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The Checkout – Live at Berklee with Jaleel Shaw February 7

WBGO presents saxophonist Jaleel Shaw Live from the Red Room at Cafe 939, at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, on Thursday, February 7 at 8 p.m. Shaw will be joined in the concert by fellow Berklee alumnus Lawrence Fields on piano, bassist Boris Kozlov, and drummer Johnathan Blake.

Watch the concert live right here or listen to our on-air stream with host Josh Jackson, and join the conversation below.

Like WBGO's other live broadcasts every month, these shows live on in our video archive and at NPRmusic.org.

If you like what you hear, tune in to WBGO's sister station, The Jazz Bee, to hear recordings by Shaw and other cutting-edge performers. Enjoy!

The Checkout – Live at Berklee brings critically acclaimed, New York-based Berklee alumni back to their alma mater for concerts. Shaw is a member of the Roy Haynes Quartet and the Mingus Big Band, and has performed with Christian McBride, Jason Moran, Stefon Harris, Roy Hargrove, Dave Holland, Jimmy Cobb, and more.

Upon graduating from high school in his native Philadelphia, Shaw received a full-tuition scholarship to attend Berklee, where he graduated with degrees in music education and performance. At Berklee, he received the Billboard Endowed Scholarship, two Woodwind Department Awards, the Outstanding Student Teacher Award, and the Boston Jazz Society Award. Shaw then earned a master's in jazz performance from the Manhattan School of Music in New York.

The Checkout: Live

Last month, The Checkout: Live at 92Y Tribeca made its debut.  The first performance in this new series featured Dan Tepfer and Noah Preminger.  You can hear excerpts from that performance during The Checkout on July 19, 6:30pm on WBGO Jazz88.3FM and online at wbgo.org.92Y562-WBGO-logo-07The next installment takes place Tuesday, July 19 at 8pm with Ben Williams Sound Effect and Pedro Giraudo Jazz Orchestra

“By definition the bass player is a pivotal figure in jazz, a steward of tonality as well as tempo. Determining a good one can require close listening: that quality reveals itself in the cohesion of the band as well as in the handling of line and phrase. All of this was accounted for in Mr. Williams’s set, which also involved a pair of harmonically sound original compositions and a balance of tradition and novelty.” -Nate Chinen, New York Times

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Washington, DC-born, New York-based bassist Ben Williams’ is celebrating the release of his debut album State of Art out on Concord Jazz. The album is a result of Williams’ first prize in the 2009 Thelonious Monk International Competition for double-bass. Recently, Williams has been touring with vibraphonist Stefon Harris & Blackout, a R&B and hip-hop-tinged group, which calls on Williams’ unique connection with go-go, from his native Washington, DC to inform its sound and pianist Jacky Terrasson’s Trio. State of Art marks Williams’ first album as a leader and features tenor/soprano saxophonist Marcus Strickland, guitarist Matthew Stevens, keyboardist Gerald Clayton, drummer Jamire Williams (who also appeared with the bassist on Terrasson’s Push) and percussionist Etienne Charles, joined on three tracks by alto/soprano saxophonist Jaleel Shaw.

“An opulent listening experience of modern, orchestral jazz, brimming with passionate improvisations, deliberate contrapuntal melodies and plush harmonies.” — John Murph, DownBeat Magazine

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Since his arrival in New York in 1996, Pedro Giraudo has performed and recorded in a wide variety of musical projects and prominent ensembles, ranging from tango to jazz, in addition to his own Pedro Giraudo Jazz Orchestra. He has collaborated with 9-time Grammy® award winner Paquito D’Rivera, Grammy® award winner Pablo Ziegler, Latin American icon Ruben Blades, as well as with Branford Marsalis, Kenny Garrett, Regina Carter, among many others and has performed in venues such as The Blue Note (Japan & USA), Birdland (Austria & USA), Kennedy Center (Washington DC), Iridium, Jazz Standard, Jazz Gallery, Blue Note, Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall (NYC). His latest CD, his fifth, is titled Córdoba — the name of his home city and province in Argentina— released in June 2011 on the ZOHO Music label.

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Slices of Toast: The Bad Plus New Year's on JazzSet

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The latest edition of JazzSet, produced by WBGO Senior Producer Becca Pulliam, features music from last year's Toast of the Nation extravaganza (which happened to be my first gig with the station, as an assistant producer.) Follow the link for the full hour of music and Becca's rundown of the evening.

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The Bad Plus at the 2009 Montreal Jazz Festival

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:

David Sanchez - City Stories

On Tuesday, March 17th at 9pm, WBGO and NPR Music are presenting saxophonist David Sanchez for our next installment of  Live at the Village Vanguard.  Since it's so rare to see a jazz musician get wide exposure, I thought I'd share this installment of City Stories, a series of ads for Banana Republic.  My favorite part?  David recommends a visit to the Village Vanguard as one of the must-do jazz experiences in New York.  Hope you'll join us on March 17th.
-Josh

Anat Cohen stops by at Newport

After her set, Anat Cohen stopped by to talk with WBGO's Josh Jackson, then ran off to sign CD's. She was the clarinetist in George Wein's Newport All Stars.

Anat Cohen Newport 2008

Great job, Anat! And everyone in that multi-generational band -- Howard Alden, Esperanza Spalding, Jimmy Cobb.

Sunday at Newport - we meet a WBGO ticket winner!

Jackie Zubeck won tickets to the 2008 Newport Jazz Festival, and she just introduced herself to us saying thank you! She's having a great time. Jackie -- from Valley Cottage, NY, near Nyack -- says "I've won more great tickets from the station" than you can imagine! Thanks for stopping by, Jackie. It's sunny! as you can tell from the lighting in this photo of her.

Hope you're listening! We're live on WBGO and wbgo.org.Jackie Zubeck Won Tickets to Newport from WBGO

WBGO & NPR Music are at Newport! Tune in tomorrow!

Newport Saturday morning
People start lining up at 6am or earlier, then when the gate opens at 10, the first people in line make tracks to the turf directly in front of the main stage of the 2008 Newport Jazz Festival, and start laying out their tarps and staking out their territory. Beautiful day here!

Tomorrow we are live from 11:30 on, on WBGO 88.3 FM and wbgo.org. This morning at 11:30, you can hear the first set -- Dave Holland, Chris Potter, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Eric Harland -- at NPR Music. WBGO's Josh Jackson hosts. LIVE. This is the same quartet that opened the 50th Monterey Jazz Festival. They set the bar!