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  • Singer Molly Johnson on "Because Of Billie": Listen Now

    April 9, 2015. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    Singer Molly Johnson talks with Gary Walker about her CD "Because Of Billie" and concerts at New York's Jazz At Lincoln Center which celebrate the centennial of Bilie Holiday. Johnson performs at JALC April 10 and 11. Enjoy!

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  • Home Cooking: The Philadelphia Jazz Organ Tradition In Concert

    April 9, 2015

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    Sonny Keaton performs during the Home Cooking concert. (Image Credit: WXPN)

    The Hammond electronic organ was developed with churches in mind, as a lower-cost alternative to pipe organs. But in Philadelphia, a keyboard player named Jimmy Smith was inspired by early jazz experiments on the instrument, and found a devastating way to adapt the new bebop style to the Hammond B-3. It seeded a new tradition of organ players in Philadelphia — major figures like "Groove" Holmes, Jimmy McGriff, Papa John and Joey DeFrancesco, and Trudy Pitts — and kickstarted a new sound in jazz at large.

    Jazz Night In America visits Philadelphia for a history lesson and dance party: a tribute to organ masters Smith, Shirley Scott and Charles Earland with six local organists, multiple bands and three guest vocalists. With WXPN, WRTI and the Philadelphia Jazz Project, Jazz Night visits World Cafe Live for a B-3 jam featuring many of the city's finest musicians.

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  • WBGO Champions Of Jazz Gala Slideshows: Watch Now

    April 8, 2015. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    Click on the images below to see photo slideshows from WBGO’s 2015 Champions of Jazz Gala 2015.

    Our annual benefit dinner and concert was April 6, 2015 at the Mandarin Oriental, New York with performances by Frank Sinatra Jr. and Monty Alexander, with special guest Bob Costas to honor Stephen N. Ifshin and the Legacy of Frank Sinatra.

    Click on this image of Frank Sinatra, Jr. to see concert and candid photos from the event, by Jacob Blickenstaff.

    Click on the second image to see a gallery of portraits from our gala red carpet, by Fran Kaufman. Thanks, Jacob and Fran!

    Enjoy these photos from a spectacular night - see you there next year!

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    Click on the image below to see a gallery of guest portraits from our Champions of Jazz red carpet, by Fran Kaufman.

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