March 29, 2010. Posted by Brandy Wood.
A distinctive voice among the new breed of Hammond B-3 organ players on the jazz scene, Sam Yahel has earned the top spot in Down Beat’s annual International Critics Poll as a Talent Deserving of Recognition for the past four consecutive years. Yahel has worked with a string of notable jazz artists including tenor saxophonists Joshua Redman and Eric Alexander, former James Brown sideman and alto sax great Maceo Parker, guitarists Peter Bernstein and Bill Frisell, trumpeters Ryan Kisor and Jim
Rotondi as well as having played on Norah Jones’ Grammy-winning Come Away With Me as well as on recordings vocalists Lizz Wright and Madeleine Peyroux.
Yahel brings his trio to Live at the Village Vanguard on Wednesday, April 14 at 9pm. Tune in, log on, or drop by as WBGO’s Josh Jackson hosts this artist who says, “These days I feel like jazz has absorbed more world music influences in general. I hear Brazilian, African and Cuban music elements starting to seep into the mainstream jazz scene and I find myself drawing from those influences more. And for me, the organ is the perfect instrument to implement that kind of thing because you can really get rhythmic and percussive on it, you can evoke images and sounds just as easily as swinging.”
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March 26, 2010. Posted by Brandy Wood.
Anyone who becomes a fan of WBGO on Facebook by April 2 at noon is automatically entered to win a weekend for two at the Cape May Jazz Festival, April 16-18, 2010.
Artists appearing on the festival include: Spyro Gyra, Shemekia Copeland Blues, Tim Warfield Band, Chucito Valdes and many more.
The winner receives two full festival passes plus two nights at the world renowned Congress Hall in Cape May.
The two festival passes include all workshops, wine tastings and CD signings.
Transportation to and from Cape May, NJ is the responsibility of the winner.
You can enter to win simply by becoming a fan of WBGO on Facebook. Click here to get to WBGO's Facebook page (you must have a Facebook account and sign in). Contest ends Friday, April 2 at 12pm.
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March 25, 2010. Posted by Simon Rentner.
It was a real pleasure to be interviewed about my new book Long Lost Blues by Vincent Pelote on Jazz from the Archives earlier in March. I was first on the show back in 2001, and then as now, was struck by the depth and intelligence of Vincent's interviewing. We certainly had a lively discussion about the book!
The book is about the earliest (pre-1920) blues and its spread into popular culture. These blues are really important in the evolution of both blues and jazz, yet they have been overlooked by historians. In fact, my book is the first in-depth study of the genre... Check out the book's website.
Listen to my interview with Vincent on Jazz From The Archives below. - Peter Muir
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