• Morning Cup of Jazz 2/16/11

    February 16, 2011. Posted by Alex Rodriguez.

    Today at WBGO:

    - This week's edition of The Checkout, featuring Part One of "Houstonians in NYC" from 92Y Tribeca, is now available online.

    - Tonight at 6:30, JazzSet features Arturo O'Farrill & the Afro-Latin Orchestra at Newport. Arturo gives a blistering set with trumpeter Jon Faddis as special guest.

    - And at 7:30, World Vision Report brings the latest update on Egypt.

    - This week, WBGO is airing "Lift Every Voice!" a special documentary series that celebrates the rich African American choral music tradition. In case you miss it, the full series will appear later this week right here at the blog.

    - Race car driver Chase Mattioli sat down with host Doug Doyle for Sports Jam to talk about what motivates the 21-year old to excel on and off the race track.

    Click through to learn more about today's jazz happenings:

    Recent Jazzlinks:

    - Esperanza Spalding's surprise Grammy win inspired many reactions among jazz writers: Peter Hum, Nate Chinen, Jon Wertheim and Chris Albertson were just a few of them.

    - Even MTV got in on the action ... when do you think was the last time they covered jazz?

    - The Revivalist interviewed drummer Kendrick Scott, one of the Houstonians featured on this week's edition of The Checkout.

    - Pianist George Shearing passed away at age 91.

    Highlights From Today's WBGO Music Calendar:

    - McCoy Tyner at the Blue Note

    - Noah Preminger at the Jazz Standard

    - "Jazz in India: Uncovering the Story" at Rutgers-Newark

    - Warren Vache & Nicki Parrot at Shanghai Jazz

    Today's Jazz Birthdays:

    Pete Christlieb -- 1945

    Jeff Clayton -- 1954

    Charlie Fowlkes -- 1916

    Recordings cut on this date (click links for video!)

    Bessie Smith, "Down Hearted Blues" -- 1923

    Count Basie, "Every Tub" -- 1938

    Art Tatum, "Taboo" -- 1953

    Clifford Brown, "At Basin Street" -- 1956

    Sonny Stitt & Jack McDuff, "Stitt Meets Brother Jack" -- 1962

    Weather Report, "Weather Report" -- 1971

    Chet Baker, "You Can't Go Home Again" -- 1977

    Louie Bellson, "Airmail Special" -- 1990

    Terence Blanchard, "Bounce" -- 2003

    Brad Mehldau, "Highway Rider" -- 2009

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