A Jazz Legend Carries on his Father’s Legacy in Geneva

The Geneva Music Festival presents a wide range of music and various venues in and around Geneva. We hear from jazz legend, drummer T.S. Monk, who will be performing with his sextet at the Smith Opera house. The son of Thelonious Monk, he tells the amazing story of how he first approached his father about wanting to become a drummer — and what happened next.  

Photo credit: courtesy Geneva Music Festival

The Geneva Music Festival Opens this Week

The Geneva Music Festival opens this week.  Geoffrey Herd, the director and also one of the performers, talks about the wide-ranging music being performed in the festival, and about the rather wide-ranging venues for them. http://wskg.org/audio/genevagoeff.mp3

 

Photo credit: Cavani String Quartet for the Geneva Music Festival

OCA Welcomes the Todd Williams Quartet

The Oneonta Concert Association presents the Todd Williams Quartet on Friday, April 21 at 7pm.  A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, composer, arranger, multi-instrumentalist, and music educator Todd Williams brings his quartet to the Foothills Performing Arts Center. http://wskg.org/audio/Williams.mp3

 

Photo credit: Todd Williams

'Sinatra at 100' Comes to Cooperstown

The Cooperstown Summer Music Festival welcomes jazz historian and saxophonist Loren Schoenberg and his quintet for a celebration of the songs of Frank Sinatra.  The concert is in the ballroom of the Otesaga Resort Hotel.  He brings pianist John Di Martino, bassist Michael Karn, drummer Aaron Kimmel, and trumpeter Jon-Erik Kellso. http://www.wskg.org/audio/sinatramix.mp3

 

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Stamford Hears 'Love Songs of the American Songbook'

The Stamford Friends of Music welcome the Juilliard Jazz Ensemble in a concert of ‘Love Songs of the American Songbook’.  We hear from trumpeter Gabriel Medd, who not only leads the ensemble, but also works with a group called Music for Autism. http://wskg.org/audio/meddmix.mp3

 

Photo credit: Gabriel Medd

Jazz Musician and Composer Mike Holober Returns to Oneonta

The Oneonta Concert Association presents jazz musician and composer Mike Holober at the Foothills Performing Arts Center.  Mike is a graduate of SUNY-Oneonta and Binghamton University and he brings his Gotham Jazz Orchestra for a concert of some of his own compositions. http://www.wskg.org/audio/holobermix.mp3

 

Photo credit: mikeholober.com

Brandford Marsalis visits WSKG | Part 2

Jazz legend Branford Marsalis musical career expands beyond jazz.  He has collaborated with other celebrated artists such as Sting, Harry Connick Jr., Miles Davis, and even the Grateful Dead.  As a band leader, he has performed all over the world with his quartet Branford Marsalis Quartet.  On this occasion,  he presents a program of baroque music at the Anderson Center at Binghamton University. WSKG’s Director of Arts & Culture, Alexandra Rangel speaks with him about his extraordinary musical career.

Brandford Marsalis visits WSKG | Part 1

Jazz legend Branford Marsalis musical career expands beyond jazz.  He has collaborated with other celebrated artists such as Sting, Harry Connick Jr., Miles Davis, and even the Grateful Dead.  As a band leader, he has performed all over the world with his quartet Branford Marsalis Quartet.  On this occasion,  he presents a program of baroque music at the Anderson Center at Binghamton University. WSKG’s Director of Arts & Culture, Alexandra Rangel speaks with him about his extraordinary musical career.

Rick Pedro plays "Patriotic Piano"

Pianist Rick Pedro speaks with WSKG’s Bill Snyder about his Patriotic Piano performance on Sunday, June 1 at 2pm at the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage.  Pedro started out as a classical pianist, but was drawn to ragtime and jazz stride piano. http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/national/local-national-1033906.mp3

Photograph courtesy Wolfgang Lonien via Flickr.