• Newark Mayoral Debate tonight at 8pm on WBGO

    May 5, 2010. Posted by Brandy Wood.

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    The Newark, NJ mayoral debate will take place tonight at 8 p.m. on Cablevision channel 78, and simulcast on WBGO Jazz 88.3FM.  News 12 NJ's anchor Bryan Jenkins and WBGO's reporter Monica Miller will be asking questions with the host of the debate, anchor Jeff Henig from Cablevision of Hudson County. All four candidates are scheduled to take part in the debate.
    usflag 1) Yvonne Garrett Moore is a resident of the Clinton Hill district and lived in the neighborhood during the 1967 riots. The former performing artist served as a Board Member on the Municipal Art Council and Advisor for the State Arts Commission in Tennessee  where she worked on projects to improve urban blight. She is a mother of four and grandmother of seven.

    2) Mirna White moved to Newark in 2008 to be a part of the city's Renaissance. She worked for Verizon Telecommunications for 12 years before becoming an attorney. Minor practiced criminal defense, real estate and family law before running for mayor. She has a young son and is a volunteer who feeds the homeless and mentors children.

    3) Mayor Cory Booker is seeking a second term to run New Jersey's largest city. The Rhodes Scholar and Yale Law School graduate served one term as Central Ward City Councilman before running for mayor in 2002 when he lost the election to former Mayor Sharpe James. Four years later, he was successful in his bid for mayor.

    4) Former Essex County Prosecutor Clifford Minor left public service 17 years ago for private practice.

  • Umbria Jazz Fest line-up announced .. link to the JazzSet Summer Festival Calendar

    May 4, 2010. Posted by Becca Pulliam.

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    Allan Harris sang and hosts from the Umbria Festival -- July 9-18 in Perugia, Italy -- announced the schedule at a press party in NY on Monday evening. Harris, Sonny Rollins, Pat Metheny, Chick Corea, Manhattan Transfer, Melody Gardot, Enrico Rava, Stefano Bollani and many other artists are on the Umbria line-up.  To savor dates and details, click here and check out the the JazzSet Festival Calendar.

  • 'Treme,' Episode 4: Tragedy, Comedy, Song

    May 3, 2010. Posted by Joshua Jackson.

    John Boutte performs the Treme theme song and prominently in episode four as well. (Image Credit: Paul Schiraldi/HBO)

    We're only four episodes into Treme. But one idea that keeps recurring: everyone is ultimately doomed, and everyone manages to crack an occasional smile in spite of it all.

    Insurers' greed, correctional incompetence, municipal utilities failure, corruption, death of loved ones, physical injury, resentment, racism, relationship drama, parental guilt and the federal government's crocodile tears greet every character at every turn. But for nearly everyone, playing, hearing or being around music enables some sort of familiar grin. Davis' madcap songwriting, Antoine's gruff incantations (to LaDonna in particular), Albert's Indian rituals, Sonny and Annie gigging, Toni and Creighton's Christmas music, Jacques' kitchen radio, Delmond's sheepish encounter with jazz greats and so forth: whether transmuting their emotions or escaping from them, music is there for people. Even the visual sequence behind the theme song juxtaposes images of hurricane destruction with an upbeat, good-mood tune.

    Part of this is the character of musical theater, sure: everything gets filtered through song. But it's especially effective for Treme. There's powerful, unmitigated grief in the show, met by bureaucratic mess. And if you think about oil spills, erosion, global warming and inevitable future hurricanes, nothing seems to be working in Louisiana's favor. When faced with the mortality of your entire culture and community, the humor tends toward darker shades of black. New Orleans just so happens to have great music as a way to work through that.

    Again joining me to talk about the music is WBGO's Josh Jackson. HBO's full playlist is here.

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