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  • Triveni from the Newport Jazz Festival on JazzSet

    March 13, 2012. Posted by Becca Pulliam.

    We open with Anat Cohen's Anzic Orchestra, Avishai Cohen in the trumpet section, at the Mary Lou Williams Festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Then Avishai's three-man group steps up at the 2011  Newport Jazz Festival and -- even though it's more spare -- the music just keeps coming. Avishai meets the challenge of a trumpet trio with no piano, guitar or vibes to fill the space. Besides his own Ornette-y pieces, they play Don Cherry's "Art Deco" and "Portrait" by Charles Mingus.

    Listen Wednesday, March 14, at 6:30pm .. or online at your convenience, here.

    Erik Jacobs for NPR Music
    Triveni is Avishai Cohen on trumpet, Drew Gress on bass, Eric Harland on the drums.

    Photo by Boston Photographer Erik Jacobs for NPR.

    Later in the hour, Anat joins Triveni as a special guest.

    Anat and Avishai Cohen, Drew Gress .. 2011 Newport Jazz Festival (c) Ayano Hisa

  • This Week on JazzSet: Kevin Eubanks Band at the Detroit Jazz Festival

    February 24, 2012. Posted by Becca Pulliam.

    Eubanks and Bill Pierce .. Thanks to Len Katz Photography
    Eubanks and Bill Pierce .. Thanks to Len Katz Photography

    Summer ends and the music transcends. Covering this Labor Day set from the Detroit Jazz Festival, Ross Davis wrote in JazzTimes that the guitarist  "featured his own fine lines and plenty of room for his band mates to shine, most especially saxophonist Bill Pierce."

    Hear a taste in Dee Dee's promo:

    Sunday, February 26, at 6pm and/or Wednesday at 6:30 on WBGO 88.3 FM and wbgo.org.

  • Either/Orchestra Ethiopian/Jazz on JazzSet

    February 17, 2012. Posted by Becca Pulliam.

    Listen Sunday, February 19, at 6pm and Wednesday at 6:30, for "The Collected Unconscious" -- a three-way suite composed by Russ Gershon for the Either/Orchestra, six horns and four rhythm players from Boston. The music dances between Ethiopian song styles of the mid 20th century, jazz, and Afro-Caribbean grooves provided by the E/O's Brazilian pianist, Venezuelan drummer and Dominican percussionist. Sounds crazy? Well it isn't. It's ingeniously full of melodies and changes and subtleties and hooks, as it works on your ears, heart, feet and burrows into your subconscious.

    In the spring of 2011, funded in part by a Kickstarter campaign, the E/O performed in the capital, Addis Ababa, and other provincial cities, deepening its relationship with the music and musicians. Then in November, as part of a short regional tour here in the Northeast, E/O brought this alluring new music to Tishman Auditorium at the New School, and now JazzSet brings it to you in Surround Sound .

    One of the best New York concerts of 2011, wrote the blog lucidculture.wordpress.com.

    Horns L to R: Charlie Kohlhase, Hailey Niswanger, Russ Gershon, Joel Yennior, Tom Halter, Dan Rosenthal .. Gilson Schachnik, piano; Rick McLaughlin, bass; Pablo Bencid, drums; Vicente Lebron, percussion .. Photos by David Tallacksen
    Horns L to R: Charlie Kohlhase, Hailey Niswanger, Russ Gershon, Joel Yennior, Tom Halter, Dan Rosenthal .. Gilson Schachnik, piano; Rick McLaughlin, bass; Pablo Bencid, drums; Vicente Lebron, percussion .. Photo by David Tallacksen

    Here's an additional tune, not in the JazzSet show. Composer Nerses Nalbandian, the Ethiopian national maestro, was of Armenian descent. To complete the circle, Nalbandian loved Xavier Cugat and Ray Charles! Check him out.

    Either/Orchestra plays "Mambo #1."