From its start in 1952, The Modern Jazz Quartet had a cool, understated style that belied its complexity. Pianist John Lewis, vibraphonist Milt Jackson, bassist Ray Brown and drummer Kenny Clarke combined classical music structures with the deep swing of jazz. The MJQ made vital music for over 40 years. Our quartet -- drummer Lewis Nash, pianist Kenny Barron, bassist Peter Washington and vibraphonist Steve Nelson - honors those late modern masters. Wendell Pierce hosts.
What do the violin, the kora, the accordion, the vibraphone and the vocoder have in common? Innovative jazz fiddler Regina Carter and vibraphonist Stefon Harris bring them all out to create a very contemporary sound at Dizzy's club. With kora player Yacouba Sissoko and accordionist Will Holshouser, MacArthur Fellow Regina Carter explores the music of Africa - from Ugandan Jewish songs to traditional music of Madagascar and Mali. Harris and his band Blackout find inspiration in the funk and soul sound of the 70s. Wendell Pierce hosts.
If painting is like music that exists in space, music is like a painting that exists in time. In the "House of Swing" Bill Frisell, Papo Vazquez, Doug Wamble and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra create musical portraits inspired by works of Romare Bearden, Stuart Davis, Piet Mondrian and more. An exciting mediation on the art of creation. Wendell Pierce hosts.
Harp virtuoso Edmar Castaneda draws from jazz, Afro-Cuban and Colombian joropo traditions to weave enchantment on the Rose Hall Stage. Famed Brazilian percussionist Airto Morera, who can make music on almost anything, leads our jazz Carnivale -- with Toninho Horta (guitar), Mark Egan (bass) and Kenny Werner (piano). Wendell Pierce hosts.
Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra romp through the Kansas City songbook of the Count Basie Band. Basie alum and saxophonist Frank Wess joins pianist Eldar Djangirov for "One O'clock Jump," "The Golden Bullet," "Moten Swing" and more. Wendell Pierce hosts.
Bobby McFerrin introduces a major work for a rhythmically-charged, internationally-cast, 22-vboice, improvising choir. McFerrin's sprawling work VOCAbuLarieS evokes African chant, gospel energy, Motown soul, minimalism and jazz polyphony - and this exhilarating performance also features a role for the Rose Theater audience. Wendell Pierce hosts
In the middle of the 20th century, the sound and soul of hard bop were captured in recordings by Milt Jackson, Dexter Gordon, Lou Donaldson, and Horace Silver on the Blue Note label: In the House of Swing, Singer Dianne Reeves and saxophonist Joe Lovano join the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra to honor the past and glimpse of the future of that label on its seventieth anniversary. Wendell Pierce hosts.
On Thursday we meet Sara Serpa. She studied classical music in her native Portugal before coming to the U. S. to enroll and Berklee and later NEC., also studying with Jerry Bergonzi and Dominique Eade. Join us this week on Jazz New England as we celebrate the future of jazz vocalists with two rising stars.
On Tuesday we welcome Tammy Scheffer . Born in Belgium and raised in Israel, she studied at NEC with the likes of Jerry Bergonzi and vocalist-supreme Dominique Eade before moving to Brooklyn to start her career. She's back in New England this week for a performance and stops by to join us on Jazz New England, Tuesday at 2 pm.
Ben Heppner is recognized worldwide as the finest dramatic tenor before the public today. He excels in the most challenging roles, from Wagner's Tristan and Lohengrin to Verdi's Otello and Berlioz' Aeneas. He is acclaimed in music capitals around the world for his beautiful voice, intelligent musicianship and sparkling dramatic sense. His performances on the opera stage, in concert with the world's leading orchestras, in the most prestigious recital venues, and in recordings have set new standards in his demanding repertoire.