Josh Jackson http://weku.fm en Monty Alexander: Trenchtown Meets Uptown http://weku.fm/post/monty-alexander-trenchtown-meets-uptown When the prime minister of Jamaica bestowed jazz pianist <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15223127/monty-alexander">Monty Alexander</a> with the title of Commander in the Order of Distinction, some of his friends teasingly referred to him as Commander Zander. But there's truth in the honorific: Alexander has been a great ambassador for Jamaican music and American jazz. Those two musical legacies meet in his latest project, the Harlem-Kingston Express.<p>"When I was 10, I fell in love with music and musicians in Jamaica," Alexander says. Wed, 15 Jun 2011 13:29:00 +0000 Josh Jackson 6496 at http://weku.fm Monty Alexander: Trenchtown Meets Uptown 'Treme,' Ep. 18: After Mardi Gras http://weku.fm/post/treme-ep-18-after-mardi-gras It took a while to notice, but this season of <em>Treme</em> has set up another parallel between the chef Janette and the ranks of musicians. When her chef at Le Bernardin — an actual restaurant, played by Eric Ripert, the actual chef — senses her unhappiness, he points it out. She once had her own kitchen, where she learned to "express yourself" — now, she's working at her "craftsmanship" on another's vision.<p>This year, we're seeing Antoine, Delmond, Davis and Annie all initiating original projects which they front. Mon, 13 Jun 2011 20:36:00 +0000 Josh Jackson & Patrick Jarenwattananon 6334 at http://weku.fm 'Treme,' Ep. 18: After Mardi Gras 'Treme,' Ep. 17: Mardi Gras Mayhem http://weku.fm/post/treme-ep-17-mardi-gras-mayhem Two years running, Treme has featured a sensory-overload pageant of a Mardi Gras episode. Let's get right to this one. New Orleans native son Josh Jackson is here <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/archives/archive.php?thingId=126392327" target="_blank">again</a> to help break down the music.<p><hr /><p><strong>Patrick Jarenwattananon:</strong> A lot of the first few scenes are scored to the sounds of marching bands. Mon, 06 Jun 2011 17:54:00 +0000 Josh Jackson & Patrick Jarenwattananon 5680 at http://weku.fm 'Treme,' Ep. 17: Mardi Gras Mayhem First Listen: Erik Friedlander, 'Bonebridge' http://weku.fm/post/first-listen-erik-friedlander-bonebridge The history of jazz cello is full of strings attached. Upright bass players — among them Oscar Pettiford, Percy Heath, Harry Babasin, Ray Brown and Ron Carter — have occasionally strayed. But their contributions to the diminutive violoncello are often overshadowed by their work on its bigger, heavier cousin.<p><a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/14864891/erik-friedlander" target="_blank">Erik Friedlander</a> is resolutely a cellist. Mon, 06 Jun 2011 01:59:00 +0000 Josh Jackson 5626 at http://weku.fm First Listen: Erik Friedlander, 'Bonebridge' 'Treme,' Ep. 16: A Village On An Island http://weku.fm/post/treme-ep-16-village-island <blockquote><p>I think I'm starting to figure this place out. It's a village — a village on an island. Everyone's connected. They may love each other, they may hate each other, but they're all related. ... It's all connected somehow. And I'm this close to seeing how it all hooks up. Wed, 01 Jun 2011 18:21:00 +0000 Josh Jackson & Patrick Jarenwattananon 5284 at http://weku.fm 'Treme,' Ep. 16: A Village On An Island 'Treme,' Ep. 15: Finding Your Voice http://weku.fm/post/treme-ep-15-finding-your-voice If you've ever been to the funeral of a beloved musician, you know there's a lot of positivity under the somber tone. It's one of the few times a busy musical community manages to come together and remember the contributions of their late compatriot. And in the New Orleans of <em>Treme</em>, funerals have often been healing and regenerative: There's catharsis in walking in that second line.<p>But Hot 8 Brass Band snare drummer Dinerral Shavers was <a href="http://blog.nola.com/keithspera/2007/01/drumbeat_of_violence_claims_a.html" target="_blank">murdered senselessly</a>. Mon, 23 May 2011 19:00:00 +0000 Josh Jackson & Patrick Jarenwattananon 4504 at http://weku.fm 'Treme,' Ep. 15: Finding Your Voice 'Treme,' Ep. 13: All Politics Is Local http://weku.fm/post/treme-ep-13-all-politics-local Spoiler alert: There are three break-ins during the latest episode of <em>Treme</em>. There's the looting that happened at Janette's old place, the bust of Sonny's apartment and, of course, the sexual assault on LaDonna. (What a performance from Khandi Alexander!)<p>It seems like the writers behind the show are attempting to weave the surge of (violent) crime in late-2006 New Orleans into the fabric of the show's narrative. Mon, 09 May 2011 21:00:00 +0000 Josh Jackson & Patrick Jarenwattananon 3276 at http://weku.fm 'Treme,' Ep. 13: All Politics Is Local 'Treme,' Ep. 12: It's Gonh Be Funky http://weku.fm/post/treme-ep-12-its-gonh-be-funky In November 2006, new problems were emerging in the rebuilding of New Orleans. To compound the lingering issues with police work immediately after Hurricane Katrina, crime is up again. Government agencies are spending freely with contractors via patronage networks, while working-class laborers are seeing relatively little of that money. There are proposals afoot to rezone the city and wipe out neighborhoods, and new politicians who are debating those ideas. Public schools are underfunded, and parents are taking notice. Mon, 02 May 2011 17:15:00 +0000 Josh Jackson & Patrick Jarenwattananon 2744 at http://weku.fm 'Treme,' Ep. 12: It's Gonh Be Funky First Rites: Jazz Goes Stravinsky http://weku.fm/post/first-rites-jazz-goes-stravinsky In late March, The Bad Plus descended upon Duke University to unveil its take on Igor Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring. You can now hear a recording of <a href="http://www.wbgo.org/thecheckout/the-bad-plus-on-sacred-ground/">"On Sacred Ground: Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring"</a> at <em>The Checkout</em>.<p>One of my favorite parts of the "Rite" is the "Spring Khorovod," from the first of two sections. A khorovod is a round dance, a simple folkloric form. Think "Ring Around the Rosy," then add a dark Russian vibe. Fri, 29 Apr 2011 10:00:00 +0000 Josh Jackson 2536 at http://weku.fm First Rites: Jazz Goes Stravinsky