• "Kokomo Kidd" Guy Davis on Afternoon Jazz: Interview and Performance

    November 23, 2015. Posted by Josh Landes.

    Guy Davis brings his electric presence- and his banjo- to WBGO's Afternoon Jazz with Michael Bourne, as he talks about his new record, "Kokomo Kidd", and plays a song or two with bassist Mark Murphy.


  • WBGO Says Goodbye to Allen Toussaint

    November 10, 2015. Posted by Steve Williams.


    Legendary musician, composer and producer Allen Toussaint has died. He was 77. Sources reported that he suffered a heart attack shortly after finishing a performance in Madrid, Spain.

    The award-winning artist was responsible for introducing the much of the world to the R&B heritage of his hometown, New Orleans, via a string of international hits such as "Working in Coal Mine". Many of his compositions became famous after being recorded by the Rolling Stones, The Who, Bo Diddley and many others.

    Toussaint was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.

    Allen Toussaint was also a friend to WBGO; here's an interview he conducted with us in 2008 and a live performance for WBGO's Live at the Village Vanguard series in December 2009.

  • Chris Pattishall on Mary Lou Williams' "Zodiac Suite"

    November 4, 2015. Posted by Alex Ariff.

    Pianist Chris Pattishall speaks about Mary Lou Williams, specifically her 1944 long-form composition, the "Zodiac Suite." Since 2012, Chris has worked on transcribing the entire piece -- written mostly for piano, bass and drums -- and re-orchestrating it for jazz quintet. Chris walks us through examples from Williams' recording juxtaposed with his own interpretation. Produced by Alex Ariff.

    Chris Pattishall