This past July 10th through July 12th, ¬†I spent a ¬†weekend in Cleveland for the fourth consecutive year ¬†to take in the always well-presented Tri-C (Cuyahoga Community College) Jazz Festival.¬†Tri-C Jazz Fest Director Terri Pontremoli, 90.3-FM WCPN IdeaStream, Key Bank, the Gund Foundation , the Ohio Arts Council and many others collaborated to bring a dazzling roster of world renowned artists to multiple theatre stages in Playhouse Square, the ¬†‚Äúlively arts‚ÄĚ heart of Cleveland.
¬†¬†The late Columbus-born ¬†saxophonist Gene Walker was a world class musician, educator, jazz advocate AND local historian. ¬†He shares all these gifts with WCBE listeners in this archival interview (circa Spring 2012).
The Rahsaan Roland Kirk Scholarship Fund, administered by The Columbus Foundation, has announced Xavier Rivers as ¬†its fourth RRK Scholarship award winner. Mr. Rivers is a pianist who has recently graduated from Columbus‚Äôs Fort Hayes High School. He has been accepted by the Berklee College of Music on a full tuition scholarship and will begin classes at the prestigious music academy in Boston this upcoming ¬†Fall 2014. ¬†‚ÄúXavier is an extraordinarily focused, well spoken and gifted young person,‚ÄĚ said RRK Scholarship co-founder Jack Marchbanks.
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.
In commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the August 28th, 1963 March On Washington For Jobs And Freedom, K.C. Jones and Jack Marchanks will broadcast My People, Duke Ellington's civil rights-themed musical, on Jazz Sunday, August 25, 2013. ¬†As some of you might already know, Ellington performed the work as part of ¬†the Century of Negro Progress Exposition held in Chicago from August 16th to September 2nd, 1963, which in itself was a celebration of the 100th year anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation.
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 ‚ÄĒ and can do "modern jazz" with a metropolitan attitude. And yes, there's a tuba.
Tatum Flemister is the third recipient of the RRK Music Scholarship. The two previous winners are Robert ‚ÄúRob‚ÄĚ Dove (2009), a recent graduate of the University of North Carolina‚Äôs Miles Davis Institute and Sivan Silver Schwartz (2011), ¬†who is currently attending Oberlin.
Mr. Flemister is a talented percussionist who also plays piano and trumpet. Tate is a 2013 graduate of the Columbus City Schools Fort Hayes Career Academy. ¬†He will be attending Berklee College of Music in Boston this fall. ¬†His twin goals are to compose jazz and play jazz professionally after graduating.
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.
WCBE was a fan of American sports and civil rights hero, Jackie Robinson, ¬†before being one was "cool."
Back in early winter 2007, WCBE music history reporter Jack Marchbanks researched, wrote and produced a retrospective on Jackie Robinson to note the 60th anniversary (April 15, 2007) of Robinson breaking the "color barrier" in major league baseball.
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has issued a proclamation declaring Friday "Women in Jazz Day" ‚ÄĒ an attempt at cultural reform that's bound to enjoy the same resounding success as banning oversized sodas. Which is to say: Nice try, Mr. Mayor.
Originally published on Fri April 19, 2013 2:03 pm
On this Piano Jazz from 2008, bassist and singer Esperanza Spalding brings her neo-soul style to a set of standards with the aid of pianist Leo Genovese. Spalding is one of the most talked about artists in jazz today.