WBGO Playdate

WBGO's Playdate With Matt Wilson: Show #5

Playdate Show 5

Welcome to Playdate #5! Catch up on shows 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8  and explore our web extras.

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Playdate #5 is all about music from, and inspired by, the Crescent City.

We hear excerpts from The Dirty Dozen Brass Band on New Year's Eve, 1993. To hear the full tunes, click here.

Lester Bowie's Brass Fantasy kicks things off, performing Earl McIntyre's arrangement of Bobby McFerrin's "Don't Worry Be Happy" at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in 1989. This performance embodies an alternate take on the brass band tradition of New Orleans.

Next up is vocalist Bobbby McFerrin's 1999 reunion concert with the New Orleans-based band, Astral Project. To read and hear more from this concert, click here.

Playdate #5 continues with rare tape from from the 1982 New Orleans Jazz Festival. Trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, who had just been signed to CBS Records, presents an elaborate rendtion of "Surrey With The Fringe On Top."

The second half of Playdate kicks off with a live broadcast from the New Showcase Lounge in New Orleans. Saxophonist Wess "Warmdaddy" Anderson's version of "Mood Indigo" gives me chills. Vibraphonist Stefon Harris was also in the band that night and is featued on Playdate playing Milt Jackson's "Bag's Groove." To hear the full audio, click here.

Next, accordionist Queen Ida and her Bon Temps Zydeco Band pick up the pace, getting to the true spirit of New Orleans music, having a good time! Laisser les bons temps rouler...

Closing out this week's Playdate is the Either/Orchestra featuring Playdate host, Matt Wilson, on drums, John Medeski on the organ, Tom Halter on trumpet, and Doug Yates on alto saxophone.

Queen Ida, photo courtesy of John Ullman

Web Extras for Show #5:

The Line-up:

Artist Selection Date Recorded Venue
Lester Bowie, trpt, bandleader; E.J. Allen, Gerald Brazel, Stanton Davis, trmpt; Steve Turre, Clifton Anderson, trmbn; Vincent Chauncey, frch hrn; Marcus Rojas, tuba; Vinny Johnson, drums; Famadou Don Moye, perc. Don't Worry Be Happy 11/89 BAM
Bobby McFerrin, voice; Tony Dagradi, t. sax; Steve Masakowski, guitar; David Torkanowsky, piano; Johnny Vidacoivch, drums I Mean You, St. Thomas 6/30/99 Cain Park in Cleveland Heights, OH
Wynton Marsalis, trmpt; Branford Marsalis, t. sax; Kenny Kirkland, piano; Dwayne Dolphin, bass; Jeff "Tain" Watts, drums Surrey With The Fringe On Top 4/30/82 New Orleans Jazz Festival
Wes "Warmdaddy" Anderson, a. sax; Stephon Harris, vibes; Charles Craig, piano; David Pulphus, bass; Donald Edwards, drums Mood Indigo, Bag's Groove 12/31/96 The New Showcase Lounge
Queen Ida, voice, accordian; Myrick "Freeze" Guillory, accordian, Jim Hurley, fiddle; Bernard Anderson, t. sax; Danny Geyer, guitar; Tee Maurice, bass; Ben Holmes, drums; Wilbert "Chilly Willy" Lewis, perc; Do The Zyedco 12/31/1988 The Great American Music Hall (San Fransisco)
The Either/Orchestra: Russ Gershon, leader; tenor sax; Tom Halter, John Carlson, trmpt; Curtis Haselbring, Russell Jewell, trmbn; Doug Yates, a. sax; Charles Kohlhase, b. sax; John Medeski, piano, organ; Bob Neiske, bass; Matt Wilson, drums Blues for New Orleans 4/29/90 Wichita Jazz Festival


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

Playdate funders

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

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