Archives for posts tagged ‘Jazz’

Episode 19: New York Voices


2013 marks New York Voices 25th Anniversary in music. They are known for their close-knit voicings, inspired arrangements and unparalleled vocal blend. With deep interests rooted in jazz, Brazilian, R & B, classical, and pop, their music mixes traditional sensibilities with more than a dash of the unexpected.

Episode 7: Kurt Elling

Orbert chats with the Grammy® award-winner Kurt Elling, who is among the world’s foremost jazz vocalists. For the past decade he has been the perennial winner of the DownBeat Critics Poll.

Kurt is a renowned artist of vocalese—the writing and performing of words over recorded improvised jazz solos. The natural heir to jazz pioneers Eddie Jefferson, King Pleasure, and Jon Hendricks, Kurt has set his own lyrics to the improvised solos of Wayne Shorter, Keith Jarrett, and Pat Metheny. He often incorporates images and references from writers such as Rilke, Rumi, Neruda, and Proust into his work. The late poet and Bollingen Prize winner Robert Creeley wrote, “Kurt Elling takes us into a world of sacred particulars. His words are informed by a powerful poetic spirit.”

Episode 6: DuSable to Obama

Orbert talks with Barbara Allen and Dan Andries, the writers and producers of the groundbreaking WTTW11 documentary “DuSable to Obama: Chicago’s Black Metropolis”, about their Emmy award-winning collaboration on the project.

Allen and Andries won the Outstanding Crafts Achievement Off-Air: Writer – Program category, while Orbert and co-producer Mark Ingram won their Emmy for Outstanding Crafts Achievement Off-Air – Musical Composition/Arrangement.

Topics include the process of telling a story, of scoring a ducumentary, and how famous people turn not-so-famous while reminiscing about past experiences.

Episode 5: Conversing In Third Stream

Today’s conversation is a post-concert audience discussion hosted by jazz journalist and Grammy® nominee Neil Tesser, Orbert Davis and members of his Chicago Jazz Philharmonic Chamber Ensemble about the Third Stream in jazz; the intersections between the classical and jazz music genres; chamber group versus orchestra; and why CJP is “the only orchestra of its kind in the entire United States” (Gunther Schuller).

It was recorded after the Chamber Ensemble’s debut performance at the University of Chicago in November 2009. We begin the program with a performance of “Amadeus Had A Dream”, recorded live from that concert, featuring pianist Anthony Molinaro.

Episode 4: Ari Brown

Ari Brown is one of the busiest and most versatile musicians in Chicago, melding two traditions: the Chicago tough tenor and the AACM into one voice. Ari has worked and recorded alongside Lester Bowie, Elvin Jones and Anthony Braxton among countless others.

Episode 3: Jim Wilke

Since 1983, Jim Wilke’s radio programs have been broadcast nationally on PRI and NPR, and now internationally via the internet. Jazz After Hours has been on the air every week since 1984, and guests have included many of the jazz world’s greatest artists including Dizzy Gillespie, Max Roach, Ray Brown, Harry Edison, Milt Jackson, and Jim Hall, as well as newer stars including Joshua Redman, Cyrus Chestnut, Diana Krall and Benny Green. Prior to devoting himself to jazz radio, Jim was program director of classical music station KING-FM.

Episode 2: Nicole Mitchell

Nicole Mitchell has been celebrated for bringing an exciting new approach to flute improvisation. Co-president of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), Mitchell is the founder of the critically acclaimed Black Earth Ensemble and Black Earth Strings. #1 in Downbeat magazine’s critic’s poll for “Rising Star Flutist 2006 and 2007,” Mitchell has performed with creative luminaries including George Lewis, Anthony Braxton, Lori Freedman, Miya Masaoka, James Newton and Muhal Richard Abrams. She also works on ongoing projects with Ed Wilkerson, David Boykin, Hamid Drake and Arveeayl Ra. Nicole Mitchell is one of few African American women to take the path as a creative instrumentalist, composer, bandleader and an educator. With her ensembles and as a featured flutist, she has been a highlight at art venues and festivals throughout Europe, the U.S. and Canada. Awarded “Chicagoan of the Year 2006″ by the Chicago Tribune, Mitchell is co-president of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM). Mitchell does a variety of residencies, workshops and panel discussions in Europe, Canada and the U.S. with a focus on creative music. Mitchell is thankful to mentors including: Jimmy Cheatham, Donald Byrd, Brenda Jones, James Newton, George Lewis, Fred Anderson, Ernest Dawkins and Edward Wilkerson.

Episode 1: Reginald Robinson

MacArthur “Genius” Award winner Reginald R. Robinson was born and raised in Chicago IL. He is a pianist/composer of Semi-Classical Music, Ragtime, Latin American and early Jazz & Blues styles. He is also an educator on ragtime music across the U.S.

He became interested in playing Ragtime in 1986 in 7th grade while attending Robert Emmett Elementary School after Urban Gateways (a city funded arts program) visited the school. The program was called “From Bach to Bebop” featuring jazz trumpeter Orbert Davis with piano accompaniment and Reginald paid close attention when the musicians talked about Ragtime and performed “The Entertainer” by Scott Joplin.

In September 2004 Reginald received the prestigious John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship Grant. In 2006 Reginald was part of a team that contributed music to the PBS documentary “Paper Trail: 100 Years of the Chicago Defender” which won a Lisagor award and three Emmy Awards.