• Frederick Douglas Boulevard and John Hicks Way: 139th Street to be Renamed Tomorrow

    July 30, 2010. Posted by Michael Downes.

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    As of Saturday, July 31, 139th Street in Harlem will be named after John Hicks, the Atlanta-born pianist who became one of New York's most sought-after accompanists.  He was quite a composer too.  The ceremony will take place tomorrow at 1 PM at Frederick Douglas Blvd., and will feature Barry Harris, Stanley Crouch, and members of Hicks's family.

    In honor of the occasion, we've dug up this interview with Gary Walker from Februrary 2006, his final appearance on WBGO:

  • Terell Stafford's Cannonball Adderley Tribute

    July 28, 2010

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    Terell Stafford joined Rhonda Hamilton in the studio this week to explain how Bill Cosby turned him on to teaching, and to discuss his upcoming gig with the Cannonball Adderley Tribute Band at the Litchfield Jazz Festival. Terell joins Bela Fleck, Dave Brubeck, Gerald Clayton and others in Connecticut to celebrate the event's 15th Anniversary on Saturday, August 8th.

    Listen to the full interview here:

  • Dee Dee on Leno

    July 26, 2010. Posted by Becca Pulliam.

    Photo by Mark Higoshino

    Word from out west sez that this Wednesday, 7/28, JazzSet host Dee Dee Bridgewater will sit in for the entire hour with the Rickey Minor Big Band (the house band) on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. I'll bet she sings music from her current CD of songs from the Billie Holiday book, Dee Dee style. The lucky people in the live audience will get more than the TV audience.

    Sounds like fun!