• Randy Weston's African Rhythms, Live at NJPAC

    February 28, 2011. Posted by Michael Downes.

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    koraIt took some creative microphone placement, but the engineers at WBGO and NJPAC did eventually manage to capture the ubiquitous sound of a Kora (pictured left) for our live broadcast of Randy Weston's African Rhythms last Saturday. Weston also brought along a Moroccan player who, despite his limited command of English, managed to communicate fluidly with the band as soon as he picked up his Guimbri--a three-stringed, West African tenor instrument--whether they were playing traditional Gnawan music or the blues.

    Piano - Randy Weston
    Bass - Alex Blake
    Alto Sax & Flute - TK Blue
    Trombone - Robert Trowers
    Guimbri - Hassan Jaffa
    Kora - Saliou Suso
    African Percussion - Neil Clarke

    Set list:
    1 - African Sunrise (quintet)
    2 - Blues to Senegal (piano solo)
    3 - Massani Cisse (kora and flute)
    4 - Lafou/Prayer (bass and guimbri)
    5 - Ifrane (piano and percussion-Clarke)
    6 - African Cookbook (quintet)
    7 - Hi Fly (quintet)
    8 - Blue Moses (full band)
    9 - Love, The Mystery of… (full band)

  • Joshua Redman at the Portland Jazz Festival

    February 28, 2011. Posted by Alex Rodriguez.

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    Photo by Daniel Shen
    Photo by Daniel Shen

    This week, WBGO web producer and Portland, Oregon native Alex W. Rodriguez traveled to his hometown to attend the Portland Jazz Festival. How has jazz in his hometown fared, eight years after he left for the East Coast? Watch this space to find out, as Alex shares his experiences throughout the main festival weekend.

    On Sunday afternoon, Joshua Redman led one of the Portland Jazz Festival's final engagements alongside a phenomenal rhythm section that featured Aaron Goldberg on piano, Matt Penman on bass and Eric Harland on drums. Their set was everything that jazz audiences have come to expect from Redman's music these days: a virtuosic, energetic and beautiful tour de force that showcased the immense talent of all four musicians.

    Although all four musicians have collaborated extensively in different configurations, Redman told the audience that this was one of their first actual gigs together. They played at least one composition by each of the musicians -- although this was certainly Redman's gig, he took pains to share the spotlight with each of his bandmates. Read more

  • Morning Cup of Jazz 2/28/11

    February 28, 2011. Posted by Alex Rodriguez.

    Today at WBGO:

    - Tonight at 6:30, Wendell Pierce hosts the percussive Flamenco of Tomasito Moreno and the double-time steps of Jared Grimes and Dewitt Fleming, Jr. for Jazz at Lincoln Center radio.

    - At 7:30, New Jersey Capitol Report brings the latest in New Jersey political buzz.

    - Download the latest edition of our program guide, Upbeat.

    Recent Jazzlinks:

    - Alex W. Rodriguez has been blogging from the Portland Jazz Festival. Scroll through the WBGO blog to read his latest updates -- today is his last day out west.

    - Part Two of The Checkout's broadcast of "Houstonians in NYC" from 92Y Tribeca is available online

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