Why Jazz? A question a lot of us Jazzers get when asked about our passion for the music, it's history, and part in American and World Culture. NPR Jazz Critic and Author of the 2011 book "Why Jazz?" Kevin Whitehead will chat with us on The New Jazz Thing on Monday December 19, 2011 between 7:20 and 7:40 PM PT about that, the stories he covered and his favorites releases of 2011, and a look at what's coming up in for Jazz in 2012.
And here are some of Kevin's favorites for 2011...
2011 best (again & as ever, I’d rather list 10 good ones than try to rank them, so divide the points how you do. three are from the last century. in zedyxical order:) Craig Taborn, Avenging Angel, ECM Tyshawn Sorey, Oblique – I, Pi São Paulo Underground, Três Cabeças Loucuras, Cuneiform Michael Moore Quartet, Amsterdam, Ramboy Roscoe Mitchell, Before There Was Sound, Nessa Billy Hart, Sixty-Eight, SteepleChase Gigi Gryce, Doin’ the Gigi, Uptown Ran Blake/Dominique Eade, Whirlpool, Jazz Project Tim Berne, Insomnia, Clean Feed Ambrose Akinmusire, When the Heart Emerges Glistening, Blue Note
debut: Bryan Hooten, Richmond Love Call (Solo Trombone), Bryan Hooten
Latin: Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Faith, 5Passion
vocal: Ran Blake/Dominique Eade, Whirlpool, Jazz Project
reissues (no particular order): Julius Hemphill, Dogon A.D., International Phonograph FMP Im Rückblick - In Retrospect, FMP Modern Jazz Quartet, Atlantic Studio Recordings, Mosaic
One of the inventors of Funk, Fred Wesley, will be chatting with me Monday, December 19, 2011 6:40 PM PT on The New Jazz Thing! He will be playing December 30, 2011 with the Greyboy Allstars at the Belly Up Tavern, so we'll chat about that, "The Lost Album" of never before released music from The JB's and Fred, his Jazzy history (and there is LOTS of that with Count Basie's Orch, George Benson...), and more...really looking forward to it! Here are some funky good licks to wet your appetite!
Where's Fred! It's all on his blog...and there are some great pictures there too!
Fred's Allmusic.com Bio (by Jason Ankeny). And it's a short click away to his Discography, and Credits (where you see ALL the James Brown, Parliament-Funkadelic, Bootsy Collins, and lots more that Fred has played on). Wow!
An Interview with Pat Martino! The legendary Jazz guitarist made the first of his over 25 recordings as a leader in 1967 (El Hombre on Pretige), suffered a memory-erasing accident in 1980, and has climbed to the top of the Jazz charts with his new release "Undeniable".
Critical Jazz Review of "Undeniable": "Captured
at the top of his game in an incredible live set that shows that
despite the numerous physical set backs, the prodigious musical talents
of one of the very best at his craft hold up well over time.
Here's what's going down on The New Jazz Thing with Vince Outlaw, Monday, November 14, 2011...
Herb Alpert! (FB, @HerbAlpert) The legendary trumpeter, composer, and music executive will be on the show to chat about his appearance with wife Lani Hall, Friday, November 18, 2011 date at the Balboa Theatre. We'll also chat about how he came to form A&M records, the role of Jazz in his music, and more!
Live Music Guide Review of "I Feel You" (Kelsey Miller): Alpert and Hall’s romantic chemistry
transfers exceptionally onto the 15 tracks, with two of jazz music’s
finest presenting a fun yet calming, easy listening album. The release’s
many covers are presented in a new, fresh way and the original songs
prove exactly what makes both all-star jazz musicians just that in the
Jazz Week Jazz Album Chart Top 10 for 11/14/2011: The new list isn't even released yet, but you will get the info FIRST! Hint: There's a new #1 and at least one new album in the top 10 this week! Lots of 2011 familiars bumping each other around!
Vocalist Leonard Patton's new "Expressions" has been out a week, we heard a lot from it at Anthology in October, and now we get to chat about this new collaboration with the great Geoffrey Keezer at 7:20 PM PT on TNJT!
What a great way to spend Halloween...talking with Mark Dresser, a true innovator and pioneer in improvisational music and collaborative methods and technologies...a dream for a geek like me! In addition to the interview, here are a couple other bits about Telematics and the show this Wednesday, November 2, 2011 7PM at UCSD...
Here is Part 1 of a YouTube video of Mark and his collaborators preparing for and rehearsing a previous telematic performance event he chatted about in our interview, called Deep Tones for Peace...(and here's a link to a playlist of all three parts of Deep Tones For Peace)
Here's a video performance of Telemotions (a piece he also plays with Jen Shyu on "Synastry")...
Here's a performance by Mark Dresser and Jen Shyu...
Josh Nelson joins us by phone in Hour 1 to chat about his New "Discoveries", added last week. He also played with Allison Adams Tucker @Jazz88 OBMusicFest this past weekend and was wowing us all!
JOSH NELSON (FB)– “DISCOVERIES” (Pianist, leading a variety of configurations, doing all but one straight-ahead originals).
Critical Jazz: Cerebral
jazz? In an incredibly unique if not personal release, Nelson takes his
appreciation for the writings of Jules Verne among others and
transforms this literature into a conceptualized presentation of sonic
imagery that lives and breathes on its own. An incredibly thoughtful
organic pulse drives the forward motion of this sonic adventure with
great care and artistic touch. Nelson's
music is (for me) not Ipod friendly, no good jazz worth listening to
is. "Discoveries" contains intricate and involved interplay between
Nelson and his musical companions that is exciting, fresh and alive to
the point where mere headphones could not possibly transfer the musical
Tierney Sutton chats with us in Hour 2 of The New about her latest "American Road", also added last week 9/5/11.
