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  • Brian Blade And The Fellowship Band: Live At The Village Vanguard

    December 10, 2013. Posted by WBGO.

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    (Image Credit: John Rogers for NPR/johnrogersnyc.com)

    A Brian Blade Fellowship concert feels a bit like a family reunion. Its core — drummer Blade, pianist Jon Cowherd and bassist Chris Thomas — has played together for more than 20 years, and its horn players have stayed loyal to the operation, too. Its repertoire feels rooted in a deep emotional well where sacred abuts secular and jazz meets its Southern folk cousins. Sparks always seem to fly when it gathers for an infrequent recording or string of tour dates. (It helps that it's led by one of the world's great drummers; Blade is prone to violent, furious punctuation and gentle time management alike.)

    With a new album, Landmarks, in the works, the band reunites for a week in New York. WBGO and NPR Music will broadcast and video webcast the Brian Blade Fellowship live at the Village Vanguard on Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 8:30 p.m. ET.

    Set List

    • "Landmarks" (Cowherd)
    • Mercy Suite: Part 1 (Cowherd)
    • Mercy Suite: Part 2 [Grace] (Cowherd)
    • Mercy Suite: Part 3 [Mercy Wind] (Cowherd)
    • "Shenandoah" (Traditional)
    • "Farewell Bluebird" (Blade)

    Personnel

    • Brian Blade, drums
    • Melvin Butler, alto saxophone
    • Myron Walden, tenor saxophone
    • Steve Cardenas, guitar
    • Jon Cowherd, piano
    • Chris Thomas, bass
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  • Peter Bernstein, Larry Goldings, Bill Stewart: Live At The Village Vanguard

    November 13, 2013. Posted by WBGO.

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    Left to right: Larry Goldings, Bill Stewart and Peter Bernstein. (Image Credit: John Rogers for NPR/johnrogersnyc.com)

    When their busy schedules align, guitarist Peter Bernstein, keyboard player Larry Goldings and drummer Bill Stewart play together as a trio. Their format isn't earth-shatteringly new — largely standards, a few original pieces, classic sonorities in which Hammond B3 organ meets electric guitar — but after nearly 25 years as a band, their rapport is. Theirs isn't an organ trio of greasy funk, but their cleaner language is plenty tasteful, overlaying smart choices atop plenty of swing.

    They convene again for a week at New York's Village Vanguard. WBGO and NPR Music present a live video webcast and radio broadcast of the Goldings, Bernstein and Stewart band in concert.

    Set List

    • "Simple As That" (Bernstein)
    • "Nobody Else But Me" (Kern)
    • "The Acrobat" (Goldings)
    • "The Danger Zone" (Mayfield)
    • "Dragonfly" (Bernstein)
    • "Just In Time" (Styne)
    • "Milestones" (Davis)

    Personnel

    • Peter Bernstein, guitar
    • Larry Goldings, organ
    • Bill Stewart, drums
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  • Ravi Coltrane Quartet: Live At The Village Vanguard

    October 2, 2013. Posted by WBGO.

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    Ravi Coltrane. (Image Credit: John Rogers for NPR/johnrogersnyc.com)

    After releasing his latest album, last year's Spirit Fiction, saxophonist Ravi Coltrane put his decade-old quartet on hiatus, and has now assembled a new group. Had John Coltrane lived to see his son grow up, he might have told Ravi about how his own "classic quartet" broke up; he'd begun to incorporate new voices (including Ravi's mother Alice Coltrane) by the time his new band recorded live at the Village Vanguard in 1966. But that exchange never happened, and Ravi Coltrane discovered his inheritance on his own. Perhaps that's one reason why he developed a sleek and modern approach, loosely suggesting his father's adventurous spirit but not his signature sound.

    Ravi Coltrane will soon bring his new band into the Village Vanguard for a week. WBGO and NPR Music presented a live video webcast and radio broadcast of the Ravi Coltrane Quartet in concert.

    Set List

    • "Who Wants Ice Cream?" (R. Alessi)
    • "Word Order" (R. Coltrane)
    • "Segment" (C. Parker)
    • "Quilly's Blade" (R. Coltrane)
    • "For Turiya" (C. Haden)
    • "Mr. Day" (J. Coltrane)

    Personnel

    • Ravi Coltrane, saxophones
    • David Virelles, piano
    • Dezron Douglas, bass
    • Johnathan Blake, drums
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  • Dave King Trio: Live At The Village Vanguard

    September 11, 2013. Posted by WBGO.

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    Dave King. (Image Credit: John Rogers for NPR/johnrogersnyc.com)

    Perhaps you know Dave King as the drummer in The Bad Plus, or any number of avant-improv/indie-rock/Americana/electronic experimental bands rooted in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. But somewhere in that mix is a deep fondness for the jazz tradition, and recently, he made it a point to say so with a full-length album. I've Been Ringing You investigates standards, mostly slow and medium-tempo ballads, in rough-hewn textures. It also features a rhythm section of pianist Bill Carrothers and bassist Billy Peterson, fellow Upper Midwesterners whose underground reputations surface here. As King writes, "Not bad for some snow-pants-wearing doofs from the north!"

    It's certainly enough that New York's Village Vanguard is bringing the trio in from Minnesota and Michigan for a week in September. On this page, WBGO and NPR Music present a live video webcast and radio broadcast of the Dave King Trio.

    Set List

    • "Lonely Woman" (O. Coleman)
    • "If I Should Lose You" (R. Rainger)
    • "For All We Know" (Coots/Lewis)
    • "Solar" (Davis/Wayne)
    • "Body And Soul" (J. Green)
    • "So In Love" (C. Porter)
    • "Moonlight Serenade" (G. Miller)
    • "You And The Night And The Music" (Schwartz/Dietz)

    Personnel

    • Dave King, drums
    • Bill Carrothers, piano
    • Billy Peterson, bass
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  • Jimmy Cobb: Live At The Village Vanguard

    August 21, 2013. Posted by WBGO.

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    Jimmy Cobb. (Image Credit: John Rogers for NPR/johnrogersnyc.com)

    The drummer Jimmy Cobb is 84 — which, even if you didn't know his name, would signal that he's been around the jazz scene for a while. But he's been more than around: He was the drummer when Miles Davis recorded his late-'50s and early-'60s masterpieces, and then toured with Sarah Vaughan for nearly a decade. He's freelanced with just about every great of his generation. He's still touring around the world, these days often fronting the bands and recordings.

    Cobb brings an international trio to New York's Village Vanguard for a week — and, for one night, welcomes trusted tenor saxophonist Javon Jackson. WBGO and NPR Music presented a live video webcast and radio broadcast of that quartet.

    Set List

    • "My Shining Hour" (Arlen/Mercer)
    • "John Paul Jones [aka 'Trane's Blues']" (J. Coltrane)
    • "If I Were A Bell" (F. Loesser)
    • "You Don't Know What Love Is" (de Paul/Raye)
    • "Bolivia" (C. Walton)
    • "Someday My Prince Will Come" (Churchill/Morey)

    Personnel

    • Jimmy Cobb, drums
    • Javon Jackson, saxophone
    • Tadataka Unno, piano
    • Paolo Benedettini, bass
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