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  • Streisand Returns to the Village Vanguard

    September 26, 2009. Posted by Amy Niles.

    Are you going?

    48 years ago, she was the opening act for Miles Davis ( well, according to her website, she WANTED to open for Miles but she didn't get the gig).

    Lorraine Gordon, the owner of the Vanguard-  has a deep philosophical connection to Streisand-they both share the same attitude about the causes they believe in and will stop at nothing for what they believe. Two dynamic women who have passions that transcend this business of music.

    So, I approach Streisand's return to her acoustic, un- overproduced roots with optimism. Maybe she picked the Vanguard because she is finally ready to allow us to hear her instrument again. You can't hide anything at the Vanguard-  Lorraine won't let you.

    She has a new album. Diana Krall is on piano. She makes the connection singing Bernstein's "Some Other Time", a song recorded to perfection by Tony Bennett and the Vanguard's house pianist of that other time, Bill Evans.  I reserve judgment until I hear it.

    I am not going to her concert. I didn't even try to enter the lottery to get one of only 80 tickets. I will watch the video along with the gizillions of others next week, after she has had her chance to make sure that it is up to her standards.

    Gee, when  we make our monthly broadcast from the Vanguard, you get to hear and watch the artist live. Warts and all. That's jazz.

  • Live at the Village Vanguard: Billy Hart Quartet

    September 23, 2009. Posted by Joshua Jackson.

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    Listen to the archived broadcast:

    Watch the performance:

    See some photos.

  • More Pet Day Antics

    September 15, 2009. Posted by Amy Niles.

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    In honor of pet day on WBGO, we decided to imagine what would happen if our favorite pets would be named for jazz musicians. We got a little carried away- we invite you to join the fun and add to our list.

    We start with Max Roach who was married to Tabbey Lincoln

    The rest came in no particular order... All in good fun! And don't forget to make a pledge to wbgo in honor of your pet...

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