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  • Manhattan School of Music Jazz Quintet - Live At WBGO Studios

    April 11, 2011. Posted by Simon Rentner.

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    DSC_0184The MSM Jazz Quintet performed this afternoon, live at WBGO studios in Newark, NJ. The ensemble is directed by Justin DiCioccio, Assistant Dean/ Chair Jazz Arts Program. The band featured [left to right] Christian Sands (piano), Ben Benack (trumpet/flugelhorn), Sam Anning (double bass), Jake Goldbas (drums) and Jay Rattman (alto saxophone, flute).

    Sands and Goldbas both hail from Conneticut while Rattman and Benack are from Pennlynvania. Anning took the largest move to study at the renowned conservatory, relocating from Perth, Western Australia. Although the band contains a spread of both graduate and undergraduate students, the blend of stellar musicianship is uniform. Stream the performance and interview below.

    Set List

    1. Jitterbug Waltz - Fats Waller - app.10 Min.

    Interview with Justin DiCioccio

    2. Hard To Tell - Sam Anning - App.11 Min.

    Interview with Jake Goldbas

    3. Prime - Jay Rattman - App. 8 Min.

    Interview with Jay Rattman

    4. Little B's Poem - Bobby Hutcherson/ Arr. Christian Sands - App. 6 Min.

    Interview with Christian Sands

    5. Steel - Benny Benack - App. 9 Min.

  • Marcia Ball, Rolling Into WBGO

    April 11, 2011. Posted by Simon Rentner.

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    topMarcia Ball stopped by WBGO last week to chat with Michael Bourne and perform some tunes with her trio. Mike Schermer (guitar) and Thad  Scott (tenor sax) supported the songstress whose honest blues  carried throughout the entire live set. In celebration of a performance at B.B. King's, she performed new material including "The Party's Still Going On", an upbeat boogie-woogie blues. Marcia Ball sings for her country, the working class folk, uplifting music for a much needed uplifting time. Check out this special, intimate performance.

    -Alexander G. Ariff

  • Morning Cup of Jazz 4/11/11

    April 11, 2011. Posted by Alex Rodriguez.

    Newark native Sarah Vaughan
    Newark native Sarah Vaughan

    Today at WBGO:

    - Jazz Appreciation Month is underway! Get in the spirit with WBGO's extensive programming, all month long.

    - Monday 6:30pm, Jazz at Lincoln Center musical director and pianist Eric Reed leads a celebration of the brash vocals that earned Newark native Sarah Vaughan the titles "Sassy" and "The Divine One." Wendell Pierce is your host.

    - We had a great time celebrating our 32nd birthday with Member Appreciation Weekend. It's never too late, of course, to become a member and support WBGO!

    Recent Jazzlinks:

    - Organ phenom Dr. Lonnie Smith played in our studio on Saturday, part of Newark's long tradition of organ excellence.

    - Doug Doyle talks with Newark native and former NFL linebacker Al Singleton on Sportsjam.

    - The New School sent a fantastic group to perform in our studios, called A Standard Affair.

    - Take a look at all of the great student musicians coming into our studio this month

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