WBGO Blog
  • SpokFrevo Orquestra: Carnival And Jazz

    November 19, 2014. Posted by WBGO.

    image
    The SpokFrevo Orquestra is led by the saxophonist known as Maestro Spok. (Image Credit: Frank Stewart/Jazz at Lincoln Center)

    During Carnival in Brazil, music fills the streets. And often that music is frevo, a genre drawing from marches, Brazilian quadrilha, polka and classical music.

    The SpokFrevo Orquestra brings a jazz-influenced take to that joyous celebration. Fronted by virtuoso saxophonist and arranger Inaldo Cavalcante de Albuquerque, better known as Spok, the 17-piece orchestra presents an adventurous program featuring special guests Melissa Aldana (saxophone) and Wycliffe Gordon (trombone) inside the Appel Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center. Jazz Night in America offers highlights from this exhilarating performance, while tracing the origins of Brazilian Carnival music.

    Copyright 2014 WBGO and Jazz At Lincoln Center. To see more, visit .

  • Very Very Henry Threadgill

    November 13, 2014. Posted by WBGO.

    image
    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.

    Copyright 2014 WBGO and Jazz At Lincoln Center. To see more, visit .

    Read more
  • A Night At The Museum

    November 6, 2014. Posted by WBGO.

    image
    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.

    Copyright 2014 WBGO and Jazz At Lincoln Center. To see more, visit .