March 29, 2009. Posted by Becca Pulliam.
They've played New York within ten days of one another. First at Zankel at Carnegie, Dee Dee was part of the Jessye Norman Honor Festival. Pianist Edsel Gomez brought a new percussion section, so music from DD's Red Earth album shifted from a Malian jam to a Latin feast and it worked. She loves rhythm! She and Edsel have written a new song about people on the street who need help, how it feels to be asked. The song was so simple, and the sense of it keeps coming back as the scenario plays out, over and over.
Cecil Taylor is turning 80. The second half of his solo birthday concert at Merkin Hall last night was the piano half (the first half was a reading). He originates his music, in clusters and waves, playing mirror images, tumbling on the keys, what a sound he can make. Toward the end, for a moment, I felt the hall fill with conversation and laughter. And yet the audience wasn't making a sound, it was all his piano, it was quite a moment!
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March 27, 2009. Posted by Brandy Wood.
Since April 1979, legendary pianist Marian McPartland has welcomed a stellar line-up of jazz artists for one hour of conversation and improvisation on her Peabody Award-winning program. Each week, McPartland, with her engaging personality and improvisational savvy, hosts a variety of performers in her radio living room. You can hear Piano Jazz on WBGO Thursdays at 6:30pm.
Like WBGO, Piano Jazz is turning 30 this April. To celebrate the anniversary, Ms. McPartland returns to Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola on April 14th. "The Grande Dame of Jazz" will be joined by some of the music world's most radiant performers. Musical guests will include Kenny Barron, Joanne Brackeen, Bill Charlap, Cyrus Chestnut, Kurt Elling, Mulgrew Miller, Arturo O'Farrill, and Randy Weston. That's the short list.
Additionally, Marian McPartland will be honored with a lifetime achievement award from the "Worshipful Company of Musicians" of England during the evening's festivities. The award will be presented by fellow "WM of M" honoree, pianist John Escreet. For more information, check out www.wcom.org.uk.
For event information, visit Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola
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March 25, 2009. Posted by Brandy Wood.
WBGO Music Director, Gary Walker, interviews jazz impresario George Wein.
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