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  • JazzSet: The Keys to New Orleans

    November 12, 2008. Posted by Becca Pulliam.

    Henry Butler Photo
    JazzSet recorded the "Keys to New Orleans" concert, featuring pianists Jon Cleary, Henry Butler and Allen Toussaint, at the Kennedy Center on November 9. Mark Schramm was our onsite producer, Duke Markos at the recording console. Mark says the music was FANTASTIC, and more.

    "Jon Cleary got us off to great start with his fast-moving set of short tunes, a mix of originals and Bayou classics. He plays and sings with great spirit. Infectious!"

    "Henry Butler! Man, what an INCREDIBLE talent. He PLAYS the piano, the whole instrument -- what a left hand! He did a couple of his own tunes, and then (touchingly) one of Allen's compositions, 'Workin' in the Coal Mine.' Allen was and is an inspiration for Henry. They have a warm relationship on and off the stand. Henry sings in a deep, rich baritone."

    Listen to Henry Butler play "Workin' in the Coal Mine."

    "And then there was Allen. What can you say? The man is a legend for a reason. He opened both sets with two of his tunes, 'We are America' and 'Yes We Can,' which seemed appropriate given the setting and timing of this concert. Henry joined Allen for a little four-hand piano on Allen's tune 'Mr. Mardi Gras,' and Allen gave out some mardi gras presents to the audience while Henry played solo. Allen finished both his sets with extended versions of 'Southern Night' -- he painted a lovely picture of growing up in New Orleans, the people, the houses, the streets -- wonderful storytelling, and then the familiar song itself to finish up."

    Catch the full set on JazzSet in early 2009! In Surround Sound.

  • Interview & Feature with NEA Chairman Dana Gioia

    November 11, 2008. Posted by Simon Rentner.

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    Dana Gioia

    WBGO collaborated with the National Endowment for the Arts and Jazz at Lincoln Center to bring you the live broadcast of the 2009 NEA Jazz Masters Award Ceremony in Rose Theater on October 17th.  We hope to post the complete live broadcast of the ceremony on this blog in April of 2009.  While we wait for that concert to be on-demand, here's an interview with the chairman of the NEA, Dana Gioia, who'll be stepping down from his position to focus on poetry at the end of the year. - Simon Rentner

    Click here for the short feature.

    And here for the full interview.

  • Andrew Meyer Wraps It Up

    November 5, 2008. Posted by Daniel Karcher.

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