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Great Live Moments - Dee Dee Bridgewater

Dee Dee Bridgewater

It has been amazing to know Dee Dee Bridgewater, and an honor to hear her read my name occasionally in the credits for JazzSet. And what an artistic career! Her latest recording, "Red Earth," a collaboration with Malian musicians, is just another reminder of how truly hip she is.
Long before she was the host of NPR's JazzSet (a program lovingly produced here at WBGO), Dee Dee Bridgewater was a part of our annual New Year's Eve coast-to-coast celebration, Toast of the Nation. From the ballroom at the Grand Hyatt in New York, Bridgewater greeted 1996 on the East Coast with music from her then recent recording, Love and Peace: A Tribute to Horace Silver.

Listen to Dee Dee Bridgewater sing "Song for My Father," from the WBGO Archives.
-Josh

Legends of Jazz - 2007 NEA Jazz Masters

2007 NEA Jazz Masters

April is Jazz Appreciation Month. One of the many cool things about the Smithsonian's monthlong celebration has been online. The creators of the LEGENDS OF JAZZ PBS series put together a one-hour web special, hosted by 2007 NEA Jazz Master Ramsey Lewis, that features conversations with and music by NEA jazz royalty - pianist Toshiko Akiyoshi, trombonist Curtis Fuller, singer Jimmy Scott, Basie-veteran Frank Wess, and saxophonist Phil Woods. Nancy Wilson, herself an NEA Jazz Master, talks with Ramsey Lewis about his own half-century career. Find it here.
-Josh

Gary Cleanhead Walker and David Fathead Newman

Cleanhead and Fathead

David "Fathead" Newman, the legendary Texas-born saxophonist and long-time Ray Charles bandmate, is spending four nights this weekend at Iridium Jazz Club. Many of his good friends will join him onstage for an early celebration of his 75th birthday. Fathead was Paul Schaefer's guest on the David Letterman show earlier this week. And he was Gary Walker's guest on WBGO's Morning Jazz show today.

Listen to the interview now.