WBGO Playdate

WBGO's Playdate with Matt Wilson: Show #4

Playdate Show 4

Welcome to Playdate! We''re halfway through our series of highlights from WBGO's archive of live recordings. Catch up on shows 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8  and explore our web extras.

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Playdate #4 features two wonderful sides of Max Roach, recorded live at WBGO. In May of 1987, the drummer visited our studios to present a solo drum offering, a set with his quartet, and a set with his Double Quartet (his quartet + strings.)

Playdate #4 opens with this Max Roach solo and gives a taste of his Double Quartet playing "Bright Moments" by Rahsaan Roland Kirk.

Playdate #4 also features two selections recorded at Tower Records on lower Broadway in New York City. James Newton plays a solo flute piece, and drummer Bob Moses leads a band featuring Newton, violinist John Blake, and pianist Geri Allen.

Saxophonist Michael Brecker then performs live at Manhattan's Iridium nightclub, at its original location 63rd Street and 8th Avenue, in 1996. This selection, "Nothing Personal," is a high-energy monster of a tune written by Don Grolnick which can also be heard on Brecker's 1987 self-titled album released on the Impulse! label.

The Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, which made its debut on Playdate #3, returns this week with their take on Duke Ellington's "The Mooche," as arranged by Jim McNeely. Then, we hop across the country to three outdoor West Coast jazz festivals. 

Enjoy the positive vibes of vocalist Kurt Elling in Oregon, violinist Stéphane Grappelli in Monterey, and drummer Shelly Manne in Long Beach, California. Sunny skies must mean it's time for another Playdate with WBGO.

Web Extras for Show #4:

Artist Selection Date Recorded Venue
Max Roach, drums Billy The Kid 5/24/87 WBGO Performance Studio
Max Roach Double Quartet: Cecil Bridgewater, tpt; Odean Pope, t sax; Tyrone Brown, bass; Max Roach, drums; Diane Monroe, vln; Lesa Terry, vln; Maxine Roach, vla; Zela Terry, vc. Bright Moments 5/24/87 WBGO Performance Studio
James Newton, fl Tenderly 5/9/84 Tower Records
James Newton, fl; John Blake, vln; Geri Allen, piano; Jerome Harris, bass; Bob Moses, drums; Billy Martin, Manuel Montero, perc Black Orchid 5/9/84 Tower Records
Michael Brecker, t sax; Joey Calderazzo, piano; James Genus, bass; Jeff "Tain" Watts, drums Nothing Personal 11/21/96 Iridium
The Carnegie Hall Jazz Band: Jon Faddis, musical director, trumpet; Earl Gardner, Lew Soloff, Byron Stripling, Scott Wendholt, trumpet; Robin Eubanks, Douglas Purviance, Steve Turre, Dennis Wilson trombone; Jerry Dodgion, lead a sax; Frank Wess, t sax; Ralph Lalama, t sax; Dick Oatts, a sax; Gary Smulyan, b sax; Kenny Drew Jr., piano; Ben Wolfe, bass; Kenny Washington, drums The Mooche 3/14/96 Carnegie Hall
Kurt Elling, voice; Laurence Hobgood, piano; Darek Oles, bass; Herb Graham Jr., drums April In Paris 8/1/98 Mount Hood
Stéphane Grappelli, vln; Bucky Pizzarelli, gtr; Jon Burr, bass Night and Day 9/16/95 Monterey Jazz Festival
Frank Collett, piano; Monty Budwig, bass; Shelly Manne, drums Hi-Fly 6/9/84 Long Beach Summer Jazz Festival


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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