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  • Live From The Village Vanguard: Chris Potter's Sirens

    February 6, 2013. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    WBGO presents saxophonist Chris Potter's Sirens project live from the Village Vanguard on Wednesday, February 6 at 9 p.m. Potter will be joined in the concert, of material inspired by Homer's Odyssey, by Ethan Iverson on piano, Larry Grenadier on bass and Eric Harland on drums.

    Watch the concert live or listen to our on-air stream with host Josh Jackson, and join the conversation below with Patrick Jarenwattananon and Tim Wilkins.

    Like WBGO's other live broadcasts every month from the Berklee College of Music and the 92Y Tribeca, these shows live on in our video archive and at NPRmusic.org.

    If you like what you hear, tune in to WBGO's sister station, The Jazz Bee, to hear recordings by Potter and other cutting-edge performers. Enjoy!

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  • Live From The Village Vanguard: David Virelles Continuum

    January 30, 2013. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    WBGO presents pianist David Virelles live from the Village Vanguard on Wednesday, January 30 at 9 p.m. The Cuban-born Virelles will be joined by his Continuum band, with Román Filiú on saxophone, Ben Street on bass, Andrew Cyrille on drums and Ogduardo "Román" Díaz with spoken word and percussion.

    Watch the concert live right here or listen to our on-air stream with host Josh Jackson, and join the conversation below with Patrick Jarenwattananon and Tim Wilkins.

    Like WBGO's other live broadcasts every month from the Berklee College of Music and the 92Y Tribeca, these shows live on in our video archive and at NPRmusic.org.

    If you like what you hear, tune in to WBGO's sister station, The Jazz Bee, to hear recordings by Virelles and other up-and-coming performers. Enjoy!

  • Bourne's Mohonk: Jazz on the Mountain, Day Four

    January 29, 2013. Posted by Michael Bourne.

    This is the last of four posts on this year's Jazz on the Mountain Festival.

    Jazz on the Mountain always ends on Monday morning with what I call the Parlor Games, a mixing and matching of the artists, sometimes playing my musical fantasies (a bass solo or a bass and bass sax duet, Joe playing a cappella, and the like) or whatever feels like it'll be fun.

    This year ended with a grouping I called the Mohonk Nuclei: Anat, Scott, Joe, Martin, Matt. We quickly sketched out a program, and then let the games...happen.

    Photo by Beth Lasoff
    Photo by Beth Lasoff

    "Solar" for starters, and then a trio of Anat with M&M. They'd enjoyed playing together so much last year that they recorded together, and they played a whimsical piece inspired by a rutabaga festival.

    Photo by Jeff Riman
    Photo by Jeff Riman

    Joe told a story about being inspired early on by a record of Jimmy Scott, and about the thrill years after of recording with Jimmy. Joe played, alone at the vibes, his tribute to Jimmy, "Sword of Whispers."

    I (or the mostly dormant actor in me) usually join in the Parlor Games. I'll "act" some lyrics or poems with the cats playing along. Last year: a jigsaw of Stephen Sondheim. This year: a shuffling of Cole Porter I called "Cole Slaw."

    Photo by Jeff Riman
    Photo by Jeff Riman

    I performed shards of Porter's lyrics with the players improvising counterpoints or playing some of Porter's melodies. Especially beautiful were a Joe Locke solo of "Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye" and a duet of Matt's drums and Scott's bass sax playing "You Do Something to Me."

    Photo by Beth Lasoff
    Photo by Beth Lasoff

    I called up an actual singer, Amy Cervini, to sing some Blossom Dearie songs. Martin, with Joe and Scott, played the aptly-titled Hank Jones tune called "Sublime."
And, as the jazzfest began with a Monk tune, we ended with a Monk tune, "Rhythm-a-ning."

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    Photo by Marilyn Catasus

    I always enjoy when Matt Wilson goes nuts at the drums, as when, mid-solo, he leaped up, threw open the door to the balcony, and hurled a drumstick onto the ice of Lake Mohonk.

    Photo by Jeff Riman
    Photo by Jeff Riman

    Rather like tossing a penny into the Trevi Fountain for the promise of a return to Rome, Matt's drumstick was the promise of a return to JOTM 2014 at the Mohonk Mountain House.

    --Michael Bourne