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  • 5 New Projects At Winter Jazzfest 2013

    January 11, 2013. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

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    Mark de Clive-Lowe, a DJ and keyboard player, will present his CHURCH ensemble. (Image Credit: Eric Coleman/Courtesy of the artist)

    Unpredictability is the active ingredient of New York's annual Winter Jazzfest. This year, fans will meander around six nearby clubs and take their pick of simultaneous shows. Choosing from among so many acts will be difficult.

    Many of the bands are new, paced in rapid succession and often cryptically named. If you only have 45 minutes to spare, do you check out Breeding Ground? Hazmat Modine? Merger? 40Twenty? 10^32K?

    Which band, led by an Israeli clarinet ace, will play Indonesian folk songs this year? Which tuba and harmonica ensemble will play its biggest Siberian hits? Which great bebop harpist, beloved to hip-hop fans, will be honored this year in a DJ-driven set?

    I've been finding out the answers for the jazz bee, WBGO's new HD2 stream for emerging artists, which is currently hosting a preview mix of music by all of the groups at Winter Jazzfest. With more than 70 acts set to take the stage this Friday and Saturday, here's a sneak peek at five acts who will present new music this year.

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  • Wilson, Rosnes, Washington: Live At The Village Vanguard

    December 5, 2012. Posted by WBGO.

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    Steve Wilson (saxophone), Renee Rosnes (piano) and Peter Washington (bass). (Image Credit: John Rogers for NPR/johnrogersnyc.com)

    A saxophonist, a pianist and a bass player walk into a bar. But the bar happens to be one of the world's preeminent jazz clubs, where they're regularly sighted on stage. And they're working as a new collective band: no drummer, no hierarchy. So much for that joke.

    Saxophonist Steve Wilson, pianist Renee Rosnes and bassist Peter Washington are among the most sought-after jazz musicians in New York City. They combine forces downtown for a week at the Village Vanguard — which in recent years has seen both Wilson and Rosnes lead bands there, and Washington back many a musician. WBGO and NPR Music featured the trio in this live online video webcast and radio broadcast.

    Set List

    • "In Your Own Sweet Way" (D. Brubeck)
    • "Ode To Angela" (H. Land)
    • "I Could Write A Book" (Rodgers/Hart)
    • "After The Love" (G. Duke)
    • "Jitterbug Waltz" (F. Waller)
    • "Four In One" (T. Monk)
    • "Cheryl" (C. Parker)

    Personnel

    • Steve Wilson, saxophones
    • Renee Rosnes, piano
    • Peter Washington, bass

    Credits

    Host and Producer: Josh Jackson; Audio Engineer: David Tallacksen; Production Assistant: Michael Downes; Video Producer: Mito Habe-Evans. Recorded Dec. 5, 2012 at The Village Vanguard in New York, N.Y.

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  • Sound Prints Quintet: Live At The Village Vanguard

    November 28, 2012. Posted by WBGO.

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    The Sound Prints Quintet is (L-R): Lawrence Fields, Dave Douglas, Joe Lovano, Linda Oh, Joey Baron. (Image Credit: John Rogers for NPR/johnrogersnyc.com)

    Few jazz bandleaders are as active — and as actively acclaimed — as saxophonist Joe Lovano and trumpeter Dave Douglas. But while they've met from time to time on the bandstand, their brief overlap in the SFJAZZ collective — during a season when the compositions of Wayne Shorter were featured — got them to lead a band together. It's a quintet in which they share compositional duties and top billing. And it's a band featuring two up-and-coming musicians in pianist Lawrence Fields and bassist Linda Oh, as well as Joey Baron, a drummer with whom they've grown up in music.

    The Sound Prints Quintet has toured this year, and will play some U.S. dates when it swings into New York's Village Vanguard for a week. (Both Douglas and Lovano are well acquainted with the place.) WBGO and NPR Music featured this live concert by the band, broadcast on air and as a video webcast, on Wednesday, Nov. 28.

    Set List

    • "Sound Prints" (Lovano)
    • "Sprints" (Douglas)
    • "Dream State" (Douglas)
    • "Weather Man" (Lovano)
    • "Ups And Downs" (Douglas)
    • "Power Ranger" (Douglas)

    Personnel

    • Joe Lovano, saxophones
    • Dave Douglas, trumpet
    • Lawrence Fields, piano
    • Linda Oh, bass
    • Joey Baron, drums

    Credits

    Host and Producer: Josh Jackson; Audio Engineer: David Tallacksen; Production Assistant: Michael Downes. Recorded Nov. 28, 2012 at The Village Vanguard in New York, N.Y.

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