[JPL] WBGO Jazz Festival in April

Grey Johnson GJohnson at wbgo.org
Tue Mar 20 20:18:45 EDT 2007

For Immediate Release

March 20, 2007

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WBGO Jazz Festival

April Brings National Jazz Appreciation Month and WBGO's  28th Birthday


Celebration includes 

4 free jazz concerts for kids, 

10 live concert broadcasts -- Regina Carter, Kurt Elling, Roberta
Gambarini, Kenny Garrett, Nicholas Payton, and more 


WBGO celebrates its 28th birthday all through Jazz Appreciation Month
with its own jazz festival on air and online, and plenty of other gifts
for its audience. Known as the nation's flagship jazz station, WBGO
usually broadcasts at least two live concerts a month, for Jazz
Appreciation Month it will broadcast ten. In festival style, WBGO
listeners can get a taste of stars, veterans, newcomers and
up-and-comers all for free, all by just tuning in to Jazz88.3 FM and


Climaxing the month, from the WBGO Performance Studio in Newark, student
ensembles from five top NY/NJ jazz programs present five straight days
of live music broadcasts, April 23 - 27 at 2 p.m. Throughout the month,
Saturdays are for the WBGO Free Kids Jazz Series in various venues in
the broadcast listening area. 


The wide range of live jazz broadcasts continues on WBGO's own national
in-concert series, JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater, syndicated through
NPR to over 100 public radio stations nationwide.  JazzSet's broadcasts
in this special month, on WBGO Sundays at 6p.m and Wednesdays at
6:30p.m., include a set from the talented new pianist Daniela Schaechter
at the Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival at the Kennedy Center in
Washington, DC;  the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz 20th Anniversary
Concert, with Herbie Hancock; and saxophonist James Carter's singular
tribute to Don Byas from the North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam.


Here is the complete schedule of WBGO Jazz Festival events:


          Live Broadcasts On the Radio

April 6       Regina Carter from American Museum of Natural History

We kick off with the one of the latest recipients of the MacArthur
Foundation's genius grant - jazz violinist Regina Carter. For her
critically acclaimed release Paganini: After a Dream, Carter pursued her
dream of  being both the first African American and the  first jazz
violinist to play on the legendary Guarneri del Gesu violin owned by
classical music virtuoso and composer Nicolo Paganini.  Carter's
inspiration for her new CD came from the passing of her mother Grace
Carter.  The album plays tribute to music from her mother's heyday, the
1920's -1940's. 


April 12     Henry Butler Live from Baryshnikov Arts Center

Butler is a New Orleans legend.  He is a pianist, composer, arranger,
vocalist, teacher and photographer who has been blind since birth. But
that hasn't stopped him from pursing his love of music and sharing it
with audiences and budding musicians.  The virtuosic pianist is also a
schooled vocalist, an expressive composer and a fierce performer who can
play with as much passion as a soloist as he can with a band. He can't
be pigeonholed as blues, jazz, or even rock & roll, though he performs
all three genres with impeccable taste, depth of understanding and


April 17     Kurt Elling from J&R Music and Computer World 

This Chicago jazz baritone is a major draw wherever he appears. Elling
almost single-handedly has brought jazz vocalese (the writing of lyrics
to instrumental jazz tunes) to a new level. His lyrics often draw from
various types of literature.  He has added lyrics to jazz solos  by
Keith Jarrett, Pat Metheny, Wayne Shorter and others.  "Jazz musicians
tell stories in a well-made solo," says Elling. "This is another way to
amplify the storytelling of a soloist. It's a way to help to give the
story more meaning." In 2006, Elling won The Down Beat magazine readers
poll for male vocalist of the year for the third time.


April 22     Roberta Gambarini live performance on Singers Unlimited  

Gambarini is a jazz star on the rise. Born in Torino, Italy, she was
introduced to jazz through her parents.  Her parents made it possible
for the young girl to hear various jazz artists' un-translated albums
and by the time she reached her teens, she was singing and performing
jazz music locally. Gambarini's multi-octave range combined with her
Italian accent, gives her scatting a flavorful zing. This year,
Gambarini received a Grammy nomination as Best Female Jazz Vocalist.
Easy to Love, her first CD recorded in the U.S., shows her distinctive
jazz, American style.  


