Josh Jackson hosts The Checkout at WBGO, Jazz 88, Newark
“A vibraphonist from down the turnpike in Baltimore; a guitarist from across the pond in Norway. Both have dedicated themselves to hard-swinging jazz of the highest order, and both journey to downtown Manhattan to lead bands in the next installment of The Checkout: Live From 92Y Tribeca.
On Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 8 p.m. ET, The Checkout: Live series pairs the bands of Lage Lund and Warren Wolf in a double bill, in performance at 92Y Tribeca. The concert will be broadcast on air via WBGO and in an online video webcast at this page on NPR Music, with a live online chat. For more information about this series and the full concert archive, visit npr.org/checkoutlive.
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Watch Live Wednesday, Nov. 9 At 9 p.m. ET originated by WBGO, Jazz 88.3, Newark, NJ
by Patrick Jarenwattananon
November 2, 2011
“When he leads a band playing his own tunes, the New York-based tenor saxophonist Bill McHenry makes uncommon, beautiful music. Call it modern jazz if you must; it can get a bit abstract, a little loose. But “modern jazz” often connotes something hypertechnical, or noodly, or lost in advanced harmony, and this isn’t exactly that. It’s often slow, or at least deliberately spacious, and aspiring to something pretty and aching. And it’s finished by a player who gets a meaty, lustrous sound from the horn.
Later this month, Bill McHenry will release a new album’s worth of this music — his third with his current quartet — called Ghosts of the Sun. But before that, he’ll play a week at the Village Vanguard with a completely different lineup, including the great seasoned drummer Andrew Cyrille. NPR Music and WBGO will present a live video webcast and radio broadcast of the Bill McHenry Quartet from the club on Wednesday, Nov. 9 at 9 p.m. ET. Visit this page for the live presentation, as well as a recording afterwards.”
Watch Live Wednesday, Oct. 12 At 9 p.m. ET
by Patrick Jarenwattananon
“The 27-year-old pianist Fabian Almazan is about to release his debut album, Personalities, and it is aptly titled. It features Almazan as composer, one who can write and arrange for films, for string quartet, for piano trio. It features Almazan the Cuban-American musician, demonstrating intuitive control over Latin jazz repertoire and feeling. And it features Almazan the modern jazzman, the musician who can play with that flexible, go-anywhere feeling so sought-after these days.
He’ll celebrate the digital release of his multiple Personalities with a week as a bandleader at New York’s cramped subterranean jazz mecca, the Village Vanguard. And for one night and one performance only, he’ll bring along a string quartet. WBGO and NPR Music will record and feature a live radio broadcast and video webcast of the Fabian Almazan Trio with string quartet on Wednesday, Oct. 12 at 9 p.m. ET at this page.”
See the full article also at this page.
August 31, 2011
“For some, jazz is a form of music defined by innovation. It’s a language of hybrid invention, about a relentless quest for a new style, a new movement, a new expression. Alternately, there’s a powerful argument for jazz as a tradition: a language of core values, worthy of a lifetime of respectful study, representative of a century of African-American cultural achievement. As the prevailing aesthetic outlook has it, both are equally valid; jazz is tradition and innovation, at once.
Over the last 30 years, it’s hard to think of anyone who embodies this duality better than composer and pianist Geri Allen. As often as she’s been lionized for the freshness of her playing, she’s also been admired for the respect she’s shown for its living history. WBGO and NPR Music will proudly feature the Geri Allen Trio in the Live at the Village Vanguard series of live on-air radio/online video broadcasts on Wednesday, Sept. 7 at 9 p.m. ET.”
Visit the web page for information about the videocast and to read the rest of the article.
“We’re happy to announce that NPR Music is returning to the Newport Jazz Festival for a live webcast and recording Aug. 6-7, 2011.
Along with hosts, engineers and producers from WBGO (New Jersey/New York), WYPR (Baltimore) and WGBH (Boston), we’ll be presenting a live online stream of concerts from “the grandfather of jazz festivals.” You can visit npr.org/newportjazz for live coverage — including photos, blog and Twitter updates and the webcast — and revisit the site afterwards to explore a trove of festival recordings, including video highlights. Recordings from 2010 and 2009 are there now.
Visit NPR Music’s coverage of the 2011 Newport Jazz Festival at npr.org/newportjazz.
