Jazz Appreciation Month

WBGO Jam Live 2015: William Paterson Vocal Ensemble

The William Paterson University Jazz Vocal Ensemble performs live at WBGO for Jazz Appreciation Month, with vocalists Ana Petrillo, Jamie Henry and Vuyo Sotashe. Click below to hear this concert, and tune in to 88.3 FM to hear this group featured on air during the second week of April. A full set list is below.

Every week in April, WBGO-FM will showcase a different student ensemble with vocalists who performed live in our studios for Jazz Appreciation Month. All of these full sets will be available online. Enjoy!

Click on the image below to see a slideshow from this live in-studio performance.

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William Paterson University Jazz Vocal Ensemble

Live at WBGO - March 11th, 2015
Nancy Marano, Instructor
Dave Demsey, Coordinator of Jazz Studies

1) "I’ll Be Seeing You" by Sammy Fain and Irving Kahal

(Arranged by Darmon Meater, sung by Anna Petrillo, Jamie Henry, Vuyo Sotashe, and Megan Roy)

2) "Lush Life" by Billy Strayhorn

(Sung and arranged by Jamie Henry)

3) "Yesterdays" by Jerome Kern and Otto Harbach

(Sung and arranged by Jamie Henry)

4) "On Green Dolphin Street" by Bronisław Kaper and Ned Washington

(Sung and arranged by Anna Petrillo)

5)  "Wee Small Hours" by Bob Hilliard and David Mann

(Sung and arranged by Anna Petrillo)

6) "Day By Day" by Stephen Schwartz

(Sung and arranged by Vuyo Sotashe)

7)  "Sophisticated Lady" by Duke Ellington and Mitchell Parish

(Sung and arranged by Vuyo Sotashe)

Anna Petrillo (senior, Bayonne, NJ), vocals
Jamie Henry (senior, Edmonton, Alberta), vocals
Vuyo Sotashe (masters, Fulbright Scholar, South Africa), vocals
Sam Javitch (senior, New York, NY), piano
Chris Sullivan (masters, San Francisco, CA), alto saxophone
Miguel Rodriguez (senior, Freehold, NJ), tenor saxophone
Vincent Dupont (junior, Hudson, NH), bass
Matt Niedbalski (junior, Gainesvoort, NY), drums

WBGO's Monifa Brown: My Sarah Vaughan

Monifa Brown tells us how  Sarah "Sassy" Vaughan first entered her life. Read on!

When I was a voice student at New York’s LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts, I had this dream: I would meet Sarah Vaughan, and she would take me under her wing.

I would apprentice with one of the greatest voices to ever grace the planet.

Photo: William P. Gottlieb / LOC
Photo: William P. Gottlieb / LOC

Needless to say, that never happened. But to this day, Sarah’s emotive and highly textured, multi-octave contralto can move me to tears - in an instant.

Her voice is without rival. It is transformational.

With a single note, Sassy can create a state of euphoria: her spine-tingling vibrato and cascading turns of phrase can nestle you deep inside the bluesy harmonic crevices of a song.

“Music was my refuge,” Dr. Maya Angelou once said. “I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness."

I often wondered if she had Sarah Vaughan in mind when she wrote that.

Here’s Sarah, in her own words: “When I sing, trouble can sit right on my shoulder - and I don't even notice.”

Photo: William P. Gottlieb / LOC
Photo: William P. Gottlieb / LOC

I have always gravitated towards music and musicians that elicit a visceral reaction, or emotional and spiritual awakening. Those are the musicians who transcend their art.

They are the creative spirits who make you aware that artistry flows through them – it emanates from a higher source.

For me, 'The Divine One' is such an artist.  Her voice is the perfect balance of yin and yang; it is the ebb and flow of the cerebral and the visceral, the technical and emotional, of restraint and wild abandon. Sassy's instrument is the ultimate voice.

My parents played all of the great female vocalists when I was coming up. In addition to Sarah, they loved Billie, Nina, Ella, Betty, Abbey and Nancy.

But there was one particular day when I began to really appreciate what I was experiencing.

It started on a sunny afternoon in Brooklyn's Clinton Hill section, where I grew up: a few apartments away from John Ore, down the street from Lester Bowie and the Marsalises, and a few blocks away from Oliver Lake.

I ventured out on a warm Saturday afternoon to rummage through Pratt Institute's Street Fair. I was looking for vintage clothes, so I could make some sort of Denise Huxtable-Gordon Gartrell ensemble.

Don't laugh - yes, I liked to make my own crazy clothes back in the day!

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What I found was so much more. Somewhere between Dekalb and Willoughby Avenues, buried deep in a milk crate, I found a cassette of a Sarah’s 1954 Emarcy session with Clifford Brown.

For less than $2, I held in my hand what would spark my lifelong affinity for one of the world's greatest voices.

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I remember spending hours in my room that afternoon listening to that album, again and again.

