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  • Martin Wind Talks Bill Evans, Philip Catherine Collaboration and More with Michael Bourne

    March 9, 2016

    German-Born Bassist and Composer Martin Wind Joins Michael Bourne to discuss his new collaboration with Belgian guitarist Philip Catherine - making his first stateside appearance this century this week - as well as his orchestral tribute to Bill Evans and more.

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  • Win a pair of tickets for Charlie Musselwhite at City Winery

    March 8, 2016. Posted by Brandy Wood.

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    With an induction into the Blues Music Hall of Fame, 35 Blues Music Awards (including three wins in 2014!) and 11 Grammy nominations (including a 2014 win!), American electric blues harmonica player and bandleader Charlie Musselwhite has truly earned legendary status as one of blues music's most important artists. Win a pair of tickets to hear this legend, along with opener Amy Black, at City Winery this Thursday, March 10.

    Charlie Musselfwhite, photograph by Nathan David Kelly
    Charlie Musselfwhite, photograph by Nathan David Kelly

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  • Win a pair of tickets for Jayme Stone the Lomax Project

    March 7, 2016. Posted by Brandy Wood.

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    Two-time Juno-winning banjoist, composer and instigator Jayme Stone makes music inspired by sounds from around the world, bridging folk, jazz and chamber music. His award-winning albums both defy and honor the banjo’s long role in the world’s music, turning historical connections into compelling music.

    About The Lomax Project: Focusing on songs collected by folklorist and field recording pioneer Alan Lomax, Jayme Stone brought together some of North America’s most distinctive and creative roots musicians to revive, recycle and re-imagine traditional music. The repertoire includes Bahamian sea chanties, African-American acappella singing from the Georgia Sea Islands, ancient Appalachian ballads, fiddle tunes and work songs collected from both well-known musicians and everyday folk: sea captains, cowhands, fishermen, prisoners and homemakers.

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  • First Listen Live: Esperanza Spalding, 'Emily's D+Evolution'

    March 5, 2016. Posted by David Tallacksen.

    Fulfilling the performance-art vision of her spirit-muse Emily, Esperanza Spalding played the music of her forthcoming album Emily's D+Evolution in concert at BRIC House in Brooklyn, N.Y. on Thursday, March 3. WFUV and NPR Music presented a live video webstream of the performance as part of the First Listen Live series.

    Emily's D+Evolution marks a new sound for Spalding. Here, she picks up the electric bass (and occasionally the piano) and surrounds herself with a power trio of electric guitar and drums — a louder, proggier, weirder funk-rock direction for the jazz-trained bassist and vocalist. It's part of a broad theatrical vision for the character Emily, inspired by broad philosophical musings on resourcefulness and the nature of progress. On stage, she was surrounded by choreographed routines, a marionette closet and three backup singers dressed all in yellow.

    "Whether you want to see it as devolution and evolution, and the place where they co-exist without one diminishing the other, or you could look at it like barely having the tools that you need, but having to move forward, and having to keep moving," Spalding told NPR. "What do you do when you don't really have all the tools that you need, but you have to survive? And you need to grow and expand?"

    Set List

    • "Good Lava"
    • "Rest In Pleasure"
    • "Ebony And Ivory"
    • "Elevate Or Operate"
    • "Noble Nobles"
    • "Judas"
    • "Farewell Dolly"
    • "Funk The Fear"
    • "One"
    • "Earth As It Is"
    • "Unconditional Love"
    • "I Want It Now" (Encore)

    Personnel

    Esperanza Spalding, bass/vocals/piano; Matthew Stevens, guitar; Justin Tyson, drums; Corey King, backing vocals/synthesizer; Shawna Corso, backing vocals; Emily Elbert, backing vocals/guitar; Will Weigler, co-director.

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  • Willie Jones III Lays The Groundwork With Gary Walker

    March 4, 2016. Posted by Josh Landes.

    Drummer Willie Jones III has a background that flows through studies with Tootie Heath, and work with Cedar Walton, Milt Jackson, Horace Silver and many others in his career who gave valuable lessons on and off stage. Jones' formidable skills add to the groundwork of where he is now, moving forward. He sat down with Morning Jazz host Gary Walker to talk "Groundwork", his new recording celebrated in performance through Sunday night at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York.

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