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  • Sarah Vaughan Vocal Competition Finalist Ashleigh Smith

    October 20, 2012. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    Singer Ashleigh Smith talks with WBGO's Monifa Brown about growing up in Lewisville, Texas, her education at the University of North Texas, and performing at the Kennedy Center. Smith is a finalist in the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition, whose finals will be held on Sunday, October 21 at 3 p.m. at the New Jersey Performance Arts Center in Newark.

    The competition is the final event of the inaugural James Moody Democracy of Jazz Festival, co-presented by NJPAC and WBGO-FM.

    WBGO's Rhonda Hamilton hosts Sunday's concert, and you can listen to her interviews with finalists Cyrille Aimée, Alexis Cole, Hilary Kole and Sandra Booker, as well as Gary Walker's conversation with the producer of the competition, Larry Rosen, right here on the WBGO blog. Enjoy!

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  • Tedeschi-Trucks Band Live at NJPAC

    May 14, 2012. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    The Tedeschi Trucks Band, co-led by wife and husband Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks, performed live at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) in Newark, New Jersey on October 21, 2011. A two-CD set of recent live recordings by the group, Everybody's Talkin', will be released by Sony Masterworks on May 22.

    Click here to hear our broadcast of this performance, which will also be heard at 88.3 FM on Michael Bourne's Blues Hour at 3 p.m. today. To hear Michael's interview with Susan and Derek about their NJPAC performance, click here. Enjoy!

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  • JazzSet Presents Danilo Perez & Poncho Sanchez

    October 21, 2011. Posted by Becca Pulliam.

    Listen to JazzSet this Sunday, October 23, at 6 p.m. for the Danilo Perez Trio and dance to conguero Poncho Sanchez, in Surround Sound. Here's a 30-second taste from JazzSet host Dee Dee Bridgewater:

    Danilo Perez by Bill Bytsura
    Danilo Perez by Bill Bytsura

    Pianist Perez comes from Panama. In 1989, Dizzy Gillespie brought him into the United Nation Orchestra, and a career was born. Danilo is a long-time member of the Wayne Shorter Quartet, records for Mack Avenue, and leads the fine trio we’ll hear on JazzSet.

    Sanchez, the conguero from Southern California, came to jazz under the wing of Cal Tjader. The Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band has made an album a year for approximately 25 years for the Concord label; those albums get played often on WBGO.

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    If you miss JazzSet on Sunday, try again Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. And as always, you can hear the show any time on demand through the JazzSet page on wbgo.org.

    Perez and Sanchez headlined the 2010 Encuentro! Latin Jazz Festival at NJPAC. JazzSet hopes to see you at the 2011 Encuentro! Latin Jazz Festival on October 28-29. Also, this Saturday, October 22, at Flushing Town Hall in Queens, there is a related celebration, the Encuentro! Family Day.

    Here's one more picture: Roy Haynes and Phil Woods.

    Roy Haynes, Phil Woods by Valerie Russell, courtesy Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
    Roy Haynes, Phil Woods by Valerie Russell, courtesy Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation

    Last Friday, October 14, Haynes had finished two shows in the Terrace Theater (recorded for a later JazzSet), and Woods was accepting the BNY Mellon Jazz 2011 Living Legacy Award in neighboring hall at the Kennedy Center. The award honors living jazz masters from the mid-Atlantic region who have achieved distinction in performance and education. Congratulations, Phil Woods!

    Watch wbgo.org for the air date for Roy Haynes on JazzSet.