• Free Either/Orchestra Concert .. Come, Be Part of a JazzSet Audience

    November 14, 2011. Posted by Becca Pulliam.

    We would love to see you Saturday, and capture your cheers and applause for a 2012 JazzSet!

    Either/Orchestra Concert

  • Charles Lloyd's Sangam at Newport on JazzSet

    November 11, 2011. Posted by Becca Pulliam.

    Harland, Hussain, Lloyd on the Fort Adams Stage at Newport
    Harland, Hussain, Lloyd on the Fort Adams Stage at Newport

    Photo by Boston Photographer Erik Jacobs for NPR.

    This just in: JazzSet will be recording the Either/Orchestra on Saturday, November 19, at Tishman Auditorium, 66 W. 12th St. at Avenue of the Americas in New York .. 2pm .. FREE .. reservations recommended, here .. premiere of a new suite made possible through New Jazz Works grant from Chamber Music America. See you there!

    Tune in to JazzSet Sunday, November 13, at 6pm and/or Wednesday, November 16, at 6:30, for Sangam, the confluence of Eric Harland on drums and piano, Zakir Hussain on tablas and vocals, and Charles Lloyd playing saxophone, piano, maracas, Hungarian tarogato,  and flute (so lovely, Lloyd's flute). Here's a 30-second preview.

    The show is available on demand any time this week, here.

    Host Dee Dee Bridgewater tells us that her father Matthew Garrett was Charles's music teacher at Manassas High School in Memphis, and how much she loved Lloyd's million-selling LP Forest Flower Live at Monterey in the mid 1960s. Surround Sound mixer Duke Markos hears the music as changing textures. I hear it as meditation with momentum, and a cool-down at the end.

    Oy, I am feeling bad about a lapse: last week's post about Roy Hargrove on JazzSet never made it to the blog. Operator error. But you can still enjoy the show at jazzset.npr.org. Here is the post that wasn't:

    Roy Hargrove by John Rogers for NPR johnrogersnyc.com
    Roy Hargrove by John Rogers for NPR johnrogersnyc.com

    During a two-week run at the Village Vanguard, WBGO broadcast Roy's “early” show live. The video stream is archived on this blog, here. Now JazzSet brings you the late set in Surround Sound, hosted by Dee Dee Bridgewater.

    Onstage Roy is all music (by Duke Pearson, McCoy Tyner, bassist Ameen Saleem, Roy himself), no talk, and he connects: at the end, the audience applauds the set for more than two minutes.

  • JazzSet Presents Danilo Perez & Poncho Sanchez

    October 21, 2011. Posted by Becca Pulliam.

    Listen to JazzSet this Sunday, October 23, at 6 p.m. for the Danilo Perez Trio and dance to conguero Poncho Sanchez, in Surround Sound. Here's a 30-second taste from JazzSet host Dee Dee Bridgewater:

    Danilo Perez by Bill Bytsura
    Danilo Perez by Bill Bytsura

    Pianist Perez comes from Panama. In 1989, Dizzy Gillespie brought him into the United Nation Orchestra, and a career was born. Danilo is a long-time member of the Wayne Shorter Quartet, records for Mack Avenue, and leads the fine trio we’ll hear on JazzSet.

    Sanchez, the conguero from Southern California, came to jazz under the wing of Cal Tjader. The Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band has made an album a year for approximately 25 years for the Concord label; those albums get played often on WBGO.

    11 05 19 Encuentro - Poncho Sanchez LatinJazz Band

    If you miss JazzSet on Sunday, try again Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. And as always, you can hear the show any time on demand through the JazzSet page on wbgo.org.

    Perez and Sanchez headlined the 2010 Encuentro! Latin Jazz Festival at NJPAC. JazzSet hopes to see you at the 2011 Encuentro! Latin Jazz Festival on October 28-29. Also, this Saturday, October 22, at Flushing Town Hall in Queens, there is a related celebration, the Encuentro! Family Day.

    Here's one more picture: Roy Haynes and Phil Woods.

    Roy Haynes, Phil Woods by Valerie Russell, courtesy Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
    Roy Haynes, Phil Woods by Valerie Russell, courtesy Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation

    Last Friday, October 14, Haynes had finished two shows in the Terrace Theater (recorded for a later JazzSet), and Woods was accepting the BNY Mellon Jazz 2011 Living Legacy Award in neighboring hall at the Kennedy Center. The award honors living jazz masters from the mid-Atlantic region who have achieved distinction in performance and education. Congratulations, Phil Woods!

