Darius Jones Trio x 2 Tonight

October 19, 2009
Photo by John Sharpe

Photo by John Sharpe

Not since Phil Collins did it at Live Aid has a musician played concerts on both sides of the Atlantic in a single day*, but alto saxophonist Darius Jones will come close tonight when his trio performs live at Outpost 186 in Cambridge, MA on the same night BBC 3’s Jazz on 3 presents its set from this summer’s Vision Festival 14.

The group, which just wowed the audience at AUM Fidelity‘s all-star artist showcase at Abrons Arts Center on Thursday night, is celebrating the release of Jones’ long-awaited debut as a leader, Man’ish Boy (A Raw & Beautiful Thing).

Learn more about Jones, his work in this band with mentors Cooper-Moore and Rakalam Bob Moses, and the sources of his music in an extended interview with Jason Crane on last Friday’s episode of The Jazz Session.

* This may or may not be true.

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Nate Chinen Interviews Darcy James Argue On Tonight’s Jazz On 3

June 15, 2009
Photo by Ben Anaman

Photo by Ben Anaman

Nate Chinen‘s recent interview with composer/bandleader Darcy James Argue will air on tonight’s episode of BBC 3’s Jazz on 3 hosted by Jez Nelson.

The program, which also features a live set from Belgium’s Flat Earth Society and a report from Ornette Coleman’s Meltdown Festival, begins at 11:15 p.m. (GMT).

Following that, it will be available for streaming from the show’s Web site for the next week.

[UPDATE: The interview segment begins an hour and 27 minutes in and is followed by the track “Transit” from Infernal Machines (New Amsterdam Records)].


The Convergence Quartet Live On BBC3’s Jazz on 3

May 5, 2009
The Convergence Quartet

The Convergence Quartet

Last night’s edition of BBC 3’s Jazz on 3, hosted by Jez Nelson, featured a series of live recordings from the 2009 Cheltenham Jazz Festival, including a set by The Convergence Quartet at the Xposed Club from May 1st.

Streaming audio of the program will be available via the show’s Web site through Monday, May 11th. 

The Convergence Quartet’s performance in Cheltenham was part of the band’s 10-stop tour of the UK, which concluded on Sunday.

Check out these reviews of the April 27th performance at Vortex in London in The Jazz Mann and The Guardian.


David S. Ware Track On Tonight’s Jazz on 3

January 19, 2009

Tonight’s episode of BBC 3’s Jazz on 3 features the track “Crossing Samsara” from David S. Ware’s Shakti, coming January 27th on AUM Fidelity.

This is Ware’s first studio recording since 2003, and the recorded debut of his newest working ensemble featuring guitarist Joe Morris, bassist William Parker and drummer Warren Smith.

During the segment, host Jez Nelson calls Ware “unquestionably one of the most forceful and original voices in contemporary saxophone” and Shakti  “a fabulous, welcome return”.

Listeners in the UK can hear the program, which also features an exclusive studio session by the Gail Brand/Mark Sanders Duo and tracks from other artists’ new releases, live starting at 11:15 p.m., while the rest of us can tune in via the show’s Web site for up to a week after it airs.