Jazz Up Your Holiday Stocking
by Francie Scanlon
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Santa's favourite jazz trombonist Wycliffe Gordon and Friends will rock the 'House of Swing' at a "Red Hot Holiday Stomp" in the Rose Theater at Jazz at Lincoln Center. (Photo Credit: Frank Stewart for Jazz at Lincoln Center)
Swing into the Holidays with JazzStories, Jazz at Lincoln Center (JALC) Radio's new podcast series which debuts November 29.

The JazzStories podcast episodes – featuring a mix of new artist interviews in their own words while also drawing from JALC's considerable treasure chest of archival interviews recorded for its national program and education events – will be released every other Monday and can be downloaded at the Jazz at Lincoln Center website or by searching iTunes with keyword 'Jazz Stories.'

Pianist, composer and bandleader Randy Weston will be spotlighted on December 13; thereafter Sam Rivers will be featured on December 27; Hank Jones - inimitable on the keys – will kick off the New Year on Monday, January 10.

Jazz at Lincoln Center Radio, broadcast weekly to over 314 radio affiliates nationwide through the Jazz Satellite Network/WFMT and hosted by actor Wendell Pierce, offers performances by a star-studded list of jazz luminaries, captured live at Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of JALC.

On Tuesday, December 7, JALC will host its sixth listening party of the 2010-11 season with the aforementioned Randy Weston and journalist Willard Jenkins as they discuss two new projects with JALC's Ken Druker. Topics for discussion include the book African Rhythms: The Autobiography of Randy Weston (Duke University Press) and the album “The Storyteller: Live at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola" (Motema Music) by Randy Weston and his African Rhythms Sextet, featuring the late trombonist Benny Powell.

With a career spanning six decades and traversing five continents, Weston, who was reared in Bedford-Stuyvesant, has tales to tell that must be heard. Weston recounts his unique partnerships with Langston Hughes, musician/arranger Melba Liston and the jazz scholar Marshall Stearns, as well as his collaborations and friendships with legends like Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Coleman Hawkins and Thelonious Monk.

This FREE listening party starts at 7 p.m. at the Nesuhi Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Broadway at 60th Street. Seating is open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis and doors will open at 6:30PM.

Be sure to catch "The Rhythm Road: American Music Abroad," a program that JALC administers for the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The primary purpose of The Rhythm Road is to showcase America's unique contribution to the world of music and to advance cross-cultural understanding and exchange among nations worldwide.

There will be two concerts on Saturday, December 11, the first featuring drummer Nasar Abadey and SUPERNOVA at 12:30 p.m. The