• Julliard Stops by WBGO Studios

    April 12, 2011. Posted by Simon Rentner.

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    The Julliard Jazz Artist Diploma Ensemble stopped by WBGO studios today for  another intimate performance celebrating Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM).  The band is directed by Carl Allen (drums), Rodney Jones (guitar) and Kenny Barron (piano). The band is, to quote Carl Allen, "the crème de la crème" of Julliard Jazz and features: [left to right] John Chin (piano), Matthew Jordell (trumpet, flugelhorn), Yasushi Nakamura (bass), Patrick Cornelius (alto sax), and Luca Santaniello (drums).

    Luca Santaniello has performed with Lee Konitz, Roy Hargrove, Joe Lovano, Joe Locke, Billy Harper and Ron Carter. Jordell and Chin have also accompanied Ron Carter (as of last night!) and all three musicians are booked to accompany Benny Golson on May 16. Also, you may recognize Patrick Cornelius from his appearance on WBGO's  The Checkout this past March. Keep and eye and an ear out for these players, on the New York scene and beyond. In the meantime, hear today's performance below:

    Set List:

    Rat Race (Matthew Jodrell)


    Undercover (John Chin)


    Tara (Patrick Cornelius)


    Flying (Luca Santaniello)

    New York (Donald Brown)

  • Duke's Men: Ellington's Loyal Improvisers

    April 12, 2011. Posted by Simon Rentner.

    Cootie Williams of the Duke Ellington Orchestra. (Image Credit: William Gottlieb/Library of Congress via Flickr)

    Every successful big band leader featured brilliant soloists: Count Basie had Lester Young, Fletcher Henderson had Coleman Hawkins, Benny Goodman had Gene Krupa. But the Maestro, Duke Ellington, spotlighted his men apart from the rest.

    Ellington's soloists captured the spirit of his music. He wrote concertos, short- and long-form tunes, with his musicians in mind, allowing for their personality to shape the structure of the music. He specifically targeted his musicians' strengths — Johnny Hodges' seductiveness, Cootie Williams' bravado, Tricky Sam Nanton's humor — and accentuated those attributes. That's why musicians remained so loyal to him over the years, even at the expense of their own fame. He understood them and brought the best out of their playing. These tunes remind us why.

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  • Morning Cup of Jazz 4/12/11

    April 12, 2011. Posted by Alex Rodriguez.

    Clarinetist Don Byron, tonight on The Checkout

    Today at WBGO:

    - Jazz Appreciation Month is underway! Get in the spirit with WBGO's extensive programming, all month long.

    - Tonight at 6:30pm, The Checkout features the Chris Morrissey Quartet, Alan Hampton, and Don Byron.

    - At 7:30, Latino USA takes a look at the anti-immigrant backlash in the Dominican Republic since last year's Haitian earthquake.

    - We had a great time celebrating our 32nd birthday with Member Appreciation Weekend. It's never too late, of course, to become a member and support WBGO!

    Recent Jazzlinks:

    - Marcia Ball came through the WBGO studio last week, and our new production intern Alex Ariff has the scoop (welcome, Alex!)

    - Doug Doyle talks with Newark native and former NFL linebacker Al Singleton on Sportsjam

    - The Manhattan School of Music played a great set in our studios today, as well

    - Take a look at all of the other great student musicians coming into our studio this month

    - Click through to learn more about today's jazz happenings: Read more