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The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra at Village Vanguard

Date: 
Friday, June 29, 2012 - 6:00pm

The VJO has played 45 years of Monday nights here, in a rarely interrupted run. Dee Dee Bridgewater sang with the original iteration, the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra. In February, NPR Music webcast the VJO Live at the Village Vanguard. We have more from that night, including Thad Jones's "My Centennial."

Geoffrey Tozer

Date: 
Tuesday, June 26, 2012 - 6:00pm
Program: 

Singer/pianist Geoffrey Tozer talks about his kooky, fun-loving radio show “The Sly Crooner of Swanktown” and shares his thoughts on getting more swank in the world.

Monty Alexander

Date: 
Monday, June 25, 2012 - 6:00pm

At first blush, this Jamaican pianist seems an unlikely leader to honor a "king" and a "chairman of the board." But Monty Alexander discovered jazz at a Nat King Cole concert and played his first New York gig at Sinatra's old haunt called 'Jilly's'. Alexander offers fresh, inventive readings on "Sweet Lorraine," "Come Fly with Me" and more -- with vocalists James DeFrances and Allan Harris. Wendell Pierce hosts.

Tribute to Abbey Lincoln from Dee Dee Bridgewater, Dianne Reeves, Cassandra Wilson at the Kennedy Center

Date: 
Friday, June 22, 2012 - 6:00pm

Abbey's musical daughters sing her songbook: "Bird Alone and "It's Supposed To Be Love (Reeves), "Wholly Earth and "Another World (Bridgewater), "Throw It Away and "Talking to the Sun (Wilson), "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou, and "Freedom Day from We Insist: Max Roach's Freedom Now Suite. Grammy Award winner Terri Lyne Carrington leads the band.

Stan Vincent & Carter Calvert

Date: 
Friday, June 15, 2012 - 2:00pm
Program: 

This Friday on Jazz Matinee, host Ed Gardella will be interviewing trombonist Stan Vincent, who has been with the storied Black Eagle Jazz Band for over forty years! The Black Eagle Jazz Band has long been a New England staple and has played all around the globe. Stan will be talking about Black Eagle's upcoming concert, June 22nd, at The Amazing Things Art Center in Framingham. 

Bela Fleck

Date: 
Tuesday, June 19, 2012 - 10:30am
Program: 

Banjoist Béla Fleck, discusses his work with Chick Corea and those 11 Grammies and 27 nominations!

Nursery Song Swing

Date: 
Monday, June 18, 2012 - 6:00pm

The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra try their hand at another book of classics - these standards include "Chicken Rhythm," "Three Blind Mice" and "Liza Jane." Wynton and the orchestra give a big band twist to children classics. Guest soloist 16 year old Grace Kelly (alto saxophone), 17 year old Carl Majeau (tenor saxophone and clarinet) and 13 year old Jonathan Russell (violin) join Wynton on stage. The perfect way to end the school year and start the summer.

Sean Jones at the Detroit Jazz Festival

Date: 
Friday, June 15, 2012 - 6:00pm

The former Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra lead trumpeter -- now Artistic Director of the Pittsburgh and Cleveland Jazz Orchestras -- is a Professor at Oberlin College. From Detroit, JazzTimes's Mike Shanley notes Sean's "ferocity and joy... starting a solo at a subdued volume and gradually building in intensity until he and the audience are wailing in appreciation.

Roger Mitchell

Date: 
Tuesday, June 12, 2012 - 6:00pm
Program: 

Stage and film director Roger Michell (Notting Hill), discusses film scores effect on the rhythm of a movie and using his favorite Miles Davis tune in his productions.

McCoy Turner and Ravi Coltrane

Date: 
Monday, June 11, 2012 - 6:00pm

Pianist McCoy Tyner, who helped define the sound of the John Coltrane's Quartet, invites tenor saxophonist Ravi Coltrane to join his trio. They'll perform Tyner's own "Fly with the Wind," and "Blues on the Corner" and revisit John Coltrane's "Moment's Notice." Wendell Pierce hosts.

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