Vibraphonist and band leader Stefon Harris is one of the busiest musicians in jazz: he tours with his band Blackout and the SF Jazz Collective, teaches at NYU, and is an artist-in-residence at institutions across the U.S. He’s also a three-time Grammy nominee and six-time Best Mallet Player by the Jazz Journalist Association. Harris takes to his fiery vibes playing through a set of standards and his originals.
Conductor/composer David Berger recently turned his focus to the lesser known tunes of Harry Warren, and talked with Judy about why Warren inspires him, and why this great composer is less well-known than other contributors to the great American songbook.
Singer Dianne Reeves turns every note into an alluring story. In Jazz at Lincoln Center's Allen Room, she's joined by guitarist Peter Sprague, pianist Peter Martin, bassist Reuben Rogers and drummer Terreon Gully.
Benny Sharoni is our guest on this Tuesday's Jazz New England. He grew up in a kibbutz in Israel, fought with the Israeli Army in Lebanon and found his way to Boston and jazz. His background is as amazing as his talent on the horn and we'll hear both with Benny Sharoni when he visits Jazz New England Tuesday at 2 pm.
On this Jazz New England saxophonist, composer and educator Daniel Ian Smith phones in. This always busy jazzman has a couple of show coming up and will be soon heading in to the studio for more recording. Join us Monday at 2 pm as the man behind The New World Jazz Composers Octet & The Big and Phat Jazz Orchestra shares his music and insights.
The Sanskrit word Triveni translates as "the place where three sacred rivers meet. With Drew Gress and Eric Harland, bass and drums, trumpeter Avishai opens on Don Cherry's "Art Deco", tips his hat to Ornette Coleman and Charles Mingus, then welcomes his sister Anat on clarinet for the second half of a wonderful set.
Vocalist Whitney James studied musical theatre and opera before committing to jazz, and her theatrical background has served her well. Her acclaimed 2010 debut album, The Nature of Love, revealed a fully formed voice on a confident set of beloved standards. With host Jon Weber as accompanist, James brings her rich, full alto tone to tunes including “Tenderly” and “If You Could See Me Now.”
Take solace in the blues! Hammond B3 specialist Joey DeFrancesco and his trio are joined by a three hard-driving tenor sax players -- Vincent Herring, John Nugent and the late David "Fathead" Newman, in one of his last performances. They burn up the classics including 'Deep Blues,' 'My One and Only Love' and 'Speak Low.
Jazz-rock pioneer, guitarist Larry Coryell has drawn on musical styles beyond these two forms, throughout his career. He continues to be inspired by a wide array of influences, everything from Tolstoy to Buddism and discusses this, and the challenge of writing his first opera.
On Thursday Dr. Leonard Brown will visit. This Northeastern professor of African American Studies and Music is a world-class saxophonist and Coltrane expert. His Joyful Noise ensemble works this week and we'll hear about that a more on Thursday's Jazz New England.