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The Newport Jazz Festival was just one year old when the Clifford Brown/Max Roach Quintet blazed onto its stage in 1955. By 1960, when pianists Dave Brubeck and Horace Silver each played a rollicking set, the event was an institution, known all over the world. And so it remains today — though there's something to be said about the fest in that formative era, when every step forward was historic.

The first time around was special, and everyone knew it. But ask any member of the former Joshua Redman Quartet — Redman on saxophones, Brad Mehldau on piano, Christian McBride on bass, Brian Blade on drums — and he'll confirm there was some magic in the air when they reconvened last fall at The Falcon in New York's Hudson Valley, breaking a 25-year hiatus.

A few weeks ago, as the city of New Orleans was preparing to institute a stay-at-home order due to the coronavirus, Nicholas Payton got to work.

Late last summer, saxophonist Joshua Redman engaged in some light time travel: For a couple of nights, he reconvened a stellar ensemble he'd led 25 years prior, with Brad Mehldau on piano, Christian McBride on bass and Brian Blade on drums.

Jazz Saxophone Legend Jimmy Heath Has Died

Jan 19, 2020

Jimmy Heath, a prolific saxophonist, composer and bandleader who played alongside some of the biggest names of jazz, including Miles Davis and John Coltrane, has died.

Heath died Sunday morning in Loganville, Georgia of natural causes, his grandson told NPR. He was 93 years old. His family was at his side, including his wife of 60 years, Mona Heath, his children Mtume and Rozie, his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and his brother, drummer Albert "Tootie" Heath.

Christmas Day 2019 Special Lineup

Dec 17, 2019

Season's Greetings!
Join 90.5 FM WCBE for a selection of special programming this Christmas Day, December 25th, 2019!

9am - Jonathan Winters’ A Christmas Carol
A public radio tradition hosted by NPR's Susan Stamberg. Master comedian Jonathan Winters presents a distinctive reading of Dickens' holiday classic, with a special performing edition prepared by Dickens for his own presentations. Also featuring Mimi Kennedy.

The boys are back in town!  WCBE is looking forward to catching up with Huntertones when they return to perform Live From Studio A in advance of the show that night at Athenaeum Theatre!

Tha band formed in Columbus, Ohio and is now based in Brooklyn, N.Y. and they're out on the road with their latest release Passport!

Electric Miles. Few word pairings in the jazz lexicon are apt to inspire so much contention and challenge and ferment. What the phrase refers to, of course, is a period in the career of trumpeter Miles Davis, spanning the last third of his life. And while there are other important antecedents, the big bang of this period is an album recorded 50 years ago by the name of Bitches Brew.

It'll be a packed house Live From Studio A this week with The Soul Rebels!  

If you're even a casually observant jazz fan, you might think you know a thing or two about Joe Lovano. A tenor saxophonist with dozens of albums to his name, most of them made during a roughly 25-year tenure on Blue Note Records, Lovano is one of the most instantly identifiable musicians on the jazz landscape and on the New York scene. But he didn't come from nowhere.

Mark Guiliana is a drummer renowned for his chameleon-like ways with pulse — whether he's leading his acoustic jazz quartet, playing in a duo with Brad Mehldau or providing the back beat behind David Bowie's final album, Blackstar. Now, Guiliana is in another mutation mode, shifting his focus from acoustic jazz sounds to explore an exciting realm of electro-jazz.

WCBE is looking forward to hosting Charlie Hunter and Lucy Woodward Live From Studio A in advance of their show that night at Natalie's in Worthington!  They're out on the road together with a new album Music!Music!Music!

Sammy Miller And The Congregation will perform Live From Studio A in advance of their show that evening at The Refectory for their Dinner Music Series at 6PM.

Tune in for some live joyful jazz and conversation on the Global Village at 2PM!

It's all waiting for you on 90.5FM Columbus, 106.3FM Newark and on line at www.wcbe.org!

LISTEN HERE!

Detroit. Feb. 13, 1973. A Tuesday night.

Roy Hargrove, an incisive trumpeter who embodied the brightest promise of his jazz generation, both as a young steward of the bebop tradition and a savvy bridge to hip-hop and R&B, died on Friday night in New York City. He was 49.

The cause was cardiac arrest, according to his longtime manager, Larry Clothier. Hargrove had been admitted to the hospital for reasons related to kidney function.

Huntertones...the Brooklyn based Jazz, Funk, Soul, Hip Hop, Gospel, R&B, Rock group will be playing a few songs in advance of their special two night performance and live recordings at Natalie's Coal Fired Pizza on Wed. and Thurs., Oct. 7th & 8th!

Tune in for live music and conversation with Huntertones on WCBE!

