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  • What it takes to broadcast from a different country

    January 7, 2008. Posted by David Tallacksen.

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    IAJE is coming up, and we'll be broadcasting from it - bringing you great interviews and music and more. The trick is, this year IAJE is in another country - Canada. Toronto, to be exact. But that means we have to set up a mini studio in a place that one needs a passport to fly to. So what do we do? We'll be renting the big equipment (mixers and such) from the very helpful CBC (which you owe it to yourself to check out some of their radio offering). But there is still a lot of little stuff to bring:

    Tech for Toronto

    Now I just need to find room for a shirt or two...

  • Lionel Loueke - Karibu

    January 7, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.

    Lionel Loueke - Karibu

    I just listened to the advance of guitarist Lionel Loueke's Karibu, slated for release on March 25th on Blue Note. It features the GILFEMA trio (Lionel, Massimo Biolcati and Ferenc Nemeth), with special guests...HERBIE HANCOCK and WAYNE SHORTER.

    Prepare yourself for an astonishing version of Coltrane's "Naima," featuring Wayne on soprano.

    ...when you buy the record, that is...

    Alas, don't fret! I'm not that cruel. I will chase Lionel down for an interview at IAJE in Toronto. So stay tuned to the blog action from IAJE 2008 next week.

    Incidentally, the first time I heard Lionel was with Terence Blanchard, at the Top of the Senator club. During IAJE. Terence said to me, "You gotta check out this cat from Benin. You've never heard anything like this." I'm still saying that to myself in 2008. - Josh

  • New Ertegun Hall of Fame Website

    January 7, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.

    Ertegun Website Capture

    Jazz at Lincoln Center just launched a new website, featuring the thirty inductees of the Nesuhi Ertegun Hall of Fame.

    It's Flash based, so it has some snazzy design elements, but it takes forever to load pages. If you're patient, you'll find some valuable information about each artist, including photos, timelines, and a jukebox feature.

    Anyway, check it out here. - Josh

  • The Dearly Departed

    January 7, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.

    We lost two lights in the jazz community this weekend, singer Irene Reid and bassist Earl May.

    Here are their respective funeral arrangements.

    Irene Reid: Viewing: 2pm - 6:30pm
    Service: 6:30pm
    Thursday, January 10th
    The Greater Zion Hill Baptist Church
    127th and 8th Avenue, New York
    Earl May: Service: 11am
    Thursday, January 10th
    Bethany Baptist Church
    275 West Market Street
    Newark, New Jersey

    In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mr. May's name to:
    Jazzmobile
    154 West 127th Street
    New York, N.Y. 10027

    -Josh (on behalf of everyone at WBGO)

  • Sam Woodyard - Stompin' the Yard

    January 7, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.

    It's the birthday today of Sam Woodyard, one of the great drummers from Duke Ellington's Orchestra.

    Check out a killer solo from Sam Woodyard with Ellington, 1961.

     

    January seems to be a good month for drummers to join the world. This month alone, you'll find the birthdates of Kenny Clarke and Max Roach on the 9th and 10th (that's the bulk of bebop drums in two days). Then there's Grady Tate (1/14), Gene Krupa (1/15), and both Jeff "Tain" Watts and Jimmy Cobb on January 20th. - Josh