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  • Miles Davis & Gil Evans: Still Ahead on JazzSet .. a 20th anniversary special

    May 11, 2012. Posted by Becca Pulliam.

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    MUST HEAR radio is coming Sunday, May 13, at 6pm and Wednesday, May 16, at 6:30 .. in Surround Sound ..

    TUNE IN for highlights from Porgy and Bess and Sketches of Spain .. a performance of the original Gil Evans (1912-1988) arrangements. The scores were discovered a few years ago in a storage unit near Philadelphia, according to Evans's son Miles.

    “You could hear, with clarity, the astonishing detail of Evans's writing," wrote critic Richard Scheinen of the San Jose Mercury News.

    Terence Blanchard is the trumpet soloist, in the wake of the original, Miles Davis. Vince Mendoza conducts the Still Ahead Orchestra at the 54th Monterey Jazz Festival, which is helping to make this extraordinary hour available on JazzSet.

    The Sunday night broadcast falls on the one hundredth anniversary of Gil Evans's birth.

    Photo By Craig Lovell, thanks to Monterey Jazz Festival

  • Toots Thielemans 90th Birthday Alert .. coming on JazzSet

    April 27, 2012. Posted by Becca Pulliam.

    Listen Sunday, April 29, at 6pm .. Wednesday, May 2, at 6:30pm .. and for a sweet 30-second preview, click on this audio link:

    TootsAnd don't forget to hear another great harmonica player, on This Week in JazzSet History!

  • Dee Dee Bridgewater wins Bistro Award, and Martin Bejerano plays on JazzSet

    April 23, 2012. Posted by Becca Pulliam.

    Congratulations, Dee Dee! Getting an award in New York tonight!!

    27th ANNUAL BISTRO AWARDS GALA
    HONORS KAYE BALLARD, DEE DEE BRIDGEWATER, MELISSA MANCHESTER, AND WARREN VACHE
    RITA GARDNER, JOYCE BREACH, AARON WEINSTEIN AMONG OTHER WINNERS IN CEREMONY AT GOTHAM COMEDY CLUB ON MON., APRIL 23

    (NEW YORK CITY, March 7, 2012) The legendary singer, actress and comedienne Kaye Ballard, the Grammy and Tony Award-winning singer/songwriter and actress Dee Dee Bridgewater, songwriter and performer Melissa Manchester, and the renowned jazz trumpeter and cornetist Warren Vaché will be the special honorees of the 2012 Bistro Awards on Monday, April 23 at 6:30pm.  Taking place at Gotham Comedy Club, 208 West 23rd Street (between 7th & 8th avenues), the 27th Annual Bistro Awards gala, which celebrates outstanding achievement in New York cabaret and jazz, will also recognize 22 other artists and shows.
    And congratulations to the Miami pianist Martin Bejerano, composer of the Potential Energy Suite for his trio with Edward Perez and Ludwig Afonso. Bejerano was one of nine chosen from a field of 120 applicants. Hear it Wednesday, April 25, at 6:30pm on JazzSet. Click below for a 30-second taste. Click here to listen online.

    The Potential Energy Suite has been made possible with support from Chamber Music America's New Jazz Works: Commissioning and Development program, funded through the generosity of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. We bookend it between two pieces from Roy Haynes's Fountain of Youth Band, in which pianist Martin Bejerano  is a charter member.
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