• Playdate with Matt Wilson: Preview of Show Four, 2/25/14

    February 24, 2014. Posted by Alex Ariff.


    Playdate is WBGO's new series of great moments from our archive of live recordings. Tune in Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. to hear Show #4 with Michael Brecker, Max Roach, Kurt Elling, Shelly Manne, the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, Stéphane Grappelli and Bucky Pizzarelli, James Newton, and more!

    Miss a previous Playdate? Head to WBGO.ORG/PLAYDATE to stream Show #1, Show #2, Show #3, and explore music extras and stories for every episode.

    We’ve already posted on Wayne Shorter, The Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra, Ruth Brown, Sun Ra, Dorthaan Kirk, Chick Corea with Gary Burton, The "Salsa Meets Jazz" Series, Joe Henderson, and The Carnegie Hall Jazz Band.

    This week's first web extra, available now at WBGO.ORG/PLAYDATE, comes from a historic performance inside the walls of WBGO.

    In late 1980s, drummer Max Roach fused his working quartet with a string quartet to create a Double Quartet. Hear this group perform Rahsaan Roland Kirk's  “Bright Moments” live in the WBGO studios by clicking here.


    Portrait of Max Roach, Three Deuces, New York, N.Y., ca. Oct. 1947. Photo by William P. Gottlieb.

    Roach was one of the most prolific and influential figures in modern jazz. Best known for his work with saxophonist Charlie Parker, trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie, and other bebop pioneers, his use of thematic improvisation forever changed how jazz drummers approach their instrument.

    This week's Playdate, Show #4, begins with a solo drum song by Roach. Our host, drummer Matt Wilson, draws inspirations from Max Roach every-time he sits down at his kit - Wilson has also named one of his sons Max after this great jazz icon.

  • WBGO's Playdate: Preview Of Show Two, 2/11/14

    February 10, 2014. Posted by Alex Ariff.


    Playdate is a new series hosted by drummer Matt Wilson with highlights from the WBGO archive of live recordings. Every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m., we'll broadcast a new show on WBGO-FM. You can also hear the show on demand, hear extra tracks and read web extras for each episode at WBGO.ORG/PLAYDATE, so check back all week for more surprises.


    Tomorrow night, we’ll debut Show #2. Tune in to hear saxophonist Clifford Jordan (1931-93) at The Village Vanguard, the bandleader and arranger Chico O’Farrill (1921-2001) at Lincoln Center's Midsummer Night Swing, bassist Bill Lee and the Natural Spiritual Orchestra celebrating a New Year's Eve at the WBGO performance studio, pianist Stanley Cowell in both Jordan's and Lee's groups and solo, and - from the Paul Robeson Center at Rutgers-Newark - the Vibration Society playing and singing a piece by Rahsaan Roland Kirk.

    As a sneak preview on WBGO.ORG/PLAYDATE, we're streaming “Armando’s Rhumba” by Chick Corea, with by Corea on piano and Gary Burton on vibes, at Buffalo State College in 1985. The full tune can be streamed here.

    Missed Show #1? Never fear, you can hear it in its entirety right here.

    From Show #1, we’ve also posted web extras on Wayne ShorterThe Mel Lewis Jazz OrchestraRuth Brown, and a behind-the-scenes video of the making of the Playdate theme.

    Thank you for joining us on Playdate With Matt Wilson!

  • WBGO's Playdate With Matt Wilson Arrives!

    February 3, 2014. Posted by Alex Ariff.

    Playdate, WBGO's brand new series of stunning live recordings hosted by drummer Matt Wilson, is here! Join Matt every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. to hear rare gems from the WBGO archives.

    For our first show, we celebrate our host! Tune in Tuesday, Feb. 4 to hear Matt (below right) perform with bassist Drew Gress (left) and pianist Fred Hersch (center) at the 1997 Iowa City Jazz Festival.

    Hear Matt Wilson perform with bassist Drew Gress and pianist Fred Hersch at the 1997 Iowa City Jazz Festival

    Join Matt Wilson Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. in February and March for this exclusive series featuring rare music from the WBGO archive of live recordings.

    Get to know the our intrepid host and his accomplice, cornetist Kirk Knuffke, in this behind-the-scenes video of the recording of the Playdate theme in the WBGO studios!

    Tune in tomorrow night to hear the selections below, and check in all week to get the stories behind the playdate.

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