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  • Coming Up On WBGO: July 15th - July 19th

    July 15, 2015. Posted by Josh Landes.


    Here's what to look forward to on WBGO in the coming days- tune to 88.3 FM or listen in to our internet live stream to catch the magic!

    Wednesday:

    Jazz After Hours - 1 til 6 am: songs by Dorothy Fields. Tracks from Leroy Vinnegar’s “Leroy Walks” recorded on this date in 1957.

    Morning Jazz w/ Gary Walker – 9 am: Interview with trombonist Dave Gibson

    Midday Jazz - 10 am til 2 pm w/ Rhonda Hamilton: Remembering drum great Philly Joe Jones.

    SportsJam with Doug Doyle 7:30 pm: guest – Bobby Edwards, St. Joseph's University and former St. Benedict's goalkeeper

    Jazz Night in America – 6:30 pm: Introducing Marcus Roberts and The Modern Jazz Generation. Marcus’ new 11-piece ensemble—featuring many of his younger protégé—perform original material by Marcus and the music of Jelly Roll Morton, Chick Corea, and Horace Silver. We speak to Marcus and the members of the ensemble about the formation of the band in Tallahassee, Florida and explore what it means to teach jazz through mentorship.

    Evening Jazz – 8pm – 1am: Sheila Anderson is in for Awilda Rivera; more live recordings from historic jazz venues
    Thursday:

    Jazz After Hours - 1 – 6 am: Remembering guitarist Bola Sete, as well as pianist Nat Pierce. Classic recordings from Jimmy Smith, Eric Dolphy and Bill Evans.

    Midday Jazz - 10 am til 2 pm w/ Rhonda Hamilton: Featuring the music of Cal Tjader

    Afternoon Jazz w/ Michael Bourne - 2 pm: WBGO listener Raymond Clausss hosts an hour

    Song Travels w/Michael Feinstein – 6:30 pm: guest – vocalist and songwriter José James, who draws his musical inspiration from hip hop and indie rock in addition to jazz and R&B. He’s toured extensively and has gained a following with his acclaimed 2013 album, No Beginning No End, and his 2014 release, While You Were Sleeping. On this Song Travels, James remembers Billie Holiday, who was born 100 years ago this past April, and performs her classics “Loverman” and “I Thought About You.”

    Evening Jazz – 8pm – 1am: Sheila Anderson is in for Awilda Rivera

    Friday:

    Jazz After Hours w/ Brian Delp – 1 til 6 am: Birthday tributes for drummers Joe Morello, Alvester Garnett, Ben Riley, singer Jimmy Scott and saxophonist Chico Freeman. More from Bill Evans’ “Interplay” and from George Benson’s “Body Talk” made on this date.
    Midday Jazz w/ Rhonda Hamilton 10 am til 2 pm: featuring the music of pianist Vince Guaraldi, composer of many jazz classics as well as the theme music for the Charlie Brown TV series.

    Portraits in Blue w/ Bob Porter – 6:30 pm – Dinah Washington Albums Vol. 12

    Evening Jazz – 8pm – 1am: Awilda Rivera returns!

    Saturday:

    Portraits in Blue w/ Bob Porter – 7 am: Buddy Johnson Vol.4

    Rhythm Revue w/ Felix Hernandez – 10 am til 2 pm: Classic Labels - an extra helping of Motown and Stax in today’s soulful mix.

    Saturday Afternoon Jazz w/ Monifa Brown - 2 pm til 6 pm: DRUMS OF THUNDER- We'll celebrate the birthdays of two of the greatest rhythmic forces of the jazz world- Philly Joe Jones and Ben Riley. Classic sessions with Philly Jone's and Miles Davis as well as Riley with Thelonious Monk will be among the highlights. As Babatunde Olatunji once said "..Rhythm is the soul of life." It's going to be a soulful afternoon of rhythms celebrating life and legacy of these two giants.

