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“Wendell understands the art of swing. He grew up in the New Orleans, so that rhythm is in his heart and in his words.” - Wynton Marsalis
You can find photos, a bio, links to Wendell’s work on, and all you’ll need for program guides and web pages at www.jalc.org. We’ll still hear from Ed Bradley in our featured shows from the archive, and Wynton Marsalis on new shows from Rose Hall.
For 20 years, Jazz at Lincoln Center Radio has created its own definitive voice.
This winter, we're bringing the work of musicians who have broken the mold and reworked the sound of jazz.
27-Jun season XX #40 The Music of Fats Waller
A light-hearted entertainer and a very serious musician, Thomas ‘Fats’ Waller mastered the stride piano and wrote some of the jazz’s enduring, endearing tunes. Hear ‘Honeysuckle Rose,’ "Ain't Misbehavin” and “A Handful of Keys in the ‘hands’ of pianist Ehud Asherie, vocalist Allen Harris, and guitar master Doug Wamble under the direction of that multifarious fiddler and reedman Andy Farber. Wendell Pierce hosts.
4-Jul season XX- #41 Bobby McFerrin -- VOCAbuLarieS
Bobby McFerrin introduces a major work for a rhythmically-charged, internationally-cast, improvising choir. McFerrin’s sprawling work evokes African chant, gospel energy, Motown soul, minimalism and jazz polyphony -- and this exhilarating performance also features a role for the Rose Theater audience. Wendell Pierce hosts.
11-Jul season XX- #42 Father of the Mambo: The Music of Cachao Lopez‘Mambo,’ translated from Kikongo -the creole language of Cuba, means "conversation with the gods." Bassist Israel ‘Cachao’ Lopez enlightened the jazz world with the divine Afro-Cuban rhythms from his native Cuba. Our own bassist Carlos Henriquez uplifts the Rose Theater with the ultimate ‘discarga’ jam session in honor of the late ‘Cachao.’ Wendell Pierce hosts.
18-Jul season XX- #43 The Music of Sarah Vaughan
Brash vocals earned Sarah Vaughan’s the titles “Sassy” and “The Divine One.” Musical director and pianist Eric Reeds leads this celebration of her work through the glorious range of Jane Monheit and Mary Stallings’ sure swing. Wendell Pierce hosts
25-Jul season XX- #44 The Yellowjackets with Mike Stern
For over 25 years, The Yellowjackets -- saxophonist Bob Mintzer, pianist Russell Ferrante, bassist Jimmy Haslip and drummer Will Kennedy -- have combined jazz, rock and electronic instruments. Now, the sensational guitarist Mike Stern, veteran of Miles’ and Michael Brecker’s bands, joins the group to lead “Chromazone,” “I Wonder” and “Dreams Go.” Bob Mintzer brings forth soulful sax and the true wonders of the EWI (ee-wee). Wendell Pierce hosts.
1-Aug season XX- #45 NEA Jazz Masters Retrospective For thirty years, the NEA has gathered the masters of jazz to honor their own. Join us as we highlight these decades – including 2011 inductees Hubert Laws, David Liebman, Johnny Mandel, Orrin Keepnews, Ellis Marsalis and the Marsalis family -- in music and words. And we’ll hear from the creator of the Jazz Masters award A.B. Spellman.
Wendell Pierce hosts.
15-Aug season XX- #47 Basie and the Blues
Churning rhythms and unforgettable riffs - in the hands of William 'Count' Basie, caught the essence of Kansas City swing. The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with guitarist James Chirillo, pianist Cyrus Chestnut and vocalist Gregory Porter join the Jazz at Lincoln Center to make the Basie classics burn. Wendell Pierce hosts.
22-Aug season XX- #48 Artistry in Rhythm: Stan Kenton Centennial
The bandstand wasn’t big enough for Stan Kenton’s musical ideas. His big brassy sound brought dozens of musicians to the stage including a “mellophonium” section and great West Coast innovators including Bill Holman, Anita O’Day and Jazz Master Lee Konitz. Konitz joins the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra for this Kenton celebration. Wendell Pierce hosts.
29-Aug season XX- #49 The Music of Billy Strayhorn
Duke Ellington described him as “my right arm, my left arm, all the eyes in the back of my head” -- composer Billy Strayhorn penned some of Duke’s most enduring songs, but himself remained in relative obscurity. Vocalist Jose James and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra interpret Strayhorn classics including Lush Life, Take the “A” Train and Something to Live For. Wendell Pierce hosts.
5-Sept season XX- #50 Joe Lovano and Us 5
Saxophonist Joe Lovano is one of the foremost improvisers in jazz today and propels his double-drummer quintet -- Us Five – into a polyrhythmic conversation and weaves inspired solos in the Allen Room. Us Five features Joe Lovano (saxophone), GRAMMY® winner Esperanza Spalding (bass), James Weldon (piano), Peter Slavov (bass), Otis Brown III (drums) and Francisco Mela (drums), plus special guests Lionel Loueke (guitar) and Judi Silvano (vocals). Wendell Pierce hosts.
12-Sept season XX- #51 Ali Jackson with Yes! Trio and Warren Wolf GroupDrummer Ali Jackson and vibraphonist Warren Wolf -- each born into a musical family – absorbed jazz from their childhoods. Jackson occupies the hot seat with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and his own Yes! Trio; multi-instrumentalist Wolf studied with John Locke and became an in-demand sideman and leader. They each bring small groups to the House of Swing for a contemporary percussive double bill. Wendell Pierce hosts.
19-Sept season XX- #52 The Music Bud Powell and Earl HinesThe story of the modern jazz piano can be heard in the hands of Earl “Fatha” Hines and Earl “Bud” Powell. Hines worked with Louis Armstrong and brought a new dimension from ragtime; Powell’s inventive, emotional soloing brought the piano into the bebop era. Pianist Marcus Roberts and his nonet take us through theses innovators of piano with songs such as "Bubbling Over" and "Dance of the Infidels." Wendell Pierce hosts.
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