• Tia Fuller plays at Newark Museum at 12:30pm today

    April 30, 2011. Posted by Brandy Wood.

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    Today at 12:30pm, WBGO presents the third concert in the Kids Jazz Series at Newark Museum with saxophonist Tia Fuller. When Tia Fuller isn't playing jazz, she is part of the band who tours with Beyonce.

    Tia Fuller
    Tia Fuller

    At today's performance, you can stop by the WBGO table and help the station win a Chase Community Giving grant (if you have a Facebook account). Simply click here. Voting in Round 1 ends at 11:59pm Wednesday, May 4.**

    The WBGO Kids Jazz Concert Series is free, but adults must be accompanied by a young person. The performance begins at 12:30pm, but please arrive early. The Newark Museum is located at 49 Washington Street in Newark, NJ.

    **WBGO is in the running to win a Chase Community Giving grant - a program created by Chase to give to small and local charities. Through the Facebook app, Chase Community Giving, people with a Faceook account can vote to help determine which small and local non profits will receive donations totally $5,000,000 from Chase's philanthropy funds this spring.

    The 100 organizations which receive the most votes will win $25,000 each! Then, Round 2 begins, where the top 25 organizations will win between $20,000 and $500,000 more.

    You have an opportunity to make a meaningful difference for WBGO. The time to cast a vote and spread the word is NOW.

    Thanks so much for your support!

  • First Rites: Jazz Goes Stravinsky

    April 29, 2011. Posted by Joshua Jackson.

    The Bad Plus plays its take on The Rite of Spring at Duke Performances, backed by a multimedia backdrop created by architect Cristina Guadalupe and filmmaker Noah Hutton. (Image Credit: Courtesy of Darryl Pitt)

    In late March, The Bad Plus descended upon Duke University to unveil its take on Igor Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring. You can now hear a recording of "On Sacred Ground: Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring" at The Checkout.

    One of my favorite parts of the "Rite" is the "Spring Khorovod," from the first of two sections. A khorovod is a round dance, a simple folkloric form. Think "Ring Around the Rosy," then add a dark Russian vibe. Listen to a bit of Stravinsky conducting the Columbia Symphony Orchestra from 1962:

    I love that insistent rhythmic undertow. It's slightly menacing. Then the full orchestra enters on a tympani crash 19 seconds in, and this totally begins to rock. (I mean, who doesn't like the tympani?) When you hear three members of The Bad Plus perform this section, they really get it too.

    But another piano/bass/drums trio has also recorded that section, and not many people know where to find it.

    E.S.T. (Esbjorn Svensson Trio) included "Spring Khorovod" on its U.S. debut, Somewhere Else Before. It's a hidden track at the end of the disc. These three guys make a wall of sound. Dan Berglund, the bassist, ran his upright into a Line 6 POD that made him sound like Richie Blackmore from Deep Purple.

    In 2003, I made a documentary about the band, before anyone in the U.S. really knew much about them. I'll let them tell you about it. The first voice is the late Esbjorn Svensson. Happy listening.

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  • Morning Cup of Jazz 4/29/11

    April 29, 2011. Posted by Alex Rodriguez.

    Today at WBGO:

    Happy 112th birthday, Duke Ellington!
    Happy 112th birthday, Duke Ellington!

    - Please vote for us in the latest round of the Chase Community Giving contest on Facebook!

    - Gary Walker interviews pianist Ted Rosenthal on Morning Jazz at 9 a.m.

    - Another pianist, Marcus Roberts, comes in to perform in the WBGO Studio and will be interviewed by Rhonda Hamilton at noon.

    - Tonight on the WBGO Journal: Celebrating Bob Hope, an exchange program between the Bronx and Berlin, and more.

    - Tomorrow afternoon at 12:30, Tia Fuller plays a WBGO Kids Concert at the Newark Museum!

    Recent Jazzlinks:

    - The latest episode of You Don't Know Jazz! with Dr. Lewis Porter is now up, debunking myths about jazz.

    - The Checkout this week features the entire Rite of Spring by Stravisnky, as arranged and performed by The Bad Plus last month at Duke Performances. According to twitter user ericread, it's "possibly the greatest thing on the internet" -- who are we to disagree?

    - Our own Alex W. Rodriguez serves up this week's NJ jazz highlights for the Star-Ledger

    - Click through to learn more about today's jazz happenings: Read more