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  • Tom Harrell Quintet at the Vanguard

    May 18, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.

    Add new comment | Filed under: Notes

    Ugonna Okegwo and Tom Harrell

    A perfectly tight set from Tom Harrell's Quintet tonight. This shot was taken
    during a bass/flugelhorn duet on "Body and Soul," featuring Ugonna Okegwo
    and Tom Harrell. The band also included Danny Grissett on piano, Wayne
    Escoffery on tenor sax, and Johnathan Blake shaping the rhythmm on drums.
    I'm definitely looking forward to our WBGO/NPR Music broadcast on Wednesday
    evening, with the Al Foster Quartet.
    -Josh

  • Song of the Day: Brian Blade and the Fellowship Band

    May 15, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.

    Brian Blade

    I wrote a Song of the Day feature for NPR. Brian Blade and the Fellowship
    Band recently released Season of Changes, and I've been playing one song
    over and over and over. And over. It's called "Return of the Prodigal Son."
    Read about it, and listen to it here. Brian Blade and the Fellowship Band
    are playing a week at the Village Vanguard starting June 17th. We will be
    broadcasting the 9pm set on Wednesday, June 18th. Live. Stay tuned.
    -Josh

  • John Ellis & Double-wide

    May 15, 2008. Posted by Becca Pulliam.

    Add new comment | Filed under: Jazz Alive

    John Ellis and Doublewide at the Jazz Standard

    This quartet was awesome at Jazz Standard Tuesday night .. John the mastermind and composer, conceptualist and detail man, on tenor, soprano, one song with bass clarinet .. Gary Versace on organ, wow! he plays it in unexpected ways .. Matt Perrine on sousaphone, Matt got into the sousaphone game after seeing Kirk Joseph of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, and Matt says Kirk is a pied piper for thousands of young sousaphoni .. and Jason Marsalis, always determined to play it better the next time, even when there is no apparent room to improve. It's a 50% New Orleans resident band (Matt & Jason), and John lived there from 1993-97. He is inspired by street bands. The quartet is playing music from the new CD Double-wide, which refers to the double-bottom of low register organ and sousaphone. The Jazz Standard vibrates happily in that register. Tuesday night's music will be featured on JazzSet on Sunday, June 15, and Wednesday, June 18.

    Becca Pulliam