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Studio Session - Singer Melody Gardot

Singer Melody Gardot

Singer Melody Gardot visited the WBGO studio yesterday, and she brought her entire band with her. Melody's debut release, Worrisome Heart, has generated a lot of attention for both her personal story and her intimate, original songwriting. She intended to play three songs - "Worrisome Heart," "Goodnight," and "Somewhere Over the Rainbow." But she fell in love with our Steinway piano, and added "Love Me Like a River Does." Check out the session. If you like what you hear, and you want the accompanying visuals, be advised that Melody Gardot is playing tonight at the Blender Theater at Gramercy on East 23rd Street in New York.
-Josh

Dr. King 40 Years Later

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Sigh...

Today marks 40 years since one of the greatest civil rights leaders and humanitarians was gunned down and taken away from us.
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was shot on the balcony of his hotel room in Memphis, Tennessee, where he was to lead a march of sanitation workers protesting against low wages and poor working conditions.

I wasn't even born when Dr. King was assassinated, but I can only imagine the heartbreak that people felt upon first getting that worst piece of news.
It breaks my heart to think about it as I write this post. Time flies, and many people I talk to can hardly believe its been 40 years.

For me, it's important to really think about and help others to realize that King was not a man who was a dreamer as the media loves to portray. Yes, he was a man of unparalleled vision, and hope. But he was also a leader through action, and the hardest of hard workers. I would ask that on this day, you would read or listen to Dr. King speak about opposition to war, or why it is important to vote, for example. Not only was he ahead of his time but he is timeless. Take the time to really dig into King - the man, not just the dream.

IAJE Evening 3 - To Q With Love

Quincy Jones and David Baker

David Baker presented the 2008 NEA Jazz Master Award to Quincy Jones. Jones gave a Delight-ful acceptance speech. His words came straight from the heart. Give it a listen:

Quincy Jones Acceptance Speech - 2008 NEA Jazz Master Awards Ceremony

That's how Quincy Jones feels about jazz.

Perhaps you heard his interview with Rhonda Hamilton?

The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra played another Jones original:

Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra - Stockholm Sweetnin’

NEA Jazz Masters Joe Wilder, Paquito D'Rivera and Candido Camero joined the orchestra onstage for a jam session:

Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra with Joe Wilder, Paquito D’Rivera and Candido Camero - Walkin' aka Gravy

A perfect end to a perfect night, right? I thought so too. But as luck would have it, my perfect night was only beginning...

- Josh Jackson