WBGO Blog
  • Three Miles Ahead

    August 26, 2016

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    Don Cheadle stars as Miles Davis in the film Miles Ahead. (Image Credit: Sony Pictures Classics)

    It's been said Miles Davis is to jazz is like Hemingway is to the American novel, like Picasso is to art. But he was more than just a trumpeter — he was an icon of style and artistry.

    Jazz Night in America explores three interpretations of Miles Davis — on the silver screen, the page and on the bandstand. We speak with actor Don Cheadle, who directed, produced, wrote and starred in Miles Ahead; writer Quincy Troupe, who helped Davis write his autobiography; and trumpeter Keyon Harrold, who led a special tribute concert at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola.

    Listen to a Spotify playlist of host Christian McBride and Don Cheadle's favorite Miles Davis recordings.

    Copyright 2016 WBGO and Jazz At Lincoln Center. To see more, visit WBGO and Jazz At Lincoln Center.

  • Cecile McLorin Salvant And Sullivan Fortner

    August 26, 2016

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    Cecile McLorin Salvant and Sullivan Fortner. (Image Credit: Mark Fitton/Philippe Levy-Stab/Courtesy of the artists)

    Ever since the earliest days of jazz music, the pairing of piano and voice has frequently attained a deeply personal level of communication. It's evident in the distinct chemistry between two rising stars of their instruments: pianist Sullivan Fortner and singer Cécile McLorin Salvant.

    Jazz Night In America gets to know the charming duo on stage at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola and beside a piano in a Harlem brownstone.

    Copyright 2016 WBGO and Jazz At Lincoln Center. To see more, visit WBGO and Jazz At Lincoln Center.

  • Bob Porter on Working with Rudy Van Gelder

    August 26, 2016. Posted by Corey Goldberg.

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    Rudy Van Gelder died at 91 this week at his home in New Jersey. During his career he took audio recording to a new level. He created the Blue Note sound, a sound that was his signature. Recordings captured by Rudy took on a timeless value, an audio session with seemingly no time stamp.

    Gary Walker talked with WBGO's Bob Porter, who produced 100 recordings at Van Gelder's studios with the legendary recording engineer.

    Michael Cuscuna interviewed Van Gelder for the Blute Note Perfect Takes collection.

  • Sugar Blue Visits the Blues Break

    August 26, 2016. Posted by Corey Goldberg.

    Just how did harmonica player Sugar Blue earn his nickname while busking? You'll never guess! He shares this tale and more plus a live performance sitting in with Michael Bourne on the Blues Break.

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  • Curtis Salgado Performs on the Blues Break

    August 24, 2016. Posted by Corey Goldberg.

    Portland-based singer, songwriter, and harmonica player Curtis Salgado stops by the Blues Break with guitarist Alan Hager to talk with Michael Bourne about his new album - and to heat up the studio with some live blues.

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