WBGO Playdate

WBGO's Playdate with Matt Wilson: Show #3

Playdate Show 3

Welcome to Playdate! This special series rolls out highlights from WBGO's archive of live recordings. Catch up on shows 1, 24, 5, 6, 7, 8  and explore our web extras.

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Show #3 kicks off in Newark with vocalist Joe Williams, from WBGO's very first Singers Unlimited Brunch in October of 1987!

We've preserved the exciting energy of this moment, with WBGO's Michael Bourne, who still hosts Singers Unlimited every Sunday morning at 10 a.m., introducing Williams.

Were you there? Did you hear the original broadcast? If you did - or if you didn't -  leave us a comment at the bottom of the page.

Playdate then takes us on a tour of Manhattan's vibrant 1980s jazz scene. First, we visit The Beacon Theater on the Upper West Side in 1985, where we hear an all-star showcase of swing fronted by organist Jimmy Smith. 

We then travel to the Public Theater in 1981, where we hear tenor saxophone titan Joe Henderson - also known as Joe Hen - with pianist Fred Hersch, bassist Ron Carter, and drummer Roy Haynes on an uptempo blues favorite, "Tenor Madness," composed by Sonny Rollins. Pete Yellin on alto sax and Curtis Fuller on trombone round out this sextet.

From 1983, we have a soulful tribute to Wes Montgomery by guitarist Kevin Eubanks and bassist Cameron Brown from New York's Jazz Forum, and - for a change of pace - we visit Brazil via Pasadena with vocalists Ivan Lins and Dori Caymmi, and vocalist Betty Carter in Detroit. 

We've already posted a bonus audio extra from Mario Bauzá's historic set at The Village Gate in 1990, which featured trumpeter Arturo Sandoval's first performance in the United States after defecting from Cuba. Read about the event and hear "Mambo Inn" here.

Later in the week, we'll unveil a web extra on the wonderful big band that closes our show - the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band (1992-2002), which will be featured again on future episodes of Playdate. This week, we hear the Louis Prima classic, made famous by clarinetist Benny Goodman,  "Sing, Sing, Sing." This recording features saxophonist Dave Liebman. 

Stay tuned. Play on, and play out!

Web Extras for Show #3:

Artist Selection Date Recorded Venue
Joe Williams, voice; Norman Simmons, piano; Bob Badgely, bass; Garryck King, drums Baby, Please Don't Go 10/18/87 WBGO Performance Studio
Jimmy Smith, organ; Frank Foster, t sax; Jon Faddis, tpt; Kenny Burrell, g; Grady Tate, drums Shiny Stockings 11/8/85 Beacon Theater
Joe Henderson, t sax; Curtis Fuller, tbn; Pete Yellin, a sax; Fred Hersch, piano; Ron Carter, bass; Roy Haynes, drums Tenor Madness 11/7/81 The Public Theater
Kevin Eubanks, g; Cameron Brown, bass Blues for Wes 2/12/83 The Jazz Forum
Ivan Lins, keys, voice; Dori Caymmi, voice; Rique Pantoja, keys; Ricardo Silveira, g Jimmy Johnson, bass; Claudio Slon, drums, Cássio Duarte, perc Antes Que Seja Tarde 8/7/93 Pasadena Jazz Festival
Mario Bauzá, bandleader; Victor Paz, Stan Davis, Riss Konikoff, trumpet; Rolando Briceño, Edward Xiquez, Lou Marini, Don Byron, saxophones; Gerry Chamberlain, Mike Christainson, trombone; Marcos Persinai, piano; Guillermo Edgehill, bass; Papo Pepin, congas; Joe Gonzalez, bongos/cowbell; Bobby Sanabria, drums Frenzy - also known as - Wild Jungle 8/20/90 The Village Gate
Betty Carter, voice; Cyrus Chestnut, piano; Chris Thomas, bass; Clarence Penn, drums Thirty Years 9/7/92 Detroit Jazz Festival
Carnegie Hall Jazz Band: Jon Faddis, musical director, trumpet; David Liebman, guest soloist/sop sax; Randy Brecker, Earl Gardner, Lew Soloff, Byron Stripling, trumpet; Urbie Green, Slide Hampton, Steve Turre, trombone; Jerry Dodgion, lead a sax; Alex Foster, t sax; Ralph Moore, t sax; Justin Robinson, a sax; Gary Smulyan, b sax; Jim McNeely, piano; Peter Washington, bass; Victor Lewis, drums Sing, Sing, Sing 10/21/93 Carnegie Hall


Support comes from the National Endowment for the Arts, New Jersey State Council on the Arts and WBGO.

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Produced for WBGO by Alexander Ariff,
with Becca Pulliam and Duke Markos, Executive Producer Josh Jackson.

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