Jazz Fest Minutes http://wwno.org en Jazz Fest Minutes: Singer-Songwriter Eric Lindell http://wwno.org/post/jazz-fest-minutes-singer-songwriter-eric-lindell <p></p><p><a href="http://www.ericlindell.com/" target="_blank">Singer-songwriter Eric Lindell’s</a> music has a soulful quality that is redolent of New Orleans. But he grew up in Sonoma County, California.</p> Sun, 05 May 2013 15:20:18 +0000 Fred Kasten 34724 at http://wwno.org Jazz Fest Minutes: Making Connections With Multi-Instrumentalist Nicholas Payton http://wwno.org/post/jazz-fest-minutes-making-connections-multi-instrumentalist-nicholas-payton <p></p><p><a href="http://www.nicholaspayton.com/" target="_blank">Nicholas Payton</a> is one brilliant musician. He plays just about everything on the bandstand very well. He’s best known for his trumpet work but is also a dynamic keyboard player, and even manages to play superbly on both at the same time.</p><p>In recent years Payton has added another tool to his kit: singing.</p> Sat, 04 May 2013 17:09:16 +0000 Fred Kasten 34689 at http://wwno.org Jazz Fest Minutes: 'One Mo’ Time' With Actor Vernel Bagneris http://wwno.org/post/jazz-fest-minutes-one-mo-time-actor-vernel-bagneris <p></p> Fri, 03 May 2013 16:29:17 +0000 Fred Kasten 34621 at http://wwno.org Jazz Fest Minutes: Lessons Learned With Trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis http://wwno.org/post/jazz-fest-minutes-lessons-learned-trombonist-delfeayo-marsalis <p></p><p>Trombonist <a href="http://delfeayomarsalis.com/" target="_blank">Delfeayo Marsalis</a> got a good lesson and lasting influence out of a teenage attempt to hornswoggle a new trombone from older brother Wynton. The lesson and the influence came in the form of a recording by trombone great J.J. Johnson.</p> Thu, 02 May 2013 12:06:49 +0000 Fred Kasten 34460 at http://wwno.org Jazz Fest Minutes: Saxophonist And Astral Project Founder Tony Dagradi http://wwno.org/post/jazz-fest-minutes-saxophonist-and-astral-project-founder-tony-dagradi <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Saxophonist and Astral Project founder <a href="http://www.tonydagradi.com/" target="_blank">Tony </a></span><a href="http://www.tonydagradi.com/" target="_blank">Dagradi</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> grew up in Summit, New Jersey. By high school he knew what he wanted to do: play jazz.</span></p><p>“It was almost as if I didn’t have a choice,” he says. “I didn’t think about, well, how much money am I going to make or how do I get a gig. I was just — all I wanted to do was play.”</p> Mon, 29 Apr 2013 18:44:13 +0000 Fred Kasten 34280 at http://wwno.org Jazz Fest Minutes: Banjoman Don Vappie http://wwno.org/post/jazz-fest-minutes-banjoman-don-vappie <p></p><p><a href="http://www.vappielle.com/" target="_blank"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Don </span>Vappie</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> grew up in New Orleans with a yen for music he just couldn’t explain.</span></p><p>“My earliest memory, it must have been second grade, I always wanted to be a musician,” Vappie says. “I have no idea why, but that’s what I wanted to do.”</p><p>Unless it was those records.</p> Fri, 26 Apr 2013 17:32:28 +0000 Fred Kasten 34072 at http://wwno.org Jazz Fest Minutes: Jazz Master Eddie Palmieri http://wwno.org/post/jazz-fest-minutes-jazz-master-eddie-palmieri <p></p><p><a href="http://www.nea.gov/honors/jazz/jmCMS/master.php?id=2013_04&amp;type=bio" target="_blank">National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master Eddie Palmieri</a> is a great pianist, composer and bandleader. However, in his early teens Palmieri developed a yen to play timbales in his piano-playing older brother’s band.</p> Thu, 25 Apr 2013 21:27:37 +0000 Fred Kasten 34022 at http://wwno.org Jazz Fest Minutes: Listening And Learning With Germaine Bazzle http://wwno.org/post/jazz-fest-minutes-listening-and-learning-germaine-bazzle <p></p><p>Great New Orleans jazz singer Germaine Bazzle’s formal music education began at the Xavier Junior School of Music under the tutelage of the accomplished and very demanding Sister Mary Latitia.</p><p>“She is the one, when you hear that little sound that I make, she is the one that demonstrated that to the orchestra when we were playing as she wanted something done,” Bazzle explained. “She wanted to show the trumpets or trombones, the brass people, how to do a certain thing. And when I started doing gigs I found myself doing that.”</p> Wed, 24 Apr 2013 19:08:13 +0000 Fred Kasten 33929 at http://wwno.org Jazz Fest Minutes: Trumpeter And Vocalist Gregg Stafford http://wwno.org/post/jazz-fest-minutes-trumpeter-and-vocalist-gregg-stafford <p></p><p>Great New Orleans trumpeter and vocalist Gregg Stafford spent much of his childhood in the Central City neighborhood. He saw lots of parades, often sang in church, and developed a real love of music.</p><p>When it came time for high school, Stafford had the chance to join the school band — if his mother approved. So he told her, “I don’t have an elective at the moment, so the band instructor asked me, would I be interested in music? ‘Oh no, no, no, no; I don’t have no money to pay for no horn, so you can just scratch that,’” she told him.</p> Tue, 23 Apr 2013 13:30:00 +0000 Fred Kasten 33814 at http://wwno.org Jazz Fest Minutes: Hitting The High Notes With Saxophonist Joshua Redman http://wwno.org/post/jazz-fest-minutes-hitting-high-notes-saxophonist-joshua-redman <p></p><p>Saxophonist <a href="http://www.joshuaredman.com/" target="_blank">Joshua Redman</a> grew up in Berkeley, California, a very high achiever academically who turned to music for fun.</p><p>“I loved music, and I loved listening to it and I loved playing it, but I wasn’t serious about it. Music was kind of an escape, it was kind of a relief for me from the more rigorous aspects, the more studious aspects, of academics,” Redman says. “That was kind of how I let myself go and have fun.”</p> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 13:30:00 +0000 Fred Kasten 33737 at http://wwno.org