In the 1960s - as rock music was changing the pop world - saxophonist Cannonball Adderley, pianist Horace Silver and drummer Art Blakey drew bebop, rhythm and blues, and gospel into a powerful small-group sound. Alto saxophonist Wess "Warmdaddy " Anderson and drummer Kenny Washington lead inspired sets in tribute to their soulful predecessors.
The author of The Boston Jazz Chronicles: Faces, Places and Nightlife 1937-1962, Richard Vacca, will be with Al Dean on The Sunday Jazz Matinee on July 8th. Richard is a Boston based technical writer, editor, amateur historian and regular presenter on the topic of Boston jazz and nightclubs. He spent 7 years researching and assembling these chronicles.
This will be an informative afternoon discussing the nightclubs and musicians of this time and we will be playing the music from the era from 1937-1962 from Dick's personal collection.
The VJO has played 45 years of Monday nights here, in a rarely interrupted run. Dee Dee Bridgewater sang with the original iteration, the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra. In February, NPR Music webcast the VJO Live at the Village Vanguard. We have more from that night, including Thad Jones's "My Centennial."
At first blush, this Jamaican pianist seems an unlikely leader to honor a "king" and a "chairman of the board." But Monty Alexander discovered jazz at a Nat King Cole concert and played his first New York gig at Sinatra's old haunt called 'Jilly's'. Alexander offers fresh, inventive readings on "Sweet Lorraine," "Come Fly with Me" and more -- with vocalists James DeFrances and Allan Harris. Wendell Pierce hosts.
Abbey's musical daughters sing her songbook: "Bird Alone and "It's Supposed To Be Love (Reeves), "Wholly Earth and "Another World (Bridgewater), "Throw It Away and "Talking to the Sun (Wilson), "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou, and "Freedom Day from We Insist: Max Roach's Freedom Now Suite. Grammy Award winner Terri Lyne Carrington leads the band.
This Friday on Jazz Matinee, host Ed Gardella will be interviewing trombonist Stan Vincent, who has been with the storied Black Eagle Jazz Band for over forty years! The Black Eagle Jazz Band has long been a New England staple and has played all around the globe. Stan will be talking about Black Eagle's upcoming concert, June 22nd, at The Amazing Things Art Center in Framingham.
The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra try their hand at another book of classics - these standards include "Chicken Rhythm," "Three Blind Mice" and "Liza Jane." Wynton and the orchestra give a big band twist to children classics. Guest soloist 16 year old Grace Kelly (alto saxophone), 17 year old Carl Majeau (tenor saxophone and clarinet) and 13 year old Jonathan Russell (violin) join Wynton on stage. The perfect way to end the school year and start the summer.