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  • Playdate With Matt Wilson Show #8: 3/25/14

    March 24, 2014. Posted by Alex Ariff.

    PlaydateBannerUpdatedWelcome to Playdate #8, the last in our series of highlights from WBGO's archive of live recordings. We've packed this show, which airs on WBGO-FM March 25 at 6:30 p.m., to the brim with excitement, and there's even more at WBGO.ORG/PLAYDATE.

    First up is JazzSet's historic trip to Cuba in December of 1998. You'll hear trombonist Steve Turre jam on conch shells in the streets of Havana with a seven-woman percussion group, trumpeter Roy Hargrove grooving hard with locals, and more music and stories from producer Becca Pulliam and field engineer Duke Markos.

    To read and hear more about this trip, visit this blog post we created for JazzSet's twentieth anniversary.

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    The view of the Habana River from Producer Becca Pulliam's hotel room

    Show #8 also features pianist Harold Mabern, The Dave Holland Quintet at the 1998 Mount Hood Jazz Festival, tenor saxophonist Frank Wess with the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, and music from the two hosts of JazzSet: saxophonist Branford Marsalis, who hosted the show in its first decade, and vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater, our current host.

    You'll also hear part of an intimate performance by guitarist Larry Coryell with pianist Albert Dailey, bassist George Mraz and drummer Billy Hart at the Village Vanguard on April 26, 1984.

    That morning, Count Basie passed away. Coryell dedicates his version of "Body and Soul" to the legendary organist, pianist and bandleader, who embodied for many jazz lovers, the sound and sense of "swing."

    At WBGO.ORG/PLAYDATE, you can hear the full audio from this performance, as well as "On Green Dolphin Street," which features Coryell's group with innovative saxophonist Geroge Braith. On the track, Braith plays the Braithophone - a multi-reed instrument of his own invention.

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  • Michael Blake's World Time Zone Live At WBGO: Listen Now

    March 20, 2014. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    Tenor saxophonist Michael Blake's World Time Zone, with Ben Allison on bass and Ferenc Nemeth on drums, play live and talk with Michael Bourne about Contrasts In Individualism, an homage to the legacies of saxophonists Coleman Hawkins and Lester Young. This concert was first broadcast March 17, 2014. Enjoy!

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  • Monty Alexander's "River Rolls On:" Listen Now

    March 20, 2014. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    Pianist Monty Alexander talks with Gary Walker about "Harlem-Kingston Express Vol. 2: River Rolls On," a new CD which will be released by Motema April 8. The album will also be available as a preview stream, in its entirety, at WBGO.ORG/RADAR on March 25.

    Alexander and his group will also perform selections from this album on March 29 at the Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at 8 p.m. Enjoy!

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