Airs Thursday, April 12 at 8:00 p.m. The music of George Gershwin played on piano by Sebastian Knauer as written on the page, and by jazz pianist Marcus Roberts improvisationally. Performed at the Lucas Theatre for the Arts during Savannah Music Festival. While it is often said that George Gershwin was ahead of his time, the fact remains that he created music in his time, and at his time. On this episode, hear a range of piano music performed at a concert during the Savannah Music Festival called "Gershwin Songbook." The program included both popular songs and concertos, some of it played as written on the sheet music by classical pianist Sebastian Knauer, and other works improvised on the spot by jazz pianist Marcus Roberts.
Airs Monday, April 9 at 9:00 p.m. Some of the magical moments that WWOZ recorded during the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in 2011. We spend the whole hour in the Jazz tent listening to ensembles visiting the city (Stefon Harris, Anat Cohen) as well as some hard-hitting local musicians (Baritone Bliss, Derek Douget, Stanton Moore Trio, New Orleans Klezmer) who take it to a place only possible in New Orleans.
Airs Thursday, April 5 at 8:00 p.m. In this episode, we listen to Wynton Marsalis leading the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra at the Lucas Theatre for the Arts. During the mid-1990's, trumpeter and bandleader Wynton Marsalis was leading his septet, one of the most artistically and commercially successful jazz bands of its time. When he became the full-time artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center in 1995, he essentially folded his septet into the resident orchestra, allowing him the artistic palate with which to paint the entire range and history of jazz while still offering up new and original work. In this episode, we listen to Wynton Marsalis lead the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra through this 2009 recording.
Airs Tuesday, April 3 at 9:00 p.m. Randy Weston has long nurtured a pan-African outlook in his life and music, having spent years living in Morocco and studying traditions from throughout the continent. And when you're 85, as he is, "long" means from the bebop era to the present day. He remains a distinctive and imposing piano stylist, and his African Rhythms Trio closes the Quad stage on the first day of the 2011 Newport Jazz Festival.
Airs Thursday, March 29 at 8:00 p.m. In music, an arrangement is the art of preparing and adapting an already written composition for presentation in other than its original form. In this episode, we listen to one of the finest jazz orchestras in our time performing a variety of great arrangements. Under the direction of Wynton Marsalis, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra has nearly twenty years of recording and on the road experience. Their Spring 2007 tour brought them to the Savannah Music Festival, where they played this program of both classic and new arrangements.