August 20, 2013. Posted by Tim Wilkins.
The Joshua Redman Quartet performs live at the Newport Jazz Festival with Aaron Goldberg on piano, Reuben Rogers on bass and Gregory Hutchison on drums. Enjoy!
"Summertime" by George Gershwin:
"Doll Is Mine" by Blonde Redhead:
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August 20, 2013. Posted by Rachel Cantrell.
Jimmy Cobb nestles his drums in the perfect space between sensitivity and assertiveness. Tenor saxophonist Javon Jackson joined Cobb’s trio for our live broadcast from the Village Vanguard on Wednesday, August 21 at 8:30 p.m. Review our live chat and preview of the show below.
This NEA Jazz Master builds up a soloist with unwavering intensity that never overpowers. Take, for example, the way he launches one of Davis’s most iconic recordings, “All Blues," from the 1959 Columbia album Kind of Blue.
First, he lays a bed for Davis by playing his snare drum with wire brushes, while Bill Evans plays a rolling chord vamp. Then he shifts for the entrance of Davis’s trumpet solo.
Cobb’s addition of solid hits on his ride cymbal creates a transition which is smooth yet stark, a complete change in mood. It’s subtle. It’s confident. It’s Cobb.
This touch can be heard on many of Davis’s masterpieces, which include Sketches of Spain and Someday My Prince Will Come. But the Kind of Blue session remains a kind of touchstone for Cobb, which he honors with his “So What” touring band.
Javon Jackson is a regular member of Cobb’s “So What” ensemble, and Cobb also plays with Jackson in a group the saxophonist leads, “We Four,” which pays homage to John Coltrane.
Jackson is a graduate of that elite finishing school in jazz, Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers. They’ll be joined at the Vanguard on Wednesday night by Japanese pianist Tadataka Unno and Italian bassist Paolo Benedettini. WBGO and NPR Music will feature this live concert by the band, broadcast on air and as a video webcast, on Wednesday, August 21st at 8:30 p.m.
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August 19, 2013. Posted by Brandy Wood.
NEWARK, NJ, August 19, 2013 - Josh Jackson has been named to the newly-created position of Vice President of Content of WBGO Jazz 88.3 FM, it was announced today by Amy Niles, the station's Acting President and CEO. Jackson, who continues as host of WBGO's hour-long music magazine, The Checkout, was previously Special Projects Producer.
"I am pleased to name Josh as our Vice President of Content," said Niles. "This new position reflects the evolving nature of WBGO as both a creator and distributor of content for our communities of Jazz and News. Josh has a keen understanding and respect for the past, present and future of jazz. He is the personification of WBGO's mission to continue the vibrancy of this music as a cultural art form and his enthusiasm for broadcasting is contagious."
Jackson began his radio career at WWOZ in New Orleans, moved to New York to become the associate producer of Jazz from Lincoln Center with Ed Bradley and joined WBGO in 2001. He has created three multi-platform concert programs, Live at the Village Vanguard, The Checkout: Live at 92Y Tribeca and The Checkout: Live at Berklee, all in partnership with NPR. Jackson has produced award-winning documentaries and hundreds of live concert recordings while at WBGO. He is the co-founder of Joyride Media and the 2010 and 2012 recipient of the Jazz Journalists Association's Willis Conover-Marian McPartland Award for Broadcasting.
Jackson's recent programming initiative is WBGO Radar - a discovery service for new music. Jackson and WBGO Music Director Gary Walker review new recordings and consider them for exclusive debuts at WBGO.org/RADAR.
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