• WBGO and SummerStage

    June 30, 2009. Posted by Brandy Wood.

    Ledisi at SummerStage 6.28.09

    On Sunday, June 28, WBGO's Josh Jackson hosted a great concert at Central Park SummerStage. The performance began with New Orleans pianist Jonathan Batiste, who paid homage to the late Michael Jackson in both song and attire. Bassist Esperanza Spalding followed with a set that ran the gamut of funk to soul to Ella inspired scat.

    Closing the performance was rising star of soul and jazz, Ledisi (LED-ih-see as she pointed out several times from the stage and in cards handed out after the show). If the pronunciation of her name is a little confusing, there is no confusion what so ever about her voice or her command of the stage.

    There are a great number of WBGO partner events this summer, many of them at no cost. Please visit the WBGO Events page for full details.

  • Jazz Forum Arts: Barry Harris at WBGO

    June 19, 2009. Posted by Joshua Jackson.

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    June 18, 2009. Posted by Simon Rentner.

    Add new comment | Filed under: Jazz Alive

    During Jazz Appreciation Month last April, WBGO invited some of the top college conservatories on the East Coast to perform live on the airwaves.  However we made one exception.  La Guardia High School in Manhattan recruits some of hottest emerging talent in the country, and not just musicians.  Jennifer Aniston, Adrien Brody, Adrien Grenier, Al Pacino, Amy Ryan, Wesley Snipes, Liza Minnelli, Ben Vereen, and Isaac Mizrahi all graduated from LaGuardia.  Their High School Senior Jazz Band directed by Kevin Blancq visited us on April 17th.  Click below to listen to their set.

    Lullaby Of The Leaves
    – arr. Francy Boland
    Soloists: Ivan Rosenberg - trumpet, Anteo Fabris – trumpet, Matt Berman – alto sax

    – arr. Billy Strayhorn
    Soloists: Matt Berman - alto sax, Devon Lawrence – clarinet

    Jeep’s Blues
    – arr. Duke Ellington
    Soloists: Dwight Rivera – piano, Josh Holcomb – trombone, David Charles – alto sax, Matt Chiasson – tenor sax, Joanna Sternberg – bass, Matt Berman – alto sax

    Let’s Get Together
    – arr. Duke Ellington
    Soloists: Ivan Rosenberg – trumpet, Chirrard Cameau – bari sax

    Sunday Kind Of Love
    – arr. By Charlie Naylor for Claude Thornhill in 1946
    Soloists: Martina DaSilva - voice

    – Thad Jones
    Soloists: Josh Holcomb – trombone, Clint Mobley – vibes, Max Coburn – piano, Joanna Sternberg - bass

    Dancing In The Dark -
    arr. Billy Strayhorn
    Soloists: Chirrard Cameau – bari sax, Martina DaSilva – voice, Cahle Johnson – trumpet