• Playdate with Matt Wilson: Preview of Show Four, 2/25/14

    February 24, 2014. Posted by Alex Ariff.


    Playdate is WBGO's new series of great moments from our archive of live recordings. Tune in Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. to hear Show #4 with Michael Brecker, Max Roach, Kurt Elling, Shelly Manne, the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, Stéphane Grappelli and Bucky Pizzarelli, James Newton, and more!

    Miss a previous Playdate? Head to WBGO.ORG/PLAYDATE to stream Show #1, Show #2, Show #3, and explore music extras and stories for every episode.

    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, and The Carnegie Hall Jazz Band.

    This week's first web extra, available now at WBGO.ORG/PLAYDATE, comes from a historic performance inside the walls of WBGO.

    In late 1980s, drummer Max Roach fused his working quartet with a string quartet to create a Double Quartet. Hear this group perform Rahsaan Roland Kirk's  “Bright Moments” live in the WBGO studios by clicking here.


    Portrait of Max Roach, Three Deuces, New York, N.Y., ca. Oct. 1947. Photo by William P. Gottlieb.

    Roach was one of the most prolific and influential figures in modern jazz. Best known for his work with saxophonist Charlie Parker, trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie, and other bebop pioneers, his use of thematic improvisation forever changed how jazz drummers approach their instrument.

    This week's Playdate, Show #4, begins with a solo drum song by Roach. Our host, drummer Matt Wilson, draws inspirations from Max Roach every-time he sits down at his kit - Wilson has also named one of his sons Max after this great jazz icon.

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