The former Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra lead trumpeter -- now Artistic Director of the Pittsburgh and Cleveland Jazz Orchestras -- is a Professor at Oberlin College. From Detroit, JazzTimes's Mike Shanley notes Sean's "ferocity and joy... starting a solo at a subdued volume and gradually building in intensity until he and the audience are wailing in appreciation.
Pianist McCoy Tyner, who helped define the sound of the John Coltrane's Quartet, invites tenor saxophonist Ravi Coltrane to join his trio. They'll perform Tyner's own "Fly with the Wind," and "Blues on the Corner" and revisit John Coltrane's "Moment's Notice." Wendell Pierce hosts.
In his current guitar/bass/drums trio -- "not having the piano there taking up all that space," Russell says -- Malone lets the music breathe into his full, round, rich tone. This is not to say that he doesn't play exuberantly. He uses his most amazing chops to serve the songs. The up tempo tunes swing, the ballads melt.
Painter discusses his father lyricist Richard Adler (“Pajama Game” and “Damn Yankees”) and his own choice to take his rich musical background as inspiration for a life as a painter rather than a musician.
For over 25 years, The Yellowjackets -- saxophonist Bob Mintzer, pianist Russell Ferrante, bassist Jimmy Haslip and drummer Will Kennedy -- have combined jazz, rock and electronic instruments. Now, the sensational and discerning guitarist Mike Stern, veteran of Miles and Michael Brecker bands, joins the group to lead "Chromazone," "I Wonder" and "Dreams Go." Bob Mintzer brings forth soulful sax and the true wonders of the EWI (ee-wee). Wendell Pierce hosts.
The bassist came to New York from Barcelona, earned his Master's in Jazz Performance at Queens College, and co-founded the Brooklyn Jazz Underground collective. "A Lorca Soundscape reflects on Federico García Lorca (1898-1936) of Granada, who visited the U.S. and wrote Poeta en Nueva York (A Poet in New York) about the time. Claudia Acuña and Miguel Zenón are performers.
A light-hearted entertainer and a very serious musician, Thomas 'Fats' Waller mastered the stride piano and wrote some of the jazz's enduring, endearing tunes. Hear 'Honeysuckle Rose,' "Ain't Misbehavin" and "A Handful of Keys in the 'hands' of pianist Ehud Asherie, vocalist Allen Harris, and guitar master Doug Wamble under the direction of composer, arranger and reedman Andy Farber. Wendell Pierce hosts.
Catch Colors of Jazz as host Bonnie Johnson speaks with Contemporary/Smooth Jazz Pianist Bob Baldwin. Baldwin is an advocate of the arts and recently released the book "You Better Ask Somebody". With 17 discs released to date, Bonnie will discuss his long career in music that fuses jazz, gospel and R&B. Bob Baldwin will be appearing at Pearl Restaurant in Providence, RI Sunday, May 27 at 8 PM. Tickets are $35 at the door, $30 in advance. See http://www.pearlrestaurantri.com for details.
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