    Watch wbgo.org for the air date for Roy Haynes on JazzSet.

  • JazzSet Presents Randy Weston's African Rhythms

    October 14, 2011. Posted by Becca Pulliam.

    Listen to JazzSet Sunday, October 16, at 6 p.m. for NEA Jazz Master Randy Weston and African Rhythms, in  concert from last winter at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. And if you miss Sunday's broadcast, there's a rebroadcast on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.

    As always, you can visit our show page and hear this week's show any time on demand.

    Click here to hear a 30-second preview from host Dee Dee Bridgewater:

    Weston, who turned 85 in April, is having a banner year. He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship. He received honors from the King of Morocco at FIAF (photo above) in New York, and more honors this past weekend from The Jazz Ministry of Saint Peter's Church at All Night Soul . Weston made appearances in support of his memoir, African Rhythms, published by Duke University Press in late 2010.

    And tonight at Bethany Baptist Church in Newark, Weston will be honored yet again, sign copies of his book, and perform. It's part of a special Jazz Vespers Service with Carla Cook and Houston Person from 4 to 10 p.m.

    Stay tuned to JazzSet -- for future broadcast, we are recording Roy Haynes and his Fountain of Youth Band this weekend at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

  • JazzSet in October

    October 3, 2011. Posted by Becca Pulliam.

    JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater is celebrating ten years with Dee Dee as host, and nearing our 20th anniversary on the air with live music every week. You have two chances to catch this week's show on WBGO Jazz 88 - Sundays at 6pm, Wednesdays at 6:30. Miss a show? Listen on demand. We're in Surround Sound. Here's our early fall line-up:

    THIS WED, OCT 5, HEAR 2012 NEA Jazz Master Von Freeman, born October 3, 1923

    We knew Freeman was born and stayed in Chicago, but until earlier this year, everyone including the man himself thought his birth year was 1922. Howard Reich of The Chicago Tribune suspected it was 1923, and writes here about how he corrected Von Freeman history. On this JazzSet from New Year's Eve, 2010, at the Green Mill, he dukes it out in a mock battle with fellow tenor Ed Petersen .

    Freeman by Jimmy Katz
    Freeman by Jimmy Katz

    Yotam, courtesy of the artist
    Yotam courtesy of the artist

    SUN, OCT 9, AND WED, OCT 12, DISCOVER Ben Williams & Sound Effect and the Yotam Silberstein Quartet .. two new talents from the KC Jazz Club

    Williams from the DC area won the Thelonious Monk International Bass Competition; now he leads a fresh-sounding quintet with Marcus Strickland on sax and Christian Sands on piano, to name just two. Guitarist Yotam from Tel Aviv made a great first impression on Kennedy Center audiences in the sold-out Ella! concert (as broadcast on JazzSet), and in Yotam's quartet you'll hear his boyhood friend from Israel, Roy Assaf on piano.


    SUN, OCT 16, AND WED, OCT 19, NEA Jazz Master Randy Weston & African Rhythms
    For pianist Weston, jazz is not a genre. It's home, celebrated in music from the opening "African Rhythms" to his long-time theme, "Love, the Mystery Of."

    SUN, OCT 23, AND WED, OCT 26, Danilo Perez AND Poncho Sanchez, Back to Back
    Danilo from Panama plays emotional, colorful, storytelling music from his album Providencia. Poncho from southern California and his long-running Latin jazz band (two dozen albums, one a year) party with the Newark audience, including some of his own family.

    SUN, OCT 30, AND WED, NOV 2, NEA Jazz Master Toots Thielemans and Kenny Werner at the Kennedy Center - broadcast premiere of a concert from March, 2010
    Toots holds the harmonica to his lips, the mic to his harmonica, and the music seems to come straight from his heart, with Guggenheim Fellow Kenny Werner on piano. The music comes from Belgium, the US and Brazil.

    Toots Thielemans by Jos Knaepen
    Thielemans by Jos Knaepen

    Hargrove by John Rogers for NPR/johnrogersnyc.com
    Hargrove by John Rogers for NPR/johnrogersnyc.com

    SUN, NOV 4, AND WED, NOV 7, The Second Set: Trumpeter Roy Hargrove Quintet at the Village Vanguard

    The first set aired Live from the Village Vanguard on WBGO and NPR Music. Here's the second set - all music, not a word from the stage. At the end, the audience claps for three minutes straight for Justin Robinson, alto; Sullivan Fortner, piano; Ameen Saleem, bass; Montez Coleman, drums; and Roy Hargrove. The sweetest tone in town.