Kudos to JazzTimes! In the September issue, the cover story is "The Future Is Now: New Jazz Visionaries." Let me start by saying that I love the first part of that headline. I get so tired of hearing about the status of jazz, where is it going, what's going to happen to it, who will save it...you get where I'm going. My frustration comes from being on the jazz scene and seeing and all of the amazing talent, projects, bands, artists, compositions, collaborative efforts, etc. and then hearing those statements. It's like "What are you talking about? Have you checked out a show lately on any given night, at any given venue in the city, for starters?"
This article covers just a few of the "new visionaries." Christian Scott, Aaron Parks, Robert Glasper, Esperanza Spaulding, Marcus Strickland and others. Each artist has a full page story and photo. I think this issue was so necessary, and I really give it up to JazzTimes for making the blatently obvious even more obvious - that jazz is alive, well, and thriving. (Now, if cats could only earn the money that the music's worth...but that's another story).
Check out each of these artists when they're in a city near you. Both Aaron Parks and Esperanza Spaulding will be performing at the J&R MusicFest next Friday, August 22, and WBGO will be broadcasting it live! Learn more about it by clicking here.
Check out a live performance of Aaron Parks' "Nemesis" from the WBGO studios. It's NPR's "Song of the Day" with commentary by WBGO's Josh Jackson.
Earlier this summer, WBGO launched NPR's first concert series of live jazz webcasts, "Live at the Village Vanguard," which offers monthly shows from the legendary New York City venue. Next weekend, August 9 and 10, WBGO and NPR Music are teaming up to live webcast main stage acts from the JVC Jazz Festival Newport. On the bill are legendary pianist Herbie Hancock; producer, performer and Jazz Festival founder George Wein; guitarist Howard Alden; along with rising jazz stars Esperanza Spalding and Guillermo Klein y Los Guachos. I'll be your host. Should be fun.
Check out one of my favorite performances captured at Newport.
WBGO is currently recording Igor Butman's set from Gracie Mansion.
Hopefully, you'll get to hear it online very soon. Stay tuned.
Welcome to the show. Thanks for joining us tonight.
The first song is "Venga." It's from the last Guillermo Klein recording.
Called Una Nave.
Second song is "Juana." From LOS GUACHOS II.
This band has been rehearsing nonstop. That, combined with being together on and off for 13 years, makes a HUGE difference for the music.
9:19 Singer Carmen Canela has joined the band onstage. She is featured on the new recording, FILTROS. She flew in from Barcelona to be at the Village Vanguard this week. Singing "Amor Profundo."
9:23 Carmen singing "Textura de Sueno." This is based on a poem by Nicaraguan writer, Gioconda Belli. Loosely tranlated as "Haunted Night."
9:29 George Gershwin's "Fascinating Rhythm," with "Moliendo Cafe."
Carmen's last tune with Los Guachos tonight. Also from UNA NAVE.
9:32 Very powerful solo from Miguel Zenon.
9:41 "Vaca." This is an Argentine children's song with a beat from Ghana and a composition from the modernist Gyorgi Ligeti called "Hungarian Rock." Cool. Hear a story about it here.
9:47 "Yeso," from the new record, FILTROS. Everyone singing. A very beautiful song.
10:00 Evertime I hear this song, "Miula," I feel like I'm in a time warp. Guillermo told me he thinks about the movie, MATRIX. Funny.
10:13 Sorry, folks. I got so wrapped up in the last tune that I was neglecting the blog. Music does this to me.
Hope you enjoyed the show. Come back next week for Brian Blade and the Fellowship Band.
LIVE AT THE VILLAGE VANGUARD
WBGO, VILLAGE VANGUARD AND NPR MUSIC JOIN FORCES FOR NEW MULTI-MEDIA LIVE BROADCAST SERIES
MONTHLY SERIES FEATURING TOP ARTISTS FROM PREMIER JAZZ VENUE
BEGINS JUNE 11; FIRST CONCERT WITH GUILLERMO KLEIN Y LOS GUACHOS
WBGO/Jazz88.3FM in Newark, NJ and NPR Music will webcast and broadcast a concert series from the legendary New York City jazz club, The Village Vanguard. The Live at The Village Vanguard series begins next week and will offer monthly concerts for live, free streaming at WBGO.org. Concerts in the series will also be broadcast live NPR Music at www.NPR.org/music.
The Village Vanguard is arguably the Mecca of jazz performance venues. Well into its seventh decade, the Vanguard is revered around the world for its rich history, its continued commitment to jazz, and its near-perfect acoustics. Next spring, WBGO/Jazz 88.3 FM celebrates its 30th anniversary as the premiere jazz broadcaster in the country. Last fall, National Public Radio (NPR) launched the highly anticipated NPR Music site - a free, comprehensive music discovery destination, featuring content from NPR and 12 NPR Member public radio stations, which include WBGO. Now, this trio of music producers and presenters have come together to create a jazz experience that melds new media, technology, and of course - jazz.
