April 21, 2011. Posted by Becca Pulliam.Presidents Day was the climax of a big week for the legacy of Charles Mingus and those who love it. First, after many nominations, the Mingus Big Band won the Best Large Ensemble Grammy for the CD of their New Year's Eve show, originally broadcast on Toast of the Nation! Five days later, students by the band-ful came to New York for the third national Charles Mingus High School Competition, founded by Sue Mingus, at Manhattan School of Music. (You can see the winners here.) As part of the weekend, on Friday night, I went to Jazz Standard to see the Grammy-winning Mingus Big Band, as bassist Boris Kozlov announced them. The club was full of teenagers and the spirit in the room was joy. The next night, the Mingus Orchestra gave a concert at St. Bart's Church on Park Avenue & 50th St., an un-amplified concert in which the high cathedral ceiling and smooth, colorful stone walls and floor all became part of the music. You can hear this concert on WBGO and wbgo.org. Michael Bourne hosts the special broadcast for Mingus's birthday, Friday, April 22 at 8pm.Here's a sample:
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April 21, 2011. Posted by Alex Rodriguez.
Today at WBGO:
- At 6:30 on Piano Jazz, Mercer Ellington performs his tune "Things Ain't What They Used To Be," Billy Strayhorn's "Chelsea Bridge," and duets with Marian McPartland on "C Jam Blues."
- The NJCU big band played live yesterday in the WBGO studios
- Next Monday, April 25th, WBGO's Sheila Anderson and Dorthann Kirk discuss the state of jazz today
- Click through to learn more about today's jazz happenings: Read more
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April 20, 2011. Posted by Simon Rentner.
The NJCU Jazz Ensemble stopped by WBGO this afternoon. The big band performed a variety of music from early bebop to contemporary vocal arrangements. The ensemble, directed by Ed Joffe, features Giuseppe Fusco (alto saxophone), John DiSanto (alto saxophone), Kris Cardella (saxophone), Dustyn Richardson (saxophone), Kris Cardella (tenor saxophone), Michael Gennari (baritone saxophone), Marcell Bellinger (trumpet), Jon DiFiore (drums), Jason Teborek (piano) and Pete McCullough (bass) with a number of other musicians who decided to stop by, lending their talents to the sound. The performance and set list is below:
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