September 12, 2013. Posted by Rachel Cantrell.
The Dave King Trio loves a good room. Since there is none finer than the 123-seat Village Vanguard, we hope you will enjoy our live broadcast of this group from the club on Wednesday, September 11 at 8:30 p.m. Click the link to hear this concert, and review the comments of listeners during the show. Enjoy!
More than a taste of High Lonesome infuses the trio’s moody renderings of jazz standards on their 2012 debut CD I’ve Been Ringing You. The disc was recorded, with a minimum of intervention, over an afternoon in a church choir loft off Highway 7 in Hopkins, Minnesota; all three musicians hail from the North Star State.
All of this atmospheric instrospection may surprise those who know King from his day job, as the emotionally direct drummer of The Bad Plus. King’s askew, genre-defying rhythms are the Tesla coil of that trio’s paint-peeling take on jazz, which has reached the ears of a post-rock generation, earning fans along the way.
You’ll hear none of that here. The Dave King Trio comes to play jazz, and plays it with quiet assurance. It features a mellower, almost ghostly sound from the drummer, as his ride cymbal floats above Bill Carrothers’ piano intro on Ornette Coleman’s “Lonely Woman,” or in a swinging duet with with Billy Peterson’s bass on “Some Will Say We’re In Love.”
Yet as always with King, there are surprises: he opens Gordon Jenkins’ deep-blue classic “Goodbye” with the eerie, ethereal whine of something called a “waterphone,” then settles into a soft dialogue on wire brushes with Carrothers’ piano. These three musicians inhabit the heart of the jazz tradition, yet push expectations as they move their sound through a room.
The trio’s residency at Village Vanguard runs through Sunday, September 15th. WBGO and NPR Music featured this live concert by the band, broadcast on air and as a video webcast, on Wednesday, September 11th at 8:30 p.m.
Did King bring his waterphone? Tune in to find out.
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September 11, 2013. Posted by Tim Wilkins.
Blues Singer Dayna Kurtz talks with WBGO's Michael Bourne about her new album, The Secret Canon Vol. 2, and performances in New York in a memorial concert for 9/11 victims today from noon to 2 p.m., and on October 1 at The Living Room. Enjoy!
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September 10, 2013. Posted by Tim Wilkins.
Soprano Jessye Norman selects some of her favorite jazz recordings and talks with WBGO's Rhonda Hamilton about her vocal inspirations, such as Mabel Mercer and Billie Holiday, and her efforts to offer quality arts education to disadvantaged youth through the the Jessye Norman School of The Arts in Augusta, Georgia.
Norman will host a special performance of Lady Day at the Little Shubert Theatre in New York City on Tuesday, September 24, at 7:00 p.m. The event, which stars JazzSet host Dee Dee Bridgewater as Billie Holiday, benefits WBGO and The Actors Fund.
For information and tickets visit www.WBGO.org/LadyDay.
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