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  • Zakir Hussain ... Russell Malone

    May 1, 2009. Posted by Becca Pulliam.

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    Photo by Stephanie Berger - All Rights Reserved
    Photo by Stephanie Berger - All Rights Reserved

    A friend told me we must go see Zakir Hussain, Bela Fleck and Edgar Meyer at Zankel Hall at Carnegie. I love Zankel Hall with its blond wood sleek lines.  On this occasion, center stage, there was a riser with a colorful rug and numerous hand drums, tablas from India, simple but beautiful.

    This three-piece group has made a CD with the Detroit Symphony (not out yet), but April 28 at Zankel was its first live performance, Bela said from the stage. If you feel fear, it’s us, he said. He must be joking.

    Bela plays the banjo, which begs the question, how far can this take him? His melodies sing. His drones and figures glow. And when he works a sequence up the neck at top speed, he is amazing. Hussain – sitting in a yoga-like position throughout – is fingers and drums, making melody all the time. Galloping raindrops. One move – he draws the inside of his left wrist forward across the drumhead to make a tenor rub sound in offbeats. I got hooked on it. You cannot get enough. This was my introduction to Edgar Meyer. His bass sings with the flexibility of a cello. Anything he does – plucking or bowed – seems effortless. All three players share that quality.

    The first half of the show was magic – a series of different pieces, seductive or stunning,  each ending slightly before I wanted it to. No one was reading music. In the second half, the concentration was less intense, and some humor. There was a canon, a round between Edgar and Bela (played from a score) with Zakir doing his thing throughout. There was a Hussain “solo” piece. And for the encore, I swear they played “Jordu” by Duke Jordan! If I am mis-identifying that piece, someone please chime in. I’d love to hear from others.
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  • Cookin with Sara and Rhonda Redux

    May 1, 2009. Posted by Simon Rentner.

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    Due to overwhelming demand, we've posted the complete play list for Cookin' with Sara and Rhonda.  See below.  To see the Cookin' with Sara and Rhonda webpage with the recipes featured on the show, click here.  In case you missed the program, listen here.

    COOKIN WITH SARA & RHONDA PLAYLIST

    EVERYBODY EATS WHEN THEY COME TO MY HOUSE by CAB CALLOWAY-HI DE HO MAN CAB CALLOWAY CLASSICS on COLUMBIA
    HOLD TIGHT, HOLD TIGHT
    by THE ANDREW SISTERS –THE ANDREW SISTERS COLLECTORS SERIES on CAPITOL
    SATURDAY NIGHT FISH FRY
    by LOUIS JORDAN –THE BEST OF LOUIS JORDAN on MCA
    THE FRIM FRAM SAUCE
    by Nat King Cole –The Classic Singles on CAPITOL
    HOME COOKIN’
    by LAMBERT, HENDRICKS & ROSS –EVERYBODY’S BOPPIN’ on COLUMBIA
    YOU’RE MY DISH
    by FATS WALLER & HIS RHYTHM –THE MIDDLE YEARS PART 1 (1936-38) on BLUEBIRD
    HOME COOKIN’
    by HORACE SILVER –THE STYLINGS OF SILVER on BLUE NOTE
    HEY PETE! LET’S EAT MO’ MEAT
    by DIZZY GILLESPIE DIZZY GILLESPIE CAREER on SHOUT FACTORY
    I CAN COOK TOO
    by MARIAN MCPARTLAND WEST SIDE STORY on TIME
    FRIED NECK BONES & SOME HOME FRIES
    by WILLIE BOBOUNO, DOS, TRES on VERVE
    BANANA SPLIT
    by LOUIS PRIMA - LOUIS PRIMA COLLECTORS SERIES on CAPITOL
    I WANT THE WAITER WITH THE WATER
    by ELLA FITZGERALD - THE EARLY YEARS – PART 2 on DECCA
    SWITCHIN’ IN THE KITCHEN
    by JOE TURNER
    BIG JOE RIDES AGAIN on ATLANTIC

  • WBGO Wins National Award for Youth Initiatives!

    May 1, 2009. Posted by Brandy Wood.

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    Jazz Appreciation Month

    WBGO has received a My Source Community Impact Award for Engagement from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB).

    The My Source Community Impact Awards for Engagement were created by CPB to give well-deserved recognition to stations for their commitment and responsiveness to their communities, providing innovative services -- on- air, online, and in- person -- that have measureable results.

    “WBGO has direct access to the entire community via its broadcast, on line and in-person communication platforms,” said WBGO General Manager Cephas Bowles.

    “Through these platforms, we can share those important moments and experiences that help illuminate and define us as individuals and as communities. We serve as the actual and virtual town square where listeners both receive and disseminate information and cultural enrichment,” he said. “WBGO recognizes the uniqueness of its stage and uses it to benefit the entire local community. To do anything less would be to squander this amazing and enviable asset.”

    WBGO was cited for its educational outreach and youth initiatives, helping to perpetuate the art of jazz, through the free WBGO Kids Jazz Series, its Jazzamatazz children’s newsletter and Jazz Appreciation Month live broadcast in April with high school and college jazz bands from the local community.

    “From the economy to the environment, from health concerns to arts education, public broadcasting stations are a trusted source of information and engagement for all Americans,” said Pat Harrison, president and CEO of CPB. “CPB congratulates WBGO for its outstanding work.”

    WBGO’s project will be recognized at the Public Radio Development and Marketing Conference on July 8 in San Diego, California.

    Kids Jazz Series