• Sabertooth, Or The 23-Year Midnight Gig

    November 19, 2015. Posted by WBGO.

    In Chicago, one band holds down a midnight-to-5 a.m. gig on Saturday nights — or, technically, on Sunday mornings. It's a time slot which seems challenging enough to do once or twice. These guys have been doing it for 23 years.

    Sabertooth is a quirky band, currently an organ quartet led by saxophonists Pat Mallinger and Cameron Pfiffner. It swings hard (and a little off-kilter), mixing favorite standards and a repertoire of cleverly arranged tunes. Every week, Mallinger and Pfiffner play for curious newcomers, rowdy drunks, hardcore fans and musicians coming off their own gigs.

    "It's an after-hours jazz party," Mallinger says. "That's what it's labeled. ... It's not your average jazz gig."

    It all happens in a club called the Green Mill, which doesn't look to have changed much since its days as a Prohibition-era speakeasy. Inside, it seems a bit like a place removed from time — especially if you get to see the basement and the escape tunnels into which it leads.

    Here, Jazz Night In America follows Pat Mallinger and Cameron Pfiffner to the Green Mill, then stays up all night with Sabertooth.


    Pat Mallinger, saxophones; Cameron Pfiffner, saxophone and flute; Pete Benson, organ; Ted Sirota, drums.

    Copyright 2015 WBGO and Jazz At Lincoln Center. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/series/347139849/jazz-night-in-america.

  • WBGO's 8th Annual Coat Drive

    November 19, 2015. Posted by Brandy Wood.

    Add new comment | Filed under: Jazz Alive

    catching snow

    WBGO's 7th Annual Coat Drive begins Tuesday, December 1, 2015! This year, we are starting a week earlier and launching on #GivingTuesday, an international day of giving.

    Donate your clean, new or used coats for infants, children or adults in need this winter. Drop off locations and times are:

    12/1/15 through 1/10/2016:

    WBGO: Monday - Friday, 10AM – 4PM
    54 Park Place, Newark, NJ

    Christoffers Flowers: Monday - Saturday, 9AM – 5PM
    860 Mountain Avenue
    Mountainside, NJ

    WBGO Coat Drive

    Coats will be distributed to charities within Essex County.

  • Christian McBride On Ray Brown's Bass And James Brown's Appeal

    November 18, 2015

    Christian McBride performs at the Newport Jazz Festival in Newport, R.I. earlier in 2015. (Image Credit: Eva Hambach/AFP/Getty Images)

    Every month on All Things Considered, Christian McBride sits down with host Audie Cornish to discuss, dissect and deconstruct just about everything in jazz.

    From the interplay between the drum and the bass to the holy temples of jazz venues, they've talked about the greatest, the oldest, the youngest. They've even talked about jazz as a family affair.

    But this conversation turns the focus around: It's about McBride himself.

    Born and raised in Philadelphia, McBride is one of the premier bassists in jazz, and the leader of several bands. He's worked with Sonny Rollins, Pat Metheny and Herbie Hancock — but also Sting, Queen Latifah, James Brown, Chaka Khan, the Sonos Quartet. He's a public radio host himself now; his voice narrates the radio program and video series Jazz Night In America.

    McBride recently brought his bass to the Willard InterContinental Hotel in Washington, D.C., where he spoke with Cornish in front of a live audience. An edited and condensed version airs on All Things Considered. Here's the full transcript of their conversation.

    Read more