April 23 - 27      College Jazz Festival 

April 23 - New Jersey City University  

April 24 - William Paterson University

April 25 -  New School

April 26 - Queens College

April 27 - SUNY Purchase Jazz 


Last  year, WBGO began a Jazz Appreciation Month tradition-showcasing
five school ensembles rife with emerging jazz talent. Tune in to the
second annual College Jazz Festival on Afternoon Jazz with Michael
Bourne. You'll hear where jazz is going. 


April 28     Kenny Garrett and Nicholas Payton from NJPAC

We end April with a great jazz doubleheader! First, Grammy-nominated
saxophonist Kenny Garrett. Garrett just released his CD The Great Wall
inspired by a 3-week visit to China in December 2005. Without words,
Garrett powerfully recounts a spiritual as well as geographical journey
to the Great Wall. Then Payton's most recent CD, Dear Louis, has him
channelling the essence of Louis Armstrong's music. This 27 year-old
trumpeter reinvents twelve Armstrong tunes that span a 40 year chunk of
Armstrong's career. 


4 Free Kids Concerts - Saturdays at 12:30p.m 

April 14     New Orleans Jazz Orchestra at NJPAC, Newark

A powerhouse orchestra from the first city of jazz to share New Orleans'
rich musical heritage with young people.  This orchestra is NJPAC's
repertory jazz ensemble. 


April 21     James McBride at Montclair Art Museum 

Writer and saxophonist whose book The Color of Water spent two years on
the NY Times bestseller list, shares the gift of music and literature by
Riffin' and Ponitificatin' with young people across the country. Their
stop in Montclair will be pure fun, pure inspiration, pure  jazz.


April 28     Roni-Ben Hur at Newark Museum

Guitarist, composer, arranger, teacher and author performs bop and Latin
along with an interactive presentation on Ella Fitzgerald featuring his
wife, vocalist Amy London.


May 5        Eddie Allen and Salongo at the Apollo Theatre, Harlem

Trumpeter Eddie Allen's Salongo is a seven-piece Afro-Cuban/Brazilian
group that combines the rhythmic driving concepts of conguero legend
Mongo Santamaria, the rhythms of Brazil, the commercial appeal of
Santana and the driving elements and harmonic concepts of jazz!


JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater in April


Apr. 4        Kennedy Center Women in Jazz Presents Daniela Schaechter

Schaechter, from Italy, won the 2005 Mary Lou Williams Jazz Piano
Competition. On her confident, impressive debut set at the Women in Jazz
Festival, Terri Lyne Carrington plays drums; Oleg Osenkov, bass; and
Alex Sipiagin, trumpet.

Apr. 11      Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz 20th Anniversary Concert

For two decades, the Monk Institute has run the world's most prestigious
jazz competition. We hear two finalists at the 2006 International Piano
Competition --- Tigran Hamasyan, from Gyumri, Armenia, and Gerald
Clayton from Los Angeles. The celebratory All-Star Concert follows with
Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Joshua Redman, Patti Austin and Stevie
Wonder playing "Midnight Sun" at the Kennedy Center.  

Apr. 18      James Carter Tribute to Don Byas with the Jazzorchestra of
the Concertgebouw at North Sea Jazz

In the early swing era, tenor saxophonist Byas (1912-72) played with
Lionel Hampton and Don Redman's big bands. He succeeded Lester Young in
the Basie Band, and -- no moldy fig -- jammed with Dizzy Gillespie. Gary
Giddins wrote that Byas "accomplished both the tenderest warmth and the
most strident sting." That makes James Carter ideal for a high-energy
Byas night. 


Apr. 25      Marvin Stamm at Utah State University

For trumpeter Stamm, leading this quartet with Bill Mays, Rufus Reid and
Ed Soph "is a pinnacle because these are the guys with whom I want to
play; they are my choice!" When newly graduated from North Texas State,
Stamm worked for Stan Kenton, Woody Herman, Thad Jones/Mel Lewis, Frank
Sinatra and Benny Goodman, before centering on his own jazz and,
ultimately, this group.     


May 2         North Sea Highlights - New Orleans to Netherlands

New Orleans music lived large at 2006 festivals including the great
North Sea in Rotterdam where  we open with the Neville Brothers. Then
Europe's biggest Latin group, the 18-piece Cubop City Big Band, presents
a Vocal Explosion with Lilian Vieira from Brazil, Izaline Calister from
Curacao, and Yma America from Venezuela. Leader Lucas van Merwijk plays
drums. A tremendous show!


Grey Johnson
Marketing Manager
WBGO Jazz88.3FM
973-624-8880 ext. 268
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