In the days and weeks that followed, I was on a crusade to match Sassy’s impeccable and swinging solo on George Shearing's “Lullaby Of Birdland” note for note.

If you ever happen to hear me playing this track on air, know that as it is pumping through the speakers at WBGO, I am once again trying to scat those brilliant lines.

As a teenager, just beginning to understand heartache, disappointment and romance, Sarah's honey-drenched delivery of songs like “Jim” - which we hear above - spoke to me.

The cry in her voice spoke to my soul.

Sassy's flawless diction, irrepressible sense of swing and the sheer beauty of her instrument were undeniable - unlike anything I had ever heard.

They are still unlike anything I have ever heard.

In a word, Divine.

- Monifa Brown, host of Saturday Afternoon Jazz

Follow Monifa on Twitter: @globaljazzqueen

WBGO JAM Live 2015: Manhattan School Of Music Jazz Quintet

The Manhattan School of Music Jazz Quintet performs live at WBGO for Jazz Appreciation Month, directed by Justin DiCioccio. Click below to hear this concert, and tune in to 88.3 FM to hear this group featured on air during the second week of April. A full set list is below.

Every week in April, WBGO-FM will showcase a different student ensemble with vocalists who performed live in our studios for Jazz Appreciation Month. All of these full sets will be available online. Enjoy!

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Manhattan School of Music Jazz Quintet
March 19th, 2015
Director, Justin DiCioccio

"What a Little Moonlight Can Do" (vocals) by Harry M. Woods
"The Peacocks" (vocals)  Jimmy Rowles
"Everything Happens To Me" (vocals +flute) by Tom Adair, Matt Dennis
"Day Dream" by Billy Strayhorn and Duke Ellington, lyrics by John La Touche

All arrangements are original

Elena Pinderhughes - Voice, Flute
Patrick Bartley - Alto Saxophone
Billy Test - Piano
Dion Kerr - Bass
Evan Sherman - Drums

WBGO JAM Live 2015: Rutgers University Jazz Ensemble I

The Rutgers University Jazz Ensemble I performs live at WBGO for Jazz Appreciation Month with vocalist Champian Fulton. Click below to hear this concert, and tune in to 88.3 FM to hear this group featured on air during the first week of April. A full set list is below.

Every week in April, WBGO-FM will showcase a different student ensemble with vocalists who performed live in our studios for Jazz Appreciation Month. All of these full sets will be available online. Enjoy!

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The Rutgers University Jazz Ensemble I

live at WBGO 3/6/15

Conrad Herwig, director

"Deed I Do" (by Fred Rose with lyrics by Walter Hirsch, arranged by Ernie Wilkins)

"Let’s Do It" (by Cole Porter)

"Easy Living" (by Ranger & Robin, arranged by Marc Stasio)

"The Song Is You" (by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II, arranged by Gerald Wilson)

"They Didn’t Believe Me" (by Jerome Kern and Herbert Reynolds, arranged by Dave Burger)

Vocals on all songs by Champian Fulton

Jimmy Merchant, Sax-Alto
Oliver Santana Rivera, Sax-Alto
Sam Tobias, Sax-Bari
Abraham Burton, Sax-Tenor
John Donathan, Sax-Tenor

Guest sax on “The Song Is You” and “They Didn’t Believe Me” by Stephen Fulton

Gregory DeAngelis, Trombone
Matthew Echols, Trombone
Timothy Rechen, Trombone
Ben Weisiger, Trombone

Devenny Bennett, Trumpet
Shawn Edmonds, Trumpet
Anthony Fazio, Trumpet
Yi-JIUN Kao, Trumpet
Joshua Orr, Trumpet

John Morrison, Guitar
John Nunez, Guitar
Michael Bernabe, Piano
Luciano Minetti, Piano

Ross Garlow, Bass
Christopher Smith, Bass
Kyle Duppstadt, Drums
Daniel Giannone, Drums

WBGO JAM Live 2014: Berklee Global Jazz Institute

The Berklee College of Music Global Jazz Institute Group performs live at WBGO for Jazz Appreciation Month and are interviewed by Michael Bourne. Click to hear this concert, and check back to hear more groups featured in our student jazz marathon for International Jazz Day on April 30.

The ensemble is Mao Sone, trumpet, Michael Wang, trombone, Takafumi Suenaga, piano, Tommaso Gambini, guitar, Alex Gasser, bass, and Jharis Yokley, drums. Marco Pignatari, managing director of Global Jazz Institute, also speaks.

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WBGO JAM Live 2014: Rutgers University Jazz Ensemble I

The Rutgers University Jazz Ensemble I performs live at WBGO for Jazz Appreciation Month and are interviewed by Michael Bourne. Click to hear this concert, and check back to hear more groups featured in our student jazz marathon for International Jazz Day on April 30.

