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  • WBGO Remembers Drummer Paul Motian

    November 22, 2011. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    WBGO says goodbye to our friend drummer Paul Motian, who passed away early this morning at age eighty at Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan.

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    Motian first rose to prominence in the fifties in Bill Evans' trio with bassist Scott LaFaro, then played with Paul Bley, Keith Jarrett, and hundreds of others. He also led a trio for more than twenty years with tenor saxophonist Joe Lovano and guitarist Bill Frisell.

    I chatted with Motian at the Village Vanguard on June 21, when he played two sets in fine form with saxophonist Mark Turner. Adding up all of the bands he had led or joined onstage at the club, we reckoned he probably performed there more than any other person in the club's 76 years of operation. He was certainly a favorite of the Vanguard's owner, Lorraine Gordon, who sets high sonic standards for the club. She booked Motian and his bands several times a year.

    Motian was certainly a favorite of WBGO's, and his legacy lives on in the hundreds of musicians, many of them half, or even a quarter, of his age, with whom he shared his wisdom.

    We were fortunate over the years to present Motian's live performances many times, including the June show at the Vanguard, which you can see by clicking on the pane below or listen to here. You can also hear Motian on two other WBGO broadcasts from the Vanguard, with saxophonist Bill McHenry on June 8, 2009, and with Frisell and Lovano on September 3, 2008.

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    Thank you, Paul, and rest easy: your light and sound shine on!

  • Bill McHenry Quartet Live at the VIllage Vanguard

    November 9, 2011. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    WBGO presents tenor saxophonist Bill McHenry with Orrin Evans on piano, Eric Revis on bass and Andrew Cyrille on drums, live from the Village Vanguard. The group will play highlights from McHenry's forthcoming CD release, Ghosts of the Sun.

    Watch the archive of both sets below.

    Set 1

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    Set 2

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    We're live from the Vanguard every month, in partnership with our friends at NPR Music, and you can check out some of our past broadcasts here. Explore a bit, and among other treats you'll discover our 2009 broadcast of two sets with McHenry's Quintet, also from the Village Vanguard. Enjoy!

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  • Geri Allen Trio: Live At The Village Vanguard

    September 7, 2011. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    WBGO is proud to present the Geri Allen Trio in a webcast from the Village Vanguard in Manhattan at 9 p.m. on Wednesday, September 7. You can also take part in our live chat below.

    We're live from the Vanguard every month, in partnership with our friends at NPR Music, and you can check out some of our past broadcasts here. Enjoy!


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