & Gateway to celebrate and recognize the contributions of women then to have this masterful group perform. So grab a friend or two, bring your lunch, and enjoy live music at 2 Gateway.
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February 3, 2014. Posted by Chris Dennison.
Argentine composer Guillermo Klein’s stateside visits have been rare treats since 2000, when he left New York for his homeland and beyond. Klein is back – enjoy this video of Klein's performance, from our live audio and video broadcast of the event on January 29.
Klein peformed music he wrote to perform for this homecoming with members of his signature large ensemble, Los Guachos, which includes fellow Berklee alums trumpeter Richard Nant and bassist Fernando Huergo, as well as saxophonist Bill McHenry and drummer Jeff Ballard. They were joined by current Berklee students, whom Klein coached over Skype, to form a 14-piece group.
Klein combines elements of Argentinean folk traditions with contemporary jazz and an attitude that embraces freedom. He draws from a sonic palette which may surprise the jazz ear: these include effects-laden guitars, unexpected combinations of human voices, and even whistling, as on his piece “Fiu” from his 2005 album Una Nave.
Klein’s ability to compose fluid pieces with changing time signatures is particularly striking: he utilizes unpredictable rhythmic elements and odd meters, which he traces in part to his childhood in Argentina, where the hemiola, or “3 against 2” pattern, is a common element.
This tension in time can be heard on “El Rio” from Una Nave, and also on “Miula,” from the 2008 album Filtros. Even when a piece has a straightforward organization of beats, Klein’s interlocking polyrhythmic phrases create emotive tensions and releases. However, his pieces generally maintain consistent grooves, making them sound natural and highly accessible despite their rhythmic complexity.
While the rhythmic elegance of Klein’s music is remarkable, his range in melody and harmony are equally impressive: he composes energetic, jagged, angular piano lines, as on “Argentina” from Una Nave, as well as passages of rich, subtle beauty, as in the restrained melody of “Yesu” and the harmony of “Louange à l'éternité de Jésus,” both from Filtros.
With so few performances stateside in recent years, Guillermo’s Berklee homecoming this Wednesday is not to be missed. Enjoy, and join us for our live broadcasts of the best new jazz from Berklee's Café 939 in Boston every month!
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