Chris Dingman is one of a small group of elite musicians keeping the role of vibraphonist/leader alive in jazz today. He cut his teeth at the Thelonious Monk Institute, and his album Waking Dreams was a surprise hit of summer 2011. Dingman performs his original tune, “Zanetta,” and duets with Weber on “Manhattan Bridge” and “Dolphin Dance.”
The vibrant sound of Latin Jazz was not just the folk process. In the decade between 1946 and 1956, Dizzy Gillespie, Mario Bauza, Chano Pozo, and 'Mambo King' Tito Puente brought this irresistible mix to the world. Wendell Pierce hosts as bassist Carlos Henriquez leads the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with conguero Giovanni Hidalogo and drummer Ignacio Berroa in these Jazz Latin classics, including 'Manteca,' 'Ran Kan Kan,' 'Oye Como Va' and more.
A fourth-generation Cuban musician now in New York, Formell and his group Johnny's Dream Club (named for a long-ago jazz spot) create a haunting, floating musical poem. Hear guitar from Havana with shades of New Orleans and Spanish lyrics. Guest Harvey Wainapel on clarinet.
His first jazz love is Miles Davis: this past July, trumpeter Alegría and his band lead a ten-day musical tour of Perú. If by chance you couldn't make it to Perú, you can still hear their music on this JazzSet, followed by two-time Grammy nominee, pianist Gerald Clayton (son of bassist John).
In the hands of 'Count' Bill Basie, churning rhythms and unforgettable riffs helped define Kansas City swing. Now, guitarist James Chirillo, pianist Cyrus Chestnut and vocalist Gregory Porter join the Jazz at Lincoln Center to make the Basie classics burn. Wendell Pierce hosts.
Sachal Vasandani is already earning critical acclaim as the next great male jazz vocalist. And today’s listeners agree—his 2011 album, Hi-Fly, shot straight to the number one spot on the iTunes jazz chart. Vasandani also penned some of the tunes on the album. On this week’s program, he swings on a set of standards and originals with host Jon Weber.
Brazilian vocalist Luciana Souza has made a home in both the bossa nova and jazz traditions -- and even within the works of ee cummings and Pablo Neruda. Her acrobatic inflections are punctuated by percussionist Cyro Baptista and guitarist Romero Lubambo.
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