Guido Vincenzo

GuidoVincenzo

Guido programs Jazz, Acid Jazz, Modern Jazz and Jazz Holiday for Slacker Radio. He believes programming jazz is kind of like putting a good meal together – just the right amount of melodic content, rich improvisation, and a lot of soul. He is also a great cook and an Italian wine connoisseur...naturally.

Jerry Bergonzi: By Any Other Name – New On Slacker Modern Jazz

Jerry+Bergonzi+JerryBergonziThere are only a handful of musicians who can simultaneously navigate through the obstacle course of chord changes on John Coltrane’s Giant Steps with finesse while totally reworking the song’s melodic content, essentially making it a fresh, new composition. That is exactly what saxophone master Jerry Bergonzi has done with PG 2013 (Giant Steps) and several other standards on his new album, appropriately titled By Any Other Name.

Bergonzi, who recorded nine albums with Dave Brubeck from ’73 – ’81, is widely appreciated as both a fluid improviser with a muscular tone and a top educator. On this offering, Jerry and his forward-looking quartet use the chord changes of Bye Bye Blackbird, Joy Spring, and Star Eyes as lift off points for their own spontaneous compositions.

There is nothing simple about the music Bergonzi and his colleagues pursue. Phil Grenadier’s trumpet solos match Bergonzi’s tenor work for intensity and complexity and the quartet breathes as one.

Check out Jerry Bergonzi on Slacker Modern Jazz as he lays down stunning original work based on his knowledge of what’s come before!

 

Eliane Elias Celebrates Chet Baker on Slacker Jazz

Eliane Elias I Thought About YouWhile the Great American Songbook and Bossa Nova might at first seem to be disparate juxtapositions, it’s wise to remember that Antonio Carlos Jobim and Joao Gilberto were huge fans of Chet Baker’s relaxed, lyrical delivery of standards. Baker remains an iconic pioneer of West Coast Cool, as both an immediately identifiable vocalist and versatile trumpeter.

On her new Concord Jazz release, “I Thought About You,” vocalist /pianist Eliane Elias pays tribute to vocalist/trumpeter Baker, without losing sight of her Brazilian roots.  Eliane’s former husband, trumpeter Randy Brecker, puts his personal  stamp  on  “There Will Never Be Another You, “ “That Old Feeling,” and “Just Friends.” His phrasing shows that he is aware of Baker’s clear tone and subdued style yet inventive enough to develop a sense of originality on these standards.

Just as Baker grew up listening to music of the ‘30’s and ‘40’s, Elias and Brecker obviously grew up with an appreciation for Baker’s charismatic delivery and subdued style.  Elias, who has previously paid tribute to Jobim and Bill Evans on record, once again proves she is an artist beyond category!

Enjoy the essence of Eliane Elias’ “I Thought About You” on Slacker Jazz and Slacker Modern Jazz!

Slacker Celebrates International Jazz Day

visual_jazz2013_facebook_480x480p_enApril marks the twelfth anniversary of Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM).  Launched by the Smithsonian’s  National Museum of American History in 2002, JAM shines the spotlight on the extraordinary history of jazz and its importance in American culture through concerts, lectures, films and audio programs.

Tuesday, April 30 has been designated International Jazz Day. To date, nearly 80 events have been organized in 30 countries.  A special concert in Istanbul, Turkey organized by music director  John Beasley will feature Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, George Duke, Jean-Luc Ponty, and Eddie Palmieri, among many others and will be streamed live on the internet via the UNESCO, U.S. State Department.

Slacker Jazz and Slacker Modern Jazz celebrate International jazz artists every day of the year, including Enrico Rava (Italy), John McLaughlin (U.K.), Manu Katche (France),  Marcin Wasilewski (Poland), Eliane Elias (Brazil), Hendrik Meurkins (Germany),  Joh Yamada (Japan) Luciana Souza (Brazil), Jan Garbarek (Norway), Hey Rim Jeon (Korea), Hirome (Japan), Peter Beets (Holland), and Ray Barretto (Puerto Rico).

To follow the many events of International Jazz Day, check out their Facebook and Twitter pages.

 

New On Slacker Jazz: Molly Ringwald “Except Sometimes”

molly ringwaldIf you only think of Molly Ringwald as the iconic teen actress in the films Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, and Pretty In Pink, think again!

Before Molly was making movies in Hollywood, she was making music in Sacramento. Molly began performing at age six with her father, jazz pianist Bob Ringwald. Molly now stars in the ABC Family series The Secret Life of the American Teenager.  She’s also penned her first novel and is busy raising twins. But Molly’s never forgotten her jazz roots and credits her father for instilling in her a love of swing and on-stage pacing.

Molly’s new CD on Concord is called Except Sometimes. On standards such as “Sooner Or Later,” “The Very Thought of You,” and “Exactly Like You,” Molly shows both a reverence for the Great American Songbook and an awareness of and appreciation for Ella Fitzgerald, Blossom Dearie, and Peggy Lee.

Check out Molly Ringwald on Slacker Jazz for a refreshing take on jazz standards and more!