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  • WBGO Celebrates Valentines Day

    February 12, 2016. Posted by Nicole Sweeney.

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    We asked our announcers to dig into their romantic memories and give us songs that remind them of love.

    Mid-Day Jazz Host Rhonda Hamilton:

    Mid Day Jazz Host Rhonda Hamilton
    Mid Day Jazz Host Rhonda Hamilton

    "A Time For Love": Many artists have recorded this Johnny Mandel composition. Shirley Horn’s version on her CD with strings, “Here’s To Life”, produced and arranged  by Mandel is especially lush and romantic. The entire album provides a perfect soundtrack for a lovely, loving evening.

    "The Island":  Any song that conjures up images of a tropical island puts me in a romantic mood. When Sarah Vaughan sings it on her album, “Crazy & Mixed Up” she transports you to a place so warm and sensual, you never want to leave.

    "Like A Lover": I was actually on the island of Anguilla with my husband when I first heard Carla Cook perform her gently swinging arrangement of this song.  It was a clear night with a warm tropical breeze, the stars were shining and we were just steps away from the sea. Whenever I want to revisit that romantic setting, I close my eyes and listen to Carla sing “Like a Lover.”

    Afternoon Jazz /Singers Unlimited Host Michael Bourne

    Michael Bourne
    Afternoon Jazz/Singers Unlimited Host Michael Bourne

    I'll Remember April Andy Bey, Tuesday In Chinatown. Michele returned to my life in April, and whenever I play this song on the show I remember.

    "Speak Low "  Tony Bennett, Astoria,  one of the greatest lyrics about love and life.  "Time is so old and Love so brief.  Love is pre gold and Time a thief!  It's also the only song I've ever requested Tony to sing, and he did!

    "Devil May Care" Bob Dorough  The only love song I can (more or less) sing and it's about the connection to a loved one, so deep, almost magical and yet truly real.

    Jazz After Hours Host Brian Delp

    Jazz After Hours Host Brian Delp
    Jazz After Hours Host Brian Delp

    "Broadway Romance" Dave Brubeck-The first time I heard this many years ago on the Great Plains, it evoked everything I imagined a New York romance to be; years later, I was proven right....

    "Autumn In New York" Charlie Parker with Strings-My wife and I danced to this at our Novermber wedding  while our guest pelted us with fake autumn leaves - much easier to clean up than rice!

    "The Quintessence" Quincy Jones-Phil Woods alto saxophone just drips sensuality and oozes gold.

    On Air Announcer Rich Keith

    "Come Rain or Come Shine" When I started in radio back in the 70s, I fell in love with Ray Charles' version of Johnny Mercer and Harold Arlen's "Come Rain or Come Shine". I got engaged to my wife in 1980 and one of the things we had to think about for the wedding in 1981 was our first song.  I suggested this song. Luck intervened when Streisand (my wife is a huge fan) decided to sing the song on one of her albums released around that time...so I was in.  The problem we ran into was that few of the wedding bands that we interviewed knew the song (as it was written in 1946)...and the ones who did sounded like they were playing "The Hokey Pokey". I got a copy of the Ray Charles version (my favorite) and the Streisand version (my wife's favorite) on a cassette and gave it to the band we ended up with, asking them to come up with something in between.  It must have worked out OK because were still married 35 years later.

  • Aaron Goldberg And Leon Parker Talk With Gary Walker

    February 11, 2016. Posted by Josh Landes.

    Innovative pianist Aaron Goldberg and reclusive percussionist Leon Parker have teamed up for a collaboration that, in their own words, seeks to "expand the sonic, communicative, and expressive possibilities of the piano trio setting". They sat down with WBGO's Gary Walker to talk about this ambitious plan.

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  • The ELEW Trio With Veal And Tain

    February 11, 2016

    Eric Lewis' career has circulated both in and out of what he calls "the jazz republic." Performing under his given name in the 1990s, Lewis was a powerful up-and-coming pianist who toured in the bands of Wynton Marsalis and Elvin Jones. As his career progressed — or failed to, from a business perspective — he found that a lot of contemporary rock music also spoke to him deeply. So, performing under the name ELEW, he devised a new theatrical, high-energy method of solo piano he called rockjazz, and his cover songs took him to TED Conferences, national tours, America's Got Talent, celebrity gatherings and the White House. But he never left the late-night straight-ahead jam sessions: In fact, he's just recorded And To The Republic, a return to the jazz trio format featuring some major players.

    Jazz Night In America follows ELEW to the studio, and to Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola within Jazz at Lincoln Center, where his burning band includes Reginald Veal on bass and Jeff "Tain" Watts on drums.

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