    Sunday:

    Jazz Night in America – 6 pm: Israeli clarinetist and saxophonist Anat Cohen leads Choro Aventuroso, a culmination of both her affinity and intense study of Choro, a genre often referred to as “The New Orleans Jazz of Brazil.”

    Sunday Night Music Mix w/ Eulis Cathey – 7 pm: featuring pianist, composer bandleader and educator Patrice Rushen

    The Checkout w/ Simon Rentner – 11 pm: Encore broadcast of Tuesday’s program

  • Bourne's Mohonk 2015: Winds Of Brubeck

    February 12, 2015. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    This is the third of several highlights from this year's Jazz On The Mountain festival.

    Bassist Martin Wind is one of my most regular regulars at JOTM.

    Last year, he played one of the most beautiful concerts ever at Mohonk - a tribute to Bill Evans Turn Out The Stars, which I previewed for WBGO's RADAR when it came out as an album (with an Italian orchestra) last year.

    Photo by Merwin Grossman
    Photo by Merwin Grossman

    For this year, we talked about him playing what he calls "Bass Talk" -  solos, duets, and other groups playing music composed by the great bass players. As he worked on this music, a band evolved with Dave Stryker, Scott Robinson, and drummer Dennis Mackrel.

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    They started with a Sam Jones tune, ended with a Paul Chambers tune, and a beautiful highlight was "What's New?" by bassist Bob Haggart.

    Bassist Chris Brubeck was also slated to perform at Mohonk this year, but could not play. He'd fainted and fallen in the spa. He's okay, but spent the night at the Vassar hospital for tests.

    "Chris Brubeck & Friends" was how the group was advertised, and the "Friends" played on, with Martin Wind filling in on bass.

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    I'd heard the Brubeck Brothers play a great concert in Montreal with Chuck Lamb playing piano. He lives in Denver but was able to come, and he was, as I wanted, spectacular.

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    They played Dave Brubeck classics (for me the tune that turned me on to jazz, "Strange Meadowlark") and originals of Chuck's and guitarist Mike DeMicco's, especially a highlighting song Chuck composed for his lady that danced from his fingers. Scott Robinson joined in on tenor sax for "In Your Own Sweet Way" and on bass sax for "Take Five."

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  • Bourne's Mohonk 2015: Guy & Dave Play The Blues

    February 10, 2015. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    This is the second of several highlights from this year's Jazz On The Mountain festival.

    One of my Mohonk regulars a decade ago, guitarist Dave Stryker, came back and opened this year’s JOTM on Friday evening.

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    Dave brought his Eight-Track group -  that's Jared Gold on organ and McClenty Hunter on drums. They were joined by the seriously funky Steve Nelson on vibraharp.

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    They played pop songs of the 70s,  - Curtis Mayfield's "Pusherman/Superfly," Glenn Campbell's "Wichita Lineman," "Aquarius" from the musical Hair, and more from their great album, which we previewed on WBGO's RADAR last year.

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    Photo by Cynthia Davis & Byron Smith

    Stryker's next album is a tribute to saxophonist Stanley Turrentine, one of the stars he first played with when he came to New York, and at Mohonk he played one of Mr T's hits, "Salt Song."

    Stryker also worked early on with Jack McDuff, and for Brother Jack he played some climactic blues.

    Photo by Cynthia Davis & Byron Smith
    Photo by Cynthia Davis & Byron Smith

    When singer Guy Davis came to WBGO for an interview on the Blues Hour, I asked him if he'd ever do a show for kids. He said yes - I said Mohonk - and Guy's show for kids and former kids on Saturday morning was sensational.

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    Guy told a story about a fellow escaping a chain gang, running from the hounds, crossing a river, and jumping on a train, all with his voice and harmonica.

    He conducted the kids of all ages in a singalong about "The Chocolate Man."

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    He played a 100-year-old banjo. He was great fun, and he'll be back to Mohonk.

    Coming up next - more Mohonk-y fun with Martin Wind, Scott Robinson and more!