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  • Joe Temperley: 'No Greater Sound On Earth'

    May 22, 2015

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    Joe Temperley performs with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra in 2013. (Image Credit: Frank Stewart/Jazz at Lincoln Center)

    Baritone saxophonist and clarinetist Joe Temperley has led an illustrious career spanning several decades, performing in some of the best big bands that ever were. Temperley, now 85, has performed with the orchestras of Humphrey Lyttelton, Woody Herman, Thad Jones & Mel Lewis, Clark Terry, Joe Henderson, and of course, Duke Ellington. For the past 25 years, Temperley has also been the heart and soul of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. As Wynton Marsalis has written, "There is no greater sound on earth, than Joe Temperley on a horn."

    Jazz Night in America gets to know the man, listening to his original music and his new arrangements of Ellington favorites. Watch highlights from the concert here.

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  • Ben Sidran on "Blue Camus": Listen Now

    May 22, 2015. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    Pianist and singer Ben Sidran talks with Gary Walker about his album "Blue Camus," which mixes poetry with jazz. Sidran performs at New York's Mezzrow Friday, May 22 and Saturday, May 23. Enjoy!

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  • WBGO Says Goodbye to Saxophonist Bob Belden

    May 20, 2015. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

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    WBGO says farewell to saxophonist and record producer Bob Belden, who passed away today after a massive heart attack over the weekend.

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    A highly imaginative arranger, performer and producer, Belden served as the head of artists and repertoire for Blue Note Records, and won multiple Grammy Awards for his reissues of Miles Davis recordings for Columbia Records. He also produced two well-received Davis tribute albums with international musicians, Miles From India and Miles Español.

    "Animation," an ensemble he co-led with trumpeter Tim Hagans, was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2001. He and Hagans reformed the group for a concert in 2006 with young musicians from his alma mater, the University of North Texas. He recorded three albums with the group.

    He also took Animation to perform at a music festival in Iran in February of this year. They were the first American jazz musicians to perform in the country since its 1979 Islamic revolution.

    Belden also brought Animation to perform in WBGO's studios in 2011, where he and Hagans also spoke with Josh Jackson. We'd like to share that special session and conversation with you again now.

    Farewell Bob and thank you!