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Frank Foster and Songs of Romance

Date: 
Monday, October 1, 2012 - 6:00pm

We remember the late tenorman, composer and Basie alum Frank Foster in this one of his last performances with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. Singers Dennis Rowland and Marlena Shaw guest on Black Coffee, Perdido, and Foster's own classic Cecilia is Love. Wendell Pierce hosts.

Cyrus Chestnut, Russell Malone, and Christian McBride: Three in One

Date: 
Monday, September 24, 2012 - 6:00pm

From the stage of Dizzy's Club Coca Cola, we hear three keepers of the jazz flame - each with his own ensemble. Pianist Cyrus Chestnut, guitarist Russell Malone and bassist Christian McBride form an all-star rhythm roll call. Wendell Pierce hosts.

Otis Redding

Date: 
Monday, September 17, 2012 - 7:00pm
Program: 

Soul singers don't get any better than the "Big O." His tragic
death at age 26 cut short the life of an artist who was just
reaching his prime. Also known as "The King of Soul" Otis
released his first record for Stax in 1964. Join host Tom
Shaker as we celebrate the life and music of one of soul's most
emotional and powerful voices. It all starts at 7pm!

Whitney James

Date: 
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 - 6:00pm

Vocalist Whitney James studied musical theatre and opera before committing to jazz, and her theatrical background has served her well. Her acclaimed 2010 debut album, The Nature of Love, revealed a fully formed voice on a confident set of beloved standards. With host Jon Weber as accompanist, James brings her rich, full alto tone to tunes including “Tenderly” and “If You Could See Me Now.”

Jacqui Naylor

Date: 
Tuesday, September 11, 2012 - 6:00pm
Program: 

Singer/Songwriter Jaqui Naylor combines pop and jazz in what she calls “acoustic smashing”.

Chucho Valdes and The Afro Cuban Jazz Messengers

Date: 
Monday, September 17, 2012 - 6:00pm

Cuban pianist Chucho Valdes is today's ultimate jazz ambassador - from deep Afro-Cuban roots and improvisational jazz mastery, he creates a sophisticated style all his own. For their first stateside performance in seven years, Valdes brings his Afro Cuban Messengers to the Allen Room. Wendell Pierce hosts.

Bobby McFerrin: VOCAbuLaries

Date: 
Monday, September 10, 2012 - 6:00pm

McFerrin fills the stage at the Rose Theater with his composition for a rhythmically charged, internationally cast, 48-voice choir. This sprawling work evokes African chants, gospel energy, Motown soul, minimalism and jazz polyphony. The exhilarating performance also features a role for the Rose Theater audience. Wendell Pierce hosts.

James Farm at the Bean Town Jazz Festival

Date: 
Friday, September 21, 2012 - 6:00pm

Everyone in this band composes for the band -- Joshua Redman, Aaron Parks, Matt Penman and Eric Harland in Boston. Sponsored by Berklee College of Music and recorded by WGBH.

Branford Marsalis Quartet at Napa Valley Opera House

Date: 
Friday, September 14, 2012 - 6:00pm

JazzSet's original host has a new CD, Four MF's Playin Tunes, on Marsalis Music.The New York Times' Nate Chinen writes, "... the album is a knockout: hard nosed and hyperacute, tradition minded but modern, defined by the high-wire grace of [Branford's] working band," onstage in California, in Surround Sound on JazzSet.

Neil deGrasse Tyson

Date: 
Tuesday, September 4, 2012 - 6:00pm
Program: 

Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist and director of the Hayden Planetarium in NYC, discusses his love of blues and the connection between science and music.

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