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  • Chris Potter Quartet: Live At The Village Vanguard

    February 6, 2013. Posted by WBGO.

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    Chris Potter (center) performs live at the Village Vanguard. (Image Credit: John Rogers for NPR/johnrogersnyc.com)

    The history of jazz is often told as a sequence of epic heroes, legends whose careers proceed from one great accomplishment to another. Coincidentally, the saxophonist Chris Potter, bright-toned and gymnastically powerful, has been reading Homer lately. That's inspired his latest suite of compositions, a collection of tuneful numbers based on The Odyssey. The Sirens is geared largely around a quartet of widely admired musicians, not least of whom is Potter himself.

    Like brave Odysseus, Potter returns to a place which has been a home base for him. His quartet celebrates the release of The Sirens at the Village Vanguard in New York. WBGO and NPR Music presented a live radio broadcast and video webcast of the Chris Potter Quartet in concert.

    Set List

    All compositions by Chris Potter unless otherwise indicated.

    • "Wine Dark Sea"
    • "Wayfinder"
    • "The Owl Of Cranston" (P. Motian)
    • "Kalypso"
    • "The Sirens"
    • "Sky"

    Personnel

    • Chris Potter, saxophones
    • Ethan Iverson, piano
    • Larry Grenadier, bass
    • Eric Harland, drums
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  • David Virelles Continuum: Live At The Village Vanguard

    January 30, 2013. Posted by WBGO.

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    David Virelles. (Image Credit: John Rogers for NPR/johnrogersnyc.com)

    David Virelles moved to New York in 2009 — and, following in a long line of Cuban-born pianists before him, quickly found himself in several bands led by elite jazz musicians. But Virelles also moved to study composition with iconoclast Henry Threadgill, and what he's come up with as a bandleader extends beyond music. His album Continuum, released in 2012, features musicians of multiple generations; it also weaves in computer-generated textures, poetry (in Spanish as well as Afro-Cuban religious languages) and the abstract paintings of Alberto Lescay. It's a back-to-the-future recording, a work of mystery.

    Having played the Village Vanguard as a sideman for Mark Turner and Chris Potter, Virelles makes his debut as a leader at the hallowed venue with the Continuum band. WBGO and NPR Music featured David Virelles in a live online video webcast and radio broadcast.

    Set List

    All compositions by David Virelles.

    • "One"
    • "El Brujo and the Pyramid'
    • "The Executioner"
    • "Mokongo"
    • "Threefold"
    • "Biankomeko"
    • "To Know"

    Personnel

    • David Virelles, piano
    • Román Filiú, saxophone
    • Ben Street, bass
    • Andrew Cyrille, drums
    • Ogduardo "Román" Díaz, spoken word/percussion

    Credits

    Host and Producer: Josh Jackson; Audio Engineer: David Tallacksen; Production Assistant: Michael Downes. Recorded Jan. 30, 2013 at The Village Vanguard in New York, N.Y.

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  • SFJAZZ Center Opening Night: Live In Concert

    January 23, 2013. Posted by WBGO.

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    Chick Corea (piano) and Bill Frisell duet during the opening night concert at the new SFJAZZ Center. (Image Credit: Scott Chernis/Courtesy of SFJAZZ)

    Thirty years after presenting its first concerts in San Francisco, the organization SFJAZZ has built a permanent home and performance venue. The SFJAZZ Center, conceived as the first stand-alone building for jazz in the U.S., opened with a star-studded concert on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013. WWOZ, WBGO and NPR Music teamed up for a live radio and online video broadcast of the concert.

    Set List

    Note: A full archive of the concert will be made available pending permissions. Video excerpts will also be available shortly.

    • Percussion Invocation
    • John Santos, Pete Escovedo and ensemble, "Ti Mon Bo" (Puente)
    • Mary Stallings with SFJAZZ High School All-Stars, "I Love Being Here With You" (Lee, arr. Eberhart)
    • Jason Moran & Eric Harland, "Yacht Club Swing" (Waller)
    • Chick Corea & Bill Frisell, "It Could Happen To You" (Van Heusen/Burke)
    • Chick Corea, Esperanza Spalding, Jeff Ballard, "Alice In Wonderland" (Fain)
    • Joe Lovano, Joshua Redman and ensemble, "Blackwell's Message" (Lovano)
    • Regina Carter with SFJAZZ High School All-Stars, "Don't Git Sassy" (Jones)
    • SFJAZZ Collective, "Mastermind" (Zenon)
    • Esperanza Spalding & Eric Harland, "Look No Further" (Rodgers)
    • Joshua Redman and ensemble, "Remember" (Berlin)
    • McCoy Tyner and ensemble, "Walk Spirit, Talk Spirit" (Tyner)
    • McCoy Tyner and ensemble, featuring Bobby Hutcherson, Bill Frisell and John Handy, "Blues On The Corner" (Tyner)
    • SFJAZZ Collective featuring Chick Corea, "Spain" (Corea)

    Personnel

    • Bill Cosby, Master of Ceremonies
    • McCoy Tyner, piano
    • Chick Corea, piano
    • Esperanza Spalding, bass/voice
    • Joshua Redman, tenor saxophone
    • Joe Lovano, tenor saxophone
    • Bobby Hutcherson, vibraphone
    • Mary Stallings, voice
    • John Handy, alto saxophone
    • Pete Escovedo, timbales
    • Eric Reed, piano
    • Eric Harland, drums
    • SFJAZZ Center Resident Artistic Directors: Regina Carter, violin; Bill Frisell, guitar; Jason Moran, piano; John Santos, percussion; Miguel Zenón, alto saxophone/percussion
    • SFJAZZ Collective: Miguel Zenón, alto saxophone; David Sánchez, tenor saxophone; Andre Hayward, trombone; Avishai Cohen, trumpet; Stefon Harris, vibraphone; Edward Simon, piano; Matt Penman, bass; Jeff Ballard, drums
    • SFJAZZ High School All-Star Big Band: Paul Contos, director.
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