It's all waiting for you on 90.5FM Columbus, 106.3FM Newark and on line at www.wcbe.org!

WCBE is looking forward to the return of Alan Evans Trio to Studio A!  They'll play a few songs ahead of their show that night at Brothers Drake Meadery!  They're out on the road in support of their latest release Merkaba and you'll get at taste of it on WCBE!  Tune in for live music, conversation and a chance to win tickets for the show!  It's all waiting for you on 90.5FM Columbus, 106.3FM Newark and on line at

WCBE celebrates the July 2013 induction of Royal G. "Rusty" Bryant and Rahsaan Roland Kirk into Columbus' Lincoln Theatre Walk of Fame.  Listeners can hear highlights and background historical information about the artists and the historic venue in "Artists and Their Community: Rusty Bryant and Rahsaan Roland Kirk."  This special airs Labor Day Monday morning, September 2, 2013 at 11am. Hosted by Wayne Self.

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Coming up on a special edition of JazzSet this Saturday August 24th at 3pm, host Dee Dee Bridgewaterfeatures the Marian McPartland Trio playing at The Kennedy Center, from February, 2005. 

During the show, Marian moves through an Ellington medley to pieces by Ornette Coleman, Jerome Kern, Bix Beiderbecke/Jimmy McPartland, Mary Lou Williams. She takes a request for "A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square" and closes with "When the Saints" in a moving, personal arrangement. 

20-something singing pianist of the New Orleans virtuoso tradition, Jon Batiste has a natural entertainer's charisma and chops to match. He met his band in school at Juilliard — and can do "modern jazz" with a metropolitan attitude. And yes, there's a tuba.

Dirty Dozen Brass Band At the Newport Jazz Festival

Aug 6, 2013
Adam Kissick / NPR

The Dirty Dozen Brass Band performed live during the 2013 Newport Jazz Festival this past weekend, but you can hear their performance again thanks to NPR music. Listen to The Dirty Dozen Brass Band.

Shadowbox Live

Come and enjoy an hour of Free Jazz featuring internationally renowned Jazz Greats from Chicago, New Orleans, New York, and France.

WCBE

is thrilled to host the legendary Booker T. Jones Live From Studio A and along with Rhythm On The River at Bicentennial Park on Fri. June 14th!  

Hear Kenny Barron And Dave Holland At The Kennedy Center

Jun 3, 2013
John Sann/Courtesy of the artist / via NPR.org

JazzSet celebrates the 70th birthday of NEA Jazz Master Kenny Barron with new duets featuring bassist Dave Holland at the Kennedy Center's Family Theater. Plus, hear a solo Barron set from the Caramoor Jazz Festival.

Listen to the performance!

JazzSet Remembers Mulgrew Miller

May 30, 2013
Jean Francois Laberine / via NPR.org

Coming up this Sunday, JazzSet remembers pianist Mulgrew Miller (1955-2013) as Artist-in-Residence at the 2010 Detroit Jazz Festival. Picture it: outdoors and downtown on Labor Day weekend, Miller is everywhere, playing and teaching and being interviewed, and he's smiling. From that weekend, he leads his group Wingspan and plays two-piano duets with Kenny Barron on JazzSet.

Tune in for this special edition of JazzSet, as we remember Mulgrew Miller, this Sunday at 2pm on 90.5 FM, WCBE Columbus, followed by Jazz Sunday starting  at 3pm.

Scott Suchman/Courtesy of the Kennedy Center

Composer and pianist Jason Moran ushers in his era as Artistic Advisor for Jazz at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., with this performance, captured by JazzSet in honor of Black History Month.

Recorded February 7, 2013.

Audio for this feature is no longer available.

SFJAZZ Center Opening Night: Live In Concert

Jan 21, 2013
John Abbott / Courtesy of SFJAZZ

Thirty years after presenting its first concerts in San Francisco, the organization SFJAZZ has built a permanent home and performance venue. The SFJAZZ Center, conceived as the first stand-alone building for jazz in the U.S., opens with a star-studded concert on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013 at 11p.m. WWOZ, WBGO and NPR Music will team up for a live radio and online video broadcast of the concert.

The multicultural group The Soul Jazz Orchestra will perform their blend of soul, jazz, latin and carribean sounds during the Global Village!  Tune in for the live session and a chance to win tickets for the show that night at Woodland's Tavern

The new quartet album by alto saxophonist Miguel Zenón and pianist Laurent Coq is called Rayuela, which means "hopscotch." It's named for Julio Cortázar's novel, the fragmented tale of a wandering bohemian and his social circles in Parisian exile, as well as back home in Buenos Aires.

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