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Max Morath

Date: 
Tuesday, October 18, 2011 - 6:00pm
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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.

John Coltrane - The Breakthrough: Giant Steps

Date: 
Monday, December 5, 2011 - 6:00pm

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. 

Music of the Modern Jazz Quartet

Date: 
Monday, November 28, 2011 - 6:00pm

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.

Regina Carter with Reverse Thread and Stefon Harris with Blackout

Date: 
Monday, November 21, 2011 - 6:00pm

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. 

Jazz and Art II

Date: 
Monday, November 14, 2011 - 6:00pm

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. 

Airto and Edmar Casteneda

Date: 
Monday, November 7, 2011 - 6:00pm

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.

Kansas City: K.C. and The Count

Date: 
Monday, October 31, 2011 - 6:00pm

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

Date: 
Monday, October 24, 2011 - 6:00pm

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

Seventy Years of Blue Note: Hard Bop and Beyond

Date: 
Monday, October 17, 2011 - 6:00pm

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. 

Sara Serpa

Date: 
Thursday, October 13, 2011 - 2:00pm

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.

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