Maria Schneider says trumpeter Gabriel Alegria from Lima "is creating a sound that few people have heard, with instrumentation that includes a cajon and the jaw of a donkey. Pianist Clayton has a great flow plus humor on "Trapped In A Dream and Dizzy's "Con Alma.
Benny Carter should be considered among the greatest jazz alto saxists of the swing era alongside Johnny Hodges. More than merely a giant of jazz saxophone, Benny Carter was a composer and arranger, skilled clarinetist and gifted trumpet player, and an exceptionally versatile, talented musician active for more than three quarters of a century.
As a saxist his significance was teaching the alto saxophone to sing. His signature sound was smooth, flowing and graceful -- displaying ease, confidence and a clear sense of direction when soloing. It’s my impression that alto sax can be a very difficult instrument on which to develop a rich, pleasing tone, but Carter succeeded brilliantly. He had impeccable phrasing giving each note full value, even in rapid arpeggios and runs, exquisitely balancing taste, technique, freshness and emotion while making it all look easy.
Guitarist, singer, and songwriter Jerry Garcia was best known as a founding member of the Grateful Dead, the rock band for which he served as de facto leader for 30 years, 1965-1995. Concurrently for much of that time, he also led his own Jerry Garcia Band, and he performed and recorded in a variety of configurations and a variety of styles, particularly styles of folk and country music, sometimes switching to banjo or pedal steel guitar for the purpose. Garcia also formed a jazz-oriented group called Reconstruction that included Merle Saunders, was part of bluegrass band Old & In The Way, and performed old-timey acoustic music with David Grisman.
Jerome John Garcia, named after the show tune composer Jerome Kern, was born August 1, 1942, in San Francisco, CA, and died on August 9, 1995.
Pianist Jason Moran had a banner year in 2010. He was awarded a highly coveted "genius award from the MacArthur Foundation, and his trio Bandwagon's album Ten topped the JazzTimes Critics' Poll. On this 2002 session, Moran performs his tune "Ravel/States of Art, and joins McPartland for a duet of "Bemsha Swing".
Has psychiatry lost its way? DR. DANIEL CARLAT, on the faculty of the Tufts Medical School, believes psychiatry has become too much about prescribing meds and less about sitting and carefully listening to the patient. Many doctors are over prescribing drugs and giving meds to patients who might be better off merely discussing their problems. Furthermore, the drug companies have far too much influence on which drugs doctors give to their patients. Tune in tonight for an honest assessment of the current state of psychiatry from a doctor in the field. Dr. Carlat’s revealing book is titled UNHINGED: THE TROUBLE WITH PSYCHIATRY-A DOCTOR’S REVELATIONS ABOUT A PROFESSION IN CRISIS.
“When Facebook washed up on the shores of Trinidad, it felt as though someone in the United States, who had never heard of the place, had unwittingly invented an instrument that is the purest expression of Trinidadian culture.” Writes DANIEL MILLER, Professor of Anthropology at University College, London. His new book TALES FROM FACEBOOK examines how the new social media interacts and affects the complex culture of the people of Trinidad and Tobago. It some ways, Facebook , or Fasbook as Trinidadians call it, reinforces certain cultural values of community, but at the same time Fasbook also contributes to very particular notion of chaos or “baccahnal.” Tune in for some fascinating insights into how the new social media is interpreted used by other cultures.
Steve Allen (December 26, 1921 – October 30, 2000) was an American television personality, musician, actor, comedian, and writer. Though he got his start in radio, Allen is best-known for his television career. He first gained national attention as a guest host on Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts. He graduated to become the first host of The Tonight Show, where he was instrumental in innovating the concept of the television talk show. Thereafter, he hosted numerous game and variety shows, including The Steve Allen Show, I've Got a Secret, The New Steve Allen Show, and was a regular panel member on CBS' "What's My Line"?
Allen was a "creditable" pianist, and a prolific composer, having penned over 14,000 songs, one of which was recorded by Perry Como and Margaret Whiting, others by Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme, Les Brown, and Gloria Lynne. Allen won a Grammy award in 1963 for best jazz composition, with his song The Gravy Waltz. His vast number of songs have never been equaled, however; singer/songwriter Julian Barry is said to have written over 5000 compositions. Allen wrote more than 50 books and has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Vocalist and composer Tammy Scheffer makes her WICN debut this week on Jazz New England. Born in Belgium and raised in Israel, Tammy studied at NEC with the likes of Jerry Bergonzi and Dominique Eade before moving to Brooklyn to start her career. She's back in New England this week for a performance and stops by to join us on Jazz New England, Tuesday at 2 pm.
Scientology often describes itself as “the fastest growing religion in the world”. But this is difficult for an outsider to confirm as it is also a very secretive religion. Reporter, writer and editor JANET REITMAN has spent five years researching the history, beliefs and organization of Scientology and has written a fascinating book on what she discovered: INSIDE SCIENTOLOGY: THE STORY OF AMERICA’S MOST SECRETIVE RELIGION. Tune in tonight and learn about Scientology’s beginnings with L. Ron Hubbard’s Dianetics and how those beliefs grew into the massive organized religion known as Scientology.
Be brash! Jump in and join us when Freddy Cole and Ernestine Anderson romp through "Chattanooga Choo-Choo, Take the A Train and In the Mood with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and Wynton Marsalis Guaranteed to cure the blues.Awilda Rivera hosts.