WBGO Blog
  • Song of the Day: Brian Blade and the Fellowship Band

    May 15, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.

    Brian Blade

    I wrote a Song of the Day feature for NPR. Brian Blade and the Fellowship
    Band recently released Season of Changes, and I've been playing one song
    over and over and over. And over. It's called "Return of the Prodigal Son."
    Read about it, and listen to it here. Brian Blade and the Fellowship Band
    are playing a week at the Village Vanguard starting June 17th. We will be
    broadcasting the 9pm set on Wednesday, June 18th. Live. Stay tuned.
    -Josh

  • John Ellis & Double-wide

    May 15, 2008. Posted by Becca Pulliam.

    Add new comment | Filed under: Jazz Alive

    John Ellis and Doublewide at the Jazz Standard

    This quartet was awesome at Jazz Standard Tuesday night .. John the mastermind and composer, conceptualist and detail man, on tenor, soprano, one song with bass clarinet .. Gary Versace on organ, wow! he plays it in unexpected ways .. Matt Perrine on sousaphone, Matt got into the sousaphone game after seeing Kirk Joseph of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, and Matt says Kirk is a pied piper for thousands of young sousaphoni .. and Jason Marsalis, always determined to play it better the next time, even when there is no apparent room to improve. It's a 50% New Orleans resident band (Matt & Jason), and John lived there from 1993-97. He is inspired by street bands. The quartet is playing music from the new CD Double-wide, which refers to the double-bottom of low register organ and sousaphone. The Jazz Standard vibrates happily in that register. Tuesday night's music will be featured on JazzSet on Sunday, June 15, and Wednesday, June 18.

    Becca Pulliam

  • Alexis Cuadrado: Jazz from the Underground

    May 14, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.

    Alexis Cuadrado

    In January, we did a studio session with Alexis Cuadrado's Puzzles Quartet.
    The bassist is part of the Brooklyn Jazz Underground, a collective of leaders
    based in... well, you get it. Anyway, the band plays next Friday at The Jazz
    Gallery
    . It's the official CD release party. Get your sneak preview here.
    -Josh

  • Tribute to Teo Macero - May 18th at NYU

    May 13, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.

    Teo Macero, 1998 by Alan Nahagian
    Long before the digital era and its master manipulators - Brian Eno, J Dilla et al - producer Teo Macero was splicing analog reels from various Miles Davis sessions, creating the sonic tapestry of Miles' early electric style.  The saxophonist, composer, and master of the razor blade will be remembered at a memorial service this Sunday, May 18 at NYU’s Loewe Theatre, 35 West 4th Street, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. The event is open to the public.

    Macero spent his later years in semi-retirement, occasionally helping the NYU Jazz Program. He produced two CD’s with the NYU Jazz Orchestra featuring his original compositions.  Special guest soloists will join the NYU Jazz Orchestra for the memorial.
    -Josh

  • Pledge Poetry on National Limerick Day

    May 12, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.

    Add new comment | Filed under: Riff

    Ever wonder how we pass the time during these pledge drives? Well, today is a great example of what happens when the pledges are trickling in at a slower pace than we would like. It happens to be National Limerick Day, as well as the birthday of the masterfully nonsensical Edward Lear. Michael Bourne, our resident wordsmith, has crafted the following for your amusement (and co-host Andrew Meyer's chocolate-loving bemusement):

    There once was a fellow named Meyer
    who looked at a funeral pyre,
    said “given a choice, I
    would much rather die
    eating chocolate, not burned in a fire!”

    The fun continued offline, when I challenged Michael Bourne to create a haiku:

    another fund drive -
    gird my verbal loins again,
    blather my ass off

    Which begs the question: Does anyone out there have some WBGO poetry to share?
    It can be fundraiser related or not. We accept haiku, limericks, terza rima, Petrarchan or Shakespearean sonnet style, free verse. Basically anything. Just keep it clean, will ya?
    -Josh