• Morning Cup of Jazz 3/3/11

    March 3, 2011. Posted by Alex Rodriguez.

    Today at WBGO:

    - Piano Jazz celebrates Women's History Month with a tribute to the great female singers of the Great American Songbook.

    - On display at the WBGO Art Gallery: "The Way We Were: A Pictorial of Club Harlem"

    - Join millions of Americans in a campaign to save public broadcasting from devastating planned cutbacks.

    Recent Jazzlinks:

    - WBGO's Simon Rentner offers up some jazz "train"-ing at NPR Music.

    - Jon Faddis and the WBGO members had a great time at last week's Members Night event.

    - Patrick Cornelius played a studio session for yesterday's edition of The Checkout, now available online.

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  • Faddis Fuels WBGO Member Night

    March 2, 2011. Posted by Brandy Wood.

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    WBGO Members were treated to yet another spectacular event (free of charge!) as they took the best seats in the house to enjoy Jon Faddis and the Juilliard Jazz Orchestra playing the Miles Davis/Gil Evans arrangements of Porgy and Bess.

    Then they followed Midday Jazz host Rhonda Hamilton to Juilliard's Glorya Kaufman Dance Studio where they enjoyed fruit, cheese and snacks while being refreshed with cocktails mixed with Double Cross Vodka and Red Jacket Orchards juices - the reception's sponsors.

    With a great view of the bustle of Broadway just below, Rhonda took the microphone and talked with Carl Allen, Artistic Director of Juilliard Jazz, and Jon Faddis, who shared some great Dizzy stories and ended by doing a station ID with Rhonda. The studio was filled with WBGO members, Juilliard donors, and musicians including Howard Johnson, Andy Farber and Steve Turre showed up to enjoy the show and lent their celebrity to the evening.

    One young guest commented as he left, "It feels GOOD to be a WBGO Member."


  • Choo Choo Boogaloo: Jazz For Trains

    March 1, 2011. Posted by Simon Rentner.

    Panel No. 1 from Jacob Lawrence, The Migration Series. The panel is titled: "During World War I there was a great migration north by southern African Americans." (Image Credit: Courtesy of The Phillips Collection)

    Locomotives churning across America's vast open landscape provided plenty of fuel for jazz composers in the early 20th century. Railroads symbolized freedom, escape and opportunity for countless musicians, many of whom lived a vagabond lifestyle, always in pursuit of the next gig.

    During the Great Migration, millions of African-Americans packed their belongings and moved north by train in hopes of finding work. So it's only natural that train travel has historically occupied many black artists' imagination, perhaps most vividly in painter Jacob Lawrence's Migration Series, pieces of which can be seen at The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C.

    Over the years, hundreds of blues, folk and jazz songs have been dedicated to the allegory of the locomotive. Here are some of my favorites.

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