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  • Very Very Henry Threadgill

    November 13, 2014. Posted by WBGO.

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    Henry Threadgill conducts the Society Situation Dance Band at the Very Very Threadgill festival. (Image Credit: Shahar Azran/Courtesy of Harlem Stage)

    Henry Threadgill's music has always pushed boundaries. Two tubas with two guitars, a "sextett" with seven members, a free-improvising trio with an instrument made of hubcaps, a dance orchestra: Nothing is off the table.

    The saxophonist, flutist and composer turned 70 this year. To celebrate, Harlem Stage presented a special two-day concert through the lens of his various groundbreaking ensembles, curated by pianist Jason Moran. Threadgill watched from the audience as dozens of musicians from all throughout his trajectory gathered in Harlem Stage's unique uptown venue to present a rare retrospective of his work.

    Credits

    Special thanks to Harlem Stage. Funding for the production of Very Very Threadgill was made possible by the generous support provided by the Mitzi and Warren Eisenberg Family Foundation, Roland Augustine and Lawrence Luhring, Lonti Ebers and Bruce Flatt, Deborah and Ronald Eisenberg Family Foundation, Susan and Leonard Feinstein Foundation, Connie and Jack Tilton, and Monica and David Zwirner.

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  • A Night At The Museum

    November 6, 2014. Posted by WBGO.

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    Emmet Cohen performs at the Rubin Museum of Art. (Image Credit: NPR)

    Jazz musicians find inspiration in many things. Himalayan art is not typically one of them.

    Jazz Night in America visits the Rubin Museum of Art in New York City to hear interviews and live performances from each of the five finalists for the American Pianists Association's Cole Porter Fellow In Jazz: Kris Bowers, Emmet Cohen, Sullivan Fortner, Zach Lapidus and Christian Sands. Hear what visually inspires some of the most promising young jazz talent, from mandalas to fish.

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  • Identities Are Changeable

    November 5, 2014. Posted by WBGO.

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    Miguel Zenón performs from Identities Are Changeable at the Newport Jazz Festival. (Image Credit: Adam Kissick for NPR)

    Miguel Zenón, the prolific alto saxophonist and composer, has just released a new album called Identities Are Changeable. Based on his interviews with fellow Puerto Ricans living in New York, he's arranged a new book of music to reflect their varying experiences.

    Jazz Night in America recorded this unique work live from the 2014 Newport Jazz Festival, and accompanies Zenón to his old stomping grounds in the Bronx.

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  • Happy Birthday, Blue Note

    October 23, 2014. Posted by WBGO.

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    The Wayne Shorter Quartet performs at Blue Note at 75, The Concert. (Image Credit: NPR)

    Blue Note Records turns 75 this year, and to celebrate, Washington, D.C.'s John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts hosted a concert featuring some of the record label's living legends and rising stars. From the early years with co-founder Alfred Lion to the revitalization under Bruce Lundvall, Blue Note Records has become and remained one of the most iconic brands in jazz.

    On Jazz Night in America, hear highlights from the Kennedy Center stage, and reflections on the label's influence with Norah Jones, Terence Blanchard and Dianne Reeves. Blue Note artist Jason Moran guest hosts this episode.

    Set List

    • Robert Glasper & Jason Moran, "Boogie Woogie Stomp" (Glasper, piano; Moran, piano)
    • Bobby Hutcherson & McCoy Tyner, "Fly With The Wind" (Hutcherson, vibraphone; Tyner, piano)
    • Dianne Reeves, "Stormy Weather" (Reeves, voice; Terence Blanchard, trumpet; Peter Martin, piano; Derrick Hodge, bass; Kendrick Scott, drums)
    • Joe Lovano, "Fort Worth" (Lovano, tenor saxophone; Lionel Loueke, guitar; Fabian Almazan, piano; Derrick Hodge, bass; Kendrick Scott, drums)
    • Norah Jones, "I've Got To See You Again" (Jones, voice; Wayne Shorter, saxophone; Jason Moran, piano; John Patitucci, bass; Brian Blade, drums)
    • Lou Donaldson feat. Dr. Lonnie Smith, "Alligator Boogaloo" (Donaldson, alto saxophone; Smith, organ; Lionel Loueke, guitar; Kendrick Scott, drums)
    • Lou Donaldson feat. Dr. Lonnie Smith, "Blues Walk" (same personnel)

    Credits

    Duke Markos, recording and remix engineer. Special thanks to Kevin Struthers and Jean Thill of the Kennedy Center.

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  • Reimagining Brubeck

    October 16, 2014. Posted by WBGO.

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    Dave Brubeck performs in 1982. (Image Credit: Ralph Gatti/AFP/Getty Images)

    The late pianist Dave Brubeck left jazz with incredible performances, recordings and advocacy — as well as a large body of compositions. His iconic music is reimagined by members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.

    Jazz Night in America explores various Brubeck compositions, discussing the decisions the arrangers made when approaching the material. Also, we unearth a rare recording from Brubeck's personal archive of him singing with Carmen McRae.

    Set List

    All compositions by Dave Brubeck.

    • "Take Five" (arr. Carlos Henriquez)
    • "Unsquare Dance" (arr. Chris Crenshaw)
    • "Blue Rondo à la Turk" (arr. Chris Crenshaw)
    • "Bluette" (arr. Wynton Marsalis)
    • "Cassandra" (arr. Marcus Printup)
    • "Tokyo Traffic" (arr. Sherman Irby)
    • "Nomad" (arr. Carlos Henriquez)
    • "The Duke" (arr. Victor Goines)
    • "You Swing Baby"

    Personnel

    The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis: Wynton Marsalis, Marcus Printup, Kenny Rampton, Ryan Kisor, trumpets; Elliot Mason, Chris Crenshaw, Vincent Gardner, trombones; Victor Goines, Sherman Irby, Ted Nash, Walter Blanding, Paul Nedzela, saxophones; Dan Nimmer, piano; Carlos Henriquez, bass; Ali Jackson, drums.

    Credits

    James P. Nichols, recording engineer; Rob Macomber, chief engineer; David Robinson, live mix engineer. "You Swing Baby" is courtesy of the Brubeck Collection, University of the Pacific.

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