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  • David Virelles Continuum: Live At The Village Vanguard

    January 30, 2013. Posted by WBGO.

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

    David Virelles moved to New York in 2009 — and, following in a long line of Cuban-born pianists before him, quickly found himself in several bands led by elite jazz musicians. But Virelles also moved to study composition with iconoclast Henry Threadgill, and what he's come up with as a bandleader extends beyond music. His album Continuum, released in 2012, features musicians of multiple generations; it also weaves in computer-generated textures, poetry (in Spanish as well as Afro-Cuban religious languages) and the abstract paintings of Alberto Lescay. It's a back-to-the-future recording, a work of mystery.

    Having played the Village Vanguard as a sideman for Mark Turner and Chris Potter, Virelles makes his debut as a leader at the hallowed venue with the Continuum band. WBGO and NPR Music featured David Virelles in a live online video webcast and radio broadcast.

    Set List

    All compositions by David Virelles.

    • "One"
    • "El Brujo and the Pyramid'
    • "The Executioner"
    • "Mokongo"
    • "Threefold"
    • "Biankomeko"
    • "To Know"

    Personnel

    • David Virelles, piano
    • Román Filiú, saxophone
    • Ben Street, bass
    • Andrew Cyrille, drums
    • Ogduardo "Román" Díaz, spoken word/percussion

    Credits

    Host and Producer: Josh Jackson; Audio Engineer: David Tallacksen; Production Assistant: Michael Downes. Recorded Jan. 30, 2013 at The Village Vanguard in New York, N.Y.

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  • SFJAZZ Center Opening Night: Live In Concert

    January 23, 2013. Posted by WBGO.

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    Chick Corea (piano) and Bill Frisell duet during the opening night concert at the new SFJAZZ Center. (Image Credit: Scott Chernis/Courtesy of SFJAZZ)

    Thirty years after presenting its first concerts in San Francisco, the organization SFJAZZ has built a permanent home and performance venue. The SFJAZZ Center, conceived as the first stand-alone building for jazz in the U.S., opened with a star-studded concert on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013. WWOZ, WBGO and NPR Music teamed up for a live radio and online video broadcast of the concert.

    Set List

    Note: A full archive of the concert will be made available pending permissions. Video excerpts will also be available shortly.

    • Percussion Invocation
    • John Santos, Pete Escovedo and ensemble, "Ti Mon Bo" (Puente)
    • Mary Stallings with SFJAZZ High School All-Stars, "I Love Being Here With You" (Lee, arr. Eberhart)
    • Jason Moran & Eric Harland, "Yacht Club Swing" (Waller)
    • Chick Corea & Bill Frisell, "It Could Happen To You" (Van Heusen/Burke)
    • Chick Corea, Esperanza Spalding, Jeff Ballard, "Alice In Wonderland" (Fain)
    • Joe Lovano, Joshua Redman and ensemble, "Blackwell's Message" (Lovano)
    • Regina Carter with SFJAZZ High School All-Stars, "Don't Git Sassy" (Jones)
    • SFJAZZ Collective, "Mastermind" (Zenon)
    • Esperanza Spalding & Eric Harland, "Look No Further" (Rodgers)
    • Joshua Redman and ensemble, "Remember" (Berlin)
    • McCoy Tyner and ensemble, "Walk Spirit, Talk Spirit" (Tyner)
    • McCoy Tyner and ensemble, featuring Bobby Hutcherson, Bill Frisell and John Handy, "Blues On The Corner" (Tyner)
    • SFJAZZ Collective featuring Chick Corea, "Spain" (Corea)

    Personnel

    • Bill Cosby, Master of Ceremonies
    • McCoy Tyner, piano
    • Chick Corea, piano
    • Esperanza Spalding, bass/voice
    • Joshua Redman, tenor saxophone
    • Joe Lovano, tenor saxophone
    • Bobby Hutcherson, vibraphone
    • Mary Stallings, voice
    • John Handy, alto saxophone
    • Pete Escovedo, timbales
    • Eric Reed, piano
    • Eric Harland, drums
    • SFJAZZ Center Resident Artistic Directors: Regina Carter, violin; Bill Frisell, guitar; Jason Moran, piano; John Santos, percussion; Miguel Zenón, alto saxophone/percussion
    • SFJAZZ Collective: Miguel Zenón, alto saxophone; David Sánchez, tenor saxophone; Andre Hayward, trombone; Avishai Cohen, trumpet; Stefon Harris, vibraphone; Edward Simon, piano; Matt Penman, bass; Jeff Ballard, drums
    • SFJAZZ High School All-Star Big Band: Paul Contos, director.
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  • The 2013 NEA Jazz Masters Awards Concert

    January 14, 2013. Posted by WBGO.

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    The 2013 NEA Jazz Masters. From left: Eddie Palmieri, Mose Allison, Lou Donaldson. Not pictured: Lorraine Gordon. (Image Credit: Michael G. Stewart/NEA)

    In a concert and ceremony at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City, the National Endowment for the Arts recognized its 2013 class of Jazz Masters on Monday, Jan. 14, 2013.

    The honor is the highest federally supported award for jazz artistry; those recognized receive a $25,000 grant and a tribute performance. The event was broadcast live at XM Satellite Radio, WBGO-FM and online — with a live video stream — at this page on NPR Music.

    The NEA honored four individuals in 2013. Mose Allison devised a distinctive language as a jazz singer-songwriter, based around his piano; Lou Donaldson's bluesy alto saxophone is never far away from a groove of good feeling; Lorraine Gordon, owner of the Village Vanguard, presides over the longest-running and perhaps most prestigious club in New York; and Eddie Palmieri is one of the finest Latin jazz pianists (and bandleaders) in history.

    Since 1982, the NEA has recognized 128 Jazz Masters (or group awards), all of whom were living at the time of their selection. In addition to the one-time grant, recipients are also invited to participate in NEA-sponsored live performances and education programs across the country.

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