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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz turns 30

Marian McPartland
Since April 1979, legendary pianist Marian McPartland has welcomed a stellar line-up of jazz artists for one hour of conversation and improvisation on her Peabody Award-winning program. Each week, McPartland, with her engaging personality and improvisational savvy, hosts a variety of performers in her radio living room. You can hear Piano Jazz on WBGO Thursdays at 6:30pm.

Like WBGO, Piano Jazz is turning 30 this April. To celebrate the anniversary, Ms. McPartland returns to Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola on April 14th. "The Grande Dame of Jazz" will be joined by some of the music world's most radiant performers. Musical guests will include Kenny Barron, Joanne Brackeen, Bill Charlap, Cyrus Chestnut, Kurt Elling, Mulgrew Miller, Arturo O'Farrill, and Randy Weston.  That's the short list.

Additionally, Marian McPartland will be honored with a lifetime achievement award from the "Worshipful Company of Musicians" of England during the evening's festivities. The award will be presented by fellow "WM of M" honoree, pianist John Escreet. For more information, check out www.wcom.org.uk.
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For event information, visit Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola

Marian McPartland's PIANO JAZZ website

David Sanchez: Interview and Shuffle

Photo Credit: Devin DeHaven
Photo Credit: Devin DeHaven

We're presenting Grammy-winning saxophonist David Sanchez and his quartet at the Village Vanguard tonight at 9pm.
Be sure to join us - on the air, online, or on the intertube.
I talked to Sanchez yesterday, just as he was arriving to his hotel room.

Listen to the interview:

Then I grabbed his iPod and set it to Shuffle.  Hear the mix:

Michael Bourne Interviews Bill Daugherty

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Bill Daugherty is the creator and star of the off-Broadway revue "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?" It's all songs of the 1930's, songs that tell the story of America's first Depression. It's playing weekends at the Triad cabaret theatre on West 72nd. We also talked about other shows he's done, and I've included songs. Listen to the interview:

Set list:
"Humpty Dumpty Heart" from show When The Lights Go On Again
Bill singing "I'm All Smiles" from album Look to the Rainbow
Bill singing "Sit Down, You're Rocking The Boat" from show Broadway Unplugged 4
Nancy Anderson singing "True Blue Lou" from album Ten Cents a Dance
Bill singing "Look to the Rainbow" from album Look to the Rainbow
-- MBourne

David Sanchez - City Stories

On Tuesday, March 17th at 9pm, WBGO and NPR Music are presenting saxophonist David Sanchez for our next installment of  Live at the Village Vanguard.  Since it's so rare to see a jazz musician get wide exposure, I thought I'd share this installment of City Stories, a series of ads for Banana Republic.  My favorite part?  David recommends a visit to the Village Vanguard as one of the must-do jazz experiences in New York.  Hope you'll join us on March 17th.
-Josh

WBGO gallery event was a big success!

Photo by Vincent Cartier
Photo by Vincent Cartier

Last week's gallery reception for Lady Bird Strickland had a great turnout, and everyone enjoyed Eli Yamin's performance. His guests included Keith Martin on trumpet, an 8th grader from Mark Twain School for the Gifted and Talented.

Lady Bird spoke with the crowd, and the art filled the station to the brim!

The exhibit is on display at WBGO until April 3, Monday through Friday, 9am-5pm.

WBGO Studio Session: Gilfema + 2

Lionel Loueke of Gilfema

Lionel Gilles Loueke (GIL), Ferenc Nemeth (FE) and Massimo Biolcati (MA) form the core of Gilfema, a cross-border collaboration with a jazz foundation. In our WBGO studio session, the band displays an egalitarian aesthetic rooted in finding common ground as musicians.  Listen to the studio session on NPR Music.

Village Vanguard on Super Bowl

Yes, it's a commercial for beer...What else do they try to sell during football games?  But check out the great set location.  It's the Village Vanguard!  Right after we finished our December broadcast of the Cedar Walton Trio, a crew of seventeen people, not including actors, took over the club and created this thirty second ad with John Turturro.