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  • Esperanza Spalding: Catch a Rising Star

    July 3, 2009. Posted by Joshua Jackson.

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    It was clear by the amount of press (guilty!) at the Salle de Gesu last night that Esperanza Spalding has become quite the sensation.  I'm not sure if there was a language issue, but Espy tried to her best to engage the audience right from the start.  Not happening.  But Spalding could not be denied.
    Anyway, checkout the first two songs from the show.

    For comparison purposes, we heard Esperanza at the (now defunct) IAJE in Toronto, before her record officially released.  We also recorded Esperanza at the J&R Music Festival.  As Nate Chinen correctly observes, you can definitely hear the process of maturation taking hold.  A few hundred performances, press interviews, high profile network television gigs etc will do that.

  • Cafe Society: The Wrong Place For The Right People

    July 2, 2009. Posted by Andrew Meyer.

    Cafe SocietyOne of the features airing on the WBGO Journal airing Friday night, 7:30 on July 3, 2009 is an interview with Terry Trilling-Josephson, the widow of Barney Josephson.  Drawing on interviews she did with her late husband, Terry has put together a new book about his life and Cafe Society, the groundbreaking Manhattan nightclub which broke down the barriers between the races in the 1930's, on stage and in the audience.  In addition to the interview which airs on the Journal, here's an hour-long special featuring the full interview with Terry and including musical selections from some of the jazz and blues artists who played Cafe Society or the club that marked Barney Josephson's return to the New York music scene, The Cookery.

    Andrew Meyer

  • Cooking up a blues stew: Susan Tedeschi

    July 2, 2009. Posted by David Tallacksen.

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    Guitarist and singer Susan Tedeschi's first public performance was in a Broadway musical. Since, she's turned towards blues and soul, using her powerful voice to open for the likes of John Mellencamp and Buddy Guy. She's also married to guitarist Derek Trucks of The Allman Brothers Band. When they play together, they go by the band name 'Soul Stew Revival." Susan talked to Michael Bourne this afternoon, listen to the interview:

    Susan plays tonight with Buddy Guy. We'll have coverage of that tomorrow, stay tuned!