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  • WBGO's Upcoming Gallery - Dr. King: 40 Years Later

    April 3, 2008

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    Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.We had a great WBGO Art Gallery reception last week and I've just been given page content for the next one.
    This Gallery is called Dr. King: 40 Years Later and is marking 40th anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

    I feel like this will be a great event to check out.

    Check out the new gallery page.

  • What is WBGO YOUR Source For? We Want to Know!

    April 3, 2008. Posted by Angelika Beener.

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    What is WBGO your source for?My Source logo

    • JAZZ AND BLUES ON YOUR DIAL 24/7?
    • JAZZ ON THE WEB AT WBGO.ORG?
    • GREAT LIVE BROADCASTS AND INTERVIEWS?
    • UNIQUE PROGRAMMING AND ONLINE CONTENT?

    Share your WBGO and public radio experiences with us and let us know what we mean to you!

  • Live Music Notes - Lee Konitz at Jazz Standard

    April 3, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.

    I've been going to see more and more music these days, much to the detriment of my need for sleep. Tuesday evening, I decided to check out the Lee Konitz Trio with very special guest, Danilo Perez. The early set, anyway. I know my limitations.

    Lee Konitz
    , at 80, is still making some amazing music. And as much as I get tired of hearing jazz repertory, I never tire of hearing Konitz play standards. Four songs in one set, three of which I recognized. All of which I enjoyed. Konitz has this way of never really playing the melody outright. Instead, he basically smashed the loaf into bread crumbs, and sprinkles them over the course of a 15 minute group improvisation. It takes a while to find it. And by the time you DO find it, you realize that the treasure is not at the end of the trail. It was the crumbs!
    Kinda like that whole idea of jazz being more of a how than a what.

    Tuesday night, the group (Konitz on alto sax, Danilo on piano, Rufus Reid on bass, and Matt Wilson on drums) played a strange, intermittent funk under "Stella by Starlight," then a less than foolish nod to people time - "I'll remember April." During the last song, I kept wondering if I was hearing a version of Thelonious Monk's "Bemsha Swing..." I wasn't. I was hearing the band play Bob Haggart's "What's New?"
    If you want to find the answer to that question - what's new? - follow the bread crumbs to Jazz Standard.  This band beats creative loafing any day.
    -Josh