Jazz Stories http://wrti.org en The 2013 Jazz Scene: In Review http://wrti.org/post/2013-jazz-scene-review <p>This has been a swinging year, and a healthy one for jazz in these parts. The Kimmel Center is upping its commitment to jazz (see details below), non-profits like Jazz Bridge and The Jazz Sanctuary are presenting almost 100 concerts per season, museums have hosted jazz programs, mini-jazz fests are popping up all over, new and old jazz jam sessions are doing above average business, and restaurants and clubs that never used live music of any kind are now booking jazz. Destinations like The Prime Rib and Sullivan’s maintain a policy of booking jazz pianists seven nights a week. Tue, 24 Dec 2013 13:58:16 +0000 Bruce Klauber 6843 at http://wrti.org The 2013 Jazz Scene: In Review The July Jazz Scene http://wrti.org/post/july-jazz-scene <p><strong>Ed Shaughnessy: </strong>1929-2013. In all probability, the percussion world will never see the likes of an Ed Shaughnessy again.&nbsp; Shaughnessy, who died in May at the age of 84, was astonishing in his versatility, having played with everyone from Charlie Mingus and Count Basie to Ray Charles and Jimi Hendrix.&nbsp; And he was comfortable with them all.&nbsp; &nbsp;<br> Fri, 05 Jul 2013 16:29:15 +0000 Bruce H. Klauber 6165 at http://wrti.org The July Jazz Scene The Artistic Evolution of The Legendary Tony Bennett http://wrti.org/post/artistic-evolution-legendary-tony-bennett <p>Tony Bennett has been at this for a while. But he is still as enthusiastic—or maybe even more enthusiastic—about jazz, jazz musicians and singing than when I first met him in 1970. I was but a wee lad back then, playing drums in Philadelphia with sax great Charlie Ventura. One evening, the great jazz pianist—John Bunch—newly-appointed Musical Director for Tony Bennett and former Ventura cohort in the Gene Krupa jazz quartet, walked in after his Bennett gig and wanted to sit in. I’ll never forget it.</p> Wed, 03 Jul 2013 16:22:01 +0000 Bruce H. Klauber 6151 at http://wrti.org The Artistic Evolution of The Legendary Tony Bennett BP! http://wrti.org/post/bp Wed, 03 Oct 2012 11:42:27 +0000 WRTI Staff 4528 at http://wrti.org BP! Wynton Marsalis Group: Live in Concert http://wrti.org/post/wynton-marsalis-group-live-concert <p>The world-renowned trumpeter leads the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra in the music of Jelly Roll Morton and King Oliver on New Year's Eve.<br /><br />It's an hour and a half of New Orleans Ragtime jazz!--From NPR Music<br /><a href="//www.npr.org/event/music/144532094/wynton-marsalis-group-live-in-concert" target="_blank">Listen to the Concert Here </a><br /><br /></p> Tue, 03 Jan 2012 15:44:00 +0000 2685 at http://wrti.org Wynton Marsalis Group: Live in Concert Christian McBride: Tackling Two Sides Of Jazz At Once http://wrti.org/post/christian-mcbride-tackling-two-sides-jazz-once <p>In jazz, to be a bassist usually means playing in someone else's band. The bassist-as-bandleader is a fairly rare thing, with the torch being passed over the years from Charles Mingus to Ron Carter...and now to Philadelphia-born Christian McBride.<br /><br /></p> <p>Not yet 40, McBride has become one of the most prolific performers in jazz. He's just released two new albums, each representing completely different takes on the form.--from NPR</p> Sun, 11 Dec 2011 19:13:00 +0000 2672 at http://wrti.org Christian McBride: Tackling Two Sides Of Jazz At Once Jazz Up Close: Benny Golson on December 11 http://wrti.org/post/jazz-close-benny-golson-december-11 <p>Join Maureen Malloy from 6 to 8 pm for the second installment of the Jazz Up Close series from the Kimmel Center, celebrating "Killer Joe" himself, Benny Golson. Philadelphia-born Golson is known worldwide as a true jazz innovator - as a sax player and as a composer. He's also the only living artist to create eight jazz standards.</p> Wed, 07 Dec 2011 21:33:00 +0000 2670 at http://wrti.org Jazz Up Close: Benny Golson on December 11 It's Dave Brubeck All Night: December 6th to 7th http://wrti.org/post/its-dave-brubeck-all-night-december-6th-7th <p>Join WRTI as we celebrate 91 years of Dave Brubeck! The birthday festivities kick off at 6 pm with Bob Perkins as he plays some of Brubeck's true classics, and some lesser-known (yet still magnificent) works. At 9 pm, Maureen Malloy will bring you Brubeck's live recordings, selections from performances with his sons, and other music from his sons' band, The Brubeck Brothers. The music of this groundbreaking pianist/composer will continue until 6 am.<br /><br /></p> <p><b>During this special night, be sure to visit our website, right here at wrti.org, to <a href="https://secure.publicbroadcasting.net/wrti/Contest/form.pledgemain">enter our BRUBECK ALL-NIGHT CONTEST.</a></b><br /><br /></p> Mon, 28 Nov 2011 20:24:00 +0000 2652 at http://wrti.org It's Dave Brubeck All Night: December 6th to 7th LISTEN: An American Jazz Diva Plays French Chanteuse http://wrti.org/post/listen-american-jazz-diva-plays-french-chanteuse <p>The voice of jazz singer Stacey Kent has been compared to the taste of vermouth and the compositions of Erik Satie. Described as an irrepressible gamine, she's an American from New Jersey who now splits her time between Colorado and London. Kent's latest album springs from yet another national backdrop: France, where she's enjoyed particular fame and success. She sings the songs on <i>Raconte-Moi</i> entirely in French, trading between standards and a few new ones written just for her.--from NPR</p> Fri, 11 Nov 2011 20:52:00 +0000 2553 at http://wrti.org LISTEN: An American Jazz Diva Plays French Chanteuse Five Hauntingly Hip Sides For Your Jazz Halloween http://wrti.org/post/five-hauntingly-hip-sides-your-jazz-halloween <p>Even if you're not into the trick-or-treat bag and have permanently had your fill of candy corn, you might dig the grave sounds of some wickedly good music. Here are five sides to help you light your jazz-o'-lantern with an otherworldly glow.--from NPR</p><p><br /><a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/ablogsupreme/2011/10/27/141719722/five-hauntingly-hip-sides-for-your-jazz-halloween" target="_blank">Read and Listen Here</a></p> Wed, 26 Oct 2011 15:17:00 +0000 2637 at http://wrti.org Five Hauntingly Hip Sides For Your Jazz Halloween