April 4, 2014. Posted by Tim Wilkins.
UHADI, a South African jazz supergroup making their U.S. debut, performs live at WBGO and talks with Rhonda Hamilton.
The group, with Sibongile Khumalo on vocals, McCoy Mrubata on saxophone, Feya Faku on trumpet, Paul Hanmer on piano, Herbie Tsoaeli on bass and Justin Badenhorst on drums. The band performs at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola at Lincoln Center through April 6. Enjoy!
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April 1, 2014. Posted by Tim Wilkins.
Listen now to WBGO's broadcast of guitarist Matthew Stevens' Quintet live from the Berklee College of Music's Cafe 939 in Boston on Wednesday, April 2 at 8 p.m.
Every month, WBGO brings Berklee alumni back to their alma mater to present the fruits of their labor. This concert features Gerald Clayton on piano, Vicente Archer on bass, Eric Doob on drums and Paulo Stagnaro, percussion.
The Toronto-born Stevens' newly-formed group is slated to record Stevens' debut as a leader for Concord Records in May. He is a featured member of trumpeter Christian Scott's quintet, and performs with bassist Esperanza Spalding and many others.
Read Lara Peregrinelli's interview with Stevens and profile of his new group and repertoire for NPRMusic's A Blog Supreme, click here.
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March 19, 2014. Posted by Tim Wilkins.
Watch video from WBGO's live broadcast of vibraphonist Warren Wolf's Wolfpack at the Berklee College of Music's Cafe 939 in Boston on Wednesday, March 5 at 8 p.m.
Every month, WBGO brings Berklee alumni back to their alma mater to present the fruits of their labor, with live audio and video broadcasts. Tune in April 4 to hear the Matthew Stevens Quintet!
This concert features Wolf on vibes and marimba, Tim Green on saxophone, Alex Brown on piano, Kris Funn on bass, and Billy Williams Jr. on drums.
Wolf has always been something of a wunderkind - he started in music at age three on piano and drums in his native Baltimore, where he attended the Peabody Institute's preparatory program and the Baltimore School For The Arts, where he concentrated on classical music.
He graduated from Berklee in 2001, and by 2003 was teaching at the school. In addition to leading his own ensembles, he plays in the "Inside Straight" band led by bassist Christian McBride, who first took notice of the talented teenager a jazz camp in Colorado.
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January 10, 2014. Posted by Tim Wilkins.
WBGO is proud to webcast the 2014 NEA Jazz Masters on Monday, Jan. 13 at 7:30 p.m., live from Jazz at Lincoln Center. Join us to watch video of this ceremony and concert.
This year's honorees are alto saxophonist and educator Jamey Aebersold, multi-reedist and composer Anthony Braxton, bassist Richard Davis and pianist Keith Jarrett.
Join us as we honor this year's class of jazz greats!
Every year since 1982, the U.S. National Endowment for the Arts has honored 132 Jazz Masters - less than the number that have traveled into space or scaled Mount Everest.
It is the nation's highest honor for a jazz musician, and also honors individuals who have made exceptional contributions to jazz through their work as educators and advocates.
This year's celebration includes performances by NEA Jazz Masters Kenny Barron, Jimmy Heath, Dave Liebman and Jimmy Owens, as well as winners of the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition including Melissa Aldana and Kris Bowers, and others including pianist Jason Moran, saxophonist Joe Lovano and guitarist Bill Frisell.
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January 5, 2014. Posted by Tim Wilkins.
Listen now to pianists Robert Glasper and Jason Moran talk with Josh Jackson about their Jan. 8 concert at New York's Town Hall to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of Blue Note Records, part of the 2014 New York Winter Jazz Festival.
Jackson will host the Jan. 8 concert, and got the party started early with a hilarious conversation that touched on everything from double octaves to how to play jazz for the hip-hop generation.
"Just thinking outside the box and saying, 'Ok, this is who we are, and this is our sound,'" says Glasper, "it's opening the doors for so many other artists to do what they naturally want to do."
They also talked about and played some of their favorite recordings by Sam Rivers, Thelonious Monk, Herbie Hancock and Freddie Hubbard.
Click here to hear Jackson's full hour-long conversation with Moran and Glasper. Enjoy!
Glasper and Moran braved the mountains of snow dumped on the tri-state area by Super Storm Hercules, with their three young sons in tow, to reach the WBGO studios in Newark for the interview on Friday.
The Jan. 8 concert commemorates Blue Note's first recording session, held Jan. 6, 1939, with boogie-woogie pianists Albert Ammons and Meade Lux Lewis. The pianists will be joined at Town Hall by drummer Eric Harland, tenor saxophonist Ravi Coltrane, vocalist Bilal and Alan Hampton on bass.
The show kicks off a year of celebrations by Blue Note, which over eight decades has recorded artists ranging from from Sidney Bechet and Thelonious Monk to Norah Jones, as well as Moran, who has been with Blue Note since his first recording for the label fifteen years ago, and Glasper, who released his sixth Blue Note album in October.
"There's not really many labels that will just let you be who you are," says Moran. "They have continued to say, 'Oh, we see where you're going, here's your open canvas, your open palette, and go ahead and make something.' "
Moran and Glasper both graduated from Houston's High School For Performing And Visual Arts - several years apart - and performed together in January of 2011 as part of WBGO's "Houstonians in NYC" concert at the 92Y Tribeca.
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