David "Fathead" Newman: 2/24/33-1/20/09

Saxophonist David Newman
photo by John Rogers

David "Fathead" Newman died yesterday, January 20 @ 6:00pm. He had suffered from pancreatic cancer for over a year but tried to keep his music alive to the very end. His widow Karen would like to thank everybody that supported his music over the years. Donations can be made in his honor to The Jazz Foundation. A memorial service will be announced in the very near future.

Last year, David Newman joined WBGO's Gary Walker on Morning Jazz. You can hear the interview:


David Sanchez: Interview and Shuffle

Photo Credit: Devin DeHaven
Photo Credit: Devin DeHaven

We're presenting Grammy-winning saxophonist David Sanchez and his quartet at the Village Vanguard tonight at 9pm.
Be sure to join us - on the air, online, or on the intertube.
I talked to Sanchez yesterday, just as he was arriving to his hotel room.

Listen to the interview:

Then I grabbed his iPod and set it to Shuffle.  Hear the mix:

Michael Bourne Interviews Bill Daugherty

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Bill Daugherty is the creator and star of the off-Broadway revue "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?" It's all songs of the 1930's, songs that tell the story of America's first Depression. It's playing weekends at the Triad cabaret theatre on West 72nd. We also talked about other shows he's done, and I've included songs. Listen to the interview:

Set list:
"Humpty Dumpty Heart" from show When The Lights Go On Again
Bill singing "I'm All Smiles" from album Look to the Rainbow
Bill singing "Sit Down, You're Rocking The Boat" from show Broadway Unplugged 4
Nancy Anderson singing "True Blue Lou" from album Ten Cents a Dance
Bill singing "Look to the Rainbow" from album Look to the Rainbow
-- MBourne

Al Foster Interview

Al Foster at the Village Vanguard

I was pleasantly surprised that this interview actually happened, but I know
all to well that persistence pays off in the long run. I say this because Al
is famously dodgy about giving interviews to press. Probably because
everyone in the world wants to know about Al's relationship with Miles Davis.
Sure, he played with Miles for more than a decade, and was a dear friend, even
during Davis' self-imposed exile from the music scene in the late 1970s. Get
beyond that, and you realize that Al Foster has had an extraordinary musical
life. In this interview, Foster talks about growing up in Harlem, where he met
many of the legendary jazz musicians who shaped his career. And Miles too.
But did you know that Al Foster raised four daughters as a single father? One
more reason this guy deserves a medal. At the end of it all, you start to realize
why so many people regard Al Foster as one of the great messengers of our music.

The Al Foster Quartet plays the Village Vanguard this week. You can hear them
live on WBGO, tomorrow night at 9. I'll be your host. Stay tuned.