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  • WBGO's Next Generation Festival

    March 31, 2011. Posted by Brandy Wood.

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    As well as being WBGO’s birthday month, this April is the 10th anniversary of Jazz Appreciation Month. In celebration, WBGO will once again bring bright, new jazz talent to its airwaves with the annual student jazz ensemble live broadcast event, WBGO’s Next Generation Festival. The series will air throughout the month on weekdays from 2-3pm in the afternoon, and feature some of the area’s best student jazz ensembles live from the WBGO Performance Studio.

    Previous student broadcast participants
    Previous student broadcast participants

    WBGO listeners will get a glimpse into the future, as these students of today are on their way to becoming the jazz legends of tomorrow. WBGO’s Vice President of Programming and Production, Thurston Briscoe, said “There are a number of jazz musicians known to all of us who came out of, or are teaching in one of these schools.” Briscoe joins forces each year with Matrin Mueller, Executive Director at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music to build this student broadcast festival.

    The broadcast schedule to date includes:

    April 1 – NYU, Wayne Shorter Ensemble
    April 4 - Queens College
    April 6 – William Paterson
    April 8 - New School – The New School Jazz JAM Ensemble, directed by Richard Boukas
    April 11 – Manhattan School of Music
    April 12 – Juilliard
    April 18 - SUNY Purchase – Purchase Jazz Endeavor (Jazz Combo)
    April 20 – NJCU – NJCU Jazz Ensemble directed by Ed Joffe
    April 22 – Rutgers - Rutgers New Brunswick Jazz Ensemble
    April 26 – Berklee College of Music
    April 28 - LaGuardia High School

    All performances air from 2-3pm, with Afternoon Jazz host Michael Bourne.

  • A Blues Recording From The Congo -- In 1906!

    March 31, 2011. Posted by Alex Rodriguez.

    The Congo River Basin: Birthplace of the Blues?

    This is the first post in a new biweekly blog feature, You Don't Know Jazz! With Dr. Lewis Porter. For the series introduction, click here.

    (PLEASE NOTE: If the reader uses any of the material from this series, no matter how brief, this article and its web address must be cited as the source. Thank you for respecting the intellectual property of Dr. Porter.)

    Finally--Proof that the MELODIC content of African American music (not just the rhythm) comes from Africa!

    In talking about the African origins of African American music, most people fall back on comparing African drumming troupes with jazz bands—and from that starting point, either they try desperately to show that African drums and jazz are similar (Gunther Schuller, Marshall Stearns, many others) or they argue that there is too little similarity (Randy Sandke, most recently). This recording shows that they are all on the wrong track: African MELODIES have survived in African American music--especially the blues--and this recording proves it! Read more

  • Morning Cup of Jazz 3/31/11

    March 31, 2011. Posted by Alex Rodriguez.

    Tirtha, performing live in the WBGO studio at 1 pm!
    Tirtha, performing live in the WBGO studio at 1 pm!

    Today at WBGO:

    - As Women's History Month comes to an end and Jazz Appreciation Month is about to begin, Rhonda Hamilton shows her appreciation for the great ladies of jazz on Midday Jazz, 10am - 2pm.

    - Check out the new exclusive series on the WBGO Blog: You Don't Know Jazz! with Dr. Lewis Porter

    - Doug Doyle's Sportsjam is back with SportsJam, this time featuring retired basketball coach Tom Penders

    - At 1 p.m., WBGO hosts a live in-studio performance by Vijay Iyer's Tirtha ensemble. Listen to a recent interview with Iyer on this week's edition of The Checkout, and stop by the blog to participate in a live chat during the show!

    Recent Jazzlinks:

    - Eric Benson profiles Search and Restore's latest project, "Spontaneous Construction"

    - The Latin Jazz Corner brings you all the Papo Vazquez you can handle

    - A Blog Supreme mines the hip hop/jazz connection with a cool Wu Tang Clan/Blue Note mashup

    - Christian McBride tells the story of his first gig with Freddie Hubbard

    - Click through to learn more about today's jazz happenings:

    Highlights From Today's WBGO Music Calendar:

    Kevin Eubanks Trio at Birdland

    Wynton Marsalis at Jazz at Lincoln Center

    SFJAZZ Collective at the Jazz Standard

    Adam Rogers at the Village Vanguard

    Today's Jazz Birthdays:

    Freddie Green -- 1911

    Red Norvo -- 1908

    Christian Scott -- 1983

    Recordings cut on this date (click links for audio!)

    Fletcher Henderson, "Tiger Rag" -- 1931

    Teddy Wilson feat. Billie Holiday, "Carelessly" -- 1937

    Glenn Miller, "Slow Freight" -- 1940

    Django Reinhardt, "Nympheas" -- 1941

    Grant Green, "I Want To Hold Your Hand" -- 1965

    Ornette Coleman, "Space Flight" -- 1967

    Horace Silver, "Music To Ease Your Disease" -- 1988

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