• JAM 2010: LaGuardia Jazz Band Concert with Benny Golson

    April 16, 2010. Posted by Simon Rentner.

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    LaGuardia Senior Jazz Band Spring Concert.pdf - Adobe Reader
    Last Friday night, The LaGuardia High School Senior Jazz Jazz Band directed by Kevin Blancq performed their last concert on the eve of their graduation.  WBGO's remote broadcasting unit captured that performance live at LaGuardia's Concert Hall, located next to The Julliard School and Lincoln Center in Manhattan.  This performance featured jazz's new generation of stars along with a living legend of the tenor saxophone, Benny Golson.  Click below to listen to the special radio broadcast. - Simon Rentner

  • JAM 2010: Lenny Pickett's NYU Block Party Band

    April 15, 2010. Posted by Simon Rentner.

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    Lenny Pickett's NYU Block Party Band rocked WBGO's performance studio on Afternoon Jazz with Michael Bourne.  If you missed their set of Tower of Power, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, and original Lenny Pickett tunes, click below.

    Musicians featured during the live broadcast below.

    Jon Lijoi, trumpet
    James Delano, alto sax
    Lenny Pickett, tenor sax
    Brad Gunson, trombone
    Christian Anderson, bari sax
    Frank Cogliano, guitar
    Kris Nolte, piano
    Alex DaSilva, bass
    Miles Arntzen, drums

  • Randy Weston's Birthday Celebration Weekend Is Now

    April 9, 2010. Posted by Becca Pulliam.

    Randy WestonIt's Randy Weston's 84th birthday, and the celebration is at the Jazz Standard. Last night, I enjoyed the first set. For the opening minutes (at least five minutes), Weston's hands didn't venture above the middle of the keyboard. That powerful low piano goes straight to your center. The vibration is strong enough to make you a resonator! As Randy Weston says, "In the African tradition, we are all musicians. Your heart is your drum and your voice is your sound."

    As the set unfolded from the processional "Blues to Africa" through "Saucer Eyes," "African Sunrise" for Dizzy Gillespie and Machito, "Hi Fly" and "Berkshire Blues," I felt as if I'd died and gone to heaven (or Sunside, a Paris club which for some reason came to mind). Love yourself. Go see Randy Weston.

    Here's a clip of "African Sunrise" from the same quintet, as heard on JazzSet in 2004.