October 27, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.
WBGO was part of an extraordinary evening last night at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. After Saturday's Latin Jazz tour with Paquito D'Rivera at the Victoria Theater, we wrapped up our weekend coverage of NJPAC's Alternate Routes festival tonight at Prudential Hall. The muse of Minas Gerais, Brazil's Milton Nascimento, celebrated his 66th birthday onstage with the Jobim Trio, featuring Antonio Carlos Jobim's son and grandson, guitarist Paulo Jobim and pianist Daniel Jobim. Rodrigo Villa supported on bass, as did the steady rhythm of drummer Paolo Braga. They played new arrangements of bossa nova classics (largely from the Antonio Carlos Jobim/Vinicius De Moraes songbook), a Dorival Caymmi standard, and a few anthems from Nascimento's time in the clube da esquina movement in Brazil's popular music. All in all, it was a beautiful view into the modern identity of Brazilian song, with a willing audience of Portuguese speakers from Newark's Ironbound neighborhood. Here's the rundown of the show, and what you'll hear when you listen online:
1. Garota de Ipanema - AC Jobim (not available online)
2. Aguas de Marco - AC Jobim
3. So Tinha De Ser Com Voce - Elis Regina
4. O Vento - Dorival Caymmi
5. Brigas Nunca Mais - AC Jobim/Vinicius De Moraes
6. Inutil Paisagem - AC Jobim/Aloysio de Oliveira
7. Chega de Saudades - AC Jobim/De Moraes
8. Medo de Amar - Vinicius De Moraes
9. Velho Riacho (Pra Nao Sofrer) - AC Jobim
10. Esperanca Perdida - AC Jobim/Billy Blanco
11. Eu Sei Que Vou Te Amar - AC Jobim/De Moraes
12. Dias Azuis - Daniel Jobim
13. Para Lennon e McCartney - Lo Borges-F.Brant/Nascimento
14. Cravo e Canela - Nascimento
15. Samba Do Aviao - AC Jobim
16. Maria, Maria [encore] - Nascimento
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October 26, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.
Paquito D'Rivera inaugurated a weekend of "Alternate Routes" at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, and WBGO was there to broadcast the event. Part of the three day Encuentros! Latin Jazz festival, D'Rivera's two sets at the Victoria Theater were a pan-Latin, pan-Caribbean, and steelpan affair. Andy Narell joined core members of D'Rivera's group for "Paquito's Latin Side of Jazz," along with bandoneon player Hector del Curto. Taken together, the concert featured carnival-inspired jazz from Trinidad and Tobago, Argentina's tango and nuevo tango traditions, blues for both a fictitious journalist from Kazakhstan and a very real 26-inch "living doll" named Chiquita, a Venezuelan waltz, and jazz from a Puerto Rican. Here's the breakdown:
1. Kalinda - composed by Andy Narell
2. Bandoneon interlude featuring Hector del Curto
3. Oblivion - composed by Astor Piazzolla
4. Borat in Syracuse - composed by Paquito D'Rivera
5. Manha de Carnaval - composed by Luiz Bonfa
6. La Yumba/Caravan - composed by Osvaldo Pugliese/Juan Tizol
1. Valse Venezolano - composed by Paquito D'Rivera
2. Preludio #3 - composed by Roberto Pansera
3. Chiquita Blues - composed by Paquito D'Rivera
4. Libertango - composed by Astor Piazzolla
5. To Brenda With Love - composed by Paquito D'Rivera
Enjoy the concert, and check out more photos after the jump.
-Josh Read more
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October 23, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.
Listen to the archived concert.
View some photos from our time at the Vanguard.
Read the live blog.
Hear an interview with Anat Cohen.
Find out what's in her digital music player.
Visit the Live at the Village Vanguard concert series on NPR Music.
Contribute to public radio.
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October 22, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.
Anat walked into the club a few minutes before doors opened to the public. She's using a new reed on her soprano saxophone tonight, so she spent some time warming up the soprano and breaking in the new reed.
The first set is sold out tonight. There's a party of 16, a party of 10, and a party in the Village Vanguard tonight.
Anat and I have talked through tonight's program. Should be a good one!
Pianist Jason Lindner just arrived. He and Anat are talking about how to end the second set. They're ahead of everyone tonight.
The band's all here. Showtime in T minus 8 minutes.
We're live. Anat Cohen and her quartet (Jason Lindner, piano; Joe Martin, bass; Daniel Freedman, drums) are blasting into a modern arrangement of Fats Waller's "Jitterbug Waltz."
Anat quotes "Pop Goes the Weasel." Thad Jones would be proud. His quote of it from Count Basie's version of "April in Paris" is one for the ages. One more time!
Montuno, baby! Ernesto Lecuona's "Siboney," played with vigor. Anat's clarinet tone is the sound of unbridled optimism. It's refreshing.
This is such a difficult song to cover. If you're gonna tackle Sam Cooke's "A Change is Gonna Come," you better bring everything you have to this song. I believe Anat has done that.
"Washington Square Park" opens with Jason Lindner plucking the piano strings, which are covered with paper. It makes the piano sound like a berimbau, or some kind of African-based instrument. Very cool.
Anat switches to tenor sax.
That song went to a lot of places. All in Washington Square Park. Now, we're moving into the blues with Don't Let the Sun Catch You Cryin'. As an aside, I really love Taj Mahal's version...
Clsong out the set with the Brazilian Duke Ellington, Pixinguinha. His composition "Um A Zero." Tudo bem!
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October 13, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.
Kenny Garrett visited Afternoon Jazz this weekend, as he celebrated his recent release, Sketches of MD, on Mack Avenue Records. Kenny brought a young group to the Iridium last week, and to J&R Music World on Saturday: Cory Henry on Hammond B-3 organ; electric bassist Kona Khashu, and drummer Justin Brown. Monifa Brown hosted the concert and interview. Click here to listen.
A bonus photo from WBGO's Thurston Briscoe after the jump.
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