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WJF 2013, part 2: Dezron Douglas' Jazz Workshop and Bugge ‘N’ Friends

Below is our second set of HD videos from Winter Jazzfest NYC 2013.


The first shows Dezron Douglas' Jazz Workshop with
Dezron Douglas, bass
Lummie Spann, alto sax 
Josh Evans, trumpet 
David Bryant, piano 
Chris Beck, drums 





If you like electronic dance music, check out the three videos below with excerpts from the Bugge ‘N’ Friends show at (Le) Poisson Rouge, which combines electronic music and jazz. We especially liked band leader Bugge Wesseltoft on the Rhodes, one of our favorite instruments. Check out part 3 about 11 minutes 30 seconds in, where he does some crazy stuff on the Rhodes. It was also great to see NuBlu founder Ilhan Ersahin on the sax again; we posted a video of him last year when he played at DeKalb market with King Britt.

Musicians include:
Bugge Wesseltoft, grand piano, rhodes, synthesizer
Erik Truffaz, trumpet 
Ilhan Ersahin, sax 
Joaquin “Joe” Claussell, beats/electronic & organic percussion
Erik Holm, percussion






New Videos up from Winter Jazzfest NYC 2013

These are our first videos in HD, from the second day of this year's Winter Jazzfest.

The first features one of our favorite sax players, the amazing Rudresh Mahanthappa, who played at (Le) Poisson Rouge with his new group Gamak.

The lineup, from left to right:

François Moutin, acoustic bass
David “Fuze” Fiuczynski, double-neck guitar
Rudresh Mahanthappa, alto sax
Dan Weiss, drums (hidden on this video)



The three videos below show Jason Lindner's Breeding Ground playing at Culture Project Theater. The group is a combination of Lindner’s Now versus Now , and his big band. In part 1, you can see Lindner conducting. In parts 2 and 3, when singer Jeff Taylor joined them, he reminded us a bit of another great singer, Theo Bleckmann

The musicians:

Now versus Now:
Jason Lindner, electronics, piano
Mark Guiliana, drums
Panagiotis Andreou, bass

Mazz Swift, violin
Curtis Stewart, violin
Carmel Raz, viola
Will Martina, cello
John Beaty, alto sax
Jorge Continentino, saxes, flute
Rafi Malkiel, trombone
Jeff Taylor, vocals (on part 2 and 3) 












The Music of Nina Simone at Lincoln Center, 12.08.12

Last Saturday, we had the pleasure to be at Lincoln Center’s Allen Room to listen to vocalist Kim Nalley doing an amazing job when interpreting the best of Nina Simone's repertoire. The band included the equally amazing James Carter on sax, Greg Skaff on guitar, Tammy Hall on piano, Michael Zisman on bass and Kent Bryson on drums.

Oh, and if that wasn’t enough: Check out the great view of Central Park and the Manhattan skyline behind the stage!

Photo taken with the iPhone of our friend Naomi Rivas



Happy Birthday, Michael!

Michael Jackson was born on August 29, 1959—which means that he would have turned 53 today. That’s why last weekend, DJ Spinna dedicated his set at Dekalb market to MJ’s birthday. It was a great event, and to our surprise, quite a few Michael Jackson impersonators showed up. They really did a great job, and some were good dancers too!