• Chico Freeman Returns From Greece With a New Album

    May 16, 2016. Posted by Corey Goldberg.

    Saxophonist Chico Freeman makes his homecoming, following a decade of musical and personal exploration across the Atlantic. He talks to Eulis Cathey about his time in Europe and plays selections from his new album, Spoken into Existence.

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  • Remembering Joe Temperley

    May 13, 2016. Posted by David Tallacksen.

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    Photo by Frank Stewart
    Photo by Frank Stewart

    Earlier this week Baritone Saxophonist Joe Temperley passed. The long-time founding member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra was born in Scotland but made his way to America, where he played with Duke Ellington and pretty much every great big band in Jazz. WBGO had the pleasure of having Joe sit down in the studio twice. First was with Bob Porter in May of 1996, where they talked about Temperley's history playing with Duke Ellington and others.

    Temperley also visited with Rhonda Hamilton October 1999, where they covered everything from playing with Wynton Marsalis and the JALCO to golfing.

  • Catherine Russell: Sunny Side Of The Street

    May 12, 2016

    Catherine Russell. (Image Credit: Marv Goldschmitt/Courtesy of the artist)

    Catherine Russell has been a backup singer with Steely Dan and David Bowie, but she's better known as an interpreter of blues and early jazz. At Jazz At Lincoln Center, Russell recently assembled a vocal trio (with Carolyn Leonhart and La Tanya Hall, her partners on tour with Steely Dan) to unearth a book of charts by arranger Sy Oliver. She's only performed this music once before, more than 30 years ago. But back then, Russell got to sing it with her own mother — the multi-instrumentalist Carline Ray — and with Lillian Clark, who was also Oliver's wife.

    Jazz Night In America takes you to the Jazz At Lincoln Center concert, featuring Russell's working band, and host Christian McBride speaks with Russell about the origins of these charts.

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  • Producer Michael Cuscuna Talks About the Newly Released Larry Young in Paris

    May 12, 2016. Posted by Corey Goldberg.

    Grammy-winning producer Michael Cuscuna stops by to talk to Michael Bourne about his latest archival release, Larry Young in Paris, sharing some never-heard-before tracks from Newark's own icon of jazz organ.


  • Celebrating Joe Temperley In Concert

    May 12, 2016. Posted by David Tallacksen.

    The great Joe Temperley died at the age of 86 Wednesday. One of the most respected jazz saxophonists in the world, Temperley grew up in Scotland before leaving for London in the 1950s and moving to North America in the 1960s. Temperley, who started playing the sax when he was 14, took the baritone chair in the Duke Ellington Orchestra. In recent years he had been a long-serving member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, under Wynton Marsalis. A year ago we featured Temperley in Concert - check it out below.

    For 25 years, the baritone saxophone chair of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra has been held by a one Joe Temperley. The Scottish musician, now 85, carries tons of credits to his C.V., especially with big bands: Thad Jones-Mel Lewis, Woody Herman, Buddy Rich, Clark Terry and — most notably — the Duke Ellington Orchestra.

    Jazz Night In America visits Jazz at Lincoln Center as the JLCO salutes its elder statesman, featuring Temperley on his favorite Ellington tunes and a new concerto that managing and artistic director Wynton Marsalis dedicated to his longtime colleague.

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