WBGO's afternoon Jazz host Michael Bourne sat down with jazz drummer Jimmy Cobb in March of 2005.
Michael Bourne: How long have you been doing Jimmy Cobb's Mob?
Jimmy Cobb: Well, it started out five, six, maybe more than that, years ago when I was doing an occasional teaching thing down at the New School of Music. I ran into all these guys--the members of the band. Peter Bernstein (guitarist) was going there at the time. And Brad Mehldau (piano). Those kind of guys were coming through the school. I used to have this rhythm class. I would have all ...read more
Gary Walker:The winner and recipient of so many awards that if I listed the mall, we’d be here the whole hour. Nominated six times for a Grammy award. An NEA recipient as a jazz master. His works are ensconced in the Smithsonian Institute in Washington. He’s asked for them back by the way... No, he hasn’t. Because he ain’t done yet. They’ve got to make more space. The wonderful bandleader, composer, arranger, orchestrator, educator and energizer, Gerald Wilson is with us his morning. Gerald, thank you for coming down.Gerald Wilson: Well, thank you for having me over to ...read more
Alto saxophonist Jackie McLean has maintained a prolific career as a performer and composer that has spanned four decades. Here he talks about his latest Blue Note release Fire and Love, career experiences and his steadfast work as a music educator.
Gary Walker: On your latest recording Fire and Love are your son René McLean on tenor, Raymond Williams on trumpet, Steve Davis on trombone, Alan Jay Palmer on piano, and drummer Eric McPherson — all under our tutelage at one time or another these gentlemen here. I want to talk a bit about your informal education, growing ...read more
For the past 40 years, flutist Herbie Mann has taken the instrument in several different directions, performing in a wide variety of musical styles including straight-ahead and soul and pop-jazz, as well as world music, and most recently Eastern European music. A cancer survivor, Mann's latest project is a crusade for prostate cancer awareness.
Brian Delp: Ten years ago you moved out West, to Sante Fe.
Herbie Mann: My wife and I just reached that point that the energy of a big city was not what we enjoyed anymore. We wanted to feel good. [We wanted ...read more
WBGO Afternoon Jazz host Michael Bourne chats with pianist and singer Diana Krall. They discuss her upcoming performance at Radio City Music Hall and her latest album The Look of Love.
Michael Bourne: Do you ever feel dizzy from the whirlwind of everything that's been happening?
Diana Krall: I think I was overwhelmed at Radio City Music Hall. I was driving past Radio City Music Hall after arriving back in New York and not being here for a while. When you drive by Radio City and you see your name up there and it's only your" ...read more
WBGO-FM Midday Jazz host Rhonda Hamilton interviews singer Cassandra Wilson about her life and her new CD Belly of the Sun.
Rhonda Hamilton: On Belly of the Sun you took inspiration from the Mississippi Delta where it was recorded. You are from Mississipi, born in Jackson, and you decided to go home to make this album, why?
Cassandra Wilson: Well, I felt it was time to go home. I have been recording in New York since the beginning of my recording career.
RH: You recorded in a train station?
CW: Yeah. It was a depot that had been used for ...read more