• WBGO Celebrates Women's History Month with Women in Jazz

    March 1, 2011. Posted by Brandy Wood.

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    March is Women’s History Month and WBGO has many programs highlighting women in jazz.  Tune in to Jazz 88.3FM for all of the listings below, or come out for the Monday Night with WBGO at the end of the month.

    Podcast available now
    WBGO’s Josh Jackson talks to Christine Jensen about her new big band recording, Treelines (Justin Time).

    Thursday, March 3, 6:30pm
    Ladies of Song with guest host Murray Horowitz
    From Sarah Vaughan and Rosemary Clooney to Diana Krall and Norah Jones, Piano Jazz celebrates Women's History Month with the joy and beauty that women singers have brought to the Great American Songbook.

    Saturday, March 5, 6am
    A Woman’s Touch: Celebrating Women Composers in Jazz
    Ever heard of Beth Slater Whitson and Kay Swift? Maybe not, but you’ve heard their compositions, “Fine and Dandy” and “Meet Me Tonight in Dreamland,” all jazz standards today. This week, The Jim Cullum Jazz Band tips their hat to the ladies with a jazz concert of tunes composed by women.

    Allen, Bridgewater, Spalding, Carrington, Kelly by Margot Schulman
    Allen, Bridgewater, Spalding, Carrington, Kelly by Margot Schulman

    Sunday, March 6, 6pm & Wednesday, March 9, 6:30pm
    The Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz All-Stars at the Kennedy Center
    One time only! Dee Dee Bridgewater, altoist Grace Kelly (in her teens), pianist Geri Allen, bassist Esperanza Spalding, and drummer Terri Lyne Carrington jam like there’s no tomorrow on Mary Lou’s music and more.

    “Allen's orchestral designs, sublime examples of keyboard coloring and dynamics, allowed the ensemble to display winning finesse amid improvised tangents, heated exchanges and terrifically vibrant collaborations with Bridgewater.” (Mike Joyce, Washington Post)
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  • Randy Weston's African Rhythms, Live at NJPAC

    February 28, 2011. Posted by Michael Downes.

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    koraIt took some creative microphone placement, but the engineers at WBGO and NJPAC did eventually manage to capture the ubiquitous sound of a Kora (pictured left) for our live broadcast of Randy Weston's African Rhythms last Saturday. Weston also brought along a Moroccan player who, despite his limited command of English, managed to communicate fluidly with the band as soon as he picked up his Guimbri--a three-stringed, West African tenor instrument--whether they were playing traditional Gnawan music or the blues.

    Piano - Randy Weston
    Bass - Alex Blake
    Alto Sax & Flute - TK Blue
    Trombone - Robert Trowers
    Guimbri - Hassan Jaffa
    Kora - Saliou Suso
    African Percussion - Neil Clarke

    Set list:
    1 - African Sunrise (quintet)
    2 - Blues to Senegal (piano solo)
    3 - Massani Cisse (kora and flute)
    4 - Lafou/Prayer (bass and guimbri)
    5 - Ifrane (piano and percussion-Clarke)
    6 - African Cookbook (quintet)
    7 - Hi Fly (quintet)
    8 - Blue Moses (full band)
    9 - Love, The Mystery of… (full band)

  • Joshua Redman at the Portland Jazz Festival

    February 28, 2011. Posted by Alex Rodriguez.

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    Photo by Daniel Shen
    Photo by Daniel Shen

    This week, WBGO web producer and Portland, Oregon native Alex W. Rodriguez traveled to his hometown to attend the Portland Jazz Festival. How has jazz in his hometown fared, eight years after he left for the East Coast? Watch this space to find out, as Alex shares his experiences throughout the main festival weekend.

    On Sunday afternoon, Joshua Redman led one of the Portland Jazz Festival's final engagements alongside a phenomenal rhythm section that featured Aaron Goldberg on piano, Matt Penman on bass and Eric Harland on drums. Their set was everything that jazz audiences have come to expect from Redman's music these days: a virtuosic, energetic and beautiful tour de force that showcased the immense talent of all four musicians.

    Although all four musicians have collaborated extensively in different configurations, Redman told the audience that this was one of their first actual gigs together. They played at least one composition by each of the musicians -- although this was certainly Redman's gig, he took pains to share the spotlight with each of his bandmates. Read more