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  • WBGO Says Farewell To Al Harewood

    March 17, 2014. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

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    WBGO bids farewell to master drummer and friend Al Harewood, who passed away last week at age 90.

    The Brooklyn born-and-raised Harewood played a key role in ensembles with J.J. Johnson, Kai Winding, Curtis Fuller, Stanley Turrentine, and Lou Donaldson, among others, and can be heard on many Blue Note sessions from the 1950s and 1960s.

    Listen to Harewood's magisterial work with pianist Horace Parlan from the 1961 Blue Note release Up And Down:

    We can say goodbye to Al on Wednesday, Mar. 19th at Brooklyn's St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, 725 Belmont Ave between Elton & Linwood Streets, with viewing from 3 to 6:30 p.m. A musical tribute will be held from 5:45 to 6:30 p.m., followed by open tributes and a Funeral mass at 7 p.m.

    On Thursday, March 20, prayers will be held at St. Barnabas at 9:30 a.m., followed by burial at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Maspeth, New York.

    Farewell, Al, and thank you!

    Photo by Francis Wolff, courtesy of Mosaic Images
    Photo by Francis Wolff, copyright Mosaic Images
  • Bassist Rufus Reid On "Quiet Pride:" Listen Now

    March 11, 2014. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    Bassist Rufus Reid talks with WBGO's Gary Walker about "Quiet Pride," a five-movement suite he composed inspired by African-American artist Elizabeth Catlett. Reid has recorded the suite for Motema Records, and will perform the work with a 20-piece ensemble at New York's Jazz Standard on Wednesday, March 12 at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Enjoy!

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  • Playdate With Matt Wilson: Show Six, 3/11/14

    March 10, 2014. Posted by Alex Ariff.

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    Playdate is WBGO's new series of highlights from our archive of live recordings. Tune in Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. to hear Show #6, a celebration of trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie!

    Dizzy impacted countless musicians, and his legacy lives on Playdate this week, with the music music of Paquito D'Rivera, Jon Faddis, The Modern Jazz Quartet, and Ray Brown.

    Plus, a rare recording of the Terence Blanchard/Donald Harrison Group featuring pianist Mulgrew Miller.

    Miss a previous Playdate? Head to WBGO.ORG/PLAYDATE to stream Shows #1,#2, #3, #4, #5, and explore music extras and stories for every episode.

    We've crossed the midway point in this 8-part series. If you can't get the theme to Playdate--composed by drummer/host Matt Wilson--out of your head, now's the time to dig in.

    Hear the slow and fast versions of the theme, and follow along with sheet music, here You'll also be able to  revisit some of with Matt Wilson's Playdate cameos on the drum kit with Fred Hersch Trio, The Either Orchestra, and The Dewey Redman Quartet.

    DSC_0107Matt Wilson tracks Playdate at WBGO (pictured here) and at Duke Markos Studios.

    Other web extras for Playdate Show #6 this week include the full interview feature with bassist Christian McBride's on his work with mentor and fellow bassist, Ray Brown. Be sure to check back in with WBGO.ORG/PLAYDATE.

    We’ve already posted on Wayne Shorter, The Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra, Ruth Brown, Sun Ra, Dorthaan Kirk, Chick Corea with Gary Burton, The "Salsa Meets Jazz" Series, Joe Henderson, The Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, Max Roach, Dexter Gordon, JazzSet’s coast-to-coast adventures, Bobby McFerrin with Astral Project, Mardi Gras, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, and Stefon Harris.

    Tune in on Tuesday to hear the partial interview with an exclusive duet between McBride and Brown, and more music on WBGO's Playdate!