January 14, 2013. Posted by WBGO.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.Read more
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January 11, 2013. Posted by Tim Wilkins.Mark de Clive-Lowe, a DJ and keyboard player, will present his CHURCH ensemble. (Image Credit: Eric Coleman/Courtesy of the artist)
Unpredictability is the active ingredient of New York's annual Winter Jazzfest. This year, fans will meander around six nearby clubs and take their pick of simultaneous shows. Choosing from among so many acts will be difficult.
Many of the bands are new, paced in rapid succession and often cryptically named. If you only have 45 minutes to spare, do you check out Breeding Ground? Hazmat Modine? Merger? 40Twenty? 10^32K?
Which band, led by an Israeli clarinet ace, will play Indonesian folk songs this year? Which tuba and harmonica ensemble will play its biggest Siberian hits? Which great bebop harpist, beloved to hip-hop fans, will be honored this year in a DJ-driven set?
I've been finding out the answers for the jazz bee, WBGO's new HD2 stream for emerging artists, which is currently hosting a preview mix of music by all of the groups at Winter Jazzfest. With more than 70 acts set to take the stage this Friday and Saturday, here's a sneak peek at five acts who will present new music this year.Read more
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December 5, 2012. Posted by WBGO.Steve Wilson (saxophone), Renee Rosnes (piano) and Peter Washington (bass). (Image Credit: John Rogers for NPR/johnrogersnyc.com)
A saxophonist, a pianist and a bass player walk into a bar. But the bar happens to be one of the world's preeminent jazz clubs, where they're regularly sighted on stage. And they're working as a new collective band: no drummer, no hierarchy. So much for that joke.
Saxophonist Steve Wilson, pianist Renee Rosnes and bassist Peter Washington are among the most sought-after jazz musicians in New York City. They combine forces downtown for a week at the Village Vanguard — which in recent years has seen both Wilson and Rosnes lead bands there, and Washington back many a musician. WBGO and NPR Music featured the trio in this live online video webcast and radio broadcast.
- "In Your Own Sweet Way" (D. Brubeck)
- "Ode To Angela" (H. Land)
- "I Could Write A Book" (Rodgers/Hart)
- "After The Love" (G. Duke)
- "Jitterbug Waltz" (F. Waller)
- "Four In One" (T. Monk)
- "Cheryl" (C. Parker)
- Steve Wilson, saxophones
- Renee Rosnes, piano
- Peter Washington, bass
Host and Producer: Josh Jackson; Audio Engineer: David Tallacksen; Production Assistant: Michael Downes; Video Producer: Mito Habe-Evans. Recorded Dec. 5, 2012 at The Village Vanguard in New York, N.Y.Read more
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November 28, 2012. Posted by WBGO.The Sound Prints Quintet is (L-R): Lawrence Fields, Dave Douglas, Joe Lovano, Linda Oh, Joey Baron. (Image Credit: John Rogers for NPR/johnrogersnyc.com)
Few jazz bandleaders are as active — and as actively acclaimed — as saxophonist Joe Lovano and trumpeter Dave Douglas. But while they've met from time to time on the bandstand, their brief overlap in the SFJAZZ collective — during a season when the compositions of Wayne Shorter were featured — got them to lead a band together. It's a quintet in which they share compositional duties and top billing. And it's a band featuring two up-and-coming musicians in pianist Lawrence Fields and bassist Linda Oh, as well as Joey Baron, a drummer with whom they've grown up in music.
The Sound Prints Quintet has toured this year, and will play some U.S. dates when it swings into New York's Village Vanguard for a week. (Both Douglas and Lovano are well acquainted with the place.) WBGO and NPR Music featured this live concert by the band, broadcast on air and as a video webcast, on Wednesday, Nov. 28.
- "Sound Prints" (Lovano)
- "Sprints" (Douglas)
- "Dream State" (Douglas)
- "Weather Man" (Lovano)
- "Ups And Downs" (Douglas)
- "Power Ranger" (Douglas)
- Joe Lovano, saxophones
- Dave Douglas, trumpet
- Lawrence Fields, piano
- Linda Oh, bass
- Joey Baron, drums
Host and Producer: Josh Jackson; Audio Engineer: David Tallacksen; Production Assistant: Michael Downes. Recorded Nov. 28, 2012 at The Village Vanguard in New York, N.Y.Read more
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November 27, 2012. Posted by Joshua Jackson.The Lambreaux family meets with New Orleans city planners concerning a national jazz center. (Image Credit: Paul Schiraldi/HBO)
At the end of Treme's season three, with only an abbreviated season four to come, we find many characters walking away from opportunities. Spoiler alert for what follows.
Lt. Colson leaves his job with an emphatic physical statement. The Lambreaux family walks away from the national jazz center project in Congo Square. Janette tries to leave her own restaurant. Antoine seems to be accepting that his calling is more in teaching than performing. Davis calls it quits on his music career. Annie is on the verge of quitting on Davis. Everett leaves town, his story done but with lasting change unresolved. Even LaDonna, among the most willfully determined characters in the show, isn't prepared to file a civil suit to follow up on the mistrial of her rapist.
To help recap the soundtrack of the action, here once again is WBGO's Josh Jackson.
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