WBGO Blog
  • Celebrating Joe Temperley In Concert

    May 12, 2016. Posted by David Tallacksen.

    The great Joe Temperley died at the age of 86 Wednesday. One of the most respected jazz saxophonists in the world, Temperley grew up in Scotland before leaving for London in the 1950s and moving to North America in the 1960s. Temperley, who started playing the sax when he was 14, took the baritone chair in the Duke Ellington Orchestra. In recent years he had been a long-serving member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, under Wynton Marsalis. A year ago we featured Temperley in Concert - check it out below.

    For 25 years, the baritone saxophone chair of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra has been held by a one Joe Temperley. The Scottish musician, now 85, carries tons of credits to his C.V., especially with big bands: Thad Jones-Mel Lewis, Woody Herman, Buddy Rich, Clark Terry and — most notably — the Duke Ellington Orchestra.

    Jazz Night In America visits Jazz at Lincoln Center as the JLCO salutes its elder statesman, featuring Temperley on his favorite Ellington tunes and a new concerto that managing and artistic director Wynton Marsalis dedicated to his longtime colleague.

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  • Moreland & Arbuckle Bring Blues Rock Swagger To WBGO

    May 11, 2016. Posted by Josh Landes.

    Kansas blues-rock duo Moreland & Arbuckle looped WBGO in to their tireless touring schedule for an interview and live session with Michael Bourne on the Blues Break. Hear what you learn over half a million miles of driving around America, as well as a few tunes from the band, recorded live in the WBGO studios- including one created on the spot to celebrate the appearance.

    Moreland & Arbuckle

  • Vocal Master Marion Cowings On Singing, Family, and New York

    May 10, 2016. Posted by Josh Landes.

    Marion Cowings and Sheila Anderson are old friends, and through laughter and remembrances, their conversation on WBGO covers the nuances of the jazz vocal tradition, growing up in the New York of the 1940s, his father's resilience in the face of a point blank shooting, and his encounters in the music business over his long career.

    Marion For WBGO

  • Terrance McKnight On Finding His Musical Language

    May 10, 2016. Posted by Josh Landes.

    WQXR host Terrance McKnight joins Sheila Anderson's Salon Sessions for a discussion of Hazel Scott, growing up in Cleveland, and why his experience with public radio began with him screaming at it.

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  • Vanguard Jazz Orchestra: 50 Years Of Mondays

    May 5, 2016

    In 1965, the trumpeter, composer and arranger Thad Jones and the drummer Mel Lewis found themselves with a book of big-band music originally intended for the Count Basie Orchestra — and nobody to perform it. So they made their own. They handpicked some of New York's top talent and called rehearsals on Monday nights, when the studio musicians could actually make it. And by the time they debuted on a Monday in February 1966 at the famed Village Vanguard, they were already a force to be reckoned with — soon to become the most influential big band of the last 50 years. The Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra, now the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, still plays every Monday night.

    Jazz Night In America heads to the basement jazz shrine to see the band's 50th anniversary show in February 2016, full of cuts from the original Thad Jones songbook. Our radio program tells the story of how the band came to be.

    Personnel

    Mat Jodrell, trumpet; Jon Owens, trumpet; Terell Stafford, trumpet; Scott Wendholt, trumpet; Luis Bonilla, trombone; Jason Jackson, trombone; John Mosca, trombone; Douglas Purviance, bass trombone; Dick Oatts, alto sax/winds; Billy Drewes, alto sax/soprano sax/winds; Rich Perry, tenor sax/winds; Ralph Lalama, tenor sax/winds; Gary Smulyan, baritone sax; Michael Weiss, piano; David Wong, bass; John Riley, drums with Jerry Dodgion, alto sax.

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