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  • At 83, George Wein Becomes The Newport Rebel

    March 4, 2009. Posted by Joshua Jackson.

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    Photo by Jim Cooper (AP)

    Associated Press:
    The founder of the Newport folk and jazz festivals announced Tuesday that he will produce both events this summer, returning to a leadership role after selling his production company two years ago.

    Jazz impresario George Wein, 83, said he decided to step in after learning that the new owner, the Festival Network, was experiencing financial problems and that the decades-old Newport festivals were in danger of being canceled.

    "I can't let the festivals die," said Wein, who had remained involved with the shows for the last two years. "They're too much of my life."
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  • WBGO gallery event was a big success!

    March 2, 2009. Posted by Brandy Wood.

    Photo by Vincent Cartier
    Photo by Vincent Cartier

    Last week's gallery reception for Lady Bird Strickland had a great turnout, and everyone enjoyed Eli Yamin's performance. His guests included Keith Martin on trumpet, an 8th grader from Mark Twain School for the Gifted and Talented.

    Lady Bird spoke with the crowd, and the art filled the station to the brim!

    The exhibit is on display at WBGO until April 3, Monday through Friday, 9am-5pm.

  • Mingus and Monk - last week in New York

    March 1, 2009. Posted by Becca Pulliam.

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    The King Phillip Regional High School Combo from Wrentham, MA, was a winner in the Charles Mingus Jazz Competition, February 22 in Manhattan

    Last week was book-ended by exhilarating concerts. On Sunday at Manhattan School of Music, I witnessed the first-ever Charles Mingus High School Jazz Band Competition (Northeast). The first contender, from Gates Chili HS in Rochester, was BIG (with girls too) - as wide as a subway car is long – and FIRED UP, and the intensity continued through five potential champions, playing for keeps. Rochester’s Eastman Youth Jazz Orch won. Mingus Dynasty played at the end. Helen Sung on piano! On Friday, IN MY MIND - a multi-media Thelonious Monk at Town Hall concert - was signed sealed & delivered by Jason Moran & his 8-piece Big Bandwagon. Nasheet Waits on drums! Above the stage, images of the Flower District (the neighborhood for the jazz loft scene circa 1960) were superimposed with words, in a closed-caption sort of way but beautifully designed. It was moving to experience music, visuals and typography together. Were others there? Please comment!