January 29, 2015Our Point of View features pianist Robert Glasper, saxophonist Marcus Strickland and bassist Derrick Hodge. (Image Credit: NPR)
Blue Note Records made its name on names: Sonny Clark, Lee Morgan, Hank Mobley, Grant Green, Paul Chambers, Tony Williams, and many more who have etched their marks on jazz history. For its 75th anniversary, the label gathered together a new crop of artists — those pushing the label forward now — and sent them on tour together, performing each others' compositions.
Together, Robert Glasper, Ambrose Akinmusire, Marcus Strickland, Lionel Loueke, Derrick Hodge and Kendrick Scott are known as Our Point of View. WBGO and Jazz Night In America presented the only East Coast appearance of the band in late 2014, at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City.
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January 27, 2015. Posted by Tim Wilkins.
WBGO keeps you warm all blizzard long! Listen to our announcers' favorite snow songs, and more to keep you feeling as light as a snowflake on Jazz 88.3 FM - the jazz source. - Steve Williams, WBGO interim program director
SNOWFALL - CLAUDE THORNHILL
Music Director Gary Walker tipped us to "Snowfall," which pianist Claude Thornhill wrote as a theme song for his popular big band in 1941:
SNOWFALL - AHMAD JAMAL
Sunday Night Music Mix host Eulis Cathey offers us a different, but equally entrancing, version of Snowfall, as recorded by pianist Ahmad Jamal at Chicago's Alhambra nightclub in 1961:
I'VE GOT MY LOVE TO KEEP ME WARM -
ELLA FITZGERALD & LOUIS ARMSTRONG
Midday Jazz host Rhonda Hamilton offers us the home-for-the-holidays warmth of Ella and Louis' version of Irving Berlin's classic, recorded for their 1957 album Ella and Louis Again.
SNOWBOUND - SARAH VAUGHAN
We'll be feeling "Snowbound" for a while, and Singers Unlimited and Afternoon Jazz host Michael Bourne loves Sarah Vaughan's version of this song about two lovers, recorded in 1962 with the Don Costa Orchestra:
THE WIND - CHET BAKER WITH STRINGS
Jazz After Hours host Brian Delp likes "The Wind," from the 1953 album Chet Baker & Strings:
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January 23, 2015. Posted by Tim Wilkins.
Blues singer and harmonica player Rob Paparozzi talks with Michael Bourne about "Electric Butter," his CD tribute with the Ed Palermo Big Band to the electric Chicago blues of Paul Butterfield and Mike Bloomfield.
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