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Elio Villafranca’s ‘Standing By the Crossroads’ featured on WBGO’s New Day, New Play May 22-26

Elio Villafranca
Kasia Idzkowska
Elio Villafranca

As pianist Elio Villafranca states, "La Habana was my second mother, where I discovered my passion for piano, the color of love, my roots, and the richness of jazz in the music of Chick, Miles and Trane." For his new journey, Standing By The Crossroads, the pianist is joined in worldly expression by Vincent Herring on alto sax, flute and clarinet, Freddie Hendrix on trumpet and flugelhorn, Dayna Stephens on tenor sax and bass clarinet, bassist Edward Perez, drummer Domo Branch, and percussion/hand claps from Jonathan Troncoso, Mauricio Herrera & Jason Olaine.

From Monday, May 22 through Friday, May 26, one cut from the Standing By the Crossroads album will be featured each morning on the New Day, New Play spotlight on my Daybreak show.

Preview “Panal de Abejas” from Standing By the Crossroads, above.

In jazz radio, great announcers are distinguished by their ability to convey the spontaneity and passion of the music. Gary Walker is such an announcer, and his enthusiasm for this music greets WBGO listeners every morning. This winner of the 1996 Gavin Magazine Jazz Radio Personality of the Year award has hosted the morning show each weekday from 5:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. And, by his own admission, he's truly having a great time.