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  • Sweet Victory - LSU Captures the BCS

    January 8, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.

    Geaux Tigers

    This has nothing to do with jazz, and everything to do with football. When you grow up in the South, SEC football is king. And when you grow up in Louisiana, there's only one team you care about - the LSU Tigers. The Bayou Bengals, as we called them "down the bayou."

    LSU 38, Ohio State 24. That's the final word on one of the craziest seasons in college football I've seen. I know there are gonna be some haters out there (USC, UGA, KU and Missouri fans, particularly), but I'm convinced that the Tigers are the top team in the nation.

    After the first six minutes of the BCS game, I wasn't so sure. OSU scored ten points quickly, and they looked ready to play. LSU proceeded to score 31 unanswered points, and the die was cast.

    Apologies to WBGO News Director Doug Doyle, who lost his football pool when the combined team score surpassed 40 points. Helmets off to LSU special teams play, and to DT Glenn Dorsey, a class act who will surely go in the top five of the NFL draft.

    Final stat - LSU is the only team to have won two BCS Championship trophies. Geaux Tigers. - Josh

    PS It's almost 2am. I'm going to pay for this later. My flight to IAJE in Toronto leaves in 4 hours.

  • What it takes to broadcast from a different country

    January 7, 2008. Posted by David Tallacksen.

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    IAJE is coming up, and we'll be broadcasting from it - bringing you great interviews and music and more. The trick is, this year IAJE is in another country - Canada. Toronto, to be exact. But that means we have to set up a mini studio in a place that one needs a passport to fly to. So what do we do? We'll be renting the big equipment (mixers and such) from the very helpful CBC (which you owe it to yourself to check out some of their radio offering). But there is still a lot of little stuff to bring:

    Tech for Toronto

    Now I just need to find room for a shirt or two...

  • Lionel Loueke - Karibu

    January 7, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.

    Lionel Loueke - Karibu

    I just listened to the advance of guitarist Lionel Loueke's Karibu, slated for release on March 25th on Blue Note. It features the GILFEMA trio (Lionel, Massimo Biolcati and Ferenc Nemeth), with special guests...HERBIE HANCOCK and WAYNE SHORTER.

    Prepare yourself for an astonishing version of Coltrane's "Naima," featuring Wayne on soprano.

    ...when you buy the record, that is...

    Alas, don't fret! I'm not that cruel. I will chase Lionel down for an interview at IAJE in Toronto. So stay tuned to the blog action from IAJE 2008 next week.

    Incidentally, the first time I heard Lionel was with Terence Blanchard, at the Top of the Senator club. During IAJE. Terence said to me, "You gotta check out this cat from Benin. You've never heard anything like this." I'm still saying that to myself in 2008. - Josh

  • New Ertegun Hall of Fame Website

    January 7, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.

    Ertegun Website Capture

    Jazz at Lincoln Center just launched a new website, featuring the thirty inductees of the Nesuhi Ertegun Hall of Fame.

    It's Flash based, so it has some snazzy design elements, but it takes forever to load pages. If you're patient, you'll find some valuable information about each artist, including photos, timelines, and a jukebox feature.

    Anyway, check it out here. - Josh

  • The Dearly Departed

    January 7, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.

    We lost two lights in the jazz community this weekend, singer Irene Reid and bassist Earl May.

    Here are their respective funeral arrangements.

    Irene Reid: Viewing: 2pm - 6:30pm
    Service: 6:30pm
    Thursday, January 10th
    The Greater Zion Hill Baptist Church
    127th and 8th Avenue, New York
    Earl May: Service: 11am
    Thursday, January 10th
    Bethany Baptist Church
    275 West Market Street
    Newark, New Jersey

    In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mr. May's name to:
    Jazzmobile
    154 West 127th Street
    New York, N.Y. 10027

    -Josh (on behalf of everyone at WBGO)