• Geoff Keezer's 12 Second Piano Lessons

    April 1, 2009. Posted by Joshua Jackson.

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    Ever wondered how to play half-diminished chords on the piano?  Not everyone's cup of tea, to be sure, but if you're a young sponge absorbing music information, spend some time on the cloud with Geoff Keezer.  He's  uploading mini-lessons on his own internet television channel, and using Twitter to update his followers.  Even if the musical bar is too high to clear, you can always find a fascinating vignette of piano craft.

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  • Eulis Cathey Interviews James Moody

    March 30, 2009. Posted by Brandy Wood.

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    WBGO's Eulis Cathey with James Moody
    Trying to introduce James Moody is an exercise in choice- do you call him Newark’s Own? 2007 Champions of Jazz Honoree? NEA Jazz Master? Grammy Nominee? If you ask him, he will tell you to just call him Moody. We love his humor, his generosity and his devotion to his beautiful wife Linda. Moody came into the studios on Friday to share some of his spirit with WBGO during an interview conducted by Eulis Cathey and to talk about some of his recent adventures.

    If you want to hear more Moody, he's performing tonight at 7:30 at B.B. King Blues Club on 42nd St. Moody and Friends will be celebrating his annual Purchase College Scholarship fest. Tickets available at the door or for more info, visit Moody's scholarship site. Not only will the evening be full of great music, but our own Michael Bourne and Rob Crocker will host.

  • Dee Dee Bridgewater and Cecil Taylor have something in common

    March 29, 2009. Posted by Becca Pulliam.

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    © Stephanie Berger 2009

    They've played New York within ten days of one another. First at Zankel at Carnegie, Dee Dee was part of the Jessye Norman Honor Festival. Pianist Edsel Gomez brought a new percussion section, so music from DD's Red Earth album shifted from a Malian jam to a Latin feast and it worked. She loves rhythm! She and Edsel have written a new song about people on the street who need help, how it feels to be asked. The song was so simple, and the sense of it keeps coming back as the scenario plays out, over and over.

    Cecil Taylor is turning 80. The second half of his solo birthday concert at Merkin Hall last night was the piano half (the first half was a reading). He originates his music, in clusters and waves, playing mirror images, tumbling on the keys, what a sound he can make. Toward the end, for a moment, I felt the hall fill with conversation and laughter. And yet the audience wasn't making a sound, it was all his piano, it was quite a moment!