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.
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.
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
Catch Colors of Jazz when nine-time GRAMMY Award winning vocalist Janis Siegel speaks with host Bonnie Johnson. Ms. Siegel will talk about her latest endeavors including the 2013 release of her newest solo CD, Nightsongs: A Late Night Interlude. The mezzo-soprano/alto and co-founder of the a cappella group The Manhattan Transfer will bring her solo tour to Scullers Jazz Club in Boston on January 9, 2014. Tune in at 4pm.
Drummer Terri Lyne Carrington talks with host Bonnie Johnson about ACS Trio's "jazz cooperative". ACS includes "three of the most important female instrumentalists in current jazz" with composer, pianist Geri Allen, GRAMMY winners Carrington and bassist Esperanza Spalding. The highly acclaimed ensemble appears on stage celebrating Wayne Shorter's 80th Birthday tour at Boston Symphony Hall on November 24, 2013. Tune in at 4pm.
GRAMMY winning composer, saxophonist Wayne Shorter talks with host Bonnie Johnson in advance of his 80th Birthday Celebration and all-star performance in the 75th Celebrity Series of Boston at Symphony Hall on November 24, 2013. Find out what color is influencing his day and the "evolving adventure of...life" though music in the 21st Century. Tune in at 4pm.
Host Bonnie Johnson interviewed jazz drummer, composer, bandleader Thelonious "T.S." Monk III on October 10, 2013 to commemorate the 96th anniversary of the birth of his father, the legendary musician, pianist and composer Thelonious Sphere Monk (1917-1982).
Accomplished MacAuthor fellows Miguel Zenón and Dafnis Prieto will be joining Dee Dee Bridgwater on this week's JazzSet. Zenón, a saxophonist from Puerto Rico, and Prieto, a drummer out of Cuba, combine their island influences for a worldly jazz experience. Be sure to tune in at 6PM!
Jazz vocalist Nnenna Freelon inspires and encourages creativity. A native New Englander, Ms. Freelon was born in Boston, raised in Cambridge, and has "chased [her] dreams" into a life-long journey that has manifested a stellar career in music.