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  • Blogging during the staff meeting?

    January 2, 2008

    This is the most painful part of being a team player. The monthly "all-staff meeting." Most of us are chomping at the bit to get back to the tons of work we have to do but acknowledge that it's important for the right hand to know what the left hand is doing. There's useful information exchanged here, for the most part. Upcoming stuff includes our broadcasts of Rhonda Hamilton's Midday Jazz Show from the International Association for Jazz Education in Toronto (Jan. 9-12) and Eliane Elias plays the music of Bill Evans live from J&R Music, Park Row, on January 19. Our winter fund drive is scheduled to begin January 30.

    Other stuff upcoming: Our next Newark Today broadcast will feature a return visit from Police Director Garry McCarthy. That's on January 10, 8 p.m. A call-in show with Newark's departing schools superintendent, January 31, 8 p.m. This'll be a rare opportunity to hear from (and to talk to) Marion Bolden, a 40-year veteran of the Newark public school system. There was more stuff happening but I was posting these blog comments and I missed it, so ... David Cruz

  • My Favorite Albums of 2007

    January 2, 2008. Posted by Angelika Beener.

    2007 is ending, and though this year was pretty dry in my humble opinion, it was a GREAT year for music. Here are my favorite albums of 2007. I hope you'll check some of them out. And maybe some of these are your favorites, too!

    Terence Blanchard - A Tale of God's Will: A Requiem for Katrina (Blue Note)

    Jose Gonzalez - In Our Nature (Peacefrog)

    Radiohead - In Rainbows (Radiohead)

    Robert Glasper - In My Element (Blue Note)

    Kendrick Scott Oracle - The Source (World Culture Music)

    Charles Mingus Sextet w/ Eric Dolphy - Cornell 1964 (Blue Note)

    Common - Finding Forever (Geffen)

    Mike Moreno - Between the Lines (World Culture Music)

    Many of the people on my list are fantastic, young jazz musicians who are blazing the trails of this music. I can't wait to see what's in store for 2008 from some of my favorite artists!

    Angelika Beener

  • Upper Crust - Toast of the Nation Eats Across America

    December 31, 2007. Posted by Joshua Jackson.

    If the dinner from Blue Smoke didn't get you salivating like Pavlov's dog, here's another menu highlight from Toast of the Nation, courtesy The Dakota in Minneapolis.

    While you're hearing a stew of Cuban/Gospel/Earth Wind and Fire, you would no doubt enjoy the following special menu for tonight from Executive Chef Jack Riebel. For the record, the chef will be happy to discuss vegetarian/dietary options for you. And for those of you who could not stomach The Omnivore's Dilemma, The Dakota proudly supports locally owned, independently & sustainably operated farms. Their meat is all natural with no added hormones or antibiotics.

    FIRST COURSES

    Carpaccio of Lamb - lamb’s lettuce, truffle pecorino, black radish
    House Smoked Salmon brioche, quail egg, hollandaise (domestic caviar supplement)

    Belgian Endive & Green Apple Salad with niman ranch bacon, gruyere cheese
    Oyster Stew “Edna Lewis” - salsify, chive, common crackers
    Seared Foie Gras - cipolinni onion, polenta, huckleberry

    ENTREES

    Peking Duck Breast - wild rice, scallion, fennel, truffle honey
    “Surf & Turf” - ribeye of american kobe, tempura prawn, jalapeño ponzu
    Crab Crusted Walleye - jumbo lump crab, honji menji mushroom, coconut broth
    Lofton Ridge Venison Loin - parsnip hash, candied chestnut, pancetta
    Cabbage Rolls - black bean, goat cheese, red pepper sauce
    Hawiian Blue Marlin - kahlua pork, maui onion, mu-shu cake

    DESSERTS

    Trifle - tropical fruit, candied macadamia nuts, strawberry sorbet
    Baked Alaska - hot chocolate, rumpleminz
    Egg Nog Trio - bread pudding, traditional, brûlé
    Chocolate Souffle - valrhona chocolate, vanilla anglaise
    Figgy Pudding -brandy caramel, rum raisin ice cream

    Don't forget to save room for champage...

    Josh

  • Toast of the Nation New York - The Eats

    December 31, 2007. Posted by Joshua Jackson.

    We had a productive soundcheck and rehearsal with Trio da Paz, Kenny Barron, and singers Pamela Driggs and Maucha Adnet.

    We spent more than an hour making sure that what the nation hears in New York will most assuredly sound like Rio de Janeiro. Michael Bourne was in fine form, and he has a story from Antonio Carlos Jobim to lead us into the countdown. We've practiced everything. Next time, it's for real.

    After rehearsal, we ran upstairs to Blue Smoke for eats. Here's what it took to feed the New York crew.

    SIDES

    Macaroni and Cheese x 2, Braised Collard Greens With Bacon, Sweet Potato Fries with Maple Dip, Mashed Potatoes and Onions, Creamed Spinach

    ENTRES

    Seared Atlantic Salmon with Tomatillo Sauce, Scallion-Pepper Rice & Pico de Gallo

    Rhapsody In 'Cue (x 3) = St. Louis Spareribs, Pulled Pork, Smoked Chicken and Hot Link

    Kansas City Spareribs (saucy) - one full rack

    Memphis-Style Baby Back Ribs (leanest) - two full racks

    Eight large, moist towlettes and many toothpicks. Hey, it's barbeque!

    We're currently recording the first set from Jazz Standard.

    Saucily yours,

    Josh

     
     
     

     
  • Toast of the Nation New York - The Musicians

    December 31, 2007. Posted by Joshua Jackson.

    There's some serious talent on the stage tonight.

    Trio da Paz are Romero Lubambo on guitar, Nilson Matta on bass, and Duduka da Fonseca on percussion. They are some of the best Brazilian jazz musicians on the scene. When you want samba, bossa nova, and other native Brazilian styles fused with jazz improvisation, these are your go-to guys. Singers Pamela Driggs and Maucha Adnet will each join the trio for a song before midnight.

    Kenny Barron is a certifiable jazz master, for sure (it's time for the NEA to recognize this). He's played with Dizzy Gillespie, Jim Hall, Freddie Hubbard, Stan Getz and a slew of other great musicians. His work in Gillespie's 1960s Quintet with James Moody is outstanding. The final records with Getz are worth having, especially People Time, the sax and piano duets. The duet recording with bassist Charlie Haden, Night and the City, is a not-so-distant classic. Kenny Barron was also a part of Sphere, the Thelonious Monk tribute group that became its own thing.

    Did I mention that he taught music at Rutgers University in Newark for 27 years? I'll leave the rest out for you to discover. There's plenty more.

    Kenny Barron and his wife used to go to the Union Square Greenmarket on Saturday mornings. At noon, they'd visit a nearby café for Brazilian food and a great trio. Kenny was digging Romero Lubambo on guitar, Nilson Matta on bass, and Duduka da Fonseca on drums. aka Trio da Paz. In 2002, these four recorded a CD together. It's called Canta Brasil.

    Kenny Barron

    Kenny Barron and Trio da Paz have a lot of chemistry. Stay tuned.

    Josh