Toast Of The Nation
Jan 2, 2013 — The New Year's Eve party at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola featured two institutions of New York jazz: the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and the Nighthawks. They count down to midnight with their interpretations of Louis Armstrong's monumental Hot Fives recordings.
Jan 2, 2013 — An impromptu bongo beat became a full-on tribute to James Brown, and suddenly a band had an all-new repertoire. A powerful and versatile vocalist, Alexander and her Evolution Arkestra address the legacies of Jimi Hendrix and the Godfather of Soul from the South Side of the city.
Jan 2, 2013 — The legendary trumpeter, now 92, was in good spirits and excellent form as 1989 became 1990. In this archival Toast of the Nation concert, he leads a band featuring his long-time friend, saxophonist Red Holloway, in a program of Ellingtonia and other favorites.
Jan 2, 2013 — The eclectic electric guitarist left college about 40 years ago, and judging from the success of his career to date, it wasn't a bad decision. Berklee welcomes Scofield back to perform new tunes and old repertoire from his raucous, electronic-infused Überjam songbook.
May 30, 2012 — In his native Puerto Rico, a jazz drummer found that his friends — pleneros, rappers and saxophonists alike — could all get down to Fela Kuti. So in New York, Cole assembled an 11-piece band to locate the African heart of Caribbean party music.
Jan 2, 2013 — The large jazz orchestra, brassy and slick, powers through Goodwin's charts from the main stage of the historic jazz festival, celebrating its 55th year. Included is a performance of the Grammy-winning arrangement for George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue."
Dec 31, 2012 — On New Year's Eve, NPR Music and WBGO present a live jazz broadcast from venues coast to coast. Wynton Marsalis, Dee Alexander and John Scofield are scheduled to perform; plus, hear concerts from Chicago, New York and the Monterey Jazz Festival.
Jan 1, 2012 — The young guitarist and composer switches up the script by calling top sidemen Eric Harland (drums) and Larry Grenadier (bass) for a New Year's Eve party at his alma mater. Saxophonist Dan Blake, a member of Lage's regular band, also stopped by.
Jan 1, 2012 — The pianist and composer is a winner of three Grammy Awards and tours the world leading a chamber ensemble which combines his jazz and classical experience. But the Los-Angeles-based pianist rung in 2012 with good friends in his hometown.
Jan 1, 2012 — By necessity, the early jazz pioneers knew how to make music for revelers. So it made sense that Marsalis put the tunes of Jelly Roll Morton and King Oliver on the bill for the New Year's Eve bash of Jazz at Lincoln Center.