December 3, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.
A voice of the Civil Rights Era has been hushed.
Odetta, a champion of the real folk blues, died. She was 77.
In 2001, WBGO's Michael Bourne spoke with Odetta during the Blues Hour. She had recently released a tribute record to folk singer Leadbelly.
Click here to listen to some of that interview.
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November 14, 2008. Posted by Michael Bourne.
The Town Hall was built in the 1920's for orators, and musicians also discovered that the acoustics are superb. None of today's audio tech existed back then, but no mics are ever needed there. "Broadway Unplugged" is an annual concert that gathers some of Broadway's best singers performing without mics and sounding that much more real. I've attended the last two years and I've been thrilled hearing (and feeling) all these beautiful voices, not amplified through speakers, but directly from the throats (and the hearts) of the singers.
Scott Siegel is the producer and host. In this interview, we talked about the upcoming 5th annual "Broadway Unplugged" -- Monday the 17th at 8 at Town Hall -- for tonight's WBGO Journal. And we kept on talking, including listening to highlights from last year's show: Max von Essen and Sarah Jane McMahon singing "Tonight" from West Side Story, Lorinda Lisitza singing a heartbreaking "Surabaya Johnny" from Happy End, Marc Kudisch singing "I'm Still Here" from The Glorious Ones, and Bill Daugherty singing a show-stopping "Sit Down, You're Rocking The Boat" from Guys and Dolls.
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October 29, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.
Jenny Scheinman is celebrating the release of her album, Crossing the Field, with a quartet tonight - Jason Moran at the piano, Greg Cohen on bass, and Rudy Royston on drums. The band rehearsed for two hours yesterday afternoon, then played two sets for opening night. So expect a fairly cohesive unit for tonight's show.
Jenny is setting up onstage. Getting ready for a nice show.
Jenny Scheinman opens with "American Dipper" - male version - from an earlier recording, Shalagaster.
American Dipper is North America's only truly aquatic songbird.
Jenny calls "Albert," and she calls saxophonist Albert Ayler a great melodicist. I can hear that.
Band segues into "Through the Dark." Greg Cohen is the go-to guy in this band.
"That's Delight," from the new album, Crossing the Field.
"The Frog" could be a cool pop tune. I love the way this song evolves. And Greg Cohen is such an outstanding bassist. Such a complete musician.
This beautiful ballad called "Sleeping in the Aquifer." Nice imagery.
After playing a new original, "Bray," Scheinman launches into "Hard Sole Shoe," from the new recording. After a piano intro from Jason Moran, the groove is in the house.
We end the set with "Born Into This." Autobiographical, Ms. Scheinman???
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