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  • New Jazz at WBGO: Week of Feb. 14

    February 16, 2011. Posted by Alex Rodriguez.

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    If you've tuned into WBGO between 6 and 10 a.m. over the past 22 years, you've probably heard Gary Walker telling it like it is -- a gig he still enjoys getting up early for every weekday morning.

    But did you know that, in addition to his role as the host of Morning Jazz, Gary also manages the WBGO music library? Each week, the WBGO Blog will post Gary's list of new additions to the music shelf, along with a few of his favorite new CDs from the bunch.

    Come back every week for more about the freshest new music that we are featuring on the air. Click the links to purchase the album -- when you do, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to WBGO.

    First, Gary's best of the week:

    The Mason Brothers, "Two Sides One Story"(pictured)

    English brothers Brad (trumpet/flugelhorn) and Elliot (trombone & bass trumpet) Mason have many musical sides to their story. Their release of original tunes plays out quite nicely with the help of folks like pianist David Kikoski, drummer Antonio Sanchez, saxophonist Chris Potter, Scott Colley on bass, guitarist Tim Miller and vibist Joe Locke. Buy the album here.

    Rachel Z, Omar Hakim & Maeve Royce, "The Trio of Oz"

    An off-road, yellow-brick trip using the music of Alice In Chains, Stone Temple Pilots, Death Cab For Cutie and other unlikely vehicles for a fresh swinging listen to the jazz trio interplay. Buy the album here.

    Marcus Printup, "A Time For Love"

    Trumpeter Marcus Printup comes to the show with a new trio effort featuring bassist Kengo Nakamura and Printup's wife Riza, an accomplished classical harpist. They offer gorgeous interpretations of tunes by Kenny Dorham, Benny Golson, Horace Silver, Herbie Hancock and Richard Rodgers. Marcus is a beautiful player and shows it very nicely here. Buy the album here.

    Click here for the complete list of new jazz releases: Read more

  • Morning Cup of Jazz 2/16/11

    February 16, 2011. Posted by Alex Rodriguez.

    Today at WBGO:

    - This week's edition of The Checkout, featuring Part One of "Houstonians in NYC" from 92Y Tribeca, is now available online.

    - Tonight at 6:30, JazzSet features Arturo O'Farrill & the Afro-Latin Orchestra at Newport. Arturo gives a blistering set with trumpeter Jon Faddis as special guest.

    - And at 7:30, World Vision Report brings the latest update on Egypt.

    - This week, WBGO is airing "Lift Every Voice!" a special documentary series that celebrates the rich African American choral music tradition. In case you miss it, the full series will appear later this week right here at the blog.

    - Race car driver Chase Mattioli sat down with host Doug Doyle for Sports Jam to talk about what motivates the 21-year old to excel on and off the race track.

    Click through to learn more about today's jazz happenings: Read more

  • Morning Cup of Jazz 2/15/11

    February 15, 2011. Posted by Alex Rodriguez.

    photo by Stéphane Bazart
    photo by Stéphane Bazart

    Today at WBGO:

    - Thanks to everyone who helped make our pledge drive a smashing success! If you missed out, though, you can pledge support online anytime.

    - Tonight at 6:30, The Checkout features Part One of "Houstonians in NYC" from 92Y Tribeca: Leron Thomas, Kendrick Scott Oracle, Alan Hampton and Erimaj.

    - And at 7:30, Latino USA looks at the recent AOL/Huffington Post merger and its impact on minority communities.

    - Are you following Evening Jazz DJ Awilda Rivera on Twitter yet?

    Click through to learn more about today's jazz happenings: Read more