Live at the Village Vanguard is a newly launched monthly series from WBGO, The Village Vanguard and NPR that presents jazz programming in a completely fresh way, using multi-platform media to heighten the jazz experience. “WBGO is a public media institution. We are natural communicators, and our mission is jazz. Social media platforms give us the opportunity to build on our foundation, to find and create new fans, and to reach out to people with a real-time connection to music made in the moment,” says WBGO Special Projects Producer, Josh Jackson.
Music and social media is the core of this project along with the fundamental notion shared by all involved that jazz is not an exclusive genre on the margin of the vast and expanding media trends and experiences. Beyond your typical live broadcast radio experience, the concerts will be hosted by Jackson, who will be blogging and web-chatting during the performances, in real time from inside the club, on the WBGO Blog: Jazz & Beyond (WBGO.org/blog). The WBGO broadcast team will create exclusive content to connect personally with the public, such as an online photo gallery created live during the concerts that visitors can check out using Flickr, an online photo management and sharing application gallery.
Live at The Village Vanguard begins on June 11 with Guillermo Klein y Los Guachos, the Argentine pianist and composer and his 11-piece band. On June 18, WBGO, NPR and the Vanguard present a live show with innovative jazz drummer Brian Blade, in performance with the Fellowship Band. Other scheduled concerts are the Uri Caine Trio on July 1; the Kenny Barron Quintet on August 27; Paul Motian, Bill Frisell and Joe Lovano on September 3; the Bill Charlap Trio on October 8; the Ravi Coltrane Quartet on November 19; and the Cedar Walton Quartet on December 17.
Jazz content currently accounts for 15 percent of the music on the NPR music site, and NPR believes this is an exciting way to reintroduce the genre to its overall audience. Live at The Village Vanguard is the first jazz concert series to be live webcast by NPR Music and the latest addition to the site’s popular “Concerts” section, which features hundreds of regional and national web concerts and adds more than 15 new performances each month. The series continues NPR Music’s long tradition of presenting live performance jazz on air and online.
The Village Vanguard continues to blaze the trail when it comes to live performance. Vanguard owner Lorraine Gordon did not hesitate when she was approached with the idea of a broadcast collaboration. "It’s an honor and a pleasure to work with WBGO. [W]BGO is a part of the structure of jazz today and the scene…very necessary."
Live at the Village Vanguard Schedule
Join us at the Village Vanguard, or from your living room for any of the following dates:
Wed. June 11th – Guillermo Klein Y Los Guachos
Wed. June 18th – Brian Blade and the Fellowship Band
Tues. July 1st – Uri Caine Trio
Wed. August 27th – Kenny Barron Quintet
Wed. September 3rd – Paul Motian/Bill Frisell/Joe Lovano
Wed. October 8th – Bill Charlap Trio
Wed. November 19th – Ravi Coltrane Quartet
Wed. December 17th – Cedar Walton Quartet
• Live Meebo chat room: www.wbgo.org/villagevanguard
• Live blogging: www.wbgo.org/blog
We're live from J&R in lower Manhattan, just across the way from City Hall and the Woolworth Building. Tenor saxophonist JD Allen is playing a set of all original compositions. We're celebrating the release of his recording, I AM I AM.
4:02 First song is called "The Cross and the Crescent Sickle"
4:07 Very strong association with the sound of John Coltrane, but JD Allen is his own man.
4:09 Marcus Belgrave and James Carter are influences from Allen's hometown, Detroit. JD in New York for 14 years now.
4:11 JD - "It's all a movie. I'm just trying to write the soundtrack."
4:12 An original song called "Pagan."
4:15 I'm not missing the absence of a piano. Reminds me of Sonny Rollins' great trio recordings from the Village Vanguard.
4:17 "The North Star"
4:20 Every great tenor saxophonist deserves an equally adept drummer. This band no exception. JD and drummer Rudy Royston are CONNECTED.
4:22 But what makes this a special group is that they are ALL listening to each other.
4:24 The inspiration for this record? Exodus 3:14 - I am that I am.
4:25 Based his approach on James Carter. Went to high school together. Turned him on to Albert Ayler, Branford Marsalis etc.
4:27 "Ezekiel." I'm assuming that JD got that one from the Bible, too.
4:38 That last song is new. Called "Son House," like the amazing blues musician. Earlier today, JD told me that the trio is already playing an entirely new set of trio music. Record to be called "Shine." Then a standards record.
4:40 Plays with trumpeter Jeremy Pelt, Dave Douglas' Don Cherry Project, drummer Cindy Blackman, and bassist Henry Grimes. Nice mix.
4:49 That song was Freudian - "Id."
4:50 I just heard some sad news. Organist Jimmy McGriff has died...
4:52 This final song is "Hajile." That's "Elijah," if you have a mirror...
4:55 This band so good. An encore, maybe???
4:56 Encore - "Titus / I Am I Am"
Thanks for listening! I'll post the audio online later today. Check back in around 8pm ET, and listen again.