May 24, 2011. Posted by Alex Rodriguez.
Today at WBGO:
- Pledge online and support WBGO during our May fund drive -- we've reached 85% of our goal, and need your help to put us over the top!
- At 6:30 p.m., The Checkout features the Captain Black Big Band, Jerome Sabbagh and trumpeter Roy Hargrove.
- Afterwards, Maria Hinojosa and Latino USA shed light on the controversial proposal to remove the Latin Jazz Grammy category.
- Danilo Perez and Poncho Sanchez headline this week's JazzSet (also on air tomorrow at 6:30)
- WBGO producer Josh Jackson and NPR's Patrick Jarenwattananon recap the latest episode of HBO's Treme
- Becca Pulliam recaps the Kennedy Center's celebration of the late great Abbey Lincoln
- Desitnation: Out celebrates Sun Ra, who would have been 97 last Saturday
- The Revivalist profiles the saxophonists pictured in the iconic "Great Day in Harlem" photo
- Click through to learn more about today's jazz happenings: Read more
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May 23, 2011. Posted by Joshua Jackson.Antoine (Wendell Pierce) and Desiree (Phyllis Montana LeBlanc) march in a recreation of the Silence Is Violence parade in Jan. 2007. (Image Credit: Paul Schiraldi/HBO)
If you've ever been to the funeral of a beloved musician, you know there's a lot of positivity under the somber tone. It's one of the few times a busy musical community manages to come together and remember the contributions of their late compatriot. And in the New Orleans of Treme, funerals have often been healing and regenerative: There's catharsis in walking in that second line.
But Hot 8 Brass Band snare drummer Dinerral Shavers was murdered senselessly. And the grief was more intense, more palpably real than previous funerals we've seen from this show. That's where we start with our weekly recap of the music — and more — of Treme.
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May 23, 2011. Posted by Becca Pulliam.
UPDATE: Read the review from The Washington Post here. Critic Mike Joyce tells you about THE BAND! And there's a good photo. BP
On Friday night at the Mary Lou Williams Festival in Washington, DC, four daughters of Abbey Lincoln (1930-2010) opened her songbook together, for the first time.
This was a dynamic concert, and generous too. More than five hundred people in the Terrace Theater concentrated on the artists onstage concentrating on words and music that came from Abbey Lincoln's own concentration. We felt the loss of her, and newly appreciated the gift she left us.
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