March 6, 2014. Posted by Tim Wilkins.
Trumpeter Randy Brecker talks with WBGO's Michael Bourne about his participation in the Newport "Now 60" band, which celebrates the 60th anniversary of the Rhode Island summer jazz festival.
Brecker performs with the ensemble, with singer Karryn Allison, Anat Cohen on clarinet and soprano saxophone, Mark Whitfield on guitar, Peter Martin on piano, Ben Allison on bass, and Clarence Penn on drums, at New York's Jazz Standard through March 8th. Enjoy!
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March 4, 2014. Posted by Tim Wilkins.
WBGO broadcasts vibraphonist Warren Wolf's Wolfpack live from the Berklee College of Music's Cafe 939 in Boston on Wednesday, March 5 at 8 p.m. Bookmark this page to watch live video and chat with hosts from WBGO and NPR, or listen on WBGO 88.3 FM.
Every month, WBGO brings Berklee alumni back to their alma mater to present the fruits of their labor. This concert features Wolf on vibes and marimba, Tim Green on saxophone, Alex Brown on piano, Kris Funn on bass, and Billy Williams Jr. on drums.
Wolf has always been something of a wunderkind - he started in music at age three on piano and drums in his native Baltimore, where he attended the Peabody Institute's preparatory program and the Baltimore School For The Arts, where he concentrated on classical music.
He graduated from Berklee in 2001, and by 2003 was teaching at the school. In addition to leading his own ensembles, he plays in the "Inside Straight" band led by bassist Christian McBride, who first took notice of the talented teenager a jazz camp in Colorado.
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March 3, 2014. Posted by Alex Ariff.
Playdate is WBGO's new series of highlights from our archive of live recordings. Tune in Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. to hear Show #5, a celebration of the music of New Orleans, with Wynton Marsalis, Queen Ida, Lester Bowie and Brass Fantasy, and more!
We’ve already posted on Wayne Shorter, The Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra, Ruth Brown, Sun Ra, Dorthaan Kirk, Chick Corea with Gary Burton, The "Salsa Meets Jazz" Series, Joe Henderson, The Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, Max Roach, Dexter Gordon, and JazzSet’s coast-to-coast adventures.
One highlight of this week's show is vocalist Bobby McFerrin with the New Orleans band Astral Project, as recorded at Cain Park in Cleveland Heights, Ohio in 1999.
McFerrin, (center) with Astral Project's James Singleton and Tony Dagradi
The concert was a kind of reunion - in the 1970s, McFerrin visited New Orleans and sat in with the band - on piano - at The Old Absinthe Bar on Bourbon Street. That led to a 5-month tour with the band, during which he began to experiment with some of the innovative vocal techniques that have now become his signature style.
Can't wait to hear this great combination? Head over to WBGO.ORG/PLAYDATE, where you can hear McFerrin and Astral Project perform Don Cherry's "Mahakali" and read more about this concert.
And tune in on Tuesday to hear more from this group and other surprises on WBGO's Playdate!
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