• Live Blog: Cedar Walton Trio at the Village Vanguard 12.17.08

    December 17, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.

    Cedar Walton Trio Sign at Village Vanguard
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    We're an hour from showtime.  Earlier today, I visited Cedar Walton at his home in Brooklyn.  I'll post the interview with the complete wrap-up of our time at the Vanguard tonight.  Stay tuned.

    Not a full house expected tonight.  Could be that the recession is starting to put a dent in recreation budgets.  Not a good sign for jazz.

    Epoch Films is shooting a Heineken commercial in the Village Vanguard tomorrow.  Keep an eye out for that in the near future.  Real musicians will not be a part of the shoot.  Just actors.  They have reserved all parking spots on both sides of the club.  As you might know, parking spaces in NYC are a premium, so the neighbors are none too thrilled about finding a spot for their cars.

    Bassist David Williams is the first member of the trio to arrive tonight.  More later.

    Drummer Lewis Nash just arrived.  He recently finished recording a studio date for Willie Nelson with Joe Sample, Christian McBride, and guitarist Anthony Wilson.  Willie sings standards!

    Still no leader...Cedar Walton, paging Cedar Walton???

    Cedar must have heard the page.  And he was looking for parking...

    "Cedar's Blues" opens the show, and the trio is swinging mercilessly.

    "Dear Ruth," an original composition dedicated to Cedar's mom.  She was a piano teacher.  She must have been a good one!

    Lots of original compositions so far.  This one is "Sixth Avenue."  Funky.

    This is "Back to the Holy Land," I think.  Cedar is calling songs on the fly.

    Sorry for the long break in action.  We're listening to "Time After Time."  This is such a great trio.  Plenty of chemistry.

    "Body and Soul" with a samba beat.  I just heard a reference to "Mona Lisa" go by...

    A little Christmas Music, anyone?  With some blues for good measure.

  • New Jazz Composers Octet - "The Turning Gate"

    December 16, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.

    This Saturday at 4pm, WBGO will present a free concert and broadcast from J&R Music World, featuring the New Jazz Composers Octet.  Last week, the band came to our studios to play a few songs.  So here's a preview of what to expect.  The NJCO plays the title song from their latest release, The Turning Gate.


  • 2009 NEA Jazz Master and Trumpeter Snooky Young

    December 12, 2008. Posted by Simon Rentner.

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    Snooky Young

    An unsung hero of jazz trumpet, Eugene Edward "Snooky" Young, was honored at this year's 2009 NEA Jazz Masters Award Ceremony in Rose Theater, Jazz at Lincoln Center.  The soft-spoken, humble master (and growler) of the cup mute played 1st trumpet in swing-era big bands led by Count Basie, Lionel Hampton, and Jimmie Lunceford.  Born on February 3rd, 1919 in Dayton Ohio (yes, he turns 90 next year), Young grew-up idolizing (and imitating) Louis Armstrong.  As a consummate professional and distinct voice on the trumpet, he became close to many luminaries in show business.  He became most recognized with Johnny Carson, with whom he played for in the Tonight Show Orchestra for 20 years. - Simon Rentner

    Click here to listen to Snooky Young feature

    And click here to listen to the full 40 minute interview with Snooky Young and his grandson Tony Andrews