• 5 Locally Grown Projects At Winter Jazzfest 2015

    January 8, 2015. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    Eddie Henderson performs three times at the 2015 Winter Jazzfest. (Image Credit: Jimmy Katz/Courtesy of the artist)

    New York's Winter Jazzfest seems to grow like kudzu: fast and far. This year's installment, the 11th annual, features 500 musicians in styles ranging from gypsy swing to electronic.

    The festival's signature event is a two-day marathon, this Friday and Saturday, of overlapping performances at 10 clubs around Greenwich Village. Friday's highlights include celebrations of the music of David Murray and John Lurie. Saturday's concerts include showcases inspired by hot jazz from the 1920s and hip-hop. A single ticket offers admission to any and all of these concerts, more than 100 in all. All of Winter Jazzfest's groups are streaming around the clock on WBGO's HD2 channel.

    WJF now features artists from around the world, but its main attraction is still the chance to hear new projects by New York music makers. For this profile, I've chosen five surprising turns by stalwarts of the city's improvised-music scene.

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  • WBGO & 2 GATEWAY FREE CONCERT SERIES: Jeremy Pelt on Wednesday, Jan. 7 12 p.m.

    January 7, 2015. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    WBGO and the Gateway Center invite you to a FREE concert by trumpeter Jeremy Pelt Wed., Jan. 7 at noon. Come celebrate at 2 Gateway Center Plaza, Newark, NJ at 12pm.

    Every month, this series presents free lunchtime concerts by some of the area's best jazz talent.


    Pelt, originally from California, released his debut CD as a leader on Fresh Sound in 2002, and has performed with Cassandra Wilson, Ravi Coltrane, the Mingus Big Band, and many others. His 2014 CD with Toronto saxophonist Johnny Griffith was featured on WBGO's RADAR in December.

    WBGO is excited to present one of the finest talents in jazz and welcome all to this wonderful event. Connect with your jazz source for a festive afternoon.

  • Live From Detroit

    December 31, 2014. Posted by WBGO.

    Rodney Whitaker. (Image Credit: Courtesy of the artist)

    For decades, Detroit has launched countless jazz careers: Thad Jones and Donald Byrd, Paul Chambers and Ron Carter, Kenny Burrell and Tommy Flanagan, Yusef Lateef and Alice Coltrane, Betty Carter and Geri Allen. To the present day, the city's musical legacy remains strong, as witnessed every Labor Day at the Detroit Jazz Festival.

    Violinist Regina Carter and bassist Rodney Whitaker take special delight performing in their hometown. Jazz Night in America features their sets at the Detroit Jazz Festival, and explores the Motor City's jazz scene through their eyes and ears.

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