WBGO Playdate

WBGO's Playdate With Matt Wilson: Show #6

Playdate Show #6

Welcome to Playdate #6! Catch up on shows 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8  and explore our web extras.

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Dizzy Gillespie influenced and mentored countless musicians throughout his 50+ years in the business. For this Playdate, we're featuring players who graduated from the school of Dizzy.

We kick things off with vocalist Carmen McRae with special guest, tenor saxophonist Zoot Sims, at the Blue Note in New York City in 1983. This concert was eventually released in 1995 as McRae's live recording For Lady Day, on Novus.

Art by Joe Ciardiello (www.joeciardiello.com)

Then we dive into Dizzy's legacy with The Modern Jazz Quartet, Paquito D'Rivera, and The Carnegie Hall Jazz Band led by Jon Faddis. To hear the full audio of Paquito D'Rivera playing the Dizzy Gilespie classic, "Tanga," click the link below.

Next is a hard-swinging performance by the Terence Blanchard / Donald Harrison Group, circa 1984/85, featuring the late pianist Mulgrew Miller.

Closing out is a special duet performance with bassists Ray Brown (1926-2002) and Christian McBride, born in 1972. We also hear directly from Christian, who was 22 years old at the time of this recording, about what it felt like to play with Ray Brown at the 1994 Monterey Jazz Festival.

"Imagine a truck with a Rolls Royce engine. And one that could kiss the ground like a sportscar," says Christian.

Check back in with us soon to hear the duet and extended interview.

Web Extras for Show #6:

The Line-up:

Artist Selection Date Recorded Venue
Carmen McRae, voice; Zoot Sims, t sax; Marshall Otwell, piano; John Leftwich, bass; Donald Bailey, drums I Hear Music, Loverman 12/31/83 The Blue Note, NY
Modern Jazz Quartet: John Lewis, piano; Milt Jackson, vibes; Percy Heath, bass; Connie Kay, drums Sasha's March 9/19/86 Paul Masson Winery, CA
Paquito D'Rivera, a sax; guests Nestor Torres, fl, and Dick Oatts, a sax; Juan Cruz-Urquiza, tpt; Mike Orta, piano, Nicky Orta, bass; Horacio Hernendez, drums Tanga 7/4/93 Iowa City Jazz Festival
The Carnegie Hall Jazz Band: Jon Faddis, Musical Director and tpt; Earl Gardner, Lew Soloff, Byron Stripling, Kamau Adilifu, tpt; Urbie Green, Mike Grey, David Taylor, Dennis Wilson, tbn; Jerry Dodgion, Justin Robinson a sax; Billy Harper, Lew Tabackin, t sax; Gary Smulyan, b sax; James Williams, piano; Ira Coleman, bass; Dennis Mackrel, drums Cool Breeze 10/22/92 Carnegie Hall
Terence Blanchard / Donald Harrison Group: Blanchard, tpt; Harrison, a sax; Mulgrew Miller, piano; Phil Bowler, bass; Ralph Peterson, Jr., drums Let's Go Off 1984/1985 Rutgers University-Livingston, NJ
Ray Brown, bass; Christian McBride, bass Bye, Bye Blackbird 9/16/94 Monterey (CA) Jazz Festival


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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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