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Russell Malone At The KC Jazz Club

Date: 
Friday, June 8, 2012 - 6:00pm

In his current guitar/bass/drums trio -- "not having the piano there taking up all that space," Russell says -- Malone lets the music breathe into his full, round, rich tone. This is not to say that he doesn't play exuberantly. He uses his most amazing chops to serve the songs. The up tempo tunes swing, the ballads melt.

Andrew Hart-Adler

Date: 
Tuesday, June 5, 2012 - 6:00pm
Program: 

Painter discusses his father lyricist Richard Adler (“Pajama Game” and “Damn Yankees”) and his own choice to take his rich musical background as inspiration for a life as a painter rather than a musician.

The Yellowjackets with Mike Stern

Date: 
Monday, June 4, 2012 - 6:00pm

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 and discerning guitarist Mike Stern, veteran of Miles and Michael Brecker 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.

Alexis Cuadrado: A Lorca Soundscape at 92YTribeca

Date: 
Friday, June 1, 2012 - 6:00pm

The bassist came to New York from Barcelona, earned his Master's in Jazz Performance at Queens College, and co-founded the Brooklyn Jazz Underground collective. "A Lorca Soundscape reflects on Federico García Lorca (1898-1936) of Granada, who visited the U.S. and wrote Poeta en Nueva York (A Poet in New York) about the time. Claudia Acuña and Miguel Zenón are performers.

Billy Joel

Date: 
Tuesday, May 29, 2012 - 6:00pm
Program: 

Musician Billy Joel discusses his studies with jazz great Lennie Tristano and how jazz influences his own music.

The Music of Fats Waller

Date: 
Monday, May 28, 2012 - 6:00pm

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 composer, arranger and reedman Andy Farber. Wendell Pierce hosts.

Pianist Bob Baldwin

Date: 
Saturday, May 26, 2012 - 4:00pm
Program: 

Catch Colors of Jazz as host Bonnie Johnson speaks with Contemporary/Smooth Jazz Pianist Bob Baldwin. Baldwin is an advocate of the arts and recently released the book "You Better Ask Somebody". With 17 discs released to date, Bonnie will discuss his long career in music that fuses jazz, gospel and R&B. Bob Baldwin will be appearing at Pearl Restaurant in Providence, RI Sunday, May 27 at 8 PM. Tickets are $35 at the door, $30 in advance. See http://www.pearlrestaurantri.com for details.

Corea, Clarke and White: Return to Forever at the Monterey Jazz Festival

Date: 
Friday, May 25, 2012 - 6:00pm

The trio won this year's Grammy Award for Best Jazz Instrumental Album for Return to Forever, Chick Corea won an individual Grammy for Best Jazz Solo, and we have a magnificent live festival performance from their tour, in Surround Sound.

Scott Hamilton

Date: 
Tuesday, May 22, 2012 - 6:00pm
Program: 

Tenor sax great Scott Hamilton discusses his new CD with Duke Robillard and his perspective as an American jazz musician living in Europe.

Bird with Strings

Date: 
Monday, May 21, 2012 - 6:00pm

In 1949, Charlie Parker envisioned an album that would link jazz to pop and influence artists yet to come. His legendary venture with strings has done just that. Charlie Parker with Strings set his searching solos against a lush string quartet. Bird lives as we feature saxophonists Wess Anderson and Charles McPherson and the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas. Wendell Pierce hosts.

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