The Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra from Los Angeles and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis come out swinging and duke it out on the bandstand. On stage, side by side, the bands trade licks and even come together on tunes like Thad Jones' "To You" and John Hamilton's own "Ragablues." Join us for this battle royal! Wendell Pierce hosts.
The Kennedy Center is the home of the low blow tonight, as five-time DownBeat Magazine baritone sax poll winner Gary Smulyan joins the committed, brilliant pianist Benny Green. Listen for rhythmic energy, quirky Thelonious Monk melodies, humor, and the Washingtons -- Peter and Kenny (no relation) -- ideal on bass and drums.
Vocalist Susie Arioli and fellow Canadian, guitarist Jordan Officer, were draw together by their love for classic jazz and the standards. The aggressive show-biz style of today’s pop stars, is not for these two, who would rather draw their audiences in with a softly delivered lyric and intimacy that’s even more appealing because of it’s rarity in the music world of today. Judy talked with Susie and Jordan on stage at the Ascona Jazz Festival in Switzerland, where they chatted and performed.
NY Times writer Stephen Holden calls her "both the Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald of bossa nova." Vocalist Leny Andrade embodies the spirit of jazz and soul of her native Brazil. With reedman and friend, Paquito D'Rivera this is a swirling swing through bossa nova, samba and choro.
March is Women's History month and we're answering the question “...but can she play?” by exploring this documentary film and work in progress. The project focuses on "the music and stories” of female jazz horn-players and encourages jazz education for girls. Join host Bonnie Johnson as she pays tribute to generations of women in jazz and speaks with award-winning journalist, Director-Producer Janice Rhoshalle Littlejohn about the project.
Our favorite MD makes another 'house call' to Jazz New England on Tuesday. The always evolving Stanley ( "don't call me dr." ) Sagov is working these days with acclaimed guitarist Larry Coryell. We'll hear about that and hear Stanley, for the very first time, play our recently donated grand piano! Join us at 2 pm.
On Monday guitarist Mark Marquis drops by. For over 40 years he's been a 'full service' guitarist, playing jazz, blues, rock, world music and more. He's performed with everyone from Maynard Ferguson to Charlie Watts to Freddie Fender. You'll hear some of Mark's acoustic guitar as well when he joins us at 2 pm.
Pianist Renee Rosnes says when she's onstage at the Village Vanguard, she turns to the left and sees a jazz fan a few feet away, and the same to the right and over her shoulder. The intimacy inspires a beautiful late night set from Renee's quartet. Steve Nelson on vibes, Peter Washington on bass, and Lewis Nash on drums.
Jason Moran is one of the most talked about pianists and composers of the past decade. In 2010, he was made a MacArthur Fellow, and his album, Ten, topped the JazzTimes Critics' Poll. He epitomizes today’s approach to music, regularly employing sampled loops as a “fourth band member” in live performances. This week Moran performs a definitive set of 21st-century jazz piano tunes.