Once again, founder George Wein and his team have devised a diverse lineup for his signature jazz event. Iconic musicians like Eddie Palmieri, Wynton Marsalis, Randy Weston and Charles Lloyd are scheduled to perform, while exciting younger players like Esperanza Spalding, Hiromi and Trombone Shorty will play multiple sets. Also on the lineup are bands led by Steve Coleman, Joey DeFrancesco, Rudresh Mahanthappa and Bunky Green, Regina Carter, Avishai Cohen, Ambrose Akinmusire and many more. A schedule of our broadcast will appear close to the weekend of Aug. 6-7.
What? No Casey Abrams? LOst opportunity.
For more information about the lineup, visit the official Newport Jazz Festival website. We hope you can join us at npr.org/newportjazz.
by Simon Rentner at A Blog Supreme
July 22, 2011
“If Argentine composer and performer Astor Piazzolla didn’t exist, the subgenre of “Nueva Tango” — a mix of tango, classical and jazz — wouldn’t, either, nor would this taster of accordion jazz. Piazzolla created a massive canon, influencing generations of bandoneon players after him, and he rejuvenated Argentina’s greatest musical tradition and export.
However, it was Piazzolla’s formative years in New York’s Greenwich Village — soaking in the swing of the 1930s — that often informs his style, a jazzier sound he leaned to during his later years.”
See the full article, complete with audio and video, here.
News From A Blog Supreme
“We’re happy to announce that NPR Music is returning to the Newport Jazz Festival for a live webcast and recording Aug. 6-7, 2011. Along with hosts, engineers and producers from WBGO (New Jersey/New York), WYPR (Baltimore) and WGBH (Boston), we’ll be presenting a live online stream of concerts from ‘the grandfather of jazz festivals.’”
See the full article here.
Watch Live On Wednesday, July 6 At 9 p.m. ET
Jimmy (left) and Albert “Tootie” Heath.
Jimmy Heath, saxophones
Albert “Tootie” Heath, drums
Jeb Patton, piano
David Wong, bass
“Jimmy is an affable jazz statesman — he has a new autobiography, and was named an NEA Jazz Master for 2003 — and Albert (nicknamed “Tootie”) has freelanced with anyone who’s anyone. Despite the 2005 death of their elder brother Percy, The Heath Brothers still convene on occasion. At the Village Vanguard this week, Jimmy and Tootie will add bass and piano to form a quartet. NPR Music and WBGO will be on hand for a live radio broadcast and online video webcast of their performance this Wednesday, July 6 at 9 p.m. ET. Check this page for live video, audio, chat and a recording afterwards.“
by Alex W. Rodriguez
“Last month, my station, WBGO, celebrated its 32nd birthday. Strangely enough, another jazz titan turns the same age this Saturday: the Montreal International Jazz Festival. One of the largest music festivals of any kind in the world, it runs from June 25 through July 4.
The two of us have grown up together. WBGO’s Michael Bourne and Becca Pulliam first collaborated with the festival in the 1990s, and the station began live remote broadcasts from Montreal in 2004. This weekend, WBGO will be back in Montreal for another live broadcast.”
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“The jazz pianist Dan Tepfer isn’t yet 30, but he’s quickly built a reputation for quality — versatility, too. Two years ago, he put out an album of improvised duets with iconic saxophonist Lee Konitz, who’s about 55 years his elder. Last year, Tepfer issued Five Pedals Deep, an elegant and modern trio album. (It’s his third trio record, actually.) Soon, he’ll also release his readings of and improvisations on J.S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations, originally written for solo harpsichord.
In the debut of The Checkout: Live at 92Y Tribeca concert series, Tepfer will show off these three sides of his musical personality. He’ll play selections from his Goldberg Variations solo. He’ll also call upon his friend and peer, tenor saxophonist Noah Preminger, for a series of duo tributes to Lee Konitz. (Konitz was originally scheduled to appear, but had to bow out for health reasons.) And he’ll play a set with his trio, with Joe Martin on bass and Ted Poor on drums.”
See the full article here.
The kids these days: They want to sound like Mark Turner. Well, at least the saxophone students do, and sure, certainly not all of them. But he’s still probably the most influential tenor man of his generation. Why is that?
