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  • John Lee On Dizzy Gillespie All-Stars: Listen Now

    October 20, 2014. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    Bassist and bandleader John Lee talks with Bill Daugtry about the Dizzy Gillespie All-Stars' celebration of the late trumpeter's birthday and musical legacy at New York's Blue Note Jazz Club this week. Enjoy!

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  • Poetry Month: Monifa Brown - "NEWK! Sonny Rollins"

    October 17, 2014. Posted by David Tallacksen.

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    Monifa Brown

    October is Newark Poetry Month and WBGO is celebrating!

    Monifa Brown - in addition to hosting Saturday Afternoon Jazz on WBGO - is a seasoned publicist in the music business and classically-trained singer. Brown says "jazz is a spiritual pillar in my life." Her forthcoming book of Jazz Poetry features original works dedicated to iconic jazz figures.

    NEWK!
    Sonny Rollins

    Tour De Force

    A Single Voice

    He’s made his Choice

    Not afraid to sound out loud…always on a quest to be found

    Sonny Side Up

    From St. Thomas to Way Out West

    Nothing short of amazing

    Tenor Madness always blazin’

    Building Bridges ….

    Williamsburg, Harlem,  Airegin and all points in between

    A sight to be seen

    Freedom Suite hymns with Herculean force

    taking us straight to the source…

    OUR life force

    A meditation for Global Warming

    Blues for a new dawning

    Mohawk

    Free flowing silver fro and ascot in tow

    Always one to look good for the show

    Soloing through changes, playing through whirlwind mazes,

    then jumping off stages…

    Igniting the carnival…for all of us to marvel

    It’s got to be The Saxophone Colossus

    Who else could top this?

    Got to Be Newk

    Now ya’ll know this ain’t no fluke!

    Capable of moving mountains

    With ideas that flow like fountains

    Off the cuff, smooth and tough

    Newk’s doing it like we knew he would

    Lifting spirits, dispelling sadness

    Casting circular breathing rings of hope

    He carries our dreams enraptured in each note

    He carries our dreams enraptured in each and every  single note

    Doing it loud, saying it proud

    Drawing us near into his Sonnysphere.

    Thank God Sonny’s near….

    Sonny’s here!

    Thank God Sonny’s near….

    Sonny’s here!

  • DIVA Drummer Sherry Maricle: Listen Now

    October 16, 2014. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    Drummer and bandleader Sherry Maricle talks with Rhonda Hamilton about the DIVA Jazz Orchestra's CD "A Swingin' Life," and "Swing It Forward!" concerts at Jazz At Lincoln Center's Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola in Manhattan Oct. 17-19. Enjoy!

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