Gerald Wilson, who was also a trumpet player, wrote the arrangements for such greats as Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald and Ray Charles. He died Monday at 96 years old. He spoke with Terry Gross in 2006.
Note: Billy Childs performs at MJF, Saturday Sept 20th, with: “Map to the Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro”, including special guests Shawn Colvin, Lisa Fischer, Becca Stevens, and Quartet San Francisco.
The late Laura Nyro penned hits, including “And When I Die” and “Save the Country.”
NPR’s Scott Simon speaks with composer Billy Childs about his new album of tributes, Reimagining Laura Nyro.
See transcript below:
KUSP’s Jeff Dayton Johnson recently spoke with reedman Harvey Wainapel (listen above) about his long love affair with Brazilian music and his new CD Amigos Brasileiros Vol. 2. Harvey Wainapel will be appearing at Kuumbwa Jazz in Santa Cruz on Thursday, September 4th at 7 pm More info at kuumbwajazz.org
Wainapel also appears at the 2014 Monterey Jazz Festival September 19th, with Claudia Villela, exploring the the work of João Gilberto and Stan Getz.
Listen to the full interviews above, or in the Soundcloud file below.
Two Musician/Composers Discuss Their Craft.
Banjo phenom Béla Fleck discusses his nerve-racking foray into orchestral composition, the influence of Earl Scruggs and more. Then Dylan Mattingly, lauded by his mentor John Adams as “a hugely talented young composer who writes music of wild imagination and vigorous energy,” discusses his emotionally-driven approach to music.
“Dylan’s Gospel” by The Brothers and Sisters was the pet project of, and directed by, LA record producer Lou Adler – who recorded the Mamas and the Papas, made The Monterey Pop Festival happen and produced Carol King’s “Tapestry” album. Inspired by the choirs he heard in the black Baptist churches of South LA, and the gospel feel of Dylan’s lyrics, he rightfully thought pairing up the two would be a match made in heaven. Adler assembled some 40 church singers, professional vocalists and assorted musicians from the area. Most of them already knew each other. He dubbed them “The Brothers and Sisters of Los Angeles” and recorded this album in a quick, four-day musical marathon of joyful singing in June of 1969.
Gospel half hour
Not exactly the Dylan Gospel Hour by any means, this long out of print recording is a too short but essential 36 minutes – ten tracks of exhilarating 60’s Dylan masterpieces done with “gospel and funk and hallelujah” – as the album was described in a hipster magazine ad some 45 years ago.
Merry Clayton and others
Several of the sisters were professional background singers who later became well known in the years after “Dylan’s Gospel”. Like Merry Clayton, best known for her signature howl behind Jagger on the Stone’s “Gimme Shelter” and recently featured in the Academy Award winning documentary “20 Ft From Stardom” She leads the choir on “The Mighty Quinn” and gives it just the right amount of Sunday afternoon church party funk. (By the way, Clayton is currently recovering from serious injuries after a mid June car accident in Los Angeles.)
Edna Wright, sister of Lady Lay” and you’ll hear Gloria Jones with The Brothers on the album’s full throttle gospel Darlene Love and a member of the Blossoms, takes the lead on “Lay standout track, “Chimes of Freedom”.
A groundbreaking first
Originally released on Adler’s Ode Records label, “Dylan’s Gospel” went straight to the cut out bins and out of print almost overnight. There have been other more modern attempts to gospelize the works of Bob Dylan over the years but this album, long sought after by collectors was a groundbreaking first and it still is. Adler’s Brothers and Sisters brought together a group of then unknown singers who gathered simply because they loved to sing. And what could be more suitable back in those times for new gospel record than these ten songs Dylan wrote during his most productive years.
Long overdue, “Dylan’s Gospel” by The Brothers and Sisters has just been reissued with extensive liner notes and photos on cd and vinyl by Light in the Attic Records.
That calls for a mighty “hallelujah!”
By Eric Berg from the BergAlert
The Coffis Brothers and the Mountain Men return to their old stomping grounds for a headlining show at Don Quixote’s in Felton on Saturday, July 12 2014. The above KUSP podcast was aired 07/10/14
San Lorenzo Valley rockers The Coffis Brothers and The Mountain Men are straight out’a Ben Lomond, but on their new album “Wrong Side of the Road” you’d swear they were from somewhere deep in the land of Dixie by way of an extended stay in the hills of LA’s fabled Laurel Canyon.
The not-so-secret weapon on The Tonight Show is The Roots, a band whose success on the NBC program was so swift it even surprised a few people at NBC. The group’s drummer and leader, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, says music is a crucial part of The Tonight Show, and he spent some time showing NPR TV critic Eric Deggans exactly why.
For the first time, a hip-hop group is the house band for the most influential TV show in late night.
And you can chalk up much of The Roots’ success to the relaxed perfectionism of the band’s leader, Questlove.
When I first meet him, he is lounging on a couch in a mixing room, deep inside The Tonight Show‘s Rockefeller Center studios. Casually dressed in black jeans and black hoodie emblazoned with the words “legendary Roots crew,” Questlove is listening to a recording of the band rehearsing its new single, “Never.”
Hot on the heels of this year’s Academy Award winning documentary, “20 Feet From Stardom”, singer Darlene Love makes her first live performance ever in the Monterey Bay area, Sunday, June 29th at the Golden State Theater in Monterey.
Once a backup singer, then a girl group diva and now a superstar vocalist, Darlene Love is at the top of her 60 year plus career and having the time of her life thanks the success of Oscar winning music documentary, “20 Feet From Stardom”.
If you’ve seen the film, you know that Love’s career is legendary, If you haven’t watched “20 Feet” do so immediately so I won’t have to repeat the story of the vocalist’s early career singing in obscurity behind many of the music industry’s top ten rock n roll hits of the ‘60’s and 70’s with low pay and no name recognition until the mid 80’s when she finally got her due and became the star she was supposed to be.
By KUSP’s Eric Berg - Grammy winning African singer-songwriter Angélique Kidjo is bringing her vocal magic to the Rio Theater in Eastside Santa Cruz this Thursday night, June 19. The show is presented by Kuumbwa Jazz and cosponsored by KUSP.
Kidjo, who now resides in NYC, is a native of Benin, a sliver of a country sandwiched between Togo and South West Nigeria on the Atlantic coast of Africa. She grew in a musical family listening to traditional Beninese music and dance and began performing at age six with her mother’s theatrical troupe. Kidjo was a 12 yr. old teenager when she had a national hit with adaption of a song by Miriam Makeba who was a big influence on her (along with Jimi Hendrix, Otis Redding, James Brown and Santana). The young performer toured frequently up and down West Africa but eventually, political conflicts at the time prevented Kidjo from having the artistic freedom she wanted, so the singer moved to Paris in 1983, studied jazz music and became the lead vocalist for a popular Euro-African jazz rock band that pioneered what later became known as Afro-Pop and she became the genre’s queen. In 1991 Kidjo was introduced to the international music community when the legendary Chris Blackwell discovered her in Paris and signed her to his label, Island Records, home to Bob Marley and the Wailers. The rest is…