They met in New Orleans’ performing-arts high school, became Donald Harrison’s rhythm section as teenagers and have now released their first album. The precociously mature collective plays original music — and a few acknowledgements — in a live performance.
The clarinetist Don Byron has a way of homing in on an artist’s legacy and transforming it with intelligence and adventure. He takes on the bluesy music of Southern gospel pioneer Thomas Dorsey with his New Gospel Trio in concert. A precociously mature young band from New Orleans opens.
The whole keyboard was Miller’s canvas. His left hand could stride and swing with great authority, and when the two hands got together, he sent the train down the tracks. Hear music from WBGO’s 25th-anniversary party, the Detroit Jazz Festival and the Kennedy Center Jazz Club.
Among the vestment racks, satchel purveyors and art galleries of New York’s SoHo neighborhood lies a small merchant which peddles preserved insects, skulls, bones and other geological findings. Unnerved — well, mostly — the improvising harpist generates a Caribbean bounce amid the glass cases.
The bassist has made the rounds with some of the best jazz musicians in the world, including Wynton Marsalis and Herbie Hancock. But for McBride, staying in the swing of things means reaching audiences. Guest host Celeste Headlee speaks with McBride about his new album, People Music.
Self-taught and enterprising, Tucker contributed to plenty of great jazz recordings as a sideman in New York and Los Angeles. But the log of his discography barely begins to describe the legacy he left behind in his adopted hometown of Savannah, Ga.