• 2009 NEA Jazz Masters Announced

    June 3, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.

    Jazz MastersThe National Endowment for the Arts today announced the recipients of the 2009 NEA Jazz Masters Award-the nation's highest honor in this distinctly American music. The six recipients will each receive a $25,000 grant award, and will be publicly honored in an awards ceremony and concert on Friday, October 17, 2008.
    The six 2009 NEA Jazz Masters are:
    George Benson (vocalist/guitar)
    Jimmy Cobb (drums)
    Lee Konitz (saxophone)
    Toots Thielemans (harmonica and guitar)
    Snooky Young (trumpet)
    Rudy Van Gelder (rec. engineer)

  • Pianist and Composer Nik Bärtsch

    May 30, 2008. Posted by Simon Rentner.

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    Composer and pianist Nik Bärtsch likes to create mystery. He dresses in black and shaves his head. He also has a black belt in Aikido. His passion: the mystic energy of sound. As a minimalist who seeks the essence of groove, he often explores one rhythmic pattern for hours at a time. The result: a Steve Reich meets James Brown mash-up he calls "Ritual Groove Music" or "Zen Funk." Discover why his group Mobile sometimes performs for 36 hours at a time. Produced by WBGO's Simon Rentner.

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  • Conrad Herwig's Latin Side of Wayne Shorter

    May 29, 2008. Posted by Becca Pulliam.

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    Tonight at the Blue Note, trombonist Conrad Herwig held a record release party for his Latin Side of Wayne Shorter. Conrad and Ronnie Cuber on baritone are on either side of young trumpeter Mike Rodriguez. There's a great contrast between Conrad's smooth higher register and Cuber's grainy punchy baritone. Lots of details to catch, lots of rhythm. I liked Adam's Apple a lot, I liked everything - Ping Pong, Tom Thumb, Virgo, El Gaucho, Adam's Apple and Footprints. I think we're playing The Latin Side of Wayne Shorter on WBGO! Conrad said it's not quite in the stores, but it IS on the radio. -- Becca Pulliam