• Eulis Cathey Interviews James Moody

    March 30, 2009. Posted by Brandy Wood.

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    WBGO's Eulis Cathey with James Moody
    Trying to introduce James Moody is an exercise in choice- do you call him Newark’s Own? 2007 Champions of Jazz Honoree? NEA Jazz Master? Grammy Nominee? If you ask him, he will tell you to just call him Moody. We love his humor, his generosity and his devotion to his beautiful wife Linda. Moody came into the studios on Friday to share some of his spirit with WBGO during an interview conducted by Eulis Cathey and to talk about some of his recent adventures.

    If you want to hear more Moody, he's performing tonight at 7:30 at B.B. King Blues Club on 42nd St. Moody and Friends will be celebrating his annual Purchase College Scholarship fest. Tickets available at the door or for more info, visit Moody's scholarship site. Not only will the evening be full of great music, but our own Michael Bourne and Rob Crocker will host.

  • Dee Dee Bridgewater and Cecil Taylor have something in common

    March 29, 2009. Posted by Becca Pulliam.

    © Stephanie Berger 2009
    © Stephanie Berger 2009

    They've played New York within ten days of one another. First at Zankel at Carnegie, Dee Dee was part of the Jessye Norman Honor Festival. Pianist Edsel Gomez brought a new percussion section, so music from DD's Red Earth album shifted from a Malian jam to a Latin feast and it worked. She loves rhythm! She and Edsel have written a new song about people on the street who need help, how it feels to be asked. The song was so simple, and the sense of it keeps coming back as the scenario plays out, over and over.

    Cecil Taylor is turning 80. The second half of his solo birthday concert at Merkin Hall last night was the piano half (the first half was a reading). He originates his music, in clusters and waves, playing mirror images, tumbling on the keys, what a sound he can make. Toward the end, for a moment, I felt the hall fill with conversation and laughter. And yet the audience wasn't making a sound, it was all his piano, it was quite a moment!

  • Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz turns 30

    March 27, 2009. Posted by Brandy Wood.

    Marian McPartland
    Since April 1979, legendary pianist Marian McPartland has welcomed a stellar line-up of jazz artists for one hour of conversation and improvisation on her Peabody Award-winning program. Each week, McPartland, with her engaging personality and improvisational savvy, hosts a variety of performers in her radio living room. You can hear Piano Jazz on WBGO Thursdays at 6:30pm.

    Like WBGO, Piano Jazz is turning 30 this April. To celebrate the anniversary, Ms. McPartland returns to Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola on April 14th. "The Grande Dame of Jazz" will be joined by some of the music world's most radiant performers. Musical guests will include Kenny Barron, Joanne Brackeen, Bill Charlap, Cyrus Chestnut, Kurt Elling, Mulgrew Miller, Arturo O'Farrill, and Randy Weston.  That's the short list.

    Additionally, Marian McPartland will be honored with a lifetime achievement award from the "Worshipful Company of Musicians" of England during the evening's festivities. The award will be presented by fellow "WM of M" honoree, pianist John Escreet. For more information, check out www.wcom.org.uk.
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    For event information, visit Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola

    Marian McPartland's PIANO JAZZ website