Josh Jackson

Josh Jackson is currently the Special Projects Producer at WBGO-Newark, where he is the station's blogger-in-chief and leading caffeine consumer. Josh hosts Live at the Village Vanguard, a monthly concert series from the legendary New York jazz club. He is also the creator and host of Living With Music, a multimedia riff about jazz, discovery and other big ideas.

He started with a full-time gig and volunteer host position at WWOZ in New Orleans, landed a temporary production assistant job at American Routes and attended public radio boot camp at Murray Street Productions in New York. He has produced award-winning documentaries and more than 250 live concert recordings while at WBGO.

He still believes that radio is a legitimate career path. No one has the heart to tell him the truth.


Wed June 15, 2011
Favorite Sessions

Monty Alexander: Trenchtown Meets Uptown

Monty Alexander.

When the prime minister of Jamaica bestowed jazz pianist Monty Alexander 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.

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Mon June 13, 2011
A Blog Supreme

'Treme,' Ep. 18: After Mardi Gras

Harley (Steve Earle, left) and Annie (Lucia Micarelli) busk in the French Quarter in Treme.
Paul Schiraldi HBO

It took a while to notice, but this season of Treme 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.

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Mon June 6, 2011
A Blog Supreme

'Treme,' Ep. 17: Mardi Gras Mayhem

Al "Carnival Time" Johnson (center, singing) sits in with Antoine Batiste and the Soul Apostles on Treme. Batiste, the trombonist, is played by Wendell Pierce.
Paul Schiraldi HBO

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 again to help break down the music.

Patrick Jarenwattananon: A lot of the first few scenes are scored to the sounds of marching bands. First, what's all this business with the Muses parade and their glitter shoes?

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Sun June 5, 2011
First Listen

First Listen: Erik Friedlander, 'Bonebridge'

Erik Friedlander's new album, Bonebridge, comes out June 14.
Claudio Casanova AAJ Italia

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.

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Wed June 1, 2011
A Blog Supreme

'Treme,' Ep. 16: A Village On An Island

Antoine Batiste (Wendell Pierce) leads the Soul Apostles in the latest episode of Treme.
Paul Schiraldi HBO

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.
--Nelson Hidalgo

The New Orleans of Treme has often felt like a small town, where many characters wear multiple hats, and six degrees of separation feel more like one or two. But this season, that quality has been heightened ever so slightly.

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Mon May 23, 2011
A Blog Supreme

'Treme,' Ep. 15: Finding Your Voice

Antoine (Wendell Pierce) and Desiree (Phyllis Montana LeBlanc) march in a recreation of the Silence Is Violence parade in Jan. 2007.
Paul Schiraldi HBO

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 Treme, funerals have often been healing and regenerative: There's catharsis in walking in that second line.

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Mon May 9, 2011
A Blog Supreme

'Treme,' Ep. 13: All Politics Is Local

Spoiler alert: There are three break-ins during the latest episode of Treme. 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!)

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Mon May 2, 2011
A Blog Supreme

'Treme,' Ep. 12: It's 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.

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Fri April 29, 2011
A Blog Supreme

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 "On Sacred Ground: Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring" at The Checkout.

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