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with DeeDee Bridgewater
JazzSet with DeeDee Bridgewater
Program Website: http://www.npr.org/programs/jazzset/
Jazz recorded before enthusiastic crowds at festivals, clubs, and even
the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall.
Wynton Marsalis Plays Jelly Roll Morton and Louis Armstrong's Hot Fives and Sevens
For two consecutive New Year's Eves, Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra members have celebrated at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola with works by great New Orleans creators -- first Morton, then Armstrong. To play "Pops," Wynton invites bandleader Vince Giordano and His Nighthawks to join the band.
Ryan Truesdell and the Gil Evans Project at Newport
The young orchestra leader found a treasure trove of Gil Evans arrangements, learned them phrase by phrase, and made a CD (Grammy-nominated in 2012) for the Evans Centennial. Performances are rare. Truesdell brings a big band to play them at Newport.
Edmar Casteñeda and Friends at Americas Society in New York
The “hippest harpist” and his trio play a repertoire from Colombia, Argentina and Venezuela with guests: vocalist Andrea Tierra, bandoneonist Héctor Del Curto, vibraphonist Joe Locke, and cuatro legend Jorge Glem.
Americas Society’s presentation of the Edmar Castañeda Trio and Friends on JazzSet is supported by Presenting Jazz, a program of Chamber Music America funded through the generosity of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.
Credit: Americas Society
Abbey Lincoln’s Songs
Always a vocalist, Lincoln (1930-2010) acted in movies, fought for Civil Rights, and – in her long, productive last chapter – wrote and recorded personal songs about life. New meanings begin to emerge as Dee Dee Bridgewater, Dianne Reeves and Cassandra Wilson sing Abbey. Musical Director Terri Lyne Carrington.
Dee Dee Bridgewater, Terri Lyne
Carrington, Cassandra Wilson, Dianne Reeves
by Becca Pulliam.
Patrick Cornelius: While We Were Very Young at Berklee College of Music
The saxophonist’s children – along with A.A. Milne’s classic collection of poems, While We Were Very Young – inspire this new composition and the premiere performance with John Ellis on tenor saxophone and Gerald Clayton, piano, in the octet.
Recorded by WBGO’s The Checkout Live and made possible with support from the Chamber Music America's 2012 New Jazz Works: Commissioning and Ensemble Development program, funded through the generosity of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.
Leading from the drums: Tootie Heath, Matt Wilson at The Village Vanguard
Albert “Tootie” Heath leads his trio with Ethan Iverson, piano; Ben Street, bass. Of Wilson’s Arts & Crafts, NPR’s Patrick Jarenwattananon writes that Matt “exploits all the timbres a snare drum can give him . . “ with “goofy joy on his face.” Terell Stafford, trumpet; Gary Versace, keyboards; Martin Wind, bass.
Recordings by WBGO
Credit: John Rogers for NPR
IN FEBRUARY AND MARCH, WE PRESENT RECENT KENNEDY CENTER SHOWS -- A KEYBOARD THREAD RUNS THROUGH THEM
Jason Moran’s Live:Time on the Quilts of Gee’s Bend
Generations of African-American women in this tiny Alabama town made bedcovers from overalls, burlap sacks, materials at hand. Now the well-used quilts are valued for their colors, design, hidden stories. The Philadelphia Museum of Art commissioned Moran’s music, with narrative by Asali Solomon, for The Bandwagon Trio, Alicia Hall Moran and Bill Frisell.
Kenny Barron and Dave Holland Duo
Barron started out with Dizzy, Holland with Miles. Of this duo set, Michael J. West writes in The Washington Post, “They focused on their instruments, and the music emanating from that focus was profound and masterly. . . . with the sobriety of two high-caliber musicians listening closely to each other.”
Eddie Palmieri’s Latin Jazz Septet
Palmieri had just been named a 2013 National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master, then came to DC to play exuberant salsa. JazzSet’s Mark Schramm writes, “He plays the whole keyboard, and he's not shy about throwing an elbow or forearm to get the effect he needs. He also plays some of the most beautiful romantic music you can imagine.”
Dr. Lonnie Smith
Recently, the 71-year-old Smith reminisced with NPR’s Arun Rath of All Things Considered about early dreams of the now iconic Hammond B-3 organ, Blue Note recording sessions, and – years later – receiving mysterious residuals checks when hip hop artists sampled his music. Jonathan Kreisberg, guitar; Jamire Williams, drums.
The Late Mulgrew Miller’s Trio at the Kennedy Center
From Greenwood, MS, Miller (1955-2013) played piano with Mercer Ellington, Betty Carter, Art Blakey, Tony Williams. All bands sounded better with Mulgrew. Loren Schoenberg writes “he could levitate a bandstand.” His death in Spring 2013 leaves the art form and community shaken. Ivan Taylor, bass; Rodney Green, drums.
Mark Schramm writes, “Loueke often opens his songs with his voice expanded in harmony, as he plays a single line on his guitar and then fans out from that. Everything is part of a curve. The music grows, as the band revels in itself and then slims back down. No hurry.” Michael Olatuja, bass; Mark Guiliana, drums.