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Whitney James

Date: 
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - 6:00pm

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.”

Joey DeFrancesco Trio

Date: 
Monday, March 12, 2012 - 6:00pm

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.

Larry Coryell

Date: 
Tuesday, March 13, 2012 - 6:00pm
Program: 

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.

Dr. Leonard Brown

Date: 
Thursday, March 8, 2012 - 2:00pm

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.

Zev Feldman

Date: 
Tuesday, March 6, 2012 - 2:00pm

On Tuesday the great Wes Montgomery would have been 89 years old. Resonance Records has just released some recently-discovered mid-1950's recordings from this guitar genius who's been gone for over 40 years. The project's producer, Zev Feldman, joins us Tuesday at 2 pm to discuss this historic release.

Jason Yeager

Date: 
Monday, March 5, 2012 - 4:00pm
Program: 

Monday old pal Jason Yeager will call in during the 4 o'clock hour. This former New Englander is now based in New York and will be performing this week in Boston. Hear all about that and more on Monday's Jazz Matinee.

Carol Sloane

Date: 
Monday, March 5, 2012 - 2:00pm

The lovely and the elegant Carol Sloane celebrates her birthday on Monday and she'll join us on the phone in the 3 o'clock hour to get us up to date. Always wonderful stories from one of the first ladies of song.

Michael Law

Date: 
Tuesday, March 6, 2012 - 6:00pm
Program: 

British singer/pianist finds the jazz feel in the music of Cole Porter and Noel Coward and especially sees a jazz-like timing in the humor of both.

Roy Haynes Fountain of Youth Band at the Kennedy Center

Date: 
Friday, March 9, 2012 - 6:00pm

Born March 13, 1925, Haynes worked with Lester Young, Charlie Parker, Sarah Vaughan and John Coltrane, and continues to set the pace on the drums to this day. "He's so loose-limbed, writes JazzSet producer Mark Schramm. "There's not a trace of strain in any part of his body. Whether he's playing softly with brushes, or swinging with his trademark ride cymbal rhythm, or leaning in and driving the group, it's all done as if he were dancing at the drums. With Jaleel Shaw, Martin Bejerano and David Wong as the youth.

Dominick Farinacci

Date: 
Wednesday, March 7, 2012 - 6:00pm

Trumpeter Dominick Farinacci has emerged as a young man whose versatile horn ranges from the soft and seductive to the rough and bluesy. His skills have earned him a headline spot with festivals worldwide and recording dates with a list of jazz legends; he’s also a composer with nine albums under his belt. Farinacci performs “Just One of Those Things” and his original tune, “Dawn of Goodbye.”

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