October 8, 2013. Posted by Tim Wilkins.
WBGO is proud to announce the finalists of the 2013 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition (SVVC): Teira Church, Lydia Harrell, Jazzmeia Horn, Barbra Lica and Camille Thurman. Click on each name to meet these talented young ladies and to hear them sing.
Along with Kate Davis, this year's SVVC "rising star," these five were chosen from hundreds of singers from around the world. They will perform November 10 at 3 p.m. at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center's Victoria Theater for this year's "Sassy" Award, named in honor of legendary jazz singer and Newark native Sarah Vaughan, and prizes of up to $5,000.
This concert is the crowning event of the TD Bank James Moody Democracy of Jazz Festival, which presents concerts at NJPAC and elsewhere in Newark from November 4 through 10. Judges include world-renowned jazz singers Al Jarreau, Janis Siegel, and Gretchen Parlato, WBGO music director Gary Walker and JAZZ ROOTS producer Larry Rosen.
WBGO looks forward to introducing you to these remarkable young talents, and we will interview all of the SVVC finalists on air before the competition. Who do you hope will win? Click here to let us know, and bookmark WBGO.ORG/SASSY for all the latest updates.
"“Sarah Vaughan always places among the top of our listener’s choice polls, and we look forward to the day when a winner of this competition might also become a mainstay of our programming,” says Amy Niles, WBGO's acting president and CEO.
Congratulations, ladies, and see you in November!
Click on this image for more information about the 2013 Moody festival and Sassy Award.
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October 3, 2013. Posted by Tim Wilkins.
George Wein, pianist and founder of the Newport Jazz Festival, talks with WBGO's Tim Wilkins about his career and the evolution of the jazz audience and music. Wein celebrates his 88th birthday with two nights of concerts at Jazz at Lincoln Center on October 3 and 4, where he will perform at 7 p.m. with Anat Cohen and Lew Tabackin on reeds, Randy Brecker on trumpet, Howard Alden on guitar, Peter Washington on bass and Lewis Nash on drums.
To hear more of George's thoughts on the future of the music he loves, tune in to our weekly new music magazine, The Checkout, on WBGO-FM on Tuesday, October 15 at 6:30 p.m. Happy Birthday, George from all of your friends at WBGO!
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October 2, 2013. Posted by Chris Dennison.
Ravi Coltrane brought his new quartet to the Village Vanguard for WBGO's live broadcast from the club on Wednesday, October 2 at 8:30 p.m. Listen to this concert and review comments by hosts and audience members below. Enjoy!
Coltrane upended ears in 2012 with his Blue Note debut Spirit Fiction. Half the disc features longtime collaborators Luis Perdomo on piano, bassist Drew Gress, and drummer E.J. Strickland. On the balance, he forges a new sound with trumpeter Ralph Alessi, bassist James Genus, pianist Geri Allen, and drummer Eric Harland.
Spirit Fiction is shot through with duality. The title track superimposes separate recordings, a nod to Ornette Coleman’s double quartets on Free Jazz in 1960. On “Roads Cross,” the quartet starts together, pairs off Coltrane with Strickland and Perdomo with Gress, then reconvenes for a climax.
Indeed, Ornette echoes throughout Spirit Fiction, even though the altoist’s mournful keen is nothing like Coltrane’s urgent sound. The second group plays Ornette’s “Check Out Time” with dazzling interplay between Coltrane, album producer Joe Lovano and Ralph Alessi. The two tenors push each other and blend beautifully, and when Alessi’s trumpet joins the fray, they sound simply fantastic.
After Spirit Fiction, Ravi turned a new corner. Immediately after the disc, he set out on tour with the young and tremendously talented band of David Virelles on piano, Dezron Douglas on bass, and Johnathan Blake on drums: this is the group he brings to the Vanguard on Wednesday night.
While the new quartet has yet to release any studio recordings, their live performances reveal a fresh and exciting group, as in a November 17, 2012 performance of “Coincide” at the Jazzdor Festival in Offenburg, Germany.
As we can hear, Coltrane develops deceptively simple melodic lines with dynamic bursts of energy. All three younger players follow this cue: Virelles establishes a great sense of space, anchored in the tune’s three-chord riff, which he patiently fills with new harmonic territory. Blake also experiments with highly dense and more spacious sections. Douglas is the group’s rocket glue: he holds everyone together, even as his bass line propels us forward.
Wednesday’s broadcast promises to be an intense, high-powered show, in a venue known for drawing the best out of its performers. Don’t miss it.
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