December 31, 2014. Posted by Tim Wilkins.
WBGO brings you the best of the 2015 New York Winter Jazz Fest. Listen to this year's artists around the clock on WBGO HD2, and read previews and profiles of groups at WBGO.ORG/WJF. Click here for a full schedule of the festival's more than one hundred concerts.
The first, at 7 p.m. at the Quaker Meeting House, features Ron Carter, Benny Golson, Brad Mehldau, Jimmy Cobb, Harold Mabern, and other top-flight musicians to celebrate 25 years of the Americans With Disabilities Act.
The second, at 8 p.m., features Blue Note Now! at (le) Poisson Rouge with the Robert Glasper Trio, bassist Derrick Hodge, drummer Kendrick Scott and singer José James. All are rising stars of the iconic jazz label, which celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2014.
The festival's signature event is a two-day marathon, Jan. 9 and 10, of simultaneous concerts by more than five hundred musicians in hour-long sets at ten clubs around Greenwich Village. Friday highlights include celebrations of the music of David Murray and John Lurie. Saturday's concerts include showcases inspired by hot jazz from the 1920s, hip-hop and electronica, and much, much more. A single ticket offers admission to these concerts, more than a hundred in all.
WBGO is on the scene and behind the scenes, talking with this year's artists and organizers, to bring you the festival's best. Bookmark WBGO.ORG/WJF for our latest updates, and listen on WBGO HD2 starting Jan. 1. Enjoy the best of WJF 2014 with WBGO!
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December 31, 2014. Posted by Tim Wilkins.
Pianist and organist Mike LeDonne talks with Michael Bourne about a benefit concert Jan. 8 to celebrate 25 years since the passage of the Americans With Disabilities Act. The concert at New York's Quaker Meeting House features Ron Carter, Benny Golson, Brad Mehldau, Jimmy Cobb, Harold Mabern, George Coleman, Bill Charlap, and may other other musicians, will raise money for the New York Disabilities Pride March in July.
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December 19, 2014. Posted by WBGO.Steve Lehman edged out Wadada Leo Smith for the top spot in the 2014 NPR Music Jazz Critics Poll. (Image Credit: Willie Davis/Courtesy of the artist)
NPR Music is pleased to present a poll in which 140 jazz critics picked their favorite recordings of 2014.
For nine consecutive years, this poll has been a labor of love by eminent critic Francis Davis. It's grown tremendously since he initially submitted the consensus of 30 writers to The Village Voice in 2006. Over the last month, print journalists, bloggers and broadcasters nominated more than 700 different albums. We're thrilled to welcome his exhaustive project back to our site.
Below are full results of the 2014 NPR Music Jazz Critics Poll, highlighted by a playlist of the Top 10 overall picks. You'll find a list of the entire Top 50 in the voting for Jazz Album of the Year, with the top finishers in Latin Jazz, Vocal, Debut and Reissue/Historical categories as well. (You can find all the raw data, including individual ballots, at a website operated by Tom Hull, who annually collates all the information from the poll.)
Davis shares his thoughts on each of 2014's Top 10 Jazz Albums below. You'll also want to read his breakdown of the poll results, including his personal picks for the year's 10 best. We invite you to browse and have a listen. —Patrick Jarenwattananon, NPR Music
The Rest Of The Top 50
11. Miguel Zenón, Identities Are Changeable (Miel Music) 95 points (on 15 ballots)
12. The Bad Plus, The Rite of Spring (Sony Masterworks) 88.5 (15)
13. Keith Jarrett/Charlie Haden, Last Dance (ECM) 83 (14)
14 (tie). David Virelles, Mbókò (ECM) 80 (13)
14 (tie). Tyshawn Sorey, Alloy (Pi) 80 (13)
16. Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Over Time: The Music of Bob Brookmeyer (Planet Arts) 73.5 (9)
17. Chick Corea Trio, Trilogy (Stretch/Concord) 72 (10)
18. Fred Hersch Trio, Floating (Palmetto) 67 (12)
