• NEA Jazz Masters live broadcast on WBGO

    January 7, 2010. Posted by Brandy Wood.

    NEA artwork 2010

    WBGO Jazz 88.3FM will broadcast the 2010 NEA Jazz Masters Awards Ceremony & Concert taking place on Tuesday, January 12 at 7:30PM in the Rose Theater at Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center at Broadway at 60th Street.  The performance will feature the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis in a program dedicated to the 2010 honorees’ works.

    Joining the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra will be many of the honorees themselves including Muhal Richard Abrams, Bill Holman (as guest conductor), Annie Ross, and Cedar Walton. Also featured will be 2010 Jazz Master Kenny Barron on solo piano and 2010 Jazz Master Yusef Lateef with percussionist Adam Pudolph. George Avakian will receive the A.B. Spellman NEA Jazz Masters Award for Jazz Advocacy.

    Twenty-six fellow NEA Jazz Masters will be in the audience, including Toshiko Akiyoshi, Ornette Coleman, Paquito d’Rivera, Ramsey Lewis, and Dr. Billy Taylor.  The broadcast will be co-hosted by WBGO’s Gary Walker and Sirius/XM’s Mark Ruffin, and carried on both WBGO and Sirius/XM’s Real Jazz channel.

  • Sat nite @ NJPAC - Branford & Maria

    December 6, 2009. Posted by Becca Pulliam.

    NJPAC outdid itself, presenting the Branford Marsalis Quartet and Maria Schneider Orchestra on Saturday night. Branford is the classicist and Maria the colorist, and the third star is the concert hall, Prudential Hall. Read more

  • More Champions of Jazz -- DownBeat Magazine

    November 11, 2009. Posted by Becca Pulliam.

    Frank Paquito

    As WBGO celebrates 30 years, DownBeat celebrates 75. We honored publisher Frank Alkyer, musician Paquito D’Rivera (on this month’s cover), and Down Beat President Kevin Maher at the Champions of Jazz benefit concert on Nov 3. They responded with these words.

    FROM FRANK ALKYER, PUBLISHER .. We are very proud to accept this award on behalf of the DownBeat family -- 75 years worth of great writers, editors, photographers, business managers, bookkeepers, receptionists and interns. All of them have played a role in Read more

  • Streisand Returns to the Village Vanguard

    September 26, 2009. Posted by Amy Niles.

    Are you going?

    48 years ago, she was the opening act for Miles Davis ( well, according to her website, she WANTED to open for Miles but she didn't get the gig).

    Lorraine Gordon, the owner of the Vanguard-  has a deep philosophical connection to Streisand-they both share the same attitude about the causes they believe in and will stop at nothing for what they believe. Two dynamic women who have passions that transcend this business of music.

    So, I approach Streisand's return to her acoustic, un- overproduced roots with optimism. Maybe she picked the Vanguard because she is finally ready to allow us to hear her instrument again. You can't hide anything at the Vanguard-  Lorraine won't let you.

    She has a new album. Diana Krall is on piano. She makes the connection singing Bernstein's "Some Other Time", a song recorded to perfection by Tony Bennett and the Vanguard's house pianist of that other time, Bill Evans.  I reserve judgment until I hear it.

    I am not going to her concert. I didn't even try to enter the lottery to get one of only 80 tickets. I will watch the video along with the gizillions of others next week, after she has had her chance to make sure that it is up to her standards.

    Gee, when  we make our monthly broadcast from the Vanguard, you get to hear and watch the artist live. Warts and all. That's jazz.

  • Live at Joe's Pub - July 21st

    July 10, 2009. Posted by Joshua Jackson.

    Mark your calendars for Tuesday, July 21st. That's when I co-host a show with NPR Music's Bob Boilen from Joe's Pub. Come hear some cool music, and maybe watch live radio.