February 13, 2012. Posted by Brandy Wood.
There's a tradition in many New York City jazz clubs: Monday nights are reserved for big bands. The Village Vanguard, the most storied of clubs, has observed this practice since 1966, when the originally titled Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra were booked in the club for three Monday nights in February. The performances have been taking place ever since.
On Monday, February 13 WBGO brought you its 50th broadcast from The Village Vanguard with the group who continues the tradition, now called the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra. Producer and host of Live at the Village Vanguard, Josh Jackson, said, "It makes a lot of sense to celebrate this exceptional band for our 50th program. The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra represents an ongoing 46 year commitment to the Village Vanguard. The VJO is the cornerstone of Monday night jazz performance in New York. Presenting them on Live at the Village Vanguard was overdue."
View both sets from the evening below:
You can see all of our live concert webcasts, and our archive of broadcasts from the Village Vanguard and the 92Y Tribeca, here.
The current lineup of the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra consists of Nick Marchione, Tanya Darby, Terell Stafford, Scott Wendholt - trumpet/flugelhorn; John Mosca, Luis Bonilla, Jason Jackson, Douglas Purviance - Trombones; Dick Oatts, Billy Drewes, Rich Perry, Ralph Lalama, Gary Smulyan - reeds; Jim McNeely, David Wong, John Riley - rhythm.
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January 18, 2012. Posted by Tim Wilkins.
WBGO presents The Checkout: Live From The 92Y Tribeca with a double bill: drummer E.J. Strickland's tribute to Stevie Wonder and the British/Nigerian husband and wife team of Michael and Alicia Olatuja. View the sets below:
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December 7, 2011. Posted by Tim Wilkins.
WBGO presents saxophonist Seamus Blake in a live video and audio broadcast from Boston, the second in our series, The Checkout - Live from Berklee, from The Red Room at the Berklee College of Music's Café 939. Watch the broadcast set below:
You can see all of our live concert webcasts, including our monthly broadcasts from the Village Vanguard and the 92Y Tribeca, here.
Seamus Blake has been called an "extraordinary, total saxophonist" by guitarist John Scofield, whose Quiet Band features Blake. Born in England and raised in Vancouver, Canada, Blake won first prize in the Thelonious Monk International Saxophone Competition in 2002 and can be heard every Monday night in New York with with the Mingus Big Band.
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