Five highly accomplished young players survived a year of ongoing competition. One will emerge with the Cole Porter Fellowship and $50,000. To conclude the rigorous finals, on this night at The Athenaeum in Indianapolis, each young man accompanies the great Dee Dee Bridgewater. High stakes produce spell-binding music.
Dee Dee Bridgewater and Janis Siegel sing the Ella Fitzgerald songbook, with a chart or two from the Fitzgerald collection at the Library of Congress and the Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band, for one concert only at the Kennedy Center and now on JazzSet.
Dee Dee Bridgewater and altoist Grace Kelly (in her teens) join pianist Geri Allen, bassist Esperanza Spalding and drummer Terri Lyne Carrington, first for music by Mary Lou Williams (1910-1981), then for awesome jamming on "Cotton Tail and "All Blues, only on JazzSet.
Burton's longtime duet partner Chick Corea, his discovery Julian Lage, and a dozen other players celebrate with a golden anniversary concert for the "divine (as the College President calls him) vibraphonist. Also in September, JazzSet celebrates 10 years with its divine host, Dee Dee Bridgewater, who sings.
The young Hot Club of Detroit thrives on -- and updates -- Django-style swing. Gary Smulyan Remembers Detroit's great baritone man Pepper Adams with Barry Harris, the kepper of the bebop flame, on piano.
2011 marks 50 years since the Bill Evans Trio's landmark dates at the Village Vanguard. Bassist Eddie Gomez joined Evans' group a few years after, and the 11-year partnership yielded three Grammy wins. He has also worked with other heavyweights including Miles Davis, Chick Corea, Benny Goodman, and Herbie Hancock. He joins McPartland for "Turn Out The Stars and "Stella By Starlight."
Jazz violinist Regina Carter is one of today's most original and daring musicians. Classically trained, Carter grew up in Detroit, where she absorbed all of the music that Motown had to offer. In 2010, she released the critically acclaimed album Reverse Thread, an exploration of the rhythms and instruments of the African Diaspora. Carter brings her stellar technique and infectious energy to bear when she joins McPartland for "Chattanooga Choo Choo" and "In A Sentimental Mood".