Perhaps you haven’t heard of Turner, if you don’t follow modern jazz closely. He hasn’t put out any records as a clear leader for about 10 years now; he has no website. But he has an innovative sonic signature, a certain floating chromaticism, rhythmic mindfulness and lightness of tone, filled with subtleties. Basically, his music has personality, which keeps the best musicians ringing his phone, and the aspiring ones listening hard.
Watch Live On Tuesday, June 21 At 9 p.m. ET
Mark Turner, tenor saxophone
David Virelles, piano
Ben Street, bass
Paul Motian (!), drums
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From JazzCorner.com: “The Checkout: Live from 92YTribeca – New Performance Series with WBGO and NPR Music”
“92YTribeca and WBGO present The Checkout: Live from 92YTribeca, a new series created by Joshua Jackson, host of WBGO’s hour-long music magazine The Checkout, who is widely recognized as an unparalleled enthusiast for modern expressions in jazz. Curated by Jackson in conjunction with 92YTribeca, The Checkout: Live will convene some of the most exciting and innovative players on the NYC scene for monthly concerts that will be broadcast live on WBGO as well as streamed on WBGO.org. Portions will also be recorded for future broadcast and podcast as part of The Checkout.
The Checkout: Live series will also be video webcast live and archived at NPR Music as part of NPR Music’s ongoing commitment to bring the vibrant jazz scene to a nationwide audience through its website and mobile apps.”
See the full JazzCorner article here.
“Tune in tomorrow, on what would have been Miles’ 85th birthday, to hear the Wallace Roney Sextet perform the music of Miles Davis with Antoine Roney (soprano sax), Rashaan Carter (acoustic bass), Aruan Ortiz (piano, keyboards), Kush Abadey (drums) and Arnold Lee (alto, soprano sax).
Thursday, May 26th, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
“In addition to the live broadcast on what would have been Miles Davis’ 85th birthday, WBGO is celebrating the iconic jazz trumpeter by airing the Miles Davis Radio Project, a Peabody Award-winning series of eight, one-hour programs about the life and music of Miles Davis. The series will air May 27th through June 2nd. Produced by Steve Rowland and narrated by Danny Glover, the program features interviews with Quincy Jones, Roberta Flack, Joni Mitchell, Carlos Santana, Philip Glass, Dizzy Gillespie and others. Miles’ music is featured prominently between the narration and excellent interviews. You will also hear Miles discuss his life and music throughout the program.”
[After you listen to the eight one hour episodes, go http://www.artistowned.com/index.cfm and purchase the eight episodes in .mp3. Put them on your computer and/or your .mp3 player for continued enjoyment and learning. There is just too much to absorb in each episode for one pass.]
Visit this page for a brief introduction to each episode.
Plus, included are performances of Davis’ earlier bands, with members including Charlie Parker, John Coltrane*, Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock. The program’s final two hours feature digital performances, recorded in 1988 and 1989 exclusively for the Miles Davis Radio Project.
*At artistowned.com you will also find the equally excellent Tell Me how Long Trane’s Been Gone. I recommend that you buy it. It is another of Steve Rowland’s wonderful productions. There is no end to the depth of ‘Trane.
Watch A Live Webcast Wednesday, May 25 At 9 p.m. ET.
May 24, 2011
“There’s no one standard model of jazz, but there are standards. There’s a standard repertoire, for sure; also, standard conventions of instrumentation, group interaction, overall “sound.” Trumpeter Roy Hargrove, when he commits to playing straight-ahead jazz, leads a quintet that is very comfortable with those standards. If you’re new to jazz, it would seem distantly familiar, like how you might imagine jazz to be. If you aren’t new to jazz, you might just find it proves how satisfying those standards remain, and how much room for self-expression is in them.
Same guy, maybe a bit younger?
It’s what’s made Roy Hargrove a star in the jazz world, and what allows the Roy Hargrove quintet to play two straight weeks at the world-famous Village Vanguard in New York City. WBGO and NPR Music will present a live on-air broadcast and live video webcast of the band’s early performance this Wednesday, May 25 at 9 p.m. ET. The video and live chat will be hosted on this page.
See the full article also at the same page.
By Josh Jackson
“In late March, The Bad Plus descended upon Duke University to unveil its take on Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring. You can now hear a recording of On Sacred Ground: Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring at The Checkout.
