March 31, 2015
One hundred years after she was born, Billie Holiday remains iconic in American music, not to mention jazz singing. Cassandra Wilson has made her career in jazz singing by embracing a wide range of American music, and it holds true on her latest project: a new album rearranging the Billie Holiday songbook. The new Coming Forth By Day, created with rocker Nick Cave's producer and rhythm section, reshapes songs like "Good Morning Heartache" and "Strange Fruit" with fresh textures and resonances.
For Billie Holiday's centennial, Jazz Night In America presents Cassandra Wilson in concert at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., performing her take on the classic tunes.
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March 31, 2015. Posted by Tim Wilkins.
The Rutgers University Jazz Ensemble I performs live at WBGO for Jazz Appreciation Month with vocalist Champian Fulton. Click below to hear this concert, and tune in to 88.3 FM to hear this group featured on air during the first week of April. A full set list is below.
Every week in April, WBGO-FM will showcase a different student ensemble with vocalists who performed live in our studios for Jazz Appreciation Month. All of these full sets will be available online. Enjoy!
The Rutgers University Jazz Ensemble I
live at WBGO 3/6/15
Conrad Herwig, director
"Deed I Do" (by Fred Rose with lyrics by Walter Hirsch, arranged by Ernie Wilkins)
"Let’s Do It" (by Cole Porter)
"Easy Living" (by Ranger & Robin, arranged by Marc Stasio)
"The Song Is You" (by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II, arranged by Gerald Wilson)
"They Didn’t Believe Me" (by Jerome Kern and Herbert Reynolds, arranged by Dave Burger)
Vocals on all songs by Champian Fulton
Jimmy Merchant, Sax-Alto
Oliver Santana Rivera, Sax-Alto
Sam Tobias, Sax-Bari
Abraham Burton, Sax-Tenor
John Donathan, Sax-Tenor
Guest sax on “The Song Is You” and “They Didn’t Believe Me” by Stephen Fulton
Gregory DeAngelis, Trombone
Matthew Echols, Trombone
Timothy Rechen, Trombone
Ben Weisiger, Trombone
Devenny Bennett, Trumpet
Shawn Edmonds, Trumpet
Anthony Fazio, Trumpet
Yi-JIUN Kao, Trumpet
Joshua Orr, Trumpet
John Morrison, Guitar
John Nunez, Guitar
Michael Bernabe, Piano
Luciano Minetti, Piano
Ross Garlow, Bass
Christopher Smith, Bass
Kyle Duppstadt, Drums
Daniel Giannone, Drums
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March 29, 2015. Posted by Rhonda Hamilton.
Yes, WBGO golfs. And when we found out we were just minutes from one of the best courses in the world - Sun City's Gary Player Country Club - the golfers on our trip couldn't pass up the opportunity to play. We were in for a few surprises, to say the least!
Look how excited Simon and I are to tee off!
We’re used to seeing deer on the fairway in New Jersey. In South Africa, that's not a deer - it's an impala.
The animal that rules the green in South Africa is the mongoose - they are too cute!
This is strictly a walking course. Since no golf carts are allowed, each of us is assigned a caddie. My caddie, London, turns out to be a jazz fan who listens to a weekly South African jazz radio show.
Lucky for me, he is also an excellent reader of the greens. Here he is, helping me avoid an ibis!
The resort has a second Gary Player-designed 18-hole course, the Lost City. It's famous for the 38 crocodiles in the water at its 13th hole.
I'm pleased to say we didn't play anywhere near those beasts.
But... playing golf in South Africa! I kept having to pinch myself.
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