• Alexis Cuadrado: Jazz from the Underground

    May 14, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.

    Alexis Cuadrado

    In January, we did a studio session with Alexis Cuadrado's Puzzles Quartet.
    The bassist is part of the Brooklyn Jazz Underground, a collective of leaders
    based in... well, you get it. Anyway, the band plays next Friday at The Jazz
    . It's the official CD release party. Get your sneak preview here.

  • Tribute to Teo Macero - May 18th at NYU

    May 13, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.

    Teo Macero, 1998 by Alan Nahagian
    Long before the digital era and its master manipulators - Brian Eno, J Dilla et al - producer Teo Macero was splicing analog reels from various Miles Davis sessions, creating the sonic tapestry of Miles' early electric style.  The saxophonist, composer, and master of the razor blade will be remembered at a memorial service this Sunday, May 18 at NYU’s Loewe Theatre, 35 West 4th Street, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. The event is open to the public.

    Macero spent his later years in semi-retirement, occasionally helping the NYU Jazz Program. He produced two CD’s with the NYU Jazz Orchestra featuring his original compositions.  Special guest soloists will join the NYU Jazz Orchestra for the memorial.

  • Pledge Poetry on National Limerick Day

    May 12, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.

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    Ever wonder how we pass the time during these pledge drives? Well, today is a great example of what happens when the pledges are trickling in at a slower pace than we would like. It happens to be National Limerick Day, as well as the birthday of the masterfully nonsensical Edward Lear. Michael Bourne, our resident wordsmith, has crafted the following for your amusement (and co-host Andrew Meyer's chocolate-loving bemusement):

    There once was a fellow named Meyer
    who looked at a funeral pyre,
    said “given a choice, I
    would much rather die
    eating chocolate, not burned in a fire!”

    The fun continued offline, when I challenged Michael Bourne to create a haiku:

    another fund drive -
    gird my verbal loins again,
    blather my ass off

    Which begs the question: Does anyone out there have some WBGO poetry to share?
    It can be fundraiser related or not. We accept haiku, limericks, terza rima, Petrarchan or Shakespearean sonnet style, free verse. Basically anything. Just keep it clean, will ya?