April 9, 2010. Posted by Becca Pulliam.
It's Randy Weston's 84th birthday, and the celebration is at the Jazz Standard. Last night, I enjoyed the first set. For the opening minutes (at least five minutes), Weston's hands didn't venture above the middle of the keyboard. That powerful low piano goes straight to your center. The vibration is strong enough to make you a resonator! As Randy Weston says, "In the African tradition, we are all musicians. Your heart is your drum and your voice is your sound."
As the set unfolded from the processional "Blues to Africa" through "Saucer Eyes," "African Sunrise" for Dizzy Gillespie and Machito, "Hi Fly" and "Berkshire Blues," I felt as if I'd died and gone to heaven (or Sunside, a Paris club which for some reason came to mind). Love yourself. Go see Randy Weston.
Here's a clip of "African Sunrise" from the same quintet, as heard on JazzSet in 2004.
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April 5, 2010. Posted by Simon Rentner.
The William Paterson University Jazz Sexet under the direction of Mulgrew Miller visited WBGO today. If you missed their performance with Michael Bourne on Afternoon Jazz, click below. Also, scroll down to see musicians credited and their set list.
David Pomerantz, trumpet
Eric Neveloff, alto saxophone
Dan Rufolo, piano
Nick Indalecio, guitar
Jacob Webb, bass
Anthony Benson, drums
If I Were A Bell (Frank Loesser)
F.M. (Dan Rufolo)
What Is This Thing Called Love (Cole Porter)
Ballad (Dan Rufolo)
Chick's Tune (Chick Corea)
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April 1, 2010. Posted by Becca Pulliam.With the death of June Kim, WBGO has lost a great volunteer and friend. June was born in Harlem, raised in the Bronx ("Miss Paradise Farms" 1953), worked her full career at New York Telephone Co., and resided for many years in Teaneck. June always spoke with pleasure of her close and extended family and friends, and -- as expressed in her Obituary, in capital letters -- JUNE LOVED JAZZ. Long before young Jeremy Pelt came to New York, June was telling us about her trumpet-playing nephew. We at WBGO who knew June are very fortunate, and share in the sadness of losing her. In Volunteer Co-ordinator Sylvia Brewer's words, "June was a wonderful, classy lady – her smile, and love for the music will always be remembered."
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