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  • Bassist Buster Williams: Listen Now

    August 4, 2014. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    Bassist Buster Williams talks with WBGO's Rhonda Hamilton about his career and  "Something More" quartet, which performs at the Newark Museum on Thursday, Aug. 7 at 12:15 p.m. with Bruce Williams on alto saxophone, Eric Reed on piano and Billy Drummond on drums. Enjoy!

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  • Jon Batiste And Stay Human: Newport Jazz 2014

    August 4, 2014. Posted by WBGO.

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    Jon Batiste embraces the crowd at the 2014 Newport Jazz Festival. (Image Credit: Adam Kissick for NPR)

    Jon Batiste has a way with exits, as musicians from New Orleans tend to. Days before his day-ending set at the 2014 Newport Jazz Festival, the pianist and singer walked out of The Colbert Report's theater with a studio audience and a dancing Stephen Colbert in tow. And following a high-energy Newport set — where his expanded Stay Human band played turbocharged versions of standards, rags and his own party anthems — he switched from piano to melodica and led the band into the main stage audience.

    Batiste's newest album is called Social Music, and it's easy to see how he could catalyze a gathering. As he paraded into the crowd, he switched into a number you might hear at a New Orleans jazz funeral parade, one that signaled his intent with a wink: "Just A Closer Walk With Thee."

    Set List

    • "My Favorite Things"
    • "On The Sunny Side Of The Street"
    • "People In The World"
    • "Shreveport Stomp"
    • "It's Alright (Why You Gotta)"
    • "The Star-Spangled Banner"
    • "St. James Infirmary"
    • "The Entertainer"
    • "Just A Closer Walk With Thee"

    Personnel

    Jon Batiste, piano/melodica/voice; Eddie Barbash, alto saxophone; Ibanda Ruhumbika, tuba; Barry Stevenson, banjo/bass; Joe Saylor, drums; Jamison Ross, keyboard/percussion/voice. With Grace Kelly, alto saxophone.

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  • Guitarist Steve Khan: "Subtext"

    July 31, 2014. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    Guitarist Steve Khan talks with Gary Walker about his CD "Subtext," which features his Latin jazz compositions and reimaginings of songs by Ornette Coleman, Thelonious Monk, Freddie Hubbard and Wayne Shorter.

    Khan is joined on the album by trumpeter and flugelhornist Randy Brecker, Rob Mounsey on keyboards, bassist Reuben Rodriguez, drummer Dennis Chambers and percussionists Marc Quiñones and Bobby Allende.

    To read WBGO music director Gary Walker's full review of the album, click here. Enjoy!

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