October 16, 2014. Posted by Tim Wilkins.
South African pianist Abdullah Ibrahim talks with Rhonda Hamilton about a celebration of his 80th birthday at Carnegie Hall Oct. 17 at 8:30 p.m., Ibrahim also teaches a master class at Carnegie Hall Oct. 18 at 5 p.m.,and performs at Harlem's Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture on Oct. 20 at 7 p.m., all as part of the monthlong "Ubuntu: Music and Arts of South Africa" festival. Enjoy!
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October 16, 2014. Posted by WBGO.Wallace Roney leads a performance of Wayne Shorter's "Universe" at the Detroit Jazz Festival. (Image Credit: NPR)
In the late 1960s, when trumpeter Miles Davis was leading his famous second quintet, saxophonist Wayne Shorter wrote a series of new works featuring Davis with orchestra. When the quintet broke up, Shorter put the scores away.
Now, trumpeter Wallace Roney — a protégé of Miles Davis — has received the scores and prepared them for a performance at the 2014 Detroit Jazz Festival. Jazz Night In America presents the very first recording of "Universe" and other rare Wayne Shorter works performed by the Wallace Roney Orchestra, featuring Victor Gould (piano), Buster Williams (bass), Lenny White (drums) and members of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.
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October 15, 2014. Posted by WBGO.Dreiser Durruthy Bambolé (left) and Yesenia Fernandez Selier dance in front of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. (Image Credit: Frank Stewart/Jazz at Lincoln Center)
Building on the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra's recent trip to Cuba, managing and artistic director Wynton Marsalis presents his newest large-scale work: Ochas, a suite for big band and Afro-Cuban percussion. He calls upon young superstar Pedrito Martinez, who brought along a trio of fellow hand percussionists, to execute the chants and rhythms of the batá drums specific to Santería religious practice. And he called upon virtuoso Cuban pianist Chucho Valdés to ignite the proceedings.
The performance launches Jazz at Lincoln Center's 2014-15 calendar and highlights its season-long theme "Jazz Across The Americas."
All compositions by Wynton Marsalis.
- "Agayú Sola"
Wynton Marsalis, trumpet/music director; Pedrito Martinez, batá/vocals; Chucho Valdés, piano. With the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra: Kenny Rampton, trumpet; Marcus Printup, trumpet; Greg Gisbert, trumpet; Vincent Gardner, trombone; Chris Crenshaw, trombone; Elliot Mason, trombone; Sherman Irby, alto saxophone; Ted Nash, alto saxophone; Victor Goines, tenor saxophone; Walter Blanding, tenor saxophone; Paul Nedzela, baritone saxophone; Dan Nimmer, piano; Carlos Henriquez, bass; Ali Jackson, drums. Featuring Román Diaz, batá/vocals; Clemente Medina, batá/vocals; Dreiser Durruthy Bambolé, dance; Yesenia Fernandez Selier, dance; Denise DeJean, vocals; Amma Dawn McKen, vocals.
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