performance studio

Great Live Moments - Hilton Ruiz

Hilton Ruiz
So how can we say something so real has really gone away?
I hear him now, I always will
Believe me I remember Hilton still.

Those are actually the lyrics to "I Remember Clifford," one of the enduring jazz ballads by Benny Golson. With one modification. The name.
It should not go unnoticed that nearly two years ago, Hilton Ruiz lay unconscious on Bourbon Street in my hometown. What particularly stings me is that he was in New Orleans working on a benefit CD for and video about Hurricane Katrina victims.

It reminds me of a quote attributed to Dizzy Gillespie:
“Men have died for this music. You can’t get more serious than that.”

In 1986, Hilton Ruiz played the Steinway B in our performance studio.
Listen to "I Remember Clifford" from the WBGO Archives.

-Josh

Next Generation JAM - WBGO Studio Sessions

April is Jazz Appreciation Month, and it's been a busy time in the WBGO Performance studio. The next generation of jazz players from metro area music programs has been visiting Michael Bourne on Afternoon Jazz. Here are some highlights:

First up, the SUNY-Purchase Jazz Endeavor came to WBGO on April 9th. The group features recipients of the James Moody Scholarship.
Hear them play.

Today, we featured the students from Manhattan School of Music.

Manhattan Scool of Music

Check out the Manhattan School of Music Ensemble.

The New School, tutored by bassist Reggie Workman, came to WBGO.
The New School

Listen to The New School Jazz Ensemble.

Tune in Wednesday, April 30th at 8pm. I'm your host for a performance of Combo Nuvo, featuring faculty and students from the NYU School of Music.
This is a collaboration between WBGO and the Clive Davis School for Recorded Music at NYU. Special thanks to Jim Anderson and Dave Schroeder.
And finally, on May 20th, WBGO presents students from the Berklee College of Music on Midday Jazz with Rhonda Hamilton. So much for just one month of jazz appreciation. WBGO loves this music year-round. And you?
-Josh

The (Stupid) Things We Do For Music

Sometimes, but not often, my penchant for thrift outweighs my basic need for self-preservation.  Today was a perfect example.

Pianist Jason Lindner is visiting the WBGO performance studio this afternoon to record a session with his Now vs. Now band (Avishai Cohen, Panagiotis Andreou, Mark Guiliana, and Baba Israel).  This is their first studio recording.  Everyone but the drummer is using electronic processing, which means we need direct boxes to record them.  Seven of them.  WBGO owns two, and one is broken.  That's the background story.

It's 14 degrees in New York this morning, with a wind chill near zero.  Zed.  Nil. Cold enough to freeze the breath from my nose onto my facial hair.

We typically rent whatever instrument equipment (like direct boxes and extra instrument cables) from Carroll Music.  They're at 625 55th Street, between 11th Avenue and the Hudson River.  Which is nowhere near public transportation.  So after a nice trek from Columbus Circle, I was hurting from the wind shear coming off the Hudson.  I arrive, only to pick up a giant metal case with our equipment weighing approximately 45 pounds.  No wheels.  Sweet.

After I schlepp everything back 58th Street, I walk into the subway entrance. I wobble past the NYPD as they're checking some poor guy's briefcase (but never consider stopping me, a very large man in black with a sizable case that I'm clearly struggling to tote).

Long story short.  I'm in Newark.  I saved 150 bucks in cartage costs.  Well, 75 bucks so far.  And I have some killer forearms now.

Hope the music's good!

Josh