The Bad Plus plays its take on The Rite of Spring at Duke Performances, backed by a multimedia backdrop created by architect Cristina Guadalupe and filmmaker Noah Hutton.
March 14, 2011
“New York City may be the center of the jazz world, but the radio beacon that its president calls “the only full-time jazz station in the jazz center of the universe” is located on this side of the river, in Newark, thank you very much. And at a time when New Jersey newspapers are suffering and our public TV network is in jeopardy, WBGO-FM—New Jersey’s first public radio station—is standing tall. In fact, it’s about to stand even taller.
A $3 million fundraising drive is expected to culminate later this year with the relocation of the station’s transmitter from the top of a 428-foot-tall building in downtown Newark to a building of twice that height in Manhattan, 4 Times Square.”
WBGO president Cephas Bowles has seen the station’s membership double during his 18-year tenure.
“The composer Billy Strayhorn was responsible for some of the most exquisite melodies in the history of jazz. You’ve surely heard some of his tunes, if not necessarily his name: He mostly wrote them for the Duke Ellington Orchestra.
Jazz musicians know of his genius, though. The trumpeter Terell Stafford certainly does; his upcoming album This Side of Strayhorn interprets nine Strayhorn tunes as straight-ahead jazz, circa 2011. He and his quintet will celebrate the release of this recording live at the Village Vanguard in New York, and WBGO and NPR Music will be on hand on opening night for a live audio/video broadcast and webcast on Tuesday, March 15 at 9 p.m. ET.”
See the full article here.
“How do you play somebody else’s songs and still sound like yourself? It’s a central challenge of jazz — so often an art of interpretation — and it’s especially difficult to answer with Charlie Parker’s compositions. Dense and virtuosic, they often sound as if they originated in his distinctive style of improvising.
But the saxophonist Joe Lovano has given it a shot. His current working band, the loose double-drummer unit Us Five, is about to issue Bird Songs, a new record of tunes from the Charlie Parker songbook. And it sounds very little like the way Parker played his music. The Joe Lovano Us Five plays selections from that record, as well as other surprises, in a live WBGO/NPR Music broadcast and online webcast from the Village Vanguard on Wednesday, Jan. 12, at 9 p.m. ET. Live audio, video and chat will be available at this page starting just before showtime.”
* Joe Lovano, saxophones
* James Weidman, piano
* Esperanza Spalding, bass
* Otis Brown III, drums
* Matt Wilson, drums
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This is the second great article about the leader of WBGO, Jazz 88, Newark, NJ.
This is a copyright protected article, so just enough to get you interested.
by Peggy McGlone/The Star-Ledger
“Cephas Bowles appears to be an unassuming Mr. Reliable: the unflappable leader who doesn’t get excited, never raises his voice, never seems to rush. ‘You can never tell when you first talk to him if it’s good news or bad news,’ says WBGO board member and longtime friend Oliver Quinn. ‘I’ve known him for 30 years, and on the phone he always begins by saying “Cephas Bowles, WBGO.”
The president and CEO of WBGO-Jazz 88 has ‘an old-school gentlemanly’ quality about him, says college classmate and fellow broadcaster Bob Costas. ‘He’s cool, but he’s a jazz man,’ Costas says.
But beneath his throw-back exterior — his hair and beard cropped close, his suit always dark, his shoes always shined — Bowles is a technological innovator, a cautious but bold leader willing to take necessary risks, and a lover of jazz (the music he calls America’s greatest) who believes celebrating its artistry is a public service.
‘Other jazz stations are dropping like flies, but we’re committed,’ says Bowles, 58, a native of Newark who now lives with his wife in Dover. ‘The station is 31 years old and it is still connected to this American art form.’ “
At “Toast Of The Nation Celebrates 2011“, you can listen to these great concerts:
The broadcast checked in with live music from five venues, from Boston to San Francisco, and counted down to midnight in four U.S. time zones. All the live performances have been recorded and archived at NPR Music. WBGO’s Rhonda Hamilton hosted the entire evening.”
Lionel Luke Trio in Boston 58 minutes
The Lionel Loueke Trio.
Jon Faddis Jazz Orchestra of New York in Concert 1:28
The Jon Faddis Jazz Orchestra of New York.
