April 4, 2016. Posted by Brandy Wood.
In a tribute concert at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., the National Endowment for the Arts recognized its 2016 class of NEA Jazz Masters — the highest honor the U.S. gives to a jazz musician or advocate.
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April 4, 2016. Posted by Corey Goldberg.
NJ City University's Tenor Conclave Combo continues WBGO's celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month with a live performance and interview with our own Nicole Sweeney.
Hear them and other top student ensembles featured on 88.3 FM throughout the month of April.
Keep watching the blog for more complete JAM sessions all month long.
NJCU Tenor Conclave Combo, directed by Walt Weiskopf
1) Like Sonny (composed by John Coltrane)
2) Moose the Mooche (composed by Charlie Parker)
3) Resolution (composed by John Coltrane)
Diego Ferreira - Tenor Sax
Cristiano Ludwig - Tenor Sax
Cesar Haas - Guitar
Anthony Bianco - Bass
Michael Yaw – Drums
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April 3, 2016. Posted by Simon Rentner.
A close associate to this year's Cape Town International Jazz Festival says this year's concert programming had a strong focus on women in music.
No one would argue that the two most "Legendary Ladies In Song" at this year's festival (as they are also co-billed), are Dorothy Masuka and Abigail Kubeka.
Like South African jazz mega-stars Hugh Masekela and Abdullah Ibrahim these two singers should also be commonly known among jazz appreciators in America. But that never happened. One theory, I suppose, is that neither left Africa in exile during apartheid. Thus, their artistry was never recognized internationally like their male counterparts. Nevertheless, their mark on South African music history should be noted. Masuka penned “Pata-Pata” – yes, that “Pata-Pata,” made famous by Miriam Makeba, whom she was close with.
Abigail Kubeka played in some of her country’s most historic jazz ensembles – the Malombo Jazz Makers, the Elite Swingers, and the Jazz Dazzlers. Kubeka even shared the stage with Dollar Brand (Abdullah Ibrahim) and Kippie Moeketsi, known as the “Charlie Parker” of South Africa. Stay tuned for our upcoming feature with both “legendary ladies” on WBGO’s The Checkout.
Many of today’s South African women in music are less informed by jazz but embrace a more pro-Africa sound like Nhlanhla Nciza, the other half of Zulu-influenced pop duo Mafikizolo. Her music fits her like a glove, or, perhaps more accurately, her own clothing line: sleek, modern, and as vibrant as her rainbow nation.
Singer/songwriter/songbird Tribute “Birdie” Mboweni, born near Kruger National Park, is new voice in South Africa’s soundscape. Don’t let her tiny body fool you. Her booming voice advocates for the preservation of Africa’s endangered environment. And, bird-watching is one of her hobbies.
And then there were the many American female vocalists who appeared this year –- Cassandra Wilson, Angie Stone, Sheila E., and SWV. Look out for The Checkout’s ongoing coverage of this year’s Cape Town International Jazz Festival with our exclusive interviews with Lizz Wright, and the brilliant Meshell N’dgeocello.
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April 2, 2016. Posted by Simon Rentner.
The South African born, Manhattan-based Vuyo Sotashe placed second place in last year's Thelonious Monk Institute International Jazz Competition. For our continued coverage of the 17th Cape Town International Jazz Festival this week, we speak to the jazz singer/songwriter from the Cape Flats about the complexities of being a "Born-Free," part of the generation born in South Africa after the era of apartheid. He also shares an original song written in his native Xhosa language dedicated to his mother.
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April 1, 2016. Posted by Corey Goldberg.
Rutgers Afro-Caribbean Jazz Ensemble kicks off WBGO's Jazz Appreciation Month celebration. Hear their live in-studio performance and interview with Nicole Sweeney and tune in to 88.3 FM to hear them and other student ensembles featured throughout April.
Keep watching our blog all month long for more complete JAM sessions showcasing the next generation of jazz stars.
Rutgers Afro-Caribbean Jazz Ensemble, directed by Bill O’Connell
1) Hot Jambalaya (composed by Bill O'Connell)
2) Picadillo (composed by Tito Puente, arranged by Bill O'Connell)
Yunior Terry Cabrera, Bass
James Nascimento, Bass
Dom Palombi, Drums/Percussion
Benjamin Cureton, Drums/Percussion
Greg Riss, Percussion
Michael Berry, Piano
John Donathan,Tenor Sax
Mike Benson, Tenor Sax
Stephen Justice, Trombone
Anthony Fazio, Trumpet
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