• Morning Cup of Jazz 4/18/11

    April 18, 2011. Posted by Alex Rodriguez.

    Leo Parker, born on this day in 1925

    Today at WBGO:

    - Jazz Appreciation Month is underway! Get in the spirit with WBGO's extensive programming, all month long.

    - From 2-3 p.m., SUNY-Purchase will perform live in the WBGO studios as part of our month-long celebration of student jazz.

    - Tonight at 6:30 pm, baritone Kevin Mahogany joins Todd Williams to recreate classics from the 1963 collaboration between John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman for Jazz at Lincoln Center radio, hosted by Wendell Pierce.

    - At 7:30, NJ Capitol Report features Senate President Steve Sweeney, and more New Jersey political news.

    Recent Jazzlinks:

    - This week's JazzSet is online, featuring pianist Renee Rosnes

    - The latest installment of You Don't Know Jazz w/ Dr. Lewis Porter takes a look at the origins of the word "jazz"

    - Peter Hum dissects the recent trend of many jazz festivals booking less-jazzy acts as headliners

    - As always, Patrick Jarenwattananon rounds up the week's jazz links

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  • Cole Porter Fellow to be named tonight in Indianapolis

    April 16, 2011. Posted by Becca Pulliam.

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    Emmet Cohen & Dee Dee rehearse



    Greetings from Indianapolis! I am here for the American Pianists Association finals. All five finalists are 24 or younger, and they are Emmet Cohen (grew up in Montclair), Aaron Diehl, Zach Lapidus, Jeremy Siskind and Glenn Zaleski. Tonight at the last event in the competition, Dee Dee Bridgewater sings a duet with each. I watched the rehearsal yesterday -- concentrated and fascinating.

    Last night at The Jazz Kitchen here, the competitors played 20 minutes apiece with the fine Indy bassist and drummer Frank Smith and Kenny Phelps. Then the house turned over and the program began again, with different music. The talent, training, individuality, originality and commitment to jazz of every performer engaged my complete attention.

    And I realized: those judges have a hard row to hoe! They are Geri Allen, Nate Chinen, Danilo Perez, Al Pryor (former WBGO Program Director), and John Taylor. Tonight at the Athenaeum, after performing with DD, each finalist plays one new arrangement with the Brent Wallarab Orchestra. Then Dan Tepfer, the 2007 Cole Porter Fellow, performs while the judges tally their ratings. The winner is named. After a two-year process, the new Cole Porter Fellow crosses the finish line.

    Tonight's show is a live videocast at 7:30 at http://www.americanpianists.org/media/live .. a live broadcast on wfyi.org .. I'll blog the winner and we'll have highlights on a future JazzSet! Or maybe two JazzSets. The material is great.

  • The Origins of the Word "Jazz"

    April 14, 2011. Posted by Alex Rodriguez.

    The first known recording that uses the word "Jazz"

    This is the second post in a new biweekly blog feature, You Don't Know Jazz! With Dr. Lewis Porter.

    Series Introduction

    Episode 1: A Blues Recording From the Congo -- In 1906!

    (PLEASE NOTE: If the reader uses any of the material from this series, no matter how brief, this article and its web address must be cited as the source. Thank you for respecting the intellectual property of Dr. Porter.)

    Where did your favorite four-letter-word "Jazz" come from? Not where you think!

    When it comes to the origin of the word “jazz,” it seems that each person simply believes what she or he wants to. Some people would like the word to come from Africa, so they firmly believe the stories that support that. Others want it to be an African American word, so they look for that. But professional linguists have been on the case for decades, and the real story is a lot less black and white.

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