The Mayerson Master Artists Series in association with Jazz Alive will be presenting a master class for the jazz department at the School for Creative & Performing Arts (SCPA) by renowned bassist and jazz educator, Christian McBride, on Friday, April 28 from 2:00 to 4:00 PM.
Christian McBride is a renowned jazz musician and NPR host and contributor who will be performing with his trio as part of Xavier University's Jazz/Swing Series on April 28.
He joins our Ron Esposito by phone to preview that concert, talk about his Jazz House Kids program, and a video of a duet he did with fellow bassist Lynn Seaton that's popular on YouTube.
The clarinet is Anat Cohen’s traveling companion. With it, Cohen has visited many worlds, both geographic and musical.
Cohen is a native of Israel. The country has a great jazz scene, she says. But one particular scene is evidently not enough for her. In 1999 Cohen moved to New York, where she leads bands and operates her Anzic Records label.
The Bad Plus is a perfect Jazz trio for the 21st century. The members honor the best of musical tradition, while also embracing the spirit of progressive, changing times. On 'It’s Hard,' the band reworks songs by everyone from TV on the Radio to Barry Manilow.
The Bad Plus is a next-level cover band. Or they’re not really a cover band at all. The leaderless jazz trio made a splash in 2003 with its first Columbia Records album, which included a go at Nirvana’s “Smells Like Team Spirit.” It was deemed something of a novelty at the time, even though pop compositions have been fodder for jazz players for as long as there has been jazz music.
Jazz pianist Chick Corea is celebrating his 75th birthday this year with a marathon of live performances. He was on the road all summer and has finally settled into an eight-week run at the Blue Note Club in Greenwich Village in New York. The birthday bash features 15 different bands, playing music from every phase of Corea's long career.
It was the last in a run of live dates for the Chick Corea Trio, and the bandleader was in a loose and celebratory mood, smiling throughout, snapping selfies and engaging the audience at Xavier University’s Gallagher Student Center Theater in a few passages of call and response between his piano and their voices.