Tune in to Jazz Inspired as we celebrate George Wein, an American jazz promoter and producer who has been called "the most famous jazz impresario" and "the most important non-player... in jazz history". He is the founder of what is probably the best-known jazz festival in the United States, the Newport Jazz Festival, which is held every summer in Newport, Rhode Island. George Wein is also a pianist and has also performed at numerous jazz festivals and events including his own Newport Jazz Festival.
Join us as we showcase the live musical collaboration of Toots Thielemans and Kenny Werner, which has been described by critics as "Effortless Mastery." The harmonica - piano duo has been making waves in the Jazz world since they recorded an album together back in 2002. The romantic melodicism and nimble fills in Thielemans’s playing matched his equally by Werner's marvelous accompaniment. This is definetly not a one to miss, so tune in on Friday at 6pm!
On Tuesday's edition of Jazz New England we meet drummer, composer and bandleader Tim Horner. This Berklee grad hit the road with The Tommy Dorsey big band in 1978 and has been well established in New York since the early 80's. He's worked with just about every major figure in the world of jazz and has toured the globe as a "jazz ambassador" for the State Department. Tim's composing skill are on display in his latest recording "The Places We Feel Free." We'll heard from this new release when Tim Horner joins us Tuesday at 2 pm.
Join us, as we welcome our special guest, Kenny Hadley for a Sunday Jazz Matinee! Kenny will be playing several of his favorite records from his personal collection and speaking about his experiences with the musicians featured on his recordings.
Max Morath was born on October 1, 1926 in Colorodo Springs, Colorado. Though himself born after ragtime's decline, Max learned to play it from his mother who had been a professional ragtime pianist. He was a radio and TV-actor, writer, announcer and general entertainer before he devoted his career to ragtime. It was while playing the period music for off-fashioned melodramas in the West that he became fascinated by it, and soon began playing it in cabarets, as well as re searching every facet that he could find.
One month after playing on Miles Davis' landmark 'Kind of Blue,' John Coltrane stepped out from sideman duties to record his seminal 1959 album. Showcasing blistering solos and relentless energy, the album solidified 'Trane's' place as a leader. It is still a benchmark for musicians today. Our reedmen Ted Nash, Sherman Irby, Walter Blanding and George Garzone front this blowin' session that including 'Giant Steps,' 'Countdown' and "Naima." Wendell Pierce hosts.
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.