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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

Date: 
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.

Janis Siegel On Producing "Nightsongs"

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Saturday, January 4, 2014 - 4:00pm
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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.

ACS Trio: Portrait of the Live Jazz Experience

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Saturday, November 23, 2013 - 4:00pm
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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.

Wayne Shorter: On the Ultimate Adventure

Date: 
Saturday, November 23, 2013 - 4:00pm
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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.

Photo credit: Robert Ascroft

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