JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater

Sunday afternoons at 3pm
Dee Dee Bridgewater

Dee Dee Bridgewater brings you an hour of invigorating live performances from various jazz artists from around the world.

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Thu June 16, 2011

Randy Weston On JazzSet

Originally published on Thu August 1, 2013 11:39 am

Abdullah El Gourd (with the guembri) and Randy Weston.
Junenoire Mitchell/junenoirephotography.com Courtesy French Institute Alliance Française, New York

Randy Weston was born in Brooklyn in 1926, and the late Ray Bryant was born in Philadelphia in 1931. (Scroll down the page to hear the late Bryant performing solo in the 1980s.) Together in New York City in the 1960s, the two pianists demonstrated the history of jazz in 40 elementary schools. They organized the Afro-American Musicians' Society with an Eastern Seaboard Conference at a Harlem church. As speakers, they brought in the labor organizer A.

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Thu May 26, 2011

Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke, Lenny White On JazzSet

Originally published on Thu May 17, 2012 11:10 am

The 52nd Monterey Jazz Festival in the fall of 2009 helped kick off the return of Return to Forever, the stellar fusion band from the 1970s — now a trio with Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke and Lenny White on piano, bass and drums, respectively.

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Thu May 19, 2011

Danilo Perez, Poncho Sanchez On JazzSet

Danilo Perez.
Bill Bytsura Courtesy of the artist

The 2011 Encuentro! Latin Jazz Festival at NJPAC takes place Oct. 29, and JazzSet will be there for Omar Sosa and the Gonzalez Brothers.

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Thu April 14, 2011

Renee Rosnes Quartet On JazzSet

Renee Rosnes performs at the Village Vanguard.
John Rogers for NPR johnrogersnyc.com

In her 20s, Vancouver's Renee Rosnes received a Canada Council of the Arts grant to study jazz in the U.S. High-profile artists such as Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and Joe Henderson (to name a few) gave her high-powered support. Blue Note Records signed and kept her on the label for more than a decade.

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Thu March 24, 2011

'Two Skirts And A Shirt' On JazzSet

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 9:39 am

Left to right: Rene Marie, Allan Harris and Carla Cook.
Courtesy of Pat Harris

After a sweetly harmonized "Tryin' Times" from 1970 by Donny Hathaway and a rocking version of "Compared to What" by Gene McDaniels ("The president, he got his war / Folks don't know just what it's for"), Rene Marie pauses to ask two questions: "Do you remember when it was not unusual for jazz composers to write about social issues? What happened?" There's a pause, and then Carla Cook says off-mic, "The '80s." The audience hears her and laughs.

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Thu February 24, 2011

FFEAR Premieres 'Mirage' On JazzSet

Originally published on Thu November 24, 2011 2:52 pm

Norwegian saxophonist Ole Mathisen and trombonist Chris Washburne, who met as students in Boston 25 years ago, work at the front line of the quartet FFEAR. Ole's brother Per Mathisen plays bass alongside drummer Tony Moreno in this Oct. 23, 2010, performance at Miller Theatre at New York's Columbia University, where all but Per teach.

The centerpiece is Ole Mathisen's five-part suite Mirage, for which he layers rhythmic grids and uses microtonal harmony to create an orchestration that sounds greater than a quartet. Be not afraid!

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Thu November 11, 2010

Mario Pavone And Orange Double Tenor On JazzSet

Originally published on Thu January 5, 2012 3:17 pm

On a Sunday afternoon during their honeymoon in November 1961, Mario Pavone and his bride Mary drove from Connecticut to New York, to a club date that would be documented on a pivotal album. John Coltrane: Live at the Village Vanguard featured the saxophonist's expanding group with Eric Dolphy on bass clarinet, with music so powerful that Pavone — an aspiring bassist — could not let it go. When Coltrane died in July 1967, Pavone made his move. He quit his job and drove again to New York, to the funeral.

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Thu May 27, 2010

Christian McBride And Inside Straight On JazzSet

Rhonda Hamilton, guest-hosting for Dee Dee Bridgewater, is onstage at the 30th annual Detroit International Jazz Festival. She introduces Christian McBride as "the premier bass player of his generation." All in the huge Motor City crowd cheer for that.

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Thu January 7, 2010

Kenny Barron On JazzSet

Originally published on Thu July 25, 2013 2:12 pm

Kenny Barron.
Carol Friedman

When the National Endowment for the Arts informed Kenny Barron that he'd been named a Jazz Master — that's the highest honor in jazz that the nation bestows — "I was elated and surprised," Barron says. "And then I kept thinking, 'Damn, am I really this old?' "

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