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!
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.”
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.
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.
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.
Pianist Marcus Roberts re-imagines the work of Thelonious Monk with the 15 piece Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. Wendell Pierce hosts as our band members offer fresh arrangements of Monk's Epistrophy, Criss Cross, Blue Monk and more.
This Labor Day, enjoy a two hour special of live music performances from The Caramoor Center for Music and The Arts, a beautiful garden setting near Katanah, NY. Hosted by Rhonda Hamilton, the end of summer special will feature a variety of songs from The Cookers, Gretchen Parlato, Kenny Barron (in each hour), Dee Dee Bridgewater, and Roy Haynes. The show is a production of WGBO, who bring JazzSet to WICN every Friday! Send summer off on a high note, starting at 4 PM this Labor Day!