• WBGO Says Farewell to Cedar Walton

    August 19, 2013. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    WBGO says farewell to our friend Cedar Walton, who passed away at his home in Brooklyn early this morning. Long before he was an NEA Jazz Master, Cedar's piano was the sound of jazz for many of us, from his early years with the likes of John Coltrane, J.J. Johnson and Benny Golson, then as both pianist and arranger for Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, and in his own trios.

    WBGO shared many great moments with Cedar: we interviewed him many times, most recently in June when he stopped by with fellow pianist Barry Harris for this conversation with Michael Bourne.

    Cedar was a favorite performer at the Village Vanguard, and we chose his trio to be one of of the first of our live broadcasts from the famed East Village nightclub in 2008. We also brought the Cedar Walton Combo from New Jersey City University to our studios every April during Jazz Appreciation Month.

    We would like to share some of these interviews and concerts again with you now: follow the links below to hear audio. Thank you, Cedar, we will miss you!

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    Here is Cedar's trio at the Village Vanguard from, with Lewis Nash on drums and David Williams on bass, on December 17, 2008:

    Cedar Walton Trio Sign at Village Vanguard

    And here's Josh Jackson's conversation with Cedar, at his home in Brooklyn, the day before the Vanguard show:

    Cedar Wlaton Vanguard Hallway

    Here's NJCU's Cedar Walton Combo performing live at WBGO on April 1, 2013:

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    Michael Bourne spoke with Cedar and trumpeter Roy Hargrove in 2009,

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    Gary Walker spoke with Cedar in August of 2004.

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