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  • Johnny Dankworth Tribute tomorrow at 1pm!

    February 20, 2010. Posted by Simon Rentner.

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    John Dankworth, 1970
    Johnny Dankworth was best known in the US as the musical director for his wife, singer Cleo Laine, but in the UK he was better known as a jazz saxophonist and clarinetist, bandleader and arranger, composer for TV and movies, symphony pops conductor, and, with Cleo, founder of the Allmusic school for young musicians.  When he was knighted by the Queen in 2006, Sir John and Dame Cleo became the first jazz artists honored on the Queen's list.  He died on February 6th, and this hour's tribute includes songs he composed for and with Cleo, also his settings of Shakespeare and other poetry, his arrangements of Duke Ellington classics, one of his Pops pieces for the London Symphony, and his Mozartian "Turkish Delight" with Cleo at Carnegie Hall.  Johnny and Cleo were guests on Singers Unlimited several times through the years and were always delightful.
    -- Michael Bourne
    Listen to featured music in program by clicking below.

  • Broadway By The Year

    February 18, 2010. Posted by Andrew Meyer.

    Scott Siegel is the producer and host of an extraordinary series of concerts at The Town Hall in New York. "Broadway by the Year" celebrates musical theatre year by year with some of Broadway's best singers and dancers. This season is Siegel's 10th anniversary and begins February 22nd with the musicals of 1927, including the first great dramatic musical, "Show Boat." March 22nd spotlights musicals of 1948, including the first Tony-winning Best Musical, "Kiss Me, Kate." May 10th features musicals of 1966, including "Cabaret," "Mame," and "Sweet Charity." Siegel's season finale on June 14th will be that much more special, presenting one song from one musical each of the last 20 years, plus Scott's choice of a song from the Broadway season happening now.

    We talked about "Broadway by the Year" for the February 19th WBGO Journal, but this blog special includes our continuing conversation about our favorite shows, plus songs from four of Scott's previous "years" at The Town Hall.

    -- Michael Bourne

  • Ravi Coltrane live broadcast on WBGO

    February 17, 2010. Posted by Brandy Wood.

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    Ravi Coltrane
    WBGO returns to NJPAC to broadcast jazz royalty. Saxophonist Ravi Coltrane, son of legendary John and Alice Coltrane, brings his regal quartet to the Victoria Theater on Saturday, 20th, at 7:30 p.m.

    They will perform music from Coltrane's critically-acclaimed release Blending Times, which features pianist Luis Perdomo, bassist Drew Gress, and drummer and E.J. Strickland.

    Besides these usual suspects, Coltrane invited the magnificent Geri Allen to this very special performance, where she'll funk things up with her Fender Rhodes. WBGO's Gary Walker hosts this concert, which is part of NJPAC's Alternate Routes series, curated by Baraka Sele.

    Learn more about this artist on the NJPAC website.