TIERNEY SUTTON – “AMERICAN ROAD” (Female vocalist, doing a mix of show tunes, gospel and Americana).
Organic but deep rooted in tradition this exquisite release is perfect
from start to finish."...take on her own unique, slightly eclectic but
incredibly accessible spin
on the Great American Songbook thus releasing an almost instant
classic." Challenge Records: “We first started looking at an ‘America’-themed CD three or four years
ago,” says Sutton, whose vocal style has been described as “soft as silk
and smooth as fine bourbon” by the Chicago Sun Times. Circumstances led
the group in a different direction at the time, the result being 2009’s
Desire, which earned the group its third consecutive Grammy nomination
for Best Vocal Jazz Album.
But the concept that gave ultimately
gave rise to American Road stayed with Sutton and the band—Christian
Jacob (piano), Kevin Axt (acoustic and electric bass), Trey Henry
(acoustic and electric bass) and Ray Brinker (drums and
percussion)—until, having spent countless days and nights traveling
America’s roads and playing in her towns and cities, they were able to
finally bring it to fruition. All of the arrangements on American Road
were conceived by the entire band, which, said The New York Times, has
“refined the kind of rapport that could only be achieved over
time…providing a continuous flow of support, strength and inspiration.”
We'll also be following any news about San Diego's Joshua White who is one of 3 finalists for the Thelonious Monk Jazz Competition being performed, judged, and awarded TONIGHT in Washington DC. Go Joshua!!
A few notes for the show, Monday, September 5, 2011 6-8 PM PT...
The great bassist Ron Carter will be chatting about his new release "Great Big Band" in Hour 2 of The New! What an honor! We added the disc last week, August 29, 2011. Over 2,000 albums, 45 years recording, Miles Davis, Eric Dolphy, Lena Horne, James Brown, Bill Evans, Tribe Called Quest...and now his first big band album!
8-29-2011 Adds To The Jazz 88 Music Library including NEW Ron Carter Great Big Band (his first ever big band leader date), Claudia Roditi, University of North Texas Lab Band 2011, Ernie Watts, Kenny Werner w/Orch, and more!
Norman David of the Eleventet (great new disc added last week) interview in Hour 2
Cheryl Pyle, Jazz / Metal Flutist (give that a chance to roll around in your head) will be releasing her second disc of 2011 "Soul Dust" soon, so we'll chat with her about that and her earlier 2011 release Inside Dialogue
Tonight on the show... Ben Allison - The bassist's "Action Refraction" is already being called one of the top 10 of 2011. We'll be chatting with him about it in Hour 2 of The New! 2011-04-25 Adds To the Jazz 88 Music Library: Lots of great new music, seems that the progressive wing is alive and well this week: Matthew Shipp, Walt Weiskopf, Julian Lage...and lots more!!
Tonight, Monday March -28, 2011 6-8 PM PT on The New Jazz Thing on Jazz 88.3, we will be focusing on the benefits of KSDS San Diego, Jazz 88 to you, your community, and Jazz Music and providing you an opportunity to become a member or renew your membership and support of Jazz 88 during our Spring Membership Campaign. If you are a Jazz musician, educator, or just a previous supporter with a story to tell about how Jazz 88 and member-supported Public Jazz Radio has impacted your life, please post it on The New Jazz Thing's facebook page (http://Facebook.com/TheNewJazzThing), post a link/tweet on Twitter using #TNJT hashtag, or just send an email to VO@TheNewJazzThing.com and we'll try and share your experience with listeners during tonight's show.
The New Jazz Thing is LIVE 6-8 PM PT Monday, February 28, 2011 on Jazz 88.3 FM KSDS San Diego Webcast http://Jazz88.org!
Tonight on the show:
Rachel Z and Omar Hakim of Trio of OZ (check out some music clips there)! They will both be joining us via teleconference line to chat about their new release.
Noah Preminger has a new release "Before The Rain" out and we'll be chatting with him about it.
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Claudia Russell, Jazz 88 Program Director and friend extraordinaire, relates this news of the passing of Maurice Turner...
Many of you knew Maurice, a long-time contributor to Jazz 88. Not only
was he a member, but also programmed several world shows with Damaja Le
in the '90s and early '00s. He was a huge fan of jazz and music from
around the world and always encouraged our announcers. Maurice also
contributed to the Jazz Artists Guild newsletter.
Tonight on the show...Karin Carson debuts her new CD "The Time Is Now" on the show and chats about the upcoming release party 1/23/2010 at Tango Del Rey. We'll chat about her San Diego roots, her musical background, how the CD came about with all these great players, and her other musical pursuits.
UPDATE: Video of the interview...yea!!!
Part 1: Chatting about the new disc, Christian McBride, her Jazz upbringing, her interaction with Sam Rivers on her new lyrics to “Beatrice”, and more…
The New Jazz Thing is LIVE! Thursday, January 14, 6 to 8 PM PT on Jazz 88.3 FM, KSDS San Diego, Webcast at http://Jazz88.org! Quick Link: Jazz 88 Playlist Archive for Thursday, January 14, 2010 (scroll to 6PM to see the tunes spontaneously mixed on Tonight's show!)Tonight on the show...in Hour 2 of The New (7PM PT), XBORDER, the new collaboration between the Cross Border Trio of Jason Robinson, Rob Thorsen, and Paquito Villa with pianist/vibist Anthony Smith plays Dizzy's San Diego Friday, January 15, 2010, so we'll be chatting with some of the band and playing their music. Looking forward to digging some highly progressive and inventive Jazz and exploring the inspiration that comes to the band from the USA / Mexico border area. Coming...the New Jazz CDs pulled for tonight's spontaneously orchestrated show, the New This Week list of the lastest additions to the Jazz 88.3 Library, and more...