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  • 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!

  • Erik Truffaz: Sound Sculptor

    July 2, 2009. Posted by Joshua Jackson.

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    Trumpeter Eriz Truffaz is largely unknown to the American audience, but he has quite a following in Montreal.  Last night, he played the Salle de Gesu with a pianist, tabla player, and Carnatic singers from India.  They played music from Benares, one of his three new CDs.
    Hear some of the show:

    I spoke with Erik Truffaz about his Rendezvous collaborations - Benares, Mexico, and Paris.  Pretty fascinating stuff.