JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater is celebrating ten years with Dee Dee as host, and nearing our 20th anniversary on the air with live music every week. You have two chances to catch this week's show on WBGO Jazz 88 - Sundays at 6pm, Wednesdays at 6:30. Miss a show? Listen on demand. We're in Surround Sound. Here's our early fall line-up:
THIS WED, OCT 5, HEAR 2012 NEA Jazz Master Von Freeman, born October 3, 1923
We knew Freeman was born and stayed in Chicago, but until earlier this year, everyone including the man himself thought his birth year was 1922. Howard Reich of The Chicago Tribune suspected it was 1923, and writes here about how he corrected Von Freeman history. On this JazzSet from New Year's Eve, 2010, at the Green Mill, he dukes it out in a mock battle with fellow tenor Ed Petersen .
SUN, OCT 9, AND WED, OCT 12, DISCOVER Ben Williams & Sound Effect and the Yotam Silberstein Quartet .. two new talents from the KC Jazz Club
Williams from the DC area won the Thelonious Monk International Bass Competition; now he leads a fresh-sounding quintet with Marcus Strickland on sax and Christian Sands on piano, to name just two. Guitarist Yotam from Tel Aviv made a great first impression on Kennedy Center audiences in the sold-out Ella! concert (as broadcast on JazzSet), and in Yotam's quartet you'll hear his boyhood friend from Israel, Roy Assaf on piano.
NEXT, WE REPRISE TWO ALTERNATE ROUTES CONCERTS FROM NJPAC:
SUN, OCT 16, AND WED, OCT 19, NEA Jazz Master Randy Weston & African Rhythms
For pianist Weston, jazz is not a genre. It's home, celebrated in music from the opening "African Rhythms" to his long-time theme, "Love, the Mystery Of."
Danilo from Panama plays emotional, colorful, storytelling music from his album Providencia. Poncho from southern California and his long-running Latin jazz band (two dozen albums, one a year) party with the Newark audience, including some of his own family.
SUN, OCT 30, AND WED, NOV 2, NEA Jazz Master Toots Thielemans and Kenny Werner at the Kennedy Center - broadcast premiere of a concert from March, 2010
Toots holds the harmonica to his lips, the mic to his harmonica, and the music seems to come straight from his heart, with Guggenheim Fellow Kenny Werner on piano. The music comes from Belgium, the US and Brazil.
SUN, NOV 4, AND WED, NOV 7, The Second Set: Trumpeter Roy Hargrove Quintet at the Village Vanguard
The first set aired Live from the Village Vanguard on WBGO and NPR Music. Here's the second set - all music, not a word from the stage. At the end, the audience claps for three minutes straight for Justin Robinson, alto; Sullivan Fortner, piano; Ameen Saleem, bass; Montez Coleman, drums; and Roy Hargrove. The sweetest tone in town.
Hour One - Danilo Perez Quartet with Rudresh Mahanthappa ... Gary Smulyan's tribute to Pepper Adams (1930-1986) with Barry Harris, "Hot Pepper"
Hour Two - Hot Club of Detroit ... Tia Fuller Quartet ... Mulgrew Miller and Kenny Barron
Hour Three - Mulgrew Miller and Wingspan
Hour Four - Tia Fuller ... Danilo Perez ... Hot Club of Detroit
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MC Rhonda Hamilton
Danilo Perez Quartet - Perez, piano; Ben Street, bass; Adam Cruz, drums; Rogerio Boccato, percussion, and "a new partner in crime" Rudresh Mahanthappa, alto sax
Daniela (all by Perez)
MC Ed Love, WDET
"Hot Pepper," a tribute to Detroit baritone saxophonist Pepper Adams (1930-86), from Gary Smulyan with Barry Harris, piano; David Wong, bass; Rodney Green, drums
My Shining Hour (featuring riverboat whistle) (Harold Arlen)
Bossa Nouveau (Pepper Adams)
Cottontail (Duke Ellington)
Hot Club of Detroit - Carl Cafagna, saxophones; Julian Labro, chromatic button accordion and melodica; Andrew Kratzat, bass; Paul Brady, rhythm guitar; Evan Perri, lead guitar
Duke and Dukie (Django Reinhardt)
Noto Swing (Lulu Reinhardt)
Nostalgia in Times Square (Mingus)
Night Town (Perri)
MC Josh Jackson
Tia Fuller Quartet with Tia on saxophones, Shamie (SHAH-mie) Royston on piano, Mimi Jones on bass, Rudy Royston on drums
Clear Mind (Fuller)
Decisive Steps (Fuller)
Kenny Barron (left piano) and Mulgrew Miller (right piano)
Four (Miles Davis)
MC Rhonda Hamilton
Mulgrew Miller and Wingspan - Miller, piano; Steve Wilson, saxophones; Dwayne Eubanks, trumpet and flugelhorn; Steve Nelson, vibes; Ivan Taylor, bass; Rodney Green, drums
Wingspan (for Charlie Parker, by Miller)
Waltz for Monk (Donald Brown)
Farewell to Dogma (Miller)
When I Get There (Miller)
Eleventh Hour (Miller)
Tia Fuller Quartet
Kissed by the Sun (Fuller)
I Can't Get Started (Vernon Duke)
Shades of McBride (Fuller)
Danilo Perez Quartet
Besame Mucho (Consuelo Velázquez)
Hot Club of Detroit
Two Weeks (Labro & Perri)
I've been going to see more and more music these days, much to the detriment of my need for sleep. Tuesday evening, I decided to check out the Lee Konitz Trio with very special guest, Danilo Perez. The early set, anyway. I know my limitations.
Lee Konitz, at 80, is still making some amazing music. And as much as I get tired of hearing jazz repertory, I never tire of hearing Konitz play standards. Four songs in one set, three of which I recognized. All of which I enjoyed. Konitz has this way of never really playing the melody outright. Instead, he basically smashed the loaf into bread crumbs, and sprinkles them over the course of a 15 minute group improvisation. It takes a while to find it. And by the time you DO find it, you realize that the treasure is not at the end of the trail. It was the crumbs!
Kinda like that whole idea of jazz being more of a how than a what.
Tuesday night, the group (Konitz on alto sax, Danilo on piano, Rufus Reid on bass, and Matt Wilson on drums) played a strange, intermittent funk under "Stella by Starlight," then a less than foolish nod to people time - "I'll remember April." During the last song, I kept wondering if I was hearing a version of Thelonious Monk's "Bemsha Swing..." I wasn't. I was hearing the band play Bob Haggart's "What's New?"
If you want to find the answer to that question - what's new? - follow the bread crumbs to Jazz Standard. This band beats creative loafing any day.