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  • Happy Birthday, Blue Note

    October 23, 2014. Posted by WBGO.

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    The Wayne Shorter Quartet performs at Blue Note at 75, The Concert. (Image Credit: NPR)

    Blue Note Records turns 75 this year, and to celebrate, Washington, D.C.'s John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts hosted a concert featuring some of the record label's living legends and rising stars. From the early years with co-founder Alfred Lion to the revitalization under Bruce Lundvall, Blue Note Records has become and remained one of the most iconic brands in jazz.

    On Jazz Night in America, hear highlights from the Kennedy Center stage, and reflections on the label's influence with Norah Jones, Terence Blanchard and Dianne Reeves. Blue Note artist Jason Moran guest hosts this episode.

    Set List

    • Robert Glasper & Jason Moran, "Boogie Woogie Stomp" (Glasper, piano; Moran, piano)
    • Bobby Hutcherson & McCoy Tyner, "Fly With The Wind" (Hutcherson, vibraphone; Tyner, piano)
    • Dianne Reeves, "Stormy Weather" (Reeves, voice; Terence Blanchard, trumpet; Peter Martin, piano; Derrick Hodge, bass; Kendrick Scott, drums)
    • Joe Lovano, "Fort Worth" (Lovano, tenor saxophone; Lionel Loueke, guitar; Fabian Almazan, piano; Derrick Hodge, bass; Kendrick Scott, drums)
    • Norah Jones, "I've Got To See You Again" (Jones, voice; Wayne Shorter, saxophone; Jason Moran, piano; John Patitucci, bass; Brian Blade, drums)
    • Lou Donaldson feat. Dr. Lonnie Smith, "Alligator Boogaloo" (Donaldson, alto saxophone; Smith, organ; Lionel Loueke, guitar; Kendrick Scott, drums)
    • Lou Donaldson feat. Dr. Lonnie Smith, "Blues Walk" (same personnel)

    Credits

    Duke Markos, recording and remix engineer. Special thanks to Kevin Struthers and Jean Thill of the Kennedy Center.

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  • Reimagining Brubeck

    October 16, 2014. Posted by WBGO.

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    Dave Brubeck performs in 1982. (Image Credit: Ralph Gatti/AFP/Getty Images)

    The late pianist Dave Brubeck left jazz with incredible performances, recordings and advocacy — as well as a large body of compositions. His iconic music is reimagined by members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.

    Jazz Night in America explores various Brubeck compositions, discussing the decisions the arrangers made when approaching the material. Also, we unearth a rare recording from Brubeck's personal archive of him singing with Carmen McRae.

    Set List

    All compositions by Dave Brubeck.

    • "Take Five" (arr. Carlos Henriquez)
    • "Unsquare Dance" (arr. Chris Crenshaw)
    • "Blue Rondo à la Turk" (arr. Chris Crenshaw)
    • "Bluette" (arr. Wynton Marsalis)
    • "Cassandra" (arr. Marcus Printup)
    • "Tokyo Traffic" (arr. Sherman Irby)
    • "Nomad" (arr. Carlos Henriquez)
    • "The Duke" (arr. Victor Goines)
    • "You Swing Baby"

    Personnel

    The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis: Wynton Marsalis, Marcus Printup, Kenny Rampton, Ryan Kisor, trumpets; Elliot Mason, Chris Crenshaw, Vincent Gardner, trombones; Victor Goines, Sherman Irby, Ted Nash, Walter Blanding, Paul Nedzela, saxophones; Dan Nimmer, piano; Carlos Henriquez, bass; Ali Jackson, drums.

    Credits

    James P. Nichols, recording engineer; Rob Macomber, chief engineer; David Robinson, live mix engineer. "You Swing Baby" is courtesy of the Brubeck Collection, University of the Pacific.

    Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

  • To Miles, From Wayne

    October 16, 2014. Posted by WBGO.

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    Wallace Roney leads a performance of Wayne Shorter's "Universe" at the Detroit Jazz Festival. (Image Credit: NPR)

    In the late 1960s, when trumpeter Miles Davis was leading his famous second quintet, saxophonist Wayne Shorter wrote a series of new works featuring Davis with orchestra. When the quintet broke up, Shorter put the scores away.

    Now, trumpeter Wallace Roney — a protégé of Miles Davis — has received the scores and prepared them for a performance at the 2014 Detroit Jazz Festival. Jazz Night In America presents the very first recording of "Universe" and other rare Wayne Shorter works performed by the Wallace Roney Orchestra, featuring Victor Gould (piano), Buster Williams (bass), Lenny White (drums) and members of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

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