January 8, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.
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.
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January 7, 2008. Posted by David Tallacksen.
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:
Now I just need to find room for a shirt or two...
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January 7, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.
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...
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
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