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  • Jymie Merritt: The Beat Goes Deep

    April 7, 2016

    Philadelphia bassist Jymie Merritt's place on the historical register of jazz was cemented by his work with major players like Art Blakey, Max Roach and Lee Morgan. But there's a lot more music for which he hasn't received due credit: notably, his own. Starting in the 1960s, he began developing a personal system of polyrhythms and harmonies called Forerunner, and a working ensemble called The Forerunners to match. The music is rich in mathematical complexity, but it left a mark on many Philadelphians, including saxophonist Odean Pope and his son, Mike Merritt (now the bassist in Conan O'Brien's late-night band). Now, Mike has taken up the mantle and reassembled the band to finally record his father's music.

    Jazz Night In America goes to Philly to meet Jymie Merritt and see The Forerunners live in concert, as presented by WXPN, WRTI and the Philadelphia Jazz Project at World Cafe Live.

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  • Pianist Bill Charlap Talks with Gary Walker About his From Broadway to Harlem Concerts

    April 7, 2016. Posted by Corey Goldberg.

    Grammy-winning pianist Bill Charlap joins Gary Walker to talk about his special performance series "From Broadway to Harlem" - a new look at the totality of American popular song, featuring his expanded trio.

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  • Jersey Cat Freddie Hendrix Talks with Awilda Rivera

    April 7, 2016. Posted by Corey Goldberg.

    Jersey's own trumpet master Freddie Hendrix joins Awilda Rivera, sharing the local roots and stories behind his debut album, Jersey Cat. He also steps up to spin his picks as a guest DJ. Find out if Freddie picked the trumpet - of if the trumpet picked him!

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  • Freddie Cole Plays and Sings at WBGO

    April 7, 2016. Posted by Corey Goldberg.

    Legendary singer-pianist Freddie Cole sits down with Michael Bourne to discuss his new recording, He Was the King. It's a tribute to his brother Nat King Cole. Freddie put his encyclopedic command of the American songbook to use by playing a few songs live in our studio.

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  • WBGO JAM 2016: SUNY Purchase Ornette Coleman Ensemble

    April 6, 2016. Posted by Corey Goldberg.

    WBGO's celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month continues with the SUNY Purchase Ornette Coleman Ensemble performing an in-studio concert devoted to their namesake's compositions.

    Hear them and other top student ensembles featured on 88.3 FM throughout the month of April.

    Keep watching the blog for more complete JAM sessions all month long.

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    Purchase College Jazz Studies Ornette Coleman Ensemble, directed by Pete Malinverni

    1) Tears Inside
    2) Chronology
    3) Lonely Woman
    4) Blues Connotation

    Sebastian Gil - Trumpet
    Nick Green - Alto Saxophone
    Alex Frondelli - Guitar
    Albert Ahlf - Piano
    Mikey Migliore - Bass
    Zach Berns – Drums