At the piano, Randy Weston's knees come up as high as the keys. He is a tall man with a deep sound on his instrument of 70 years. For him jazz is not a genre. It's spirit. It's home, celebrated in music from the opening "African Rhythms to his long-time theme, "Love, the Mystery Of.
Guitarist Yotam from Tel Aviv made a great first impression at the Kennedy Center in the sold-out Ella! concert (as broadcast on JazzSet). Now he is touring worldwide with pianist Monty Alexander. Yotam's friend Roy Assaf on piano is a graduate of Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead training at the Kennedy Center.
Born October 3, 1923, in Chicago, "Vonski is a founder of the Chicago School of jazz tenor saxophonists, cited by the National Endowment for the Arts. "With his individual sound, at once husky and melodic, he makes every song his own. And he does, at the Green Mill with fellow tenor Ed Petersen, New Year's Eve 2010, on JazzSet
Billie Holiday (born Eleanora Fagan, April 7, 1915 – July 17, 1959) was an American jazz singer and songwriter. Nicknamed "Lady Day" by her friend and musical partner Lester Young, Holiday had a seminal influence on jazz and pop singing. Her vocal style, strongly inspired by jazz instrumentalists, pioneered a new way of manipulating phrasing and tempo.
RTF IV: Driven by the powerful engine of Chick Corea's keyboards, Stanley Clarke's bass and Lenny White's drums, along with bandleader legend and Mahavishnu Orchestra alum Jean-Luc Ponty on violin and fiery-fingered guitarist Frank Gambale — one word: EPIC.
Joining host Joe Zupan on Thursday promoting the RTF IV tour is Lenny White.
"The King of Treme" Shannon Powell is an American jazz and New Orleans jazz virtuoso drummer. He has toured internationally and played with Ellis Marsalis, Danny Barker, Willie Metcalf Jr., Branford Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis & the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Diana Krall, Earl King, Dr. John, Marcus Roberts, John Scofield, Jason Marsalis, Leroy Jones, Nicholas Payton, and Donald Harrison Jr..
Vocalist and composer Tammy Scheffer makes her WICN debut this week on Jazz New England. Born in Belgium and raised in Israel, Tammy studied at NEC with the likes of Jerry Bergonzi and 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.