Jazz at Lincoln Center Radio

Because of listener support during our spring 2010 fundraiser, WNCU can offer the Peabody Award–winning radio series, Jazz at Lincoln Center (JALC) Radio with Wendell Pierce, every Wednesday evening at 10pm, starting July21 st.

JALC is dedicated to inspiring and growing audiences for jazz. Through concerts and education, they share the depth of feeling and improvisational vitality of this democratic music in their home, The House of Swing, and all over the world.

The JALC mission is to enrich the artistic substance and perpetuate the democratic spirit of America’s music. From down home and elegant concert performances by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra… to entertaining educational programs that bring the sound and feeling of jazz into the lives of thousands of kids and grownups… to innovative collaborative programs with artists in diverse idioms: we offer top quality musicianship and universal friendship.

Learn more at www.jalc.org


The Birth of Cool with the Bill Charlap Trio —Bill Charlap belongs to the new class of cool. With his trio and guests Frank Wess and Mary Stallings, Charlap revisits the stomping grounds of Miles Davis, Charlie Parker and Lester Young. We’ll hear “Pennies from Heaven,” “Israel,” “Lady Be Good” and more. Hosted by Wendell Pierce. (Reprise of our 3/12/09 show)

Lionel Loueke and Richard Bona —Guitarist Lionel Loueke and bassist Richard Bona translate the sonorities of West Africa (kora, kalimba and balafon) through strings, mouth-clicked percussion and improvised paper mutes. Individually, they have played with Herbie Hancock, Joni Mitchell, Salif Keita and Tito Puente; together they are helping to create a new language in jazz. Hosted by Wendell Pierce. (Reprise of our 1/22/09 show)

Jazz and Art I —From the “Utility Wild Man” of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra – saxophonist Ted Nash – a commission inspired by 20th century paintings from the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Nash renders Monet, Van Gogh, Dali, Matisse, and more in the language of jazz – from the canvas to the stage in seven movements. Hosted by Wynton Marsalis. (Reprise of our 5/15/08 show)

Jazz and Art II —Music is like a painting that exists in time; painting is like music that exists in space. Bill Frisell, Papo Vazquez, Doug Wamble and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra create musical portraits inspired by the paintings of Romare Bearden, Stuart Davis, Piet Mondrian and more. Join us for this exciting mediation on the art of creation. Hosted by Wendell Pierce.

The San Francisco Jazz Collective —The members of the SF Jazz Collective are some of the great innovators on the scene today. Dave Douglas (trumpet), Robin Eubanks (trombone), Eric Harland (drums), Joe Lovano (tenor sax), Matt Penman (bass), Renee Rosnes (piano) and Miguel Zenon (alto sax) come together in the Allen Room for a brilliant musical conversation. The collective will showcase their own compositions and fresh arrangements of works by pianist McCoy Tyner. Hosted by Wendell Pierce. (Reprise of our 9/10/09 show)

Searching Sound: Lee Konitz and Paul Motian —Forbears of the ‘cool sound’ – alto saxophonist Lee Konitz and drummer Paul Motian – trade notes for a study in spontaneous composition. Konitz’s melodic improvisations combine with Motian colorfully textured rhythms for a set composed in the moment and not to be missed. Hosted by Wendell Pierce.

Trumpets and Trombones —The brilliant trumpeter Tom Harrell and legendary altoman Charles McPherson lead off with Jimmy Cobb (drums), Ray Drummond (bass), and Ronnie Matthews (piano). New Orleans trumpeter Nicholas Payton brings his quintet, and trombonists Wycliffe Gordon and Ronald Westray lead their ensemble Bone Structure. A whirlwind hour! Hosted by Billy Banks. (Reprise of our 6/19/08 show)

Legends of Blue Note —From the Golden Era of the Blue Note catalog, Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra offer new arrangements of Herbie Hancock’s “Maiden Voyage,” Wayne Shorter’s “Infant Eyes,” Bud Powell’s “Un Poco Loco” and more. Classic hard-bop hasn’t sounded so fresh in decades. Hosted by Wynton Marsalis. (Reprise of our 10/4/07 show)

Basie and the Blues —Churning rhythms and unforgettable riffs – in the hands of William ‘Count’ Basie, caught the essence of Kansas City swing. The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with guitarist James Chirillo, pianist Cyrus Chestnut and vocalist Gregory Porter join the Jazz at Lincoln Center to make the Basie classics burn. Hosted by Wendell Pierce.

Karrin Allyson, Sachal Vasandani and Carla Cook —Three modern interpreters of song offer distinctive moods at the House of Swing — Karrin Allyson provides a versatile expressiveness; rising star Sachal Vasandani delivers a cool sophistication; and Detroit native Carla Cook brings her blues-inflected style. Hosted by Wendell Pierce.

