From WBGO and NPR/music: “Live Tonight: Joe Lovano Us Five At The Village Vanguard”

Thank you WBGO and npr/music

“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.”


The band:
* Joe Lovano, saxophones
* James Weidman, piano
* Esperanza Spalding, bass
* Otis Brown III, drums
* Matt Wilson, drums

Read the full article here.