The West Indies meet West Harlem when Jamaican-born pianist Monty Alexander and the Harlem-Kingston Express make a stop at the House of Swing. Alexander brings his disparate worlds and singular voice to explore the new 'Calypso bebop' - called "mento". He's joined by drummer Herlin Riley and bassist Hassan Shukar.
Virtuoso pianist and composer Hiromi Uehara began her classical studies at age 6. Today she is an in-demand jazz pianist able to play stride at blinding speed with deadly accuracy. More than a novelty, she is also a thoughtful, impressionistic composer. Hiromi’s mega chops are on display in this week’s session with host Jon Weber.
It's poetry and Jazz on Thursday's Jazz New England. Former U. S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky returns to the WICN studio, this time pairing his prose with the piano styles of Grammy winner Laurence Hobgood, the man behind the award-winning Kurt Elling sound. These two have been collaborating recently, will perform in New England this week and are sure to bring a little pizzazz to Jazz New England. Join us Thursday at 2 pm.
After visiting Ethiopia in 2004 and 2011, the adventurous E/O (together since 1985) now improvises in the modes and rhythms of the country's music, on this multi-part suite. As an appetizer, Gershon adapts songs by Nerses Nalbandian, an Armenian who left a strong imprint on Ethiopian music. Thanks to Chamber Music America's New Jazz Works program, funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.
The angular sounds of Thelonious Monk connect with the clave of the Afro-Cuban rhythms. Pianist Danilo Perez tells the story of Monk through his own Panamanian roots. Hear 'Round Midnight' and 'Bright Mississippi' through a new set of ears.
Chris Dingman is one of a small group of elite musicians keeping the role of vibraphonist/leader alive in jazz today. He cut his teeth at the Thelonious Monk Institute, and his album Waking Dreams was a surprise hit of summer 2011. Dingman performs his original tune, “Zanetta,” and duets with Weber on “Manhattan Bridge” and “Dolphin Dance.”
Ava Astaire McKenzie grew up surrounded by creativity. She draws on this experience lecturing around the world about her father Fred, and has expressed her own creativity in her book “At Home In Ireland” Cooking and Entertaining with Ava Astaire McKenzie. Ava talked with Judy about her life-long love of jazz and the influence jazz had on her father.
This Wednesday, Joe Zupan invites music teachers to perform on Jazz New England. Join us at 2 pm when Pakachoag Music School instructors Curtis Smith and Nike Beaudry perform the music of Gershwin for clarinet and piano. The performance will be followed by an interview with Executive Director, Sarah Smongeski. We'll enjoy some classic music and learn about the good things going on at Pakachoag. Be sure to tune in Wednesday at 2 for Jazz New England.
This is a must listen this weekend on Bonnie Johnson's Color's of Jazz program. Bonnie will be interviewing the living legend, Hugh Masekela. The South African trumpeter and singer has toured across the globe, won a Grammy, and had several number one singles. In addition to the success of his musical voice, he is a legend for his activism and work to end apartheid in his native South Africa.