WBGO Playdate

WBGO's Playdate: M@ Wilson Hosts, Plays & Writes

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By Becca Pulliam

With Playdate #5, we are more than halfway through the series, and if you find that you are whistling the original theme music by our host Matt Wilson - aka M@ - this blog post is for you.

The team, pictured here, is (L to R) Duke Markos, M@ Wilson, Becca Pulliam, and Alexander Ariff.

Drummer M@ (as he spells it) is not just the PD host. M@ is in the band -- the Fred Hersch Trio -- at the 1997 Iowa City Jazz Fest. The set originally aired on JazzSet. From Playdate #1, host M@ introduces "Black Nile."

I love that cymbal sound! Seven years earlier, M@ was in the Either/Orchestra at the Wichita Jazz Festival on the 91st anniversary of Duke Ellington's birth. For the occasion, the E/O played a movement from Duke's New Orleans Suite. It airs this week in Playdate #5. In the intro, leader Russ Gershon spoofs M@. Enjoy "Blues for New Orleans."

And from the Dewey Redman Quartet at the original Iridium in New York City on May 23, 1996, M@ is the drummer on "Daystar, Nightlight." He takes a fine solo...

Soon, Playdate Producer Alexander Ariff will blog about saxophonist Dewey Redman (1931-2006) and this quartet with Charles Eubanks, Cameron Brown and M@. Alex will also post a Dewey duet with pianist Geri Allen from the early '90s.

Here is the theme, composed and played by M@ Wilson on drums and Kirk Knuffke on cornet.

Sample some musical bumpers:

Now, let's play!

Thanks to Alex Ariff for assistance with this post.



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Support comes from the National Endowment for the Arts, New Jersey State Council on the Arts and WBGO.

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Produced for WBGO by Alexander Ariff,
with Becca Pulliam and Duke Markos, Executive Producer Josh Jackson.

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