WGBH Presented Two Live Jazz Events
WGBH presented two live jazz performances on April 14th, 2017. One was in in the WGBH Fraser Performance Studio; and WGBH 24/7 stream “Live at Scullers” from Scullers Jazz Club with the ACS Trio. Both events were hosted by Eric Jackson of Eric in the Evening.
This is the first of what we expect to be more Jazz events produced by Jazz 24/7. Guitarist John Stein performed songs from his new CD Color Tones. With John Stein on guitar, Greg Hopkins on trumpet, John Lockwood on bass, Fernando Brandao on flutes, and Bob Gullotti on drums.
Internationally renowned, John Stein was born and raised in Kansas City, Mo., where he took up his instrument at an early age. His talent for and love of music ultimately earned him a faculty position at Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he is a professor in the harmony department. Stein has performed as a leader or a sideman with some of the world’s finest jazz acts, and his compositions and performances cover the spectrum of jazz styles.
WGBH, Eric Jackson of Eric in the Evening, also hosted live-broadcasting Live at Scullers with the ACS Trio. This is the continuation of several years of live broadcast from Scullers Jazz Club. The trio includes Gerri Allen on piano, Terri Lyne Carrington on drums, and Esperanza Spalding on bass. You can find out more about the WGBH online music stream online Jazz 24/7 here.
With the multi-generational supergroup ACS, sisterhood isn’t just powerful, it’s downright explosive. A spectacular fusion of three celebrated bandleaders who each brings daunting technique and a questing spirit of improvisation to the collective ensemble, ACS emerged out of Carrington’s GRAMMY Award-winning 2011 album The Mosaic Project. A pianist of bracing intelligence and unerring improvisational instincts, Allen is the band’s veteran seeker. Over her expansive career, she has released 18 albums as a leader and collaborated with a pantheon of masters including Ornette Coleman, Charles Lloyd, Wayne Shorter and Charlie Haden. Carrington was already an elite accompanist when she released her 1989 debut Real Life Story with Carlos Santana, Wayne Shorter, Greg Osby, and Dianne Reeves. A musical prodigy championed as a youth by legendary drumming figures Buddy Rich and Jack DeJohnette, she had lengthy tenures with Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock. Spalding was already jazz’s brightest young star before winning an unprecedented Best New Artist GRAMMY Award in 2011, and remains the most celebrated ambassador in jazz, a spellbinding talent who has brought her sleek and soulful sound to a vast international audience. Elegant, experimental, and unquestionably bold, ACS provides this brilliant triumvirate with a vivid forum for further explorations.