August 21, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.
Singer Melody Gardot visited the WBGO studio yesterday, and she brought her entire band with her. Melody's debut release, Worrisome Heart, has generated a lot of attention for both her personal story and her intimate, original songwriting. She intended to play three songs - "Worrisome Heart," "Goodnight," and "Somewhere Over the Rainbow." But she fell in love with our Steinway piano, and added "Love Me Like a River Does." Check out the session. If you like what you hear, and you want the accompanying visuals, be advised that Melody Gardot is playing tonight at the Blender Theater at Gramercy on East 23rd Street in New York.
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August 14, 2008. Posted by Angelika Beener.
Kudos to JazzTimes! In the September issue, the cover story is "The Future Is Now: New Jazz Visionaries." Let me start by saying that I love the first part of that headline. I get so tired of hearing about the status of jazz, where is it going, what's going to happen to it, who will save it...you get where I'm going. My frustration comes from being on the jazz scene and seeing and all of the amazing talent, projects, bands, artists, compositions, collaborative efforts, etc. and then hearing those statements. It's like "What are you talking about? Have you checked out a show lately on any given night, at any given venue in the city, for starters?"
This article covers just a few of the "new visionaries." Christian Scott, Aaron Parks, Robert Glasper, Esperanza Spaulding, Marcus Strickland and others. Each artist has a full page story and photo. I think this issue was so necessary, and I really give it up to JazzTimes for making the blatently obvious even more obvious - that jazz is alive, well, and thriving. (Now, if cats could only earn the money that the music's worth...but that's another story).
Check out each of these artists when they're in a city near you. Both Aaron Parks and Esperanza Spaulding will be performing at the J&R MusicFest next Friday, August 22, and WBGO will be broadcasting it live! Learn more about it by clicking here.
Check out a live performance of Aaron Parks' "Nemesis" from the WBGO studios. It's NPR's "Song of the Day" with commentary by WBGO's Josh Jackson.
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May 20, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.
Whenever you hear young performers from Berklee College of Music, you are hearing the future of music. WBGO presented the Berklee Blue Note Ensemble on Midday Jazz today. For a decade, Berklee students with strong jazz creds make an annual trek to the Blue Note in Note in New York. Bill Pierce has been a Berklee faculty member for more than three decades. He directs the student ensemble. They are:
Melissa Aldana - saxophone (Santiago, Chile)
Jeonglim Yang - bass (South Korea)
Michael Palma - piano (Dallas, Texas)
Dan Pugach - drums (Raanana, Israel)
Jeremy Sinclair - trumpet (Dallas, Texas)
Nadia Washington - vocals (Dallas, Texas)
Listen to the session. Remember the names.
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May 14, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.
In January, we did a studio session with Alexis Cuadrado's Puzzles Quartet.
The bassist is part of the Brooklyn Jazz Underground, a collective of leaders
based in... well, you get it. Anyway, the band plays next Friday at The Jazz
Gallery. It's the official CD release party. Get your sneak preview here.
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