August 11, 2015. Posted by Josh Landes.
Jazz After Hours 1 till 6 am: Rich Keith is in for Brian Delp; birthday salute to pianist Jess Stacy
Morning Jazz - 6 til 10 am: Brian Delp is in for Gary Walker
Conversations w/Allan Wolper – 7:30 pm: guest - Sam Schwartz; Schwartz is known worldwide as Gridlock Sam, a nickname the media gave him for his role in coining the term, Gridlock. As New York City's traffic commissioner in the 1980's, he designed routes for numerous crowded corners. He is also a columnist for The Daily News.
Evening Jazz w/ Awilda Rivera – 10 pm: Birthday salute to saxophonist Donny McCaskin
Jazz After Hours w/ Brian Delp – 1 till 6 am: Happy birthday to guitarist Pat Metheny
Morning Jazz - 6 til 10 am: Gary Walker returns from vacation
Afternoon Jazz – 2 til 6:30 pm: Eulis Cathey in for Michael Bourne; featuring the music of organist Jimmy Smith
SportsJam with Doug Doyle 7:30 pm: guest is Laurin Mincy, one of the best high school basketball players in NJ history, starring at University High School. Mincy would go on to lead the University of Maryland to two final four appearances.
Jazz Night in America – 6:30 pm: Tootie Heath Turns 80! Jazz Night In America is honored to celebrate the 80th birthday of drummer, bandleader, and force of nature Albert “Tootie” Heath. He’s recorded with Coltrane, lead a band for fifty years, and played with Dexter Gordon, Nina Simone, Wes Montgomery, and many more. In eight decades, Heath hasn’t missed a beat.
Evening Jazz w/ Awilda Rivera – 8 pm: birthday salute to singer Earl Coleman
Midday Jazz w/Rhonda Hamilton - 10 am til 2 pm: featuring the music of George Shearing and Mulgrew Miller; also, remembering the Thelonius Monk/Gerry Mulligan recording “Monk Meets Mulligan”, recorded on this date in 1957.
Afternoon Jazz – 2 til 6:30 pm: Eulis Cathey in for Michael Bourne; featuring the music of bassist Charles Mingus
Song Travels w/Michael Feinstein – 6:30 pm: guest is Grammy Award-winning bandleader, composer and pianist Arturo O’Farrill
Newark Today – 8pm: Newark – the next Silicon Valley?; guests, Jimi Olaghere of Geek Supply company, Councilwoman Gayle Cheneyfielld Jenkins, Mark Bonamo of Newark Inc.
Evening Jazz w/ Awilda Rivera – 9 pm: birthday salutes to singer Kathleen Battle and pianist Mulgrew Miller
Portraits in Blue w/ Bob Porter – 6:30 pm – Billy Eckstine Vol. 2
WBGO Journal – 7:30 pm: hosted by Doug Doyle and Alexandra Hill; reviews from Harlan Jacobson and Michael Bourne; story about college prep program at NJIT from college reporter Andrew Hines; Alexandra Hill interviews New Jersey Congressman Donald Payne of Newark
Evening Jazz w/ Awilda Rivera – 8 pm: birthday salute to singer Lorez Alexandria
Portraits in Blue w/ Bob Porter – 7 am: Dinah Washington from the beginning Vol. 15
Saturday Afternoon Jazz w/ Monifa Brown - 2 pm til 6 pm: Grew’s Tune- One more for Mulgrew; August 13th is the anniversary of Mulgrew Miller ‘s birth. He was a musician’s musician. We’ll keep the tunes spinning for Mulgrew - playing his own recordings and other musicians playing his compositions.
Jazz Night in America – 6 pm: tribute to drummer Max Roach.
The Checkout w/ Simon Rentner – 11 pm: Encore broadcast of Tuesday’s program
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September 2, 2010. Posted by Becca Pulliam.
Monday, September 6, from 2-6pm, Rhonda Hamilton hosts a Labor Day special from the Detroit Jazz Festival, where Mulgrew Miller is Artist in Residence and the theme is Flamekeepers: Carrying the Torch for Modern Jazz. See more about Mulgrew here.
Downtown, outdoors, free, with five stages rolling for three days from noon to 11pm or so, Detroit is a jazz lover's dream. That's why we partner with the Festival. Josh Jackson will blog and bring home music for The Checkout. Bob Porter is moderating a session on the career of Ray Brown and contributing to other panels in the Talk Tent. Dorthaan Kirk always makes the trip to hear music and see friends. And contest winner and WBGO member Jim DiFeo of Union, NJ, is bringing his 25-year-old son with him. David Tallacksen will post photos -- musical and non- -- like these two from last year . . .
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October 6, 2008. Posted by Doug Doyle.
Passionate is a word I would use to describe Rhonda Hamilton and Bob Porter's approach to jazz and blues. However, after playing a round of golf with Rhonda and her husband, drummer Michael Carvin, then sitting down with Bob to talk about his beloved Red Sox, both hosts may be even more crazy about their favorite sports.
Check out my SportsJam sessions with Rhonda and Bob here.
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May 1, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.
Rhonda Hamilton interviewed guitarist Russell Malone yesterday.
Fortunately, Russell didn't share any of his really colorful jokes with our audience. If he did, the FCC would level some hefty fines.
He did, however, talk at length about his experience with Jimmy Smith. When Russell met the organist in Atlanta, he asked to sit in with the band. Russell played everything he knew, trying to impress Jimmy. The audience went wild. Then, Smith called a ballad, "Laura," and Russell did not know the song. That humbling experience led to an all-night lesson in music in Jimmy Smith's hotel room. Smith had played with some great guitarists, notably Kenny Burrell and Wes Montgomery. He taught Russell Malone a valuable lesson - to put himself into the music, rather than trying to emulate those guys. Listen to the interview.
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January 18, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.
"It's what it is in that moment." That's singer Dianne Reeves' definition of jazz.
Dianne Reeves is on her way home to Colorado today. She has just finished the final touches of her new recording, When You Know.
It comes out April 15th - so pick up a copy when you drop off your taxes.
Dianne has won multiple Grammys - for her live recording, In the Moment. For her tribute to Newark's own Sarah Vaughan, The Calling (Dianne's favorite). For her soundtrack to the film Goodnight and Good Luck. And when it comes to matters of love, there are few singers in jazz with the emotional depth of Dianne Reeves. So it is not surprising that the new record is a cycle of love songs. When You Know ends with the title track, a song about Dianne's spiritual connection. It also includes jazz versions of The Temptations' "Just My Imagination" and Minnie Ripperton's "Loving You," innocent love songs that Dianne remembers as a child.
Can't wait until the record comes out? You're in luck. Dianne and her band (pianist Geoff Keezer, guitarist Romero Lubambo, bassist Reginald Veal, and drummer Greg Hutchinson) will debut the music live in concert - when else? - Valentine's Night at The Apollo.
- Josh Jackson
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