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.
The members of this SF Jazz Collective are some of the greatest innovators on the scene today - Dave Douglas (trumpet), Robin Eubanks (trombone), Eric Harland (drums), Joe Lovano (tenor sax), Matt Penman (bass), Renee Rosnes (piano) and Miguel Zenon (alto sax). They come together in the Allen Room for a brilliant musical conversation. The collective will showcase their own compositions and fresh arrangements of pianist McCoy Tyner.
On Thursday drummer, vocalist and band leader Rico Barr drops by. His band The Jump 'n' Jive Review, is one of New England's premier dance bands. Join us Thursday at 2pm for a swinging edition of Jazz New England.
One of our favorite ladies returns to Jazz New England Tuesday. Grace Kelly is as busy as ever. She recently recorded a live CD and DVD and later this month will perform with superstar Chris Botti! Be with us Tuesday at 2 on Jazz New England when 'rising star' Grace Kelly visits.
In her continuing project Reverse Thread, MacArthur Fellow Regina Carter weaves a group sound from African melodies on her violin with accordion, the harp-like kora, bass and drums. The group interprets music from Mali and Madagascar and dedicates a piece to New Orleans. Will Holshouser, Yacouba Sissoko, Chris Lightcap and Alvester Garnett are the band. NPR Music calls this set from Newport "a bright, vibrant show.