The ensemble, directed by Conrad Herwig, is Oliver Santana Rivera, Mark Jackovic, Peter Baldassare, Isaac Dye, Abraham Burton, and Sam Tobias on saxophonies, Anthony Fazio, George Maher, Suzan Veneman, Devenenny Bennett and Joshua Orr on trumpets, Matt Echols, Andy Kleindienst, Ben Weisiger, and Eric Iannucci on trombones, Sam Johnson and John Morrison on guitar, Michael Bernabe on piano, Michael Noordzy and Ross Garlow on bass, and Michael Winnicki and Daniel Giannone on drums. A full set list is below.

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Rutgers Jazz Ensemble I, Conrad Herwig director

Live at WBGO, 4/10/14

Toy Tune - Wayne Shorter, Arr by Suzan Veneman, Trumpet (MM Jazz Studies, 2014)

Soloists:

Issac Dye, Tenor Sax (MM Jazz Studies, 2014)

Mike Bernabe, Piano (MM Jazz Studies, 2015)

Cyclic Episode - Sam Rivers, Arr by Ross Garlow, Bass (MM Jazz Studies, 2015)

Soloists:

Abraham Burton, Tenor Sax (MM Jazz Studies, 2015)

Suzan Veneman, Trumpet (MM Jazz Studies, 2014)

Paranoia - Eric Iannucci, Trombone (MM Jazz Studies, 2014)

Soloists:

Oliver Santana Rivera, Alto Sax, (MM Jazz Studies, 2015)

George Maher, Trumpet (BM Jazz Studies 2015)

Sam Johnson, Guitar (BM Jazz Studies 2015)

Andy Kleindienst, Trombone (MM Jazz Studies, 2014)

Eleanor Rigby - Lennon/McCartney, Arr by Conrad Herwig

Soloists:

Mark Jackovic, Alto Sax (MM Jazz Studies, 2014)

Matt Echols, Trombone (BM Jazz Studies 2015)

John Morrison, Guitar (MM Jazz Studies, 2015)

WBGO JAM Live 2014: Queens College International Septet

The Queens College International Septet performs live at WBGO for Jazz Appreciation Month and are interviewed by Michael Bourne. Click to hear this concert, and check back to hear more groups featured in our student jazz marathon for International Jazz Day on April 30.

The ensemble is Jon Crompton, alto sax, Julieta Eugenio, tenor sax, Elad Cohen, trombone, Junbeom Kim, guitar, Carlos Cuevas, piano, Lorin Cohen, bass, and Joochan Im, drums. The ensemble's director, David Berkman, also speaks.

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WBGO JAM Live 2014: William Paterson Mulgrew Miller Ensemble

The William Paterson University Mulgrew Miller Ensemble performs live at WBGO for Jazz Appreciation Month and are interviewed by Michael Bourne. Click to hear this concert, and check back to hear more groups featured in our student jazz marathon for International Jazz Day on April 30.

The ensemble, directed by John Mosca, is Dylan Anderson, tenor sax, Matt Tischio, alto sax, Ryan Tomski, piano, Eric Zolan, guitar, Daseul Kim,bass and Joe Spinelli, drums. David Demsey, coordinator of jazz studies at WPU, also speaks.

WBGO Jam Live 2014: New School Charli Persip Ensemble

The New School's Charli Persip Improv Ensemble performs live at WBGO for Jazz Appreciation Month and are interviewed by Michael Bourne. Click to hear this concert, and check back to hear more groups featured in our student jazz marathon for International Jazz Day on April 30.

The ensemble, directed by drummer Charli Persip, is Andrew Freedman on piano, Myles Sloniker, bass, Michael Robinson, guitar, Matt Chalk, alto sax, Max Zooi, tenor, bass clarinet, soprano Cody Rowlands, trumpet, and Matthew Bumgardner, trombone. Martin Mueller, executive director of the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, also speaks. A full set list is below.

New School Charli Persip Improv Ensemble
Live At WBGO 4/9/14

Charli Persip, director
Martin Mueller, executive director of Jazz at the New School

1. "Geronimo" - Matt Chalk

2. "Katheryn-Agatha" - Max Zooi

3. "Natives are Restless" - Horace Silver (arranged by Max Zooi)

4. "Choice" - Mike Robinson

WBGO JAM Live 2014: SUNY Purchase Bud Powell Ensemble

The SUNY Purchase Bud Powell Repertory Ensemble performs live at WBGO for Jazz Appreciation Month. Click to hear this concert, and check back to hear more groups featured in our student jazz marathon for International Jazz Day on April 30.

The ensemble, directed by Pete Malinverni, is Greg Jung and Mike Troy on alto saxes, Marie-Fatima Rudolf, piano, Zach Slaughter, bass, and Michael Camacho, drums. The group performed compositions by pianist Bud Powell, a full set list is below.

The SUNY Purchase Bud Powell Ensemble
Live at WBGO 4/8/14

1. "Monopoly"

Interview: Pete Malinverni

2. "Oblivion"

Interview: Greg Jung, Mike Troy

3. "Celia"

Interview: Mike Camacho

4. "Un Poco Loco"

Interview: Marie-Fatima