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  • Morning Cup of Jazz 5/27/11

    May 27, 2011. Posted by Alex Rodriguez.

    Happy birthday to JazzSet host Dee Dee Bridgewater!
    Happy birthday to JazzSet host Dee Dee Bridgewater!

    Today at WBGO:

    - Thanks to the over 3200 listeners who became members during our May Fundraiser. If you were not among them and would like to support WBGO...CONTRIBUTE NOW!

    - Today at noon, Rhonda Hamilton interviews drummer Matt Wilson about his upcoming performances for the Lost Jazz Shrines series at Tribeca PAC.

    - At 2 p.m., we air the first installment of a week-long documentary, the Miles Davis Radio Project.

    - Tonight on the WBGO Journal at 7:30: strokes, the Newark Bears, a Broadway review and SporstJam highlights.

    Recent Jazzlinks:

    - Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke and Lenny White headline this week's edition of JazzSet

    - Wallace Roney pays tribute to his former mentor Miles Davis live in the WBGO studio

    - The Latin Jazz Corner features Mexican vocalist Magos Herrera

    - One saxophonist claims, "James Carter Ruined My Life"

    - Click through to learn more about today's jazz happenings: Read more

  • Wallace Roney Sextet plays the music of Miles Davis

    May 26, 2011. Posted by Brandy Wood.

    Add new comment | Filed under: Jazz Alive

    Today, May 26, 2011, would have been Miles Davis’ 85th birthday.  WBGO honored the Prince of Darkness -- one of the greatest American artists of all time -- with a live performance featuring Davis's friend and protege, trumpeter Wallace Roney.   The Wallace Roney Sextet with Antoine Roney (soprano sax), Rashaan Carter (acoustic bass), Aruan Ortiz (piano, keyboards), Jonathan Barber (drums), Shakoor Sanders (percussion), and Arnold Lee (alto, soprano sax) explore several decades of Miles's repertoire.  Listen to his live performance below:

    Michael Bourne talks to Wallace Roney about how he met Miles Davis
    Michael Bourne talks to Wallace Roney about how he met Miles Davis

    Wallace Roney has earned the admiration and respect of his colleagues and his elders since the age of 16. He’s been an integral part of bands lead by Tony Williams, Ornette Coleman, Art Blakey, Elvin Jones, Philly Joe Jones, Walter Davis Jr., Herbie Hancock, Joni Mitchell and Dizzy Gillespie, just to name a few.

    But his most important and meaningful relationship was with Miles Davis. Wallace was mentored by Miles Davis after Miles heard him in 1983 at his gala birthday performance at Carnegie Hall.

    Their association was highlighted when Miles chose Wallace to share the stage with him in 1991. After Miles passed, Wallace toured with Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, Wayne Shorter, and Tony Williams, in a world tribute to Miles.

    Since then, Wallace has maintained an international career as a band leader, producer, arranger, composer, and recording artist.

  • Morning Cup of Jazz 5/26/11

    May 26, 2011. Posted by Alex Rodriguez.


    Miles Davis would have been 85 today

    Today at WBGO:

    - Thanks to the over 3200 listeners who became members during our May Fundraiser. If you were not among them and would like to support WBGO...CONTRIBUTE NOW!

    - Tune in from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. to hear Rhonda Hamilton's show dedicated to women in jazz.

    - At 2 p.m., trumpeter Wallace Roney and his band pay tribute to birthday boy Miles Davis, live in the WBGO studio.

    - Tonight on Piano Jazz at 6:30, listen back to a show featuring the late, great James Moody.

    Recent Jazzlinks:

    - Roy Hargrove. That is all.

    - Peter Hum on Freddie Hubbard and some other burning trumpets.

    - Ricky Riccardi on Louis Armstrong's surprisingly expansive listening habits.

    - Do musicians have better brains?

    - Click through to learn more about today's jazz happenings: Read more