August 31, 2012. Posted by Becca Pulliam.
Here's the special in six segments. Click to listen.Kenny Barron, piano - Love Walked In (Gershwins)
The Cookers (personnel named under photo, below) - Capra Black (Billy Harper) Gretchen Parlato, voice Taylor Eigsti, piano; Earl Burniss Travis II, bass; Kendrick Scott, drums Alô, Alô (Da Viola, arr. Parlato) Circling (Parlato) Better Than (Parlato) The Cookers - The Peacemaker (McBee) Kenny Barron – Lotus Blossom, A Flower Is a Lovesome Thing, Star-Crossed Lovers (Strayhorn, Ellington) Kenny Barron - Shuffle Boil (Thelonious Monk)
Dee Dee Bridgewater, voice Craig Handy, saxophones; Edsel Gomez, piano; Michael Bowie, bass; Kenny Phelps, drums
Lady Sing the Blues (Billie Holiday) Two more from Bridgewater's group
A Foggy Day (Cole Porter)
Fine and Mellow (Holiday) Roy Haynes Fountain of Youth Band with Jaleel Shaw, alto sax; Martin Bejerano, piano; David Wong, bass
James (Pat Metheny) All Blues (Miles Davis)
Here's the story:
It's all play and no work this Labor Day from 1-3pm on WBGO 88.3 and wbgo.org and the Caramoor Jazz Festival Network*, with music from the 19th annual Caramoor Jazz Festival near Katonah, NY, in Surround Sound.
Here are all five groups in one 30-second spot. Click and listen.
First up, The Cookers are the hard bop champions, led by trumpeter David Weiss with music by band members Billy Harper on tenor and Cecil McBee on bass.
Multi-award winning, always working, young Gretchen Parlato’s instrument is her quiet, rhythmic voice. On “Alô, Alô,” she sings in Portuguese and adds hand percussion. Her refrain from “Better Than” seems like a personal statement and I love it: “There’s a sky full of stars so just be who you are…”
Pianist Kenny Barron performs alone. Gershwin, Porter, Strayhorn, Monk – Barron delivers each on-the-spot with ideas, clarity and swing. Nothing is wasted. I spotted pianists from the other bands at the festival in the wings, watching and listening to Kenny Barron.
The album Eleanora Fagan: To Billie with Love from Dee Dee won the Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal. Onstage at Caramoor, Bridgewater celebrates Billie Holiday with three songs, arrangements by Musical Director Edsel Gomez. “Lady Sings the Blues” is upbeat, and he puts a new hook on “A Foggy Day.” Craig Handy shines on sax on Billie and Dee Dee’s “Fine and Mellow.”
The Roy Haynes Fountain of Youth Band is one for all and all for one. Haynes’ feet dance at the drums, his cymbals shimmer, he snaps and crackles on the snare. He speaks the language of six and a half decades of jazz drums, and the flow is pure Roy Haynes. He closes the festival with “All Blues” by Miles Davis, a request from the audience.
Producer Jim Luce has programmed nineteen consecutive summer weekends of jazz at the Caramoor Center of Music and The Arts. We thank Jim (former WBGO morning man!), Managing Director Paul Rosenblum and everyone for supporting Jazz from Caramoor . Information about year-round programming is available at caramoor.org.
*Traveling on Labor Day? Check out Jazz from Caramoor on the Caramoor Jazz Festival Network, including WICN Worcester, MA; WNCU Raleigh-Durham; WCLK, Atlanta; WUSF Tampa; WDNA Miami; WCBE Columbus OH; KCCK Cedar Rapids IA; KBEM Minneapolis; KTSU Houston; and KMHD Portland. Broadcast times vary.
© 2012 WBGO
September 7, 2010. Posted by Becca Pulliam.
Hour One - Danilo Perez Quartet with Rudresh Mahanthappa ... Gary Smulyan's tribute to Pepper Adams (1930-1986) with Barry Harris, "Hot Pepper"
Hour Two - Hot Club of Detroit ... Tia Fuller Quartet ... Mulgrew Miller and Kenny Barron
Hour Three - Mulgrew Miller and Wingspan
Hour Four - Tia Fuller ... Danilo Perez ... Hot Club of Detroit
CLICK TO --> THE RUNDOWN
© 2010 WBGO
March 27, 2009. Posted by Brandy Wood.
Since April 1979, legendary pianist Marian McPartland has welcomed a stellar line-up of jazz artists for one hour of conversation and improvisation on her Peabody Award-winning program. Each week, McPartland, with her engaging personality and improvisational savvy, hosts a variety of performers in her radio living room. You can hear Piano Jazz on WBGO Thursdays at 6:30pm.
Like WBGO, Piano Jazz is turning 30 this April. To celebrate the anniversary, Ms. McPartland returns to Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola on April 14th. "The Grande Dame of Jazz" will be joined by some of the music world's most radiant performers. Musical guests will include Kenny Barron, Joanne Brackeen, Bill Charlap, Cyrus Chestnut, Kurt Elling, Mulgrew Miller, Arturo O'Farrill, and Randy Weston. That's the short list.
Additionally, Marian McPartland will be honored with a lifetime achievement award from the "Worshipful Company of Musicians" of England during the evening's festivities. The award will be presented by fellow "WM of M" honoree, pianist John Escreet. For more information, check out www.wcom.org.uk.
For event information, visit Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola
© 2009 WBGO
August 27, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.
Listen to the show online.
View some photos of the scene.
Read the live blog.
Listen to an interview with Kenny Barron.
Find out what's on his iPod.
Visit the archives of our WBGO/NPR Music concert series.
© 2008 WBGO
December 31, 2007. Posted by Joshua Jackson.
We had a productive soundcheck and rehearsal with Trio da Paz, Kenny Barron, and singers Pamela Driggs and Maucha Adnet.
We spent more than an hour making sure that what the nation hears in New York will most assuredly sound like Rio de Janeiro. Michael Bourne was in fine form, and he has a story from Antonio Carlos Jobim to lead us into the countdown. We've practiced everything. Next time, it's for real.
After rehearsal, we ran upstairs to Blue Smoke for eats. Here's what it took to feed the New York crew.
Macaroni and Cheese x 2, Braised Collard Greens With Bacon, Sweet Potato Fries with Maple Dip, Mashed Potatoes and Onions, Creamed Spinach
Seared Atlantic Salmon with Tomatillo Sauce, Scallion-Pepper Rice & Pico de Gallo
Rhapsody In 'Cue (x 3) = St. Louis Spareribs, Pulled Pork, Smoked Chicken and Hot Link
Kansas City Spareribs (saucy) - one full rack
Memphis-Style Baby Back Ribs (leanest) - two full racks
Eight large, moist towlettes and many toothpicks. Hey, it's barbeque!
We're currently recording the first set from Jazz Standard.
© 2007 WBGO