A Celebration In Swing With Cyrus Chestnut And Benny Green: Live In New York 1:13
Cyrus Chestnut (left) and Benny Green.
Von Freeman And Ed Petersen: Live In Chicago 58 minutes
Dianne Reeves: Live In San Francisco 1:28
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What comes next??
Says Karl Shmavonian,
“As part of our ongoing feature Names We Need to Know, I decided to send Cephas Bowles–who has been CEO and President of WBGO in Newark for 17 years–an email asking him to fill his Christmas stocking with names of people and trends we should be watching in the jazz world in 2011. BGO has been broadcasting jazz and blues since 1979 to the New York-Newark metro area (88.3 on the dial) and to the world by way of WBGO.org since 1998. The station is also planning to install a transmitter and antenna system in Times Square to enhance its signal.
Bowles, a native of Newark and a product of its public school system, commented on the staying power of radio: “There may be other ways to get audio, but radio continues to serve the needs of people who want local, up-to-the minute, curated information by battle-tested and knowledgeable hosts.” He also mentioned that smart phones and online delivery services are augmenting the way people get their news and tunes. “While these technologies won’t totally displace radio, they are alternative platforms where people go for content.”
Read the rest of the post here.
The Bad Plus (L-R): Ethan Iverson, Reid Anderson, Dave King at the Village Vanguard New Years Eve 2010
We congratulate NPR for making more music available for download. This cannot help but get enthusiastic listeners to buy the music of their favorite artists.
The concert was originated by, of course, WBGO Jazz 88 Newark, NJ
“With all the talk of 2011, this show counts down to 2010 — to 10 years of The Bad Plus and 75 years of live music at the Village Vanguard in New York’s Greenwich Village. WBGO’s emcee Josh Jackson and stage manager Alex W. Rodriguez are ringside. Ethan Iverson on piano, Reid Anderson on bass and Dave King at the drums are poised and ready to play from now until midnight and beyond.
The Bad Plus was born in the Twin Cities a decade ago. By their estimate, these guys have played around 160 shows a year for many years. They make the trio a priority, and no one sends a sub to a Bad Plus gig.
Reid Anderson’s big bass sound grounds the group, and his melodic compositions give it wings. Anderson’s first love was progressive rock. Later he discovered jazz.
In March 2010, The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis staged a Dave King celebration, called King for Two Days. On the first day, The Bad Plus and another of Dave’s bands, Happy Apple, came together as The Bad Apple.
And Ethan Iverson, born in Menomonie, Wis., is simply one of the best jazz pianists of his generation. Prior to The Bad Plus, he was the musical director of the acclaimed Mark Morris Dance Group. There is fascinating stuff on Iverson’s blog, Do The Math.”
In his intro, Jackson looks forward to a harmolodic piece, a 20th-century classical piece, and “a Scottish folk melody at midnight.” (Ornette Coleman’s “Song X” into Gyorgy Ligeti’s “Metal” are available as web extras.) And the full set puts the pieces in the context of TBP originals -– strong pieces on the short side, anthem-like at times or enigmatic, with a quasi-mythical twist. I’ve become attached to “Bill Hickman at Home,” named for a Hollywood stuntman, and seeming to imply that at home Hickman takes life easy.
The Bad Plus’ latest album is titled Never Stop. Christmas week, they play the Dakota in Minneapolis, followed by New Year’s at the Vanguard and the first week of January at the Jazz Bistro in St. Louis. That’s two gigs on the Mississippi and one near the Hudson. It’s an annual early-winter pilgrimage.
Support your local Public Radio station. If they do not regularly schedule Jazz, start a riot. Well, not a riot, maybe an email campaign.
You should check this page regularly. The concerts are monthly. There are always audio streams available.
Take advantage of these powerful resources. And, remember, WBGO is Public Radio and deserves your financial support.
Robert Glasper Trio: Live At The Village Vanguard
Blue Note says, “Tune in to NPR Music’s live webcast of The Robert Glasper – Live at the Village Vanguard – TONIGHT AT 9PM ET!”
NPR says, “He works with top hip-hop and soul artists, but he’s also a supple, simmering pianist with no shortage of jazz cred. Glasper’s flexible band will be embraced at the New York jazz bastion in a live concert broadcast starting at 9 p.m. tonight.”
Check it out at either WBGO or NPR/music