March 7, 2008. Posted by Simon Rentner.
Bassist Dennis Irwin is in need of immediate financial and medical help. He was recently diagnosed with a tumor on his spinal chord. Jazz at Lincoln Center in partnership with the Jazz Foundation of America presents an extraordinary benefit concert in the Allen Room this Monday at 7:30. Joe Lovano, John Scofield invited some top names in jazz to participate. Here is a short list: The Bill Charlap Trio with Tony Bennett, Wynton Marsalis, Mose Allison, Jack DeJohnette, Bill Frisell, David Berger and Sultans of Swing, John Pattitucci, Jon Hendricks, Jim Hall, Paul Motian, Ron Carter. There will probably be others too. A quick observation: It is remarkable that Dennis Irwin touched and performed with such a diverse list of artists. This should definitely be one of the jazz musical events of the year in New York, and the world. Plus the $150.00 cover is certainly going to a just cause.Tickets: Jazz at Lincoln Center Box Office on Broadway at 60th Street in New York; by calling CenterCharge at (212) 721-6500; or through Jazz at Lincoln Center.
To help Dennis with a contribution, please visit his website.
This tribute to Dennis, created by Bret Primack, includes a performance clip from the Joe Lovano Nonet, "New Morning: The Paris Concert," as well as video Bret shot at Joe's "Streams of Expression" recording session in December of 2005.
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March 6, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.
Dr. Billy Taylor, at 86, is still a great broadcaster. The good doctor has been spreading the jazz message on multiple broadcast platforms for more than half a century. In the 1950s, he was one of the first jazz musicians to have a daily radio program. He also hosted a weekly television show, The Subject is Jazz. He was the jazz correspondent on CBS Sunday Morning. He hosted two NPR programs, Jazz Alive and Jazz at the Kennedy Center. He founded Jazzmobile. And he's had a web presence for the last seven years. Dr. Billy Taylor's website now includes many classic videos culled from an extraordinary life in jazz. Here's one of the many gems you'll discover - a performance with Billy Taylor, Duke Ellington and Willie "The Lion" Smith:
While you're here, dig this interview with Dr. Taylor and WBGO's Gary Walker.
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March 6, 2008. Posted by Doug Doyle.
Two guys who never formally met before sat down for an interview...and could have chatted for hours...that's what happened when saxophonist and composer Don Braden came in for the latest SportsJam session. Even though Don had been at Jazz 88 many times, I've never had a chance to talk to him. It's amazing how jazz, sports and kids can create bonds. Don brought his gorgeous sax and thrilled us with his jazzy rendition of the Star Spangled Banner and an original tune he composed for his daughter. Don's strict fitness and nutrition program inspired this overweight anchor to hit the gym!
Check out our conversation.
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