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  • Ricky Riccardi on Louis Armstrong Film Premiere: Listen Now

    April 29, 2015. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    Archivist Ricky Riccardi talks with Gary Walker about the premiere of a rare concert by trumpeter Louis Armstrong, filmed in East Berlin in 1965. Riccardi hosts the screening, presented by the Louis Armstrong House Museum, at the Museum Of The Moving Image in Queens on Thursday, April 30 at 6:30 p.m. Enjoy!

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  • How Bessie Smith Ushered In The Jazz Age

    April 28, 2015

    Jazz and blues are often treated as one and the same — but how did one end up taking over and surpassing the other, ushering in the jazz age?

    That's a subject of an upcoming HBO biopic, called Bessie, about singer and songwriter Bessie Smith and her mentor Ma Rainey. Jazz bassist and composer Christian McBride, host of NPR's Jazz Night In America and a regular guest on All Things Considered, spoke with host Audie Cornish about Bessie Smith's legacy.

    An edited transcript of their conversation follows.

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  • WBGO JAM Live 2015: New School Jazz Ensemble

    April 27, 2015. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    The New School Jazz Ensemble performs live at WBGO for Jazz Appreciation Month, with vocalist Brianna Thomas. Click below to hear this concert, and tune in to 88.3 FM to hear this group featured on air during the last week of April. A full set list is below.

    Every week in April, WBGO-FM has showcased a different student ensemble with vocalists who performed live in our studios for Jazz Appreciation Month. All of these full sets are available online. Enjoy!

    Click on the image below to see a slideshow from this live in-studio performance.

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    March 25th, 2015
    New School Jazz Ensemble - Live at WBGO

    1) ‘Round Midnight (Thelonius Monk)

    2) All Of Me (written by Gerald Marks and Seymour Simons)

    3) Smile (music by Charlie Chaplin, lyrics by  John Turner and Geoffrey Parsons)

    4) Bye Bye Blackbird (music by Ray Henderson lyrics by Mort Dixon)

    All traditional arrangements.

    Brianna Thomas, Vocals and Band Leader
    Jochem Le Cointre, Piano
    Alexander Claffy, Bass
    Cory Cox, Drums