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  • WBGO's Farewell to Ornette Coleman: Listen Now

    June 11, 2015. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

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    WBGO says goodbye to alto saxophonist and composer Ornette Coleman, who passed away today at age 85 from a heart attack.

    Coleman, who won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for music, is best known as the originator of "free jazz," a movement which took its name from his 1960 album for Atlantic Records, which featured two quartets recorded independently on each stereo channel.

    Ornette's own deeply emotional, immediately recognizable sound and compositions were deeply rooted in the jazz tradition, especially the legacy of Charlie Parker and the rhythm 'n blues of his Texas youth.

    Coleman sat down with WBGO's Josh Jackson in 2008 for a memorable conversation, which we'd like to share with you again now.

    Thank you, Ornette!

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  • Saxophonist Mark Turner: Listen Now

    September 18, 2014. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    Saxophonist Mark Turner talks with Josh Jackson about his new ECM album Lathe Of Heaven. Turner performs at New York's Jazz Standard Sept. 18 through 21 with Avishai Cohen on trumpet, Joe Martin on bass, and Johnathan Blake and Justin Brown on drums.

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  • Bill Frisell's "Space-Age Guitar": Listen Now

    June 5, 2014. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    Guitarist Bill Frisell joins Josh Jackson to talk about guitar memories from the 1950s. Frisell hosts "The Electric Guitar In America" at New York's Jazz At Lincoln Center June 6 and 7 with Greg Liesz on electric and pedal steel guitars, Tony Scherr on bass and Kenny Wollesen on drums.

    Frisell visited WBGO June 4 to talk about the childhood musical inspirations he celebrates in the concerts and on his upcoming album "GUITAR IN THE SPACE AGE!"

    Click to hear Frisell and his band perform The Beach Boys' "Surfer Girl," one of the tracks on the CD, which is slated for release by Sony/OKeh October 7.

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    A full version of Frisell's conversation with Jackson will air on WBGO's weekly new music magazine, The Checkout, in October.  Frisell's 2012 performance at the Newport Jazz Festival was also featured on The Checkout.

    Click on the image below to watch a video trailer for the album by Paul Moore and Paul Hicks, which features the band as they perform "Baja":

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