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Abbey Lincoln Songbook on JazzSet

Abbey Lincoln used to call her songs "little ditties." That's what her pianist James Weidman told us when we played a WBGO recording of her from The Peppermint, a jazz club in New Jersey, on JazzSet. It comes from the 1980s, and Abbey was introducing her album Talking to the Sun. This is the cover photo.

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Those little ditties contain amazing images. It's as though we can be with Abbey Lincoln all over again as Cassandra Wilson sings "Talking to the Sun," Dee Dee Bridgewater chooses "Another World" (singing it made her cry), and Dianne Reeves soars on"Bird Alone." All three whistle and trill on "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings." It may be my favorite moment of this Tribute to Abbey Lincoln from the Kennedy Center. Hear it Sunday, June 17, at 6pm .. Wednesday, June 20, at 6:30 .. or any time at wbgo.org/jazzset.

Bridgewater, Musical Director Terri Lyne Carrington, Wilson and Reeves
Bridgewater, Musical Director Terri Lyne Carrington, Wilson and Reeves

A Tribute to Abbey Lincoln at the Kennedy Center

UPDATE: Read the review from The Washington Post here. Critic Mike Joyce tells you about THE BAND! And there's a good photo. BP

On Friday night at the Mary Lou Williams Festival in Washington, DC, four daughters of Abbey Lincoln (1930-2010) opened her songbook together, for the first time.

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This was a dynamic concert, and generous too. More than five hundred people in the Terrace Theater concentrated on the artists onstage concentrating on words and music that came from Abbey Lincoln's own concentration. We felt the loss of her, and newly appreciated the gift she left us.

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Grammy Nominations Announced - Have Your Say

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It's official - the nominations for the 51st Annual Grammy Awards have been announced. Proof that jazz musicians are versatile? Charlie Haden gets nominated for Best Country Instrumental! Strangest sight? How about drummer Jack DeJohnette in the New Age category!

Nominations are the exclusive domain of National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences members, but that doesn't prohibit you from speaking (or writing) your mind. So have your say. Who should have been nominated but wasn't? Who would you pick to win? Be sure to include category and name of artist. Click "Read more" to see the list. Then make your comments.
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Randy In Brasil
Randy Brecker

Floating Point
John McLaughlin

Cannon Re-Loaded: All-Star Celebration Of Cannonball Adderley
Various Artists

Miles From India
Various Artists

Lifecycle
Yellowjackets Featuring Mike Stern

Best Jazz Vocal Album
Imagina: Songs Of Brasil
Karrin Allyson

Breakfast On The Morning Tram
Stacey Kent

If Less Is More...Nothing Is Everything
Kate McGarry

Loverly
Cassandra Wilson

Distances
Norma Winstone

Best Jazz Instrumental Solo
"Be-Bop"
Terence Blanchard, soloist
Live At The 2007 Monterey Jazz Festival
Monterey Jazz Festival 50th Anniversary All-Stars

"Seven Steps To Heaven"
Till Brönner, soloist
The Standard
Take 6

"Waltz For Debby"
Gary Burton & Chick Corea, soloists
The New Crystal Silence

"Son Of Thirteen"
Pat Metheny, soloist
Day Trip

"Be-Bop"
James Moody, soloist
Live At The 2007 Monterey Jazz Festival
Monterey Jazz Festival 50th Anniversary All-Stars

Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group
The New Crystal Silence
Chick Corea & Gary Burton

History, Mystery
Bill Frisell

Brad Mehldau Trio: Live
Brad Mehldau Trio

Day Trip
Pat Metheny With Christian McBride & Antonio Sanchez

Standards
Alan Pasqua, Dave Carpenter & Peter Erskine Trio

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album
Appearing Nightly
Carla Bley And Her Remarkable Big Band

Act Your Age
Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band

Symphonica
Joe Lovano With WDR Big Band & Rundfunk Orchestra

Blauklang
Vince Mendoza

Monday Night Live At The Village Vanguard
The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra

Best Latin Jazz Album
Afro Bop Alliance
Caribbean Jazz Project

The Latin Side Of Wayne Shorter
Conrad Herwig & The Latin Side Band

Song For Chico
Arturo O'Farrill & The Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra

Nouveau Latino
Nestor Torres

Marooned/Aislado
Papo Vázquez The Mighty Pirates

Best Instrumental Composition
"The Adventures Of Mutt"
John Williams, composer
Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull

"Alegria"
Chick Corea, composer
The New Crystal Silence

"Claire's Closet"
Russell Ferrante, composer
Lifecycle

"Danzón De Etiqueta"
Dave Grusin, composer
Amparo

"Hit The Ground Running"
Gordon Goodwin, composer
Act Your Age

Best Instrumental Arrangement
"Define Dancing"
Peter Gabriel & Thomas Newman, arrangers
Wall-E Soundtrack

"Down In The Valley"
Frank Macchia, arranger
Landscapes

"Duke Ellington's Sound Of Love"
Michael Abene, arranger
Symphonica

"St. Louis Blues"
Bob Brookmeyer, arranger
Monday Night Live At The Village Vanguard

"Yesterdays"
Gordon Goodwin, arranger
Act Your Age

Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)
"Alfie'
Vince Mendoza, arranger
The Look Of Love - Burt Bacharach Songbook

"Grace"
Cedric Dent, arranger
The Standard

"Here's That Rainy Day"
Nan Schwartz, arranger
Still Unforgettable

"Johnny One Note"
Don Sebesky, arranger
With A Song In My Heart

"Lazy Afternoon"
Claus Ogerman, arranger
Across The Crystal Sea

Best Album Notes
Art Of Field Recording Volume I: Fifty Years Of Traditional American Music Documented By Art Rosenbaum
Art Rosenbaum, album notes writer (Various Artists)

Debate '08: Taft And Bryan Campaign On The Edison Phonograph
Patrick Feaster & David Giovannoni, album notes writers

Kind Of Blue: 50th Anniversary Collector's Edition
Francis Davis, album notes writer

Rare & Unreleased Recordings From The Golden Reign Of The Queen Of Soul
David Ritz & Jerry Wexler, album notes writers

The Unsung Father Of Country Music: 1925-1934
Henry "Hank" Sapoznik, album notes writer

Best Historical Album
Art Of Field Recording Volume I: Fifty Years Of Traditional American Music Documented By Art Rosenbaum

Classic Columbia, OKeh And Vocalion Lester Young With Count Basie (1936-1940)

Debate '08: Taft And Bryan Campaign On The Edison Phonograph

Polk Miller & His Old South Quartette

To Be Free: The Nina Simone Story