• Paquito D'Rivera: Live at NJPAC 10.25.08

    October 26, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.

    Paquito D’Rivera and the Latin Side of Jazz
    Listen to the first set.
    Listen to the second set.

    Paquito D'Rivera inaugurated a weekend of "Alternate Routes" at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, and WBGO was there to broadcast the event.  Part of the three day Encuentros! Latin Jazz festival, D'Rivera's two sets at the Victoria Theater were a pan-Latin, pan-Caribbean, and steelpan affair.  Andy Narell joined core members of D'Rivera's group for "Paquito's Latin Side of Jazz," along with bandoneon player Hector del Curto. Taken together, the concert featured carnival-inspired jazz from Trinidad and Tobago, Argentina's tango and nuevo tango traditions, blues for both a fictitious journalist from Kazakhstan and a very real 26-inch "living doll" named Chiquita, a Venezuelan waltz, and jazz from a Puerto Rican.  Here's the breakdown:

    Set One
    1.  Kalinda - composed by Andy Narell
    2.  Bandoneon interlude featuring Hector del Curto
    3.  Oblivion - composed by Astor Piazzolla
    4.  Borat in Syracuse - composed by Paquito D'Rivera
    5.  Manha de Carnaval - composed by Luiz Bonfa
    6.  La Yumba/Caravan - composed by Osvaldo Pugliese/Juan Tizol
    Set Two:
    1.  Valse Venezolano - composed by Paquito D'Rivera
    2.  Preludio #3 - composed by Roberto Pansera
    3.  Chiquita Blues - composed by Paquito D'Rivera
    4.  Libertango - composed by Astor Piazzolla
    5.  To Brenda With Love - composed by Paquito D'Rivera

    Enjoy the concert, and check out more photos after the jump.
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  • Kenny Garrett: Live at J&R Music World 10.11.08

    October 13, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.

    Kenny Garrett

    Kenny Garrett visited Afternoon Jazz this weekend, as he celebrated his recent release, Sketches of MD, on Mack Avenue Records.  Kenny brought a young group to the Iridium last week, and to J&R Music World on Saturday:  Cory Henry on Hammond B-3 organ; electric bassist Kona Khashu, and drummer Justin Brown.  Monifa Brown hosted the concert and interview.  Click here to listen.

    A bonus photo from WBGO's Thurston Briscoe after the jump.
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  • Aaron Parks at J&R Music Fest - Listen Online

    August 25, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.

    Aaron Parks at J&R Music Fest

    Pianist Aaron Parks opened the day of free music at City Hall Park on Friday. Parks played music from his newly minted Blue Note recording, Invisible Cinema, released earlier in the week. Perhaps you heard our studio session?
    Or checked out the Song of the Day on NPR?

    Anyway, as Darcy Argue points out, Parks and company (guitarist Mike Moreno, bassist Matt Penman, drummer Kendrick Scott) started promptly at 5pm. Sharp. You can thank or curse me for that (radio is a slave to the clock, folks). Or you can just listen to the full set now, and dig the shape of jazz to come.

  • Esperanza Spalding at J&R Music Fest - Listen Online

    August 25, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.

    Esperanza Spalding at J&R Music Festival

    Bassist, composer, and singer Esperanza Spalding is starting her professional career on a fast upward trajectory. "With a bullet," as the record industry would say. She has plenty of star power, and she's parlayed her recent television appearances into a sideline attraction - putting new faces in the jazz crowd. Check out her set of music from the J&R Music Festival, and you'll see why. She's got skillz.
    Esperanza and the band - Leo Genovese on keys, Ricardo Vogt on guitar, Otis Brown III on drums - added serious panache to the day of free live music in City Hall Park.
    If you missed the show, listen to it now.

  • Roy Hargrove at J&R Music Fest - Listen Online

    August 25, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.

    Roy Hargrove at J&R Music Festival

    Let it be said that trumpeter and flugelhorn player Roy Hargrove is still leading the style competition in jazz. Aside from his really fresh Adidas kicks (see above), Roy brought his highly functional quintet (saxophonist Justin Robinson, pianist Gerald Clayton, bassist Danton Boller, and drummer Montez Coleman) to close the Friday evening festivities in City Hall Park. Listen to this tightly executed set of music, most of it coming from Roy Hargrove's new release, Earfood. My favorite? The ballad "Never Let Me Go." I've heard Roy play this so many times, I'm beginning to think the song belongs to him alone.
    Check out the set.