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Eliane Elias: Jazz Voice of Brazil

Date: 
Sunday, April 6, 2014 - 8:00am

Pianist/singer/songwriter, Eliane Elias talks with host Marty Friedman about her recording career and Brazilian roots in advance of performances at Scullers Jazz Club in Boston on April 11 & 12, 2014.

Celebrate Women In Jazz + You

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Saturday, March 22, 2014 - 4:00pm
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Catch Colors of Jazz when host Bonnie Johnson celebrates Women's History Month and the spring membership drive with guests including pianist, composer, educator Hey Rim Jeon, jazz vocalist TAEKO and bandleader, singer/songwriter Michelle Cruz. Tune in at 4pm.

Moipei Quartet: Millennial Sisters Join African Musical Arts

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Saturday, March 29, 2014 - 4:00pm
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Celebrate Women's History Month when host Bonnie Johnson speaks with the Moipei Quartet of Kenya. The all-girl a capella group, including Moipei (pronounced Moy-pay) triplets Mary, Martha and Magdalene, is joined by their younger sister Seraphine in a 21st century cultural exchange. These teen multi-instrumentalists have been singing together for more than a decade, bringing their global voice to the fore-front with traditional and contemporary African and African-American music.

Najee: On Tour with A Musical Journey

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Saturday, March 29, 2014 - 4:00pm
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You’ll hear the mellifluous sounds of Najee on Colors of Jazz, when the two-time Grammy nominated contemporary jazz saxophonist and flautist talks with host Bonnie Johnson. Celebrating his CD The Morning After - A Musical Love Journey, Najee will perform live at Scullers Jazz Club on April 4 & 5, 2014.  The New York City native began honing his craft studying flute during his high school years at The Manhattan School of Music with Harold Jones of the NY Philharmonic Orchestra and on Saturdays in Harlem at the historic Jazzmobile after meeting Dr.

Myra Melford: Diversifying Piano And The Arts

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Saturday, March 8, 2014 - 4:00pm
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Celebrate Women's History Month when pianist, composer and Guggenheim fellow Myra Melford talks with host Bonnie Johnson. Melford's 2013 solo piano CD, Life Carries Me This Way (Firehouse 12 Records), has a simple cover yet comprises a colorful selection of "compositions inspired by the artwork of her friend, the late Sacramento-based artist Don Reich (1931-2010)".

Vijay Iyer: Leading With A Year of Firsts

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Saturday, March 1, 2014 - 4:00pm
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Catch Grammy-nominated composer-pianist Vijay Iyer and his multi-Colors of Jazz when he speaks with Bonnie Johnson. Bringing his voice to the people through piano and creative musical collaborations, 2013 has paved the way to a year of many firsts for Iyer. Among them, he joined long time collaborator, poet and performer Mike Ladd to produce Holding It Down: The Veterans' Dreams Project, an album featuring U.S.

Bill Banfield's Essays of Note on Colors of Jazz

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Saturday, February 22, 2014 - 4:00pm
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Celebrate Black History Month 2014 with ESSAYS of NOTE during the live broadcast of Colors of Jazz.  The collaborative production with host Bonnie Johnson revisits a series produced by recording artist, composer and educator, Dr. William (Bill) Banfield. In Notes, the professor and Director of the Africana Studies at Berklee College of Music, Boston shares brief topical commentary that highlights artists including Miles Davis, Gil Evans, Quincy Jones and Regina Carter.

Catherine Russell: Swinging Jazz Age in Blue

Date: 
Saturday, February 8, 2014 - 4:00pm
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Vocalist Catherine Russell talks to Bonnie Johnson about her new CD Bring It Back, an album that "seamlessly" fuses blues with swing era selections. Played in a ten-piece orchestra setting, this release celebrates jazz age music made famous by Catherine's father Luis Russell, the jazz pianist and bandleader who played and collaborated for years with legendary trumpeter Louis Armstrong. Ms. Russell is on tour and will play Scullers Jazz Club February 14, 2014 for Valentine's Day and Wellfleet Congregational Church on the 15th. Tune in at 4pm.

Martin Piecuch: Civil Rights, Olympic Ties and Jazzical Fusion

Date: 
Saturday, February 1, 2014 - 4:00pm
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As the world gears up for the Sochi 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games competition, host Bonnie Johnson welcomes conductor, educator and woodwind master Martin Piecuch to the Colors of Jazz.  Along with a career and esteemed position in the world of symphonic music, the self-described "fusionist" is on the road presenting a flair for versatility that unites “Classical, Samba, Jazz and Baroque… [f]or people who enjoy both classical and jazz".  In 2013, Piecuch (pronounced PQ in USA and Pietsook in Europe) introduced his project and recent CD "Jazzical Fusion" on the Boston Rec

Joey DeFrancesco: Jazz Organ Maestro

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Saturday, January 25, 2014 - 4:00pm
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Born into a rich legacy of musicianship, with an ear for music and interest that began developing by the age of four, Joey DeFrancesco is best-known for his organ playing.

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Al Dean

Al grew up listening to the music of the 40’s on his father’s EH Scott radio and 78 records. Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and Benny Goodman were family favorites. This is first experience in the broadcasting field and allows him to dig into his closet of old vinyls and share them with his audience on the Sunday afternoon edition of the Jazz Matinee.

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