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  • BEST CD’S OF 2008 selected by Rhonda, Brian, & Sheila

    December 24, 2008. Posted by Simon Rentner.

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    PLAYLIST FOR BEST CD'S OF 2008 SHOW WITH
    RHONDA HAMILTON, BRIAN DELP & SHEILA ANDERSON

    KENNY BARRON - THE TRAVELER ON SUNNYSIDE RECORDS

    ROY HARGROVE - EARFOOD ON EMARCY

    AHMAD JAMAL - IT'S MAGIC ON DREYFUS JAZZ

    TOM LELLIS & TONINHO HORTA - TONIGHT ON ADVENTURE MUSIC

    JAMES MOODY & HANK JONES - OUR DELIGHT ON IPO RECORDS

    ARTURO O'FARRILL & THE AFRO LATIN JAZZ ORCHESTRA - SONG FOR CHICO ON ZOHO RECORDS

    AARON PARKS - INVISIBLE CINEMA ON BLUE NOTE

    DANILO PEREZ - ACROSS THE CRYSTAL SEA ON EMARCY

    ART TATUM - PIANO STARTS HERE: LIVE AT THE SHRINE ON SONY CLASSICAL

    THE VANGUARD JAZZ ORCHESTRA - MONDAY NIGHT LIVE AT THE VILLAGE VANGUARD ON PLANET ARTS

  • Members Night with Rhonda and Dianne

    December 23, 2008. Posted by Grey Johnson.

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    Rhonda Hamilton and Dianne ReevesLast Friday NJPAC was surrounded by snow, but inside the Victoria Theatre there was an awful lot of warmth. It was a Members Night and about 100 WBGO Members turned out in the bad weather to hear, see and feel what happens when McCoy Tyner and his trio, and then Dianne Reeves with a quartet, take over the stage. McCoy still plays with commanding strength and seemed on top of his game, but the night clearly belonged to Dianne.  She sang a little Brazilian, a nice grouping from her most recent CD and threw in some holiday classics, but always it is the warmth of her heart and the clarity of her emotional take on each lyric, each song that is so winning. Even trite Christmas songs you have heard so many times before, hit their mark. She can tell a good story too, sometimes around the edges of a song, sometimes right through the middle. You can tell how generous and gracious she is in her performances, so it was no surprise (but a nice one nonetheless) that she took the time to say hello to WBGO Members at the dessert reception at Theatre Square Grill after the show. Midday Jazz host Rhonda Hamilton introduced her to the members and then both Dianne and Rhonda spent time connecting with "these special people."  Together they made the point that the work that WBGO Members do to keep the station alive and thriving is crucial. Sure, we knew that. But it is nice to hear it from such beautiful hearts.  Go here if you would like to see photos of the reception.