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  • WBGO Celebrates Blue Note's 75th Anniversary

    October 20, 2014. Posted by Brandy Wood.

    WBGO Presents: Our Point of View in their only East Coast Appearance
    December 12 at Le Poisson Rouge

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    To commemorate WBGO’s 35th anniversary year, we are teaming up with Blue Note Records at the close of their 75th anniversary year to present the only East Coast appearance of the supergroup, Our Point of View. With a limited number of engagements in Monterey, Paris, London and New York City, the December 12, 2014 performance in support of WBGO will be the only opportunity for fans in the jazz capital to experience this historic group.

    Created in honor of Blue Note’s anniversary, Our Point of View celebrates the vitality of the label by looking ahead and bringing together the leading young artists on the Blue Note roster who steadfastly continue to move jazz forward. Featuring keyboardist Robert Glasper, trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, guitarist Lionel Loueke, saxophonist Marcus Strickland, and bassist Derrick Hodge with drummer Kendrick Scott, the band’s repertoire draws from each of these artists’ own remarkable catalogs as well new spins on Blue Note classics.

    The creative young voices of jazz have been the lifeblood of Blue Note Records since its formation in 1939—from Thelonious Monk and Herbie Hancock, to Freddie Hubbard and Joe Henderson—all of whom made their debut albums for the legendary label. Since WBGO’s inception in 1979, the station has been at the forefront of many brilliant jazz careers, including the members of this group, each of whom has performed in WBGO’s studio in Newark.

    Our Point of View
    Our Point of View

    December 12, 2014 ι Le Poisson Rouge

    In 2009, WBGO launched an innovative program entitled, The Checkout, which brought each of these musicians into our Newark studios to perform as band leaders and discuss their music. Two years later, veteran record producer and musician Don Was joined Blue Note as Chief Creative Officer and soon became its president, renewing its dedication to the original label vision, articulated by Blue Note founder Alfred Lion that “any particular style of playing which represents an authentic way of musical feeling is genuine expression.”

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  • IAJE Day 2 - Loueke Interview

    January 10, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.

    Lionel Loueke Photo by Jimmy Katz

    Check out the interview with Lionel. Conducted mostly in English, with a sprinkle of Fon. - Josh

    Josh Jackson Interviews Lionel Loueke

  • IAJE Evening 1 - Ingrid Jensen and Nordic Connect

    January 10, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.

    Ingrid and Nordic Connect perform at IAJE

    Nordic Connect is not really an exercise machine. This is more a vehicle for improvisation. The Jensen Family Band, of sorts. With fellow Scandinavian friends.

    I really wanted to see them, but Lionel Loueke's set started late, and finished even later. So the Nordic Connect show didn't happen for me. The road to Oslo was paved with good intentions...

    However, I did interview trumpeter Ingrid Jensen, and we did talk about Nordic Connect. Have a listen:

    Interview with Trumpeter Ingrid Jensen

    Check out Nordic Connect on MySpace.

    Ingrid is also a member of a Secret Society in jazz. More about that in another post. - Josh