• Morning Cup of Jazz 2/17/11

    February 17, 2011. Posted by Alex Rodriguez.

    Today at WBGO:

    - Newark mayor Cory Booker joins us for Newark Today at 8 p.m.

    - 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, Piano Jazz features Tania Maria in a Latin-themed hour of music.

    - 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.

    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:

    - Adam Rogers "Chronic" Trio at 55 Bar

    - Trio of Oz at the Jazz Standard

    - Radam Schwartz at Skippers

    - Adriano Santos at Zinc Bar

    Today's Jazz Birthdays:

    Buddy DeFranco -- 1923

    Alec Wilder -- 1907

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

    Bessie Smith, "Backwater Blues" -- 1927

    Casa Loma Orchestra, "Casa Loma Stomp" -- 1933

    Chick Webb, "In the Groove at the Grove" -- 1939

    Coleman Hawkins, "Flamethrower" -- 1944

    Dizzy Gillespie, "Have Trumpet Will Excite" -- 1959

    Hampton Hawes, "The Green Leaves of Summer" -- 1964

    John Coltrane, "Feeling Good" -- 1965

    Blue Mitchell, "Funktion Junction" -- 1974

    Ron Carter, "Mr. Bow Tie" -- 1995

    Jim Black, "Alasnoaxis" -- 2000

    Helen Sung, "Going Express" -- 2009

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