November 22, 2011. Posted by Simon Rentner.
The jazz organ world is abuzz: after forty years in Paris, Rhoda Scott has returned to her home state of New Jersey. She stopped by the WBGO studios this past Friday night for a heated in-studio session with Leo Johnson on tenor saxophone and Victor Jones on drums. Hear the entire show, which includes Scott's conversation with WBGO's Eulis Cathey, by clicking on the link below.
After making waves in and around Newark in the 1960s, and completing a master's degree in music theory at the Manhattan School of Music, Scott went to Paris to study with Nadia Boulanger. French audiences, and her future husband, fell in love with her and she stayed.
Rhoda Scott is now back in New Jersey, swinging harder than ever. She is currently enrolled in the Jazz History & Research graduate program on the Newark campus of Rutgers University, focusing on music theory and the role of the organ in the development of jazz harmony.
Scott's delicate touch on the organ, knowledge of its sonic capabilities and her innate sense of groove are just a few of her many musical virtues. She says many young musicians in Europe say her records were their first exposure to jazz, and that "there is a young guard of organists in France, Holland and Belgium who credit me for having been interested in organ."
On December 3, 2011, Newark's Symphony Hall will host Scott and others in an all-star organ jam to close out a year of performances which also included one of WBGO's own Kids Jazz Concerts in October; the series will return Spring 2012.
We are thankful that more jazz fans on this side of the Atlantic will at last get to experience Rhoda Scott in person; but in the meantime, enjoy this smokin' live broadcast!
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November 17, 2011. Posted by Tim Wilkins.
WBGO presents trumpeter Christian Scott in a live video and audio broadcast from Boston, the first of our new series, The Checkout - Live from Berklee, from The Red Room at the Berklee College of Music's Café 939. Watch the live webcast below.
You can see all of our live concert webcasts, including our monthly broadcasts from the Village Vanguard and the 92Y Tribeca, here.
Each month we will present some of Berklee's best young talent, such as Scott, Berklee class of 2006, and saxophonist Seamus Blake, class of 1992, on December 7. The series is a partnership by WBGO with the college and NPRMusic.org.
Scott signed with Concord Records shortly after his graduation from Berklee and his first CD, Rewind That, was nominated for a Grammy Award. Originally from New Orleans, Scott is the nephew of saxophonist Donald Harrison Jr., with whom he toured as a teenager.
Seamus Blake has been called an "extraordinary, total saxophonist" by guitarist John Scofield, whose Quiet Band features Blake. Born in England and raised in Vancouver, Canada, Blake won first prize in the Thelonious Monk International Saxophone Competition in 2002 and can be heard every Monday night in New York with with the Mingus Big Band.
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November 16, 2011. Posted by Tim Wilkins.
Join WBGO's The Checkout for guitarist Lage Lund and vibraphonist Warren Wolff and Wolfpack. Watch the archived video below.
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