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.
Airs Tuesday, March 27 at 9:00 p.m. His bloodline alone makes him something of a prince of jazz. But his legendary father died when he was a toddler, and Ravi Coltrane blazed his own trail on the tenor saxophone; indeed, his ideas about composition and flow and tone sound most at home with his own generation of improvisers. His quartet has developed a new set of repertoire for a new album in the works. We get a good midterm progress report from the Harbor Stage at the 2011 Newport Jazz Festival. Recorded live at the Newport Jazz Festival on Sunday, August 7.
Airs Thursday, March 22, at 8 p.m. Eric Reed is a powerful, daring and elegant pianist who was blessed with perfect pitch and a desire to play piano for audiences. As a child prodigy raised in the Baptist church, he eventually found his true calling in performing ballads, blues and 4/4 swing, and has since become one of the finest instrumentalists in jazz today. This episode features Reed in a variety of performances at the Savannah Music Festival.
Airs Tuesday, March 20 at 9:00 p.m. Lately, the alto saxophonist Miguel Zenón has been listening to some of his parents' favorite music. That is, he's adapted a handful of classic popular songs from his native Puerto Rico for his jazz quartet. And on his forthcoming album Alma Adentro, he even contracted his friend Guillermo Klein to write backing arrangements for a 10-piece woodwind section. Lush and verdant — like the tropical isle which inspired them — the charts see a rare public performance at Newport's central Quad Stage. Recorded live at the Newport Jazz Festival on Sunday, August 7.
Airs Thursday, March 15 at 8:00 p.m. Listen to one of the greatest living exponents of boogie woogie piano, octogenarian Bob Seeley playing at the Charles H. Morris Center during the 2009 Savannah Music Festival. The sound of a train rolling down the tracks has long served as the metaphor for American musical styles rooted in the blues. One such style was created especially on the piano and it's known as boogie woogie. Tune in to this episode to hear one of the genre's greatest living exponents, the 80-year old Bob Seeley. Having studied under Meade Lux Lewis, one of the kings of boogie woogie piano, Seeley's playing style is virtuosic, creative and showcases a very powerful left hand.