Jazz

You know how some older "legacy" artists program their concerts like a greatest-hits collection? Duke Ellington did some of that as he was getting older — people wanted to hear the Maestro lead "Satin Doll" and "Mood Indigo," after all — but he never stopped writing new music, either. And his late works didn't stop pushing his own boundaries.

Eric Perkins: The Freedom Sounds

Jul 9, 2015

June is National Black Music Month. WVAS-FM celebrated by producing a series of live jazz every evening in the month. We closed out our series The Freedom Sounds - Live Jazz featuring Eric Perkins performing live outside the Alumni House on the campus of Alabama State University. 

The Freedom Sounds - Live Jazz is produced by Milton Shirdan in the studios of WVAS-FM on the campus of Alabama State University.

Sam Williams & Bobby Morgan: The Freedom Sounds

Jul 9, 2015

June is National Black Music Month. WVAS-FM celebrated by producing a series of live jazz every Monday evening in the month. Sam Williams and Bobby Morgan performed live in our studios for week four of National Black Music Month.

Al's Hot Sauce: The Freedom Sounds

Jul 9, 2015

June is National Black Music Month. WVAS-FM celebrated by producing a series of live jazz every Monday evening in the month. Al's Hot Sauce performed live in our studios for week three of National Black Music Month.

Belle Monique & Sam Williams: The Freedom Sounds

Jul 9, 2015

June is National Black Music Month. WVAS-FM celebrated by producing a series of live jazz every Monday evening in the month. Belle Monique and Sam Williams appeared live in our studios for week two of National Black Music Month.

Soon Music Studio: The Freedom Sounds

Jul 9, 2015

June is National Black Music Month. WVAS-FM celebrated by producing a series of live jazz every Monday evening in the month. Soon Music Productions opened our series The Freedom Sounds - Live Jazz from the studios of WVAS-FM. 

In 1969, Nina Simone told Ebony Magazine, "I hope the day comes when I will be able to sing more love songs, when the need is not quite so urgent to sing protest songs. But for now, I don't mind."

Dwike Mitchell On Piano Jazz

Jul 3, 2015

Pianist Dwike Mitchell (1930-2013) joined bassist and French-horn soloist Willie Ruff in 1955 to form the Mitchell-Ruff Duo, which created a stir in New York nightclubs and around the globe as they gained recognition for their elegant sound.

On this 1989 episode of Piano Jazz, Mitchell demonstrates his formidable technique, touch and feeling in "Lush Life," and he and host Marian McPartland form their own duo to perform "Don't Worry 'Bout Me."

Each June 21, the one-day Make Music New York festival (MMNY) celebrates not just sound but community. It's a summer solstice gathering of the tribes for music makers and music lovers alike, with more than 1200 outdoor concerts across the five boroughs running from morning till night.

Jimmy Greene Remembers A 'Beautiful Life'

Jun 30, 2015

Saxophonist Jimmy Greene's newest album, Beautiful Life, is dedicated to the memory of his 6-year-old daughter. Ana Márquez-Greene was killed in the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Greene paid tribute to his daughter by composing and arranging a genre-spanning album to reflect the way she lived.

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