WBGO Blog
  • Song of the Day: Brian Blade and the Fellowship Band

    May 15, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.

    Brian Blade

    I wrote a Song of the Day feature for NPR. Brian Blade and the Fellowship
    Band recently released Season of Changes, and I've been playing one song
    over and over and over. And over. It's called "Return of the Prodigal Son."
    Read about it, and listen to it here. Brian Blade and the Fellowship Band
    are playing a week at the Village Vanguard starting June 17th. We will be
    broadcasting the 9pm set on Wednesday, June 18th. Live. Stay tuned.
    -Josh

  • John Ellis & Double-wide

    May 15, 2008. Posted by Becca Pulliam.

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    John Ellis and Doublewide at the Jazz Standard

    This quartet was awesome at Jazz Standard Tuesday night .. John the mastermind and composer, conceptualist and detail man, on tenor, soprano, one song with bass clarinet .. Gary Versace on organ, wow! he plays it in unexpected ways .. Matt Perrine on sousaphone, Matt got into the sousaphone game after seeing Kirk Joseph of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, and Matt says Kirk is a pied piper for thousands of young sousaphoni .. and Jason Marsalis, always determined to play it better the next time, even when there is no apparent room to improve. It's a 50% New Orleans resident band (Matt & Jason), and John lived there from 1993-97. He is inspired by street bands. The quartet is playing music from the new CD Double-wide, which refers to the double-bottom of low register organ and sousaphone. The Jazz Standard vibrates happily in that register. Tuesday night's music will be featured on JazzSet on Sunday, June 15, and Wednesday, June 18.

    Becca Pulliam

  • Alexis Cuadrado: Jazz from the Underground

    May 14, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.

    Alexis Cuadrado

    In January, we did a studio session with Alexis Cuadrado's Puzzles Quartet.
    The bassist is part of the Brooklyn Jazz Underground, a collective of leaders
    based in... well, you get it. Anyway, the band plays next Friday at The Jazz
    Gallery
    . It's the official CD release party. Get your sneak preview here.
    -Josh