December 24, 2008. Posted by Simon Rentner.
PLAYLIST FOR BEST CD'S OF 2008 SHOW WITH
RHONDA HAMILTON, BRIAN DELP & SHEILA ANDERSON
KENNY BARRON - THE TRAVELER ON SUNNYSIDE RECORDS
ROY HARGROVE - EARFOOD ON EMARCY
AHMAD JAMAL - IT'S MAGIC ON DREYFUS JAZZ
TOM LELLIS & TONINHO HORTA - TONIGHT ON ADVENTURE MUSIC
JAMES MOODY & HANK JONES - OUR DELIGHT ON IPO RECORDS
ARTURO O'FARRILL & THE AFRO LATIN JAZZ ORCHESTRA - SONG FOR CHICO ON ZOHO RECORDS
AARON PARKS - INVISIBLE CINEMA ON BLUE NOTE
DANILO PEREZ - ACROSS THE CRYSTAL SEA ON EMARCY
ART TATUM - PIANO STARTS HERE: LIVE AT THE SHRINE ON SONY CLASSICAL
THE VANGUARD JAZZ ORCHESTRA - MONDAY NIGHT LIVE AT THE VILLAGE VANGUARD ON PLANET ARTS
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December 23, 2008. Posted by Simon Rentner.
The New Jazz Composers Octet performed a rousing set, live on our airwaves at J & R Music World in lower Manhattan on Saturday, December 20th. WBGO's Monifa Brown interviewed the leaders of the band during the broadcast: trumpeter David Weiss (first composer in-command) and pianist Xavier Davis (recipient of Chamber Music America Doris Duke Jazz Ensembles Project). They are a modest duo. Listening to their quiet insights into their craft is a poor way to measure the power that bursts off their lead sheets through their instruments. An Octet is a particularly opulent setting for a contemporary jazz composer. It's difficult to keep a band like that on the road. And when its manned with talents Craig Handy, Jimmy Greene, and Nasheet Waits, Weiss should have a lot to boast about. However, his soft-spoken nature reflects a great irony that confronts many of our great artists today. The common dilemma of being under-appreciated as a modern composer seems to suit his temperament. Weiss would rather have the music do the talking. Once the set was finished, nothing was left unspoken. Now that's music. - Simon Rentner
Listen to the full concert and interview:
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December 12, 2008. Posted by Simon Rentner.
An unsung hero of jazz trumpet, Eugene Edward "Snooky" Young, was honored at this year's 2009 NEA Jazz Masters Award Ceremony in Rose Theater, Jazz at Lincoln Center. The soft-spoken, humble master (and growler) of the cup mute played 1st trumpet in swing-era big bands led by Count Basie, Lionel Hampton, and Jimmie Lunceford. Born on February 3rd, 1919 in Dayton Ohio (yes, he turns 90 next year), Young grew-up idolizing (and imitating) Louis Armstrong. As a consummate professional and distinct voice on the trumpet, he became close to many luminaries in show business. He became most recognized with Johnny Carson, with whom he played for in the Tonight Show Orchestra for 20 years. - Simon Rentner
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