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I'm Talkin' Jazz
<strong>I'm Talkin' Jazz </strong><br> Sun, Jun 7th from 8:00AM - 8:30AM
Curtis Fuller with Sonny Buxton
Trombonist Curtis Fuller was a principle member of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers and the Jazztet co-led by Art Farmer and Benny Golson. He was honored as an NEA Jazz Master in 2007.
Jazz Night in America with Christian McBride
Jazz Night in America with Christian McBride Mon, Jun 8th from 9:00PM - 10:00PM
Radical Imagination: Jazz And Social Justice
"Our best musicians in the jazz tradition were radical imaginers," Samora Pinderhughes says. A pianist and composer in his late-20s, he has asserted his connection to that lineage with The Transformations Suite, an earnest and ambitious work combining music, words and visuals. The piece, which took five years to chisel into shape, was inspired by African-American resistance and protest movements, as well as the oppression that many still endure.

Pinderhughes lives in Harlem, but he grew up in the Bay Area, in a family of academics and social activists. Shortly after releasing The Transformations Suite last fall, he brought the project to the Way Christian Center in Berkeley for a performance that was several things at once: a homecoming, an album-release concert, a rousing community gathering.

Along with a group of smart young jazz musicians, the ensemble features spoken-word poetry by the accomplished actor Jeremie Harris and passages of soulful singing by Jehbreal Jackson. The site of convergence for these artists was Juilliard, the elite conservatory - and that unlikely setting for grassroots activism is a sign of how pressing and pervasive these issues have become.

Social justice and political outrage have been front and center in a wide array of music over the last few years, from Common's hip-hop exhortation Black America Again to the Drive-By Truckers' Southern-rock manifesto American Band. But jazz artists have often been the leaders in this regard: Pinderhughes joins a growing number of his elders and peers in creating music that indicts, confronts and critiques, without pretending to provide easy answers. (It should come as no surprise that the pianist considers James Baldwin's writing a touchstone.)
Desert Island Jazz Encore Presentation
Desert Island Jazz Encore Presentation Fri, Jun 12th from 9:00AM - 10:00AM
Remy LeBoeuf
Desert Island Jazz is listening back this Spring/Summer to Encore shows with our Bay Area Giants of Jazz! Saxophonist, Composer and Multi-instrumentalist Remy LeBoeuf.
I'm Talkin' Jazz
<strong>I'm Talkin' Jazz</strong> Sun, Jun 14th from 8:00AM - 8:30AM
Kathleen Grace with Michael Burman
Internationally recognized vocalist, songwriter and educator Kathleen Grace visits with KCSM’s own Michael Burman. She currently heads the solo vocal Jazz combo program at USC.
Jazz Night in America with Christian McBride
Jazz Night in America with Christian McBride Mon, Jun 15th from 9:00PM - 10:00PM
Muldrow Meets Mingus
At a glance, Georgia Anne Muldrow isn't the obvious pick to create an interpretive tribute to the bassist and composer Charles Mingus. She was born in 1983, four years after Mingus died at 56. Her music stands well outside the jazz perimeter, aligning more with the Afrocentric current that flows through underground hip-hop, avant-R&B and psychedelic soul. She isn't a bassist like Mingus, but rather a singer, rapper and beat-making producer. Her village elders include the rapper Mos Def, the producer Madlib and the vocalist Erykah Badu.

Jason Moran, the acclaimed pianist and composer, recognized the potential here. As the Artistic Director for Jazz at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., he commissioned a concert program called "Muldrow Meets Mingus." It took place earlier this year at the Kennedy Center's Crossroads Club, and Jazz Night in America was there for the rehearsals as well as the world premiere, which featured audacious musicians like alto saxophonist Darius Jones, trombonist Ku-umba Frank Lacy and drummer Karriem Riggins.

In this irrepressibly funky episode of Jazz Night, you'll hear excerpts of the concert, including Muldrow's reimagining of Mingus' "Fables Of Faubus" and "Goodbye Porkpie Hat." You'll also hear insights from Muldrow, Moran and the critic Greg Tate, who approvingly calls out the shamanistic aspects of this music.

"When you hear someone like Georgia, who has such a wide palette of sounds and inspirations and execution," Moran says, "you know that's a real artist." "Muldrow Meets Mingus" represents a celebration of that spirit, full of extravagant risk and equal reward.

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