• Barbara Carroll Performs Live on WBGO!

    June 16, 2011. Posted by Simon Rentner.

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    Pianist and singer Barbara Carroll has seen it hall:  Charlie Parker and Art Tatum on 52nd street.  She once played with Benny Goodman.  The legendary Leonard Feather famously called her “The first girl ever to play bebop piano.”  At 86 years of age, Carroll showcased a clinic on 88 keys live in WBGO’s studio.  During her performance and interview, she talked about blurring the line between jazz and cabaret, and her “65 year old love affair with Manhattan.”  Carroll celebrates the release of her new CD “How Long Has This Been Going On” at Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola beginning this Tuesday, June 21st through Sunday, 26th.  Listen to her complete interview and live performance with WBGO’s Michael Bourne below.

  • 'Treme,' Ep. 18: After Mardi Gras

    June 13, 2011. Posted by Joshua Jackson.

    Harley (Steve Earle, left) and Annie (Lucia Micarelli) busk in the French Quarter in Treme. (Image Credit: Paul Schiraldi/HBO)

    It took a while to notice, but this season of Treme has set up another parallel between the chef Janette and the ranks of musicians. When her chef at Le Bernardin — played by Eric Ripert, the actual chef at the actual restaurant — senses her unhappiness, he points it out. She once had her own kitchen, where she learned to "express yourself," but now, she's working at her "craftsmanship" on another's vision.

    This year, we're seeing Antoine, Delmond, Davis and Annie all initiating original projects which they front. At least Antoine and Annie have heretofore been career sidemen — now they're learning how to be comfortable in the spotlight, too. In this episode, Annie takes a big step forward to that end.

    Joining me again to discuss this and other musical questions is WBGO's Josh Jackson.

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  • Morning Cup of Jazz 6/13/11

    June 13, 2011. Posted by Alex Rodriguez.

    Today at WBGO:

    The Mingus Big Band, JJA Large Ensemble of the Year, play tonight at the Jazz Standard
    The Mingus Big Band, JJA Large Ensemble of the Year, play tonight at the Jazz Standard

    - Jazz at Lincoln Center brings the Clayton-Hamilton band from Los Angeles to duke it out with Wynton and the JALC Orchestra, tonight at 6:30.

    - At 7:30 p.m. on the NJ Capitol Report: Jon Bramnick, Republican Conference Leader, 21st Legislative District, and Phil Beachem, President of the New Jersey Alliance for Action.

    Recent Jazzlinks:

    - The latest episode of You Don't Know Jazz! w/ Dr. Lewis Porter is online, debunking myths about early New Orleans.

    - Patrick at A Blog Supreme rounds up last week's links

    - We had a great time at the Jazz Journalists Association awards ceremony on Saturday, with Josh Jackson doing a great job as the emcee -- congratulations to all the winners (including Dee Dee Bridgewater, host of JazzSet, for best female vocalist)

    - Click through for more of today's jazz happenings: Read more