May 15, 2013. Posted by Tim Wilkins.
WBGO presented the Miguel Zenon Quartet live from the Village Vanguard on Wednesday, May 15 at 8:30 p.m. Zenon, an alto saxophonist, was joined by bandmates Luis Perdomo on piano, Hans Glawischnig on bass, and Henry Cole on drums to perform material he plans to record with the HR Bigband in Frankfurt, Germany later this summer.
You can hear more recordings from Zenon and his bandmates WBGO's online stream for emerging artists,The Jazz Bee. Enjoy!
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May 12, 2013. Posted by Becca Pulliam.
Just before 4:00 Saturday afternoon, thunder clapped outside St. John the Divine on Amsterdam and 113th St. Inside, Dave's widow Iola Brubeck spoke, her voice steady, strong and lower pitched than I expected. She and Dave were married for 70 years. Since her husband's death, Mrs. Brubeck and her family have received and read hundreds of letters, she said, and the word JOY kept popping up. They planned this celebration to capture some of that joy.
She went on to say (paraphrasing) that she and Dave first entered this cathedral on Duke Ellington's birthday, April 29, 1976 - two years after his death. The event was called Ellington Forever. The Duke Ellington Orchestra played, Mercer Ellington directing, with the Youth Symphony Orchestra and a choir, a constellation of guest artists, a United Nations of diplomats, and First Lady Betty Ford in attendance.
An arc from Duke through Dave touched down on us yesterday in this, the world's largest cathedral, full of people from stem to stern. We gathered for stories and music. Sirius XM's Mark Ruffin hosted. Twenty-eight musicians performed, sharing the Brubeck impulses toward justice and joy.
Dave and Iola's daughter Cathy told us how she would dance, crash and twirl around the living room as her dad and brothers played. She introduced Matthew, Darius, Chris and Dan Brubeck on cello, piano, bass and drums and "Cathy's Waltz." Then in a smooth sequence varied groups offered a Japanese melody, a blues with lyric by Iola, piano duet on "The Duke," "The Golden Horn" composed on the Turkish phrase for "Thank you" featuring exceptional moments from Renee Rosnes and trumpeter Randy Brecker, and a movement from Dave's ballet Glances. Chris and Dan Brubeck were recurrent players on bass and drums.
In letters read by Dave's producer Russell Gloyd, Mayor Bloomberg and President Clinton both noted that the first jazz concerts they ever saw were Dave Brubeck concerts. (Me too. Milwaukee. 1965?) Clinton wrote that - at age 15 - after he persuaded a dear friend to drive him 50 miles to see Brubeck, "I went home and practiced until my lips bled." In 1994 Clinton presented Brubeck with a National Medal of the Arts.
Eugene Wright, the bassist and sole survivor of the Dave Brubeck Quartet of 1958-67, played "King For A Day" with Darius Brubeck on piano. Dave was quoted as saying that Wright had a "Jackie Robinson kind of dignity." Wright's full, round tone is still a joy, 45 years later. In 1962 President Kennedy invited the Brubeck Quartet to play at a party for White House interns. Tony Bennett joined them with no rehearsal on four tunes. Columbia Records recently discovered the tapes, misfiled, and on May 28 will release this momento from Camelot. From it we heard "There Will Never Be Another You," fast and swinging and present, and Tony Bennett stepped up to say that when he sang with Dave at Newport, the New Orleans Festival and Montreal, it was always spontaneous and unexpected.
Branford Marsalis interpreted "For Iola" on soprano, a beautiful reading. Chick Corea was the only pianist to play alone, "Strange Meadowlark." Young graduates of the Brubeck Institute in California played "Blue Rondo a la Turk," and there was a great short session on "Blues for Newport" with the tick tock of a clock built into the melody.
St. John the Divine is so reverberant that Iola - in her welcome - suggested that music from the 1985 performance of Dave's Mass to Hope might still be present in the space. I hope it is true of yesterday's shared joy as well.
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May 10, 2013. Posted by Brandy Wood.
WBGO Travel invites you to enjoy the sun, fun and music at the Newport Jazz Festival, August 2-5, 2013.
Arrive at the Newport Hotel & Marina to a Friday night welcome reception, unload your bags in your harbor view room and then get ready to hear Natalie Cole and the Bill Charlap Trio with Freddy Cole at the International Tennis Hall of Fame, the original home and opening night celebration of the Newport Jazz Festival. Saturday and Sunday mornings, hop aboard the ferry for a wide variety of musical enjoyment at the legendary outdoor Newport Jazz Festival, plus food & drink voucher for the Louis Jadot Café inside historic Fort Adams State Park. Before departing back to reality on Monday, join us for a bon voyage breakfast and take in the view from the marina. WBGO will provide you with an insider’s list of the best places to visit when the music isn’t playing, but when it is, you will hear…
Saturday musical line-up highlights include:
• Esperanza Spalding - Radio Music Society
• Wayne Shorter's 80th Birthday Celebration
• Robert Glasper Experiment
• Gregory Porter
• Terence Blanchard Quintet
• Bill Charlap Trio with special guests Bob Wilber & Anat Cohen
• Marcus Miller
Sunday musical line-up highlights include:
• Chick Corea & The Vigil with Christian McBride, Tim Garland, Marcus Gilmore & Charles Altura
• Eddie Palmieri Salsa Orchestra
• Dizzy Gillespie™ Big Band under the direction of Paquito D'Rivera
• Hiromi: The Trio Project with Anthony Jackson & Steve Smith
• Joshua Redman Quartet
• Roy Haynes Fountain of Youth Band
• Jim Hall Quartet with Scott Colley, Lewis Nash and special guest Julian Lage
Details of Newport weekend package:
• 3 night hotel stay at the Newport Harbor Hotel & Marina. Rooms are all Harbor View.
• Welcome Reception at the hotel on Friday
• Concert ticket for Friday night, 8pm at The International Tennis Hall of Fame at the Newport Casino
• Festival admission ticket for Saturday & Sunday
• Meal voucher valued at $20 for food & drink at the Louis Jadot Café located on the festival grounds for Saturday and Sunday (total vouchers equaling $40)
• Bon Voyage Breakfast at the marina on Monday morning
• Parking at the hotel for three nights
Festival Gates open at 10am, Saturday Festival Music Program: 10:45am-7pm, Sunday Festival Music Program: 11am-6:45 pm. Ferry passes to festival site not included. Parking at festival not included.Rates & Reservations:
Price: $2,250 includes above detailed package for two people (based on double occupancy)
Inquire about single and family rates.
To make your reservation call 973-624-8880 x269 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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