April has been designated as Jazz Appreciation Month and Public Radio Music Month. WVAS-FM has scheduled several special features to air throughout the month.
On April 12th tune in for a one hour special saluting Herbie Hancock on his birthday during Jazz at Nite.
Friday, April 13th has been designated as Jazz Day In America. Join WVAS-FM for a very lunchtime concert featuring Jilla Webb and Kurt McKinney with special guests The E.D. Nixon Elementary School Choir broadcast live from 12:00 until 1:00PM .
Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 10:32 am
The pioneering pianist Thelonious Monk left behind a treasure trove of compositions. Onstage at the KC Jazz Club at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., a current jazz treasure is here to play some of the best. Benny Green is on piano with Peter Washington on bass and Kenny Washington on drums.
JazzSet returns to the 2011 Newport Jazz Festival for performances from two complementary bandleaders on the main Fort Adams stage: violinist Regina Carter and trumpeter Wynton Marsalis.
Regina Carter started playing violin as a 4-year-old Suzuki method student in Detroit, and later played in school and community orchestras. After attending the New England Conservatory of Music, she chose jazz as her primary direction. JazzSet first presented her from the 1995 Telluride Jazz Festival — on a stage in the mountains, playing into the open air.
Shirley Scott was born on March 14, 1934. Join Milton Shirdan on Jazz at Nite this Wednesday evening for a very special musical salute to Shirley Scott during the 9:00 hour. Exclusively on 90.7 WVAS-FM.
Anat Cohen leads the Anzic Orchestra (Anat + music = Anzic), and Anzic opens this JazzSet by letting "Samba de Orfeu" morph into "Struttin' With Some Barbecue." Cohen loves both Brazilian and New Orleans music, and connects them with ease. "Struttin'" features the trumpet section one man at a time, concluding with Avishai Cohen. Later in the show, Anat will be back.
Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 10:25 am
Kevin Eubanks (briefly) and saxophonist Bill Pierce (in the mid 1980s) both played in Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, the two-generation-spanning band that is so very important in jazz from 1950s through the '80s. Now Pierce chairs the Woodwinds Department at Berklee College.
Eubanks and Marvin Smith were in TheTonight Show band together for 15 years, with guitar riffs and rim shots for Jay Leno Monday through Friday. "Smitty" brought Los Angeles bassist Rene Camacho into this group.