WBGO is presenting Kurt Rosenwinkel live at the Village Vanguard tonight. If you listen to the NPR Music Player before the show, you would discover this interview and solo performance I did with Kurt last year. You can also hear some of the content separately. Here's a random access sample of Kurt Rosenwinkel's digital music. Kurt also talked On the Record about some important sessions that he did NOT lead.
After the show is over, we'll be offering Kurt's Live at the Village Vanguard performance as a podcast. A pretty revolutionary and completely experimental concept for jazz, right? Our idea caught the attention of Toronto blogger Peter Hum, who wrote about tonight's show in Thriving on a Riff.
Passionate is a word I would use to describe Rhonda Hamilton and Bob Porter's approach to jazz and blues. However, after playing a round of golf with Rhonda and her husband, drummer Michael Carvin, then sitting down with Bob to talk about his beloved Red Sox, both hosts may be even more crazy about their favorite sports.
Check out my SportsJam sessions with Rhonda and Bob here.
Long before the digital era and its master manipulators - Brian Eno, J Dilla et al - producer Teo Macero was splicing analog reels from various Miles Davis sessions, creating the sonic tapestry of Miles' early electric style. The saxophonist, composer, and master of the razor blade will be remembered at a memorial service this Sunday, May 18 at NYU’s Loewe Theatre, 35 West 4th Street, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. The event is open to the public.
Macero spent his later years in semi-retirement, occasionally helping the NYU Jazz Program. He produced two CD’s with the NYU Jazz Orchestra featuring his original compositions. Special guest soloists will join the NYU Jazz Orchestra for the memorial.
It's the birthday of tenor saxophone legend Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis. He was a pretty powerful presence in bands led by Cootie Williams, Lucky Millinder, Andy Kirk, Louis Armstrong, and Count Basie. He also led his own sessions, which included swing, bop, hard bop, Latin jazz, and soul jazz genres. Basically, Eddie Davis played a lot of music. Check out this video - Eddie plays Ray Noble's "Cherokee" with the Count Basie Orchestra.
We had a really killer performance and chat session with saxophonist Marcus Strickland and the Twi-Life Band. You can find the whole session, or individual songs, on the NPR Music site. Click here.
Make it a point to check out what some of the baddest young talent in jazz are doing. Not just online, but in the clubs. We have a ton of these sessions on the shelf, so expect more in the coming months. Guitarist Mike Moreno is next.