19. Jeff Ballard Trio, Time's Travels (OKeh) 66 (12)
20. Vijay Iyer, Mutations (ECM) 64 (12)
21. Mary Halvorson/Michael Formanek/Tomas Fujiwara, Thumbscrew (Cuneiform) 63.5 (14)
22. Trio 3 & Vijay Iyer, Wiring (Intakt) 60.5 (10)
23. Matt Wilson Quartet + John Medeski, Gathering Call (Palmetto) 60 (12)
24. Aki Takase & Alexander von Schlippenbach, So Long, Eric! Homage to Eric Dolphy (Intakt) 59.5 (9)
25. Billy Hart Quartet, One Is the Other (ECM) 59 (11)
26. Tom Harrell, Trip (HighNote) 56 (9)
27. Eric Revis, In Memory Of Things Yet Seen (Clean Feed) 53.5 (11)
28. Jason Roebke Octet, High/Red/Center (Delmark) 53 (9)
29. The Nels Cline Singers, Macroscope (Mack Avenue) 52 (10)
30. Christine Jensen Jazz Orchestra, Habitat (Justin Time) 52 (8)**
31. Marty Ehrlich Large Ensemble, A Trumpet in the Morning (New World) 47 (7)***
32. Frank Kimbrough, Quartet (Palmetto) 45.5 (8)
33. Hafez Modirzadeh, In Convergence Liberation (Pi) 44 (7)
34. Nels Cline & Julian Lage, Room (Mack Avenue) 43.5 (7)
35. Jason Adasiewicz's Sun Rooms, From the Region (Delmark) 43 (9)
36 (tie). Joshua Redman, Trios Live (Nonesuch) 43 (6)
36 (tie). Yosvany Terry, New Throned King (5Passion) 43 (6)
38. Avishai Cohen's Triveni, Dark Nights (Anzic) 42.5 (11)
39. James Brandon Lewis, Divine Travels (OKeh) 42 (10)
40. The Cookers, Time and Time Again (Motéma) 40.5 (9)
41. Darius Jones, The Oversoul Manual (AUM Fidelity) 40.5 (5)
42. Henry Butler, Steven Bernstein, Viper's Drag (Impulse!) 40 (8)
43. Pat Metheny Unity Group, Kin (←→) (Nonesuch) 40 (7)
44. Melissa Aldana & Crash Trio, Melissa Aldana & Crash Trio (Concord Jazz) 39.5 (9)
45. Farmers By Nature, Love and Ghosts (AUM Fidelity) 39 (11)
46. Arturo O'Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra. The Offense of the Drum (Motéma) 38.5 (6)
47. Sean Jones im•pro•vise (never before seen) (Mack Avenue) 37 (6)
48. Dave Douglas & Uri Caine, Present Joys (Greenleaf) 35 (7)
49. Ideal Bread, Beating the Teens: Songs of Steve Lacy (Cuneiform) 34.5 (7)
50. Mary Halvorson, Reverse Blue (Relative Pitch) 34 (5)
*Includes 21.5 points (on three ballots) from 2013.
**Includes 23 (4) from 2013.
***Includes 12 (3) from 2013
1. John Coltrane, Offering: Live at Temple University (Resonance) 149 points, on 62 ballots
2. Jimmy Giuffre 3 & 4, New York Concerts (Elemental Music) 73 (34)
3. Charles Lloyd, Manhattan Stories (Resonance) 69 (35)
4. Miles Davis, Miles At The Fillmore (Columbia/Legacy) 51 (29)
5. Louis Armstrong, The Columbia and RCA Victor Live Recordings (Mosaic) 33 (13)
6. Charlie Haden/Jim Hall, Charlie Haden - Jim Hall (Impulse!) 32 (17)
7. Keith Jarrett/Charlie Haden/Paul Motian, Hamburg '72 (ECM) 26 (14)
8. Frank Lowe, Out Loud (Triple Point) 15 (8)
9. Bud Powell, Birdland 1953 (ESP-Disk') 13 (7)
10. Horace Tapscott Quintet, The Giant Is Awakened (International Phonogram) 13 (6)
1. Andy Bey, Pages from an Imaginary Life (HighNote) 13 votes
2 (tie). Dianne Reeves, Beautiful Life (Concord) 5
2 (tie). Catherine Russell, Bring It Back (Jazz Village) 5
1. Jeff Ballard Trio, Time's Tales (OKeh) 16
2. Otis Brown III, The Thought of You (Blue Note) 8
3. Rudy Royston, 303 (Greenleaf) 7
1. Arturo O'Farrill & the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, The Offense of the Drum (Motéma) 19
2. Miguel Zenón, Identities Are Changeable (Miel Music) 16
3. Yosvany Terry, New Throned King (5Passion) 11
4. Danilo Pérez, Panama 500 (Mack Avenue) 8
5. David Virelles, Mbókò (ECM) 6
6. Alfredo Rodriguez, The Invasion Parade (Mack Avenue) 5
Voters were asked to submit choices for their top 10 new releases in descending order. Points were weighted by preference: 10 for 1st place, 9 for 2nd place, etc. Albums on unranked lists were awarded 5.5 points each. Voters also submitted their top three reissues/historical recordings and their lone choices for the year's best vocal, debut and Latin jazz albums. A complete list of ballots is available here.Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.Read more
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