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  • Poetry Month: Sean Singer - "Treatise on Hank Mobley"

    October 21, 2014. Posted by David Tallacksen.

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    October is Newark Poetry Month and WBGO joins the celebration!

    Sean Singer
    Sean Singer

    Sean Singer is an American poet based in New York City. His book "Discography" won the Yale Series of Younger Poets Competition and the Norma Farber First Book Award in 2001.

    Treatise on Hank Mobley

    Mobley talked about revolution.
    Asterisk, palladium, forever unjaded.

    He talked about two lives—the one we learn with
    and the one we live after that.

    Mobley slowly moped,
    as if he was impersonating himself

    in order to annihilate it.
    Mobley referred explicitly to everyday life,

    “I put my heavy form on them, then I can
    do everything I want to do.”

    Think of Leeuwenhoek,
    smaller and upside-down

    through his own lens,
    to capture the place as a sound,

    yet in making that sound,
    tightened the grasp on the material

    that supported his question.
    Mobley talked about what is subversive about love.

    When the door to a room closes,
    the light, orange as a feather, under.

    Mobley was positive about the refusal of constraints.
    Strung out, his rung in the ladder broke, as

    anyone who can swing can get a message across—
    People who talk about revolutions

    and not these things
    have corpses in their mouths.

  • Jazz Night In America: Wallace Roney Live From Detroit

    October 21, 2014. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    Watch a video webcast of trumpeter Wallace Roney and violinist Regina Carter at the 2014 Detroit Jazz Festival on Wednesday, Oct. 22 at 9 p.m.

    Wallace Roney

    In the late 1960s, saxophonist Wayne Shorter wrote a number of large ensemble works for Miles Davis his employer at the time. They were never recorded, and eventually forgotten.

    Decades later, Shorter, now considered one of jazz's greatest composers, dug up the music and handed it over to trumpeter Wallace Roney, a Davis protégé, to breathe new life into the charts.

    Roney presents that suite of music — or what he could before rain showers interceded — on this webcast of Jazz Night In America, live at the 2014 Detroit Jazz Festival.

    Over Labor Day weekend, the Detroit Jazz Festival annually presents a free, three-day outdoor event regularly attended by some of the biggest names in the music. Detroit native Regina Carter was also among the guests this year, and she leads off the webcast with music from her newest recording, Southern Comfort.

  • WBGO Celebrates Blue Note's 75th Anniversary

    October 20, 2014. Posted by Brandy Wood.

    WBGO Presents: Our Point of View in their only East Coast Appearance
    December 12 at Le Poisson Rouge

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    To commemorate WBGO’s 35th anniversary year, we are teaming up with Blue Note Records at the close of their 75th anniversary year to present the only East Coast appearance of the supergroup, Our Point of View. With a limited number of engagements in Monterey, Paris, London and New York City, the December 12, 2014 performance in support of WBGO will be the only opportunity for fans in the jazz capital to experience this historic group.

    Created in honor of Blue Note’s anniversary, Our Point of View celebrates the vitality of the label by looking ahead and bringing together the leading young artists on the Blue Note roster who steadfastly continue to move jazz forward. Featuring keyboardist Robert Glasper, trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, guitarist Lionel Loueke, saxophonist Marcus Strickland, and bassist Derrick Hodge with drummer Kendrick Scott, the band’s repertoire draws from each of these artists’ own remarkable catalogs as well new spins on Blue Note classics.

    The creative young voices of jazz have been the lifeblood of Blue Note Records since its formation in 1939—from Thelonious Monk and Herbie Hancock, to Freddie Hubbard and Joe Henderson—all of whom made their debut albums for the legendary label. Since WBGO’s inception in 1979, the station has been at the forefront of many brilliant jazz careers, including the members of this group, each of whom has performed in WBGO’s studio in Newark.

    Our Point of View
    Our Point of View

    December 12, 2014 ι Le Poisson Rouge

    In 2009, WBGO launched an innovative program entitled, The Checkout, which brought each of these musicians into our Newark studios to perform as band leaders and discuss their music. Two years later, veteran record producer and musician Don Was joined Blue Note as Chief Creative Officer and soon became its president, renewing its dedication to the original label vision, articulated by Blue Note founder Alfred Lion that “any particular style of playing which represents an authentic way of musical feeling is genuine expression.”

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