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  • James Moody on Piano Jazz

    December 16, 2010. Posted by Brandy Wood.

    As part of WBGO's Love for Moody Week, we will broadcast a repeat of Moody's performance on Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz.

    James Moody (2007 by Tom Pich, courtesy NEA)

    NEA Jazz Master James Moody was a saxophonist and flutist who got his first big break playing with Dizzy Gillespie in the 1940s. He continued to work with Gillespie and other greats throughout his long career.  On this Piano Jazz session from 1997, Moody performs his "Moody's Mood For Love," "Con Alma, " and "Giant Steps." James Moody died earlier this month after battling pancreatic cancer.

    Tune in Monday, December 20 at 12:08pm (just after the news) to hear this classic Piano Jazz on WBGO.

  • Members Night with Take Six

    December 15, 2010. Posted by Brandy Wood.

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    Joey Kibble and Jimmy HeathPhoto:  Saxophonist Jimmy Heath (right) surprises Take Six member Joey Kibble (left) after the show.

    Take Six Members Night

    Take Six is infectious. They know how to play to their audience. They’re loose except where it matters: their harmonies are simply incredible. How do they do it? WBGO Members wondered, watched and even sang along. Take Six fan and WBGO member Jimmy Heath and his wife Mona came out to celebrate with us. All in all it was a terrific holiday show at the Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College.  There were Take Six originals from all their albums, a great holiday section (Second Tenor Joey Kibble did an amazing Donny Hathaway-style lead with the rest backing him up on “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”) and a nice section where each member sang his influences. They said they are always asked what they were listening to when they were kids. So in this section of the show we were treated to a lot of Stevie Wonder, some Earth, Wind and Fire, even a Doobie Brothers tune!  After the show, WBGO members got special treatment – nice wine and hors doerves, the Take Six holiday CD and mingling with Sunday Night Music Mix and Late Night Jazz host Eulis Cathey. To top it off, the members of Take Six joined us to sign CDs and talk. It was a great night.

  • Moody's Mood from 12/31/84 - counting down to Toast of the Nation

    December 15, 2010. Posted by Becca Pulliam.

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    WBGO has been co-producing live all-night cross-country New Year's Eve specials with NPR since at least Dec 31 1982. 

    In 1984, James Moody opened his live NYE set from Sweet Basil in NYC with "Moody's Mood."  He sounds fabulous from the git-go.  I don't know why (I think it's the rhythm in which he delivers them) but my favorite five words are always ".. and then the girl says .."

    Harold Mabern, Todd Coolman and Eddie Gladden are on piano, bass and drums.  More great live NYE moments to come. Check back often, and tune into the broadcast this New Year's!