Intuition: The Music of Bill Evans —Perpetually sensitive in style and spirit, pianist Bill Evans was driven by a ‘quiet fire’ that has influenced entire generations of pianists. Guest musical director Bill Charlap with guitarist and Evans collaborator Jim Hall and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra pay tribute with classics like “Waltz for Debby,” “Five” and “Peri’s Scope.” Wendell Pierce hosts.

John Coltrane – The Breakthrough: Giant Steps —One month after playing on Miles Davis’ landmark ‘Kind of Blue,’ John Coltrane stepped out from sideman duties to record his own seminal 1959 album. Showcasing blistering solos and relentless energy, the album solidified his place as a leader and is still a benchmark for musicians today. Our reedmen Ted Nash, Sherman Irby, Walter Blanding and George Garzone front this blowin’ session that including ‘Giant Steps,’ ‘Countdown’ and “Naima.” Wendell Pierce hosts.

Kansas City: K.C. and The Count —Join our summit of swing. Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra romp through the Kansas City songbook of the Count Basie Band. Basie alum and saxophonist Frank Wess joins pianist Eldar Djangirov to romp through the “One O’clock Jump,” “The Golden Bullet” and “Moten Swing.” Wendell Pierce hosts.

Regina Carter with Reverse Thread and Stefon Harris with Blackout —What do the sounds of the violin, kora, accordion, vibraphone and vocoder have in common? In the hands of innovative jazz fiddler Regina Carter and vibraphonist Stefon Harris, they explore their past to create a very contemporary sound. With kora player Yacouba Sissoko and accordionist Will Holshouser, Carter explores the music of Africa – from Ugandan Jewish songs to traditional folk music of Madagascar and Mali. Harris and his band Blackout find inspiration in the funk and soul sound of the 70s. Wendell Pierce hosts.

Beyond the Spanish Tinge —Get up and move! Saxophonist Paquito D’Rivera paints the landscape of the Spanish tinge. Mambo, bossa nova, salsa – it’s all here. D’Rivera, and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra led by Wynton Marsalis pay homage to Antonio Carlos Jobim and Astor Piazzolla, and offer D’Rivera’s own “Samba for Carmen.” Wendell Pierce hosts.

Dizzy’s Atmospheres: Phil Woods, Cedar Walton and Steve Turre —An acoustic cocktail mixed by the masters — saxophonist Phil Woods, pianist Cedar Walton and trombonist Steve Turre. Real club jazz — shaken, stirred and captured live at Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola. Hosted by Wendell Pierce.

The Music of Fats Waller —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 that multifarious fiddler and reedman Andy Farber. Wendell Pierce hosts.

Nursery Song Swing —The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra try their hand at another book of classics – these standards include “Chicken Rhythm,” “Three Blind Mice” and “Liza Jane.” Wynton and the orchestra give a big band twist to children classics. Guest soloist 16 year old Grace Kelly (alto saxophone), 17 year old Carl Majeau (tenor saxophone and clarinet) and 13 year old Jonathan Russell (violin) join Wynton on stage. Wendell Pierce hosts.

The Many Moods of Miles Davis Part 1: The Early Years —A Miles Davis marathon. Ryan Kisor (trumpet) with Sherman Irby (alto), Peter Zak (piano), John Webber (bass), and Willie Jones III (drums) get speedy on the bebop tune “Half Nelson,” then cool down on “Milestones” and “Move.” Terrence Blanchard (trumpet) and his quintet – Brice Winston (tenor), Fabian Almazan (piano), Derrick Hodge (bass), and Kendrick Scott (drums) – race off on “It Never Entered His Mind” and “Four.” Wynton Marsalis hosts. (Reprise of our 10/15/09 program)

The Yellowjackets with Mike Stern —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.

Crescent City Gospel —Stomp in the holidays New Orleans style! Wycliffe Gordon leads us ‘Down by the Riverside,’ on ‘Just a Closer Walk with Thee’ and in ‘The Battle Hymn of the Republic.’ We feature Eric Reed (piano), Reginald Veal (bass), Alvin Atkinson (drums) and Damien Sneed (organ). This hour-long holiday special can stand alone and is available to all stations.” Wendell Pierce hosts.

Wynton with Strings —The cry of the trumpet over the swell of lush strings: Wynton Marsalis and his quintet join a chamber orchestra conducted by Robert Sadin, to revisit “Stardust,” “Baby Won’t You Please Come Home,” and “After You’re Gone.” Hold onto your heart. Wendell Pierce hosts.

Benny Goodman Centennial — Finish the Year in Style. Shine those shoes to a high polish — you won’t be able to sit down for this one. Join us on the bandstand as The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra celebrates the enduring legacy of Benny Goodman. Guest clarinetists Bob Wilbur, Ken Peplowski and Buddy DeFranco blow out the Goodman classics from his historic Carnegie Hall concert. Join us for high stepping swing. Wendell Pierce hosts.