• Dave King Trio: Live At The Village Vanguard

    September 11, 2013. Posted by WBGO.

    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)


    • 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.

    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)


    • Jimmy Cobb, drums
    • Javon Jackson, saxophone
    • Tadataka Unno, piano
    • Paolo Benedettini, bass
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  • Oui Et Oui: Montreal Jazz's French Connection

    June 27, 2013. Posted by Simon Rentner.

    Caravan Palace. (Image Credit: Courtesy of the artist)

    Montreal is a city of two cultures: French and English, usually commingling, sometimes colliding. In their fight for cultural relevance, they are often at odds. In literature, they call this "two solitudes": part English, part French, but not quite either.

    Yet as Montreal modernizes and these divisions become less noticeable, one thing remains clear: Music, art and food still belong to the French. From chanson to Monet to foie gras, let's face it, France wins.

    So, naturally, the Montreal International Jazz Festival — Canada's grandest music event of the year — props up the city's elite Francophones. (See: the new Grévin museum.) Some are formed at home and others come from abroad, yet Americans have no clue about the majority of these artists. Most French musicians, and let's throw the Quebecois in that category, can't find gigs in the U.S.

    For American first-timers to the festival, this can be a revelation. Here are five French or Quebecois artists featured this year. Follow WBGO for more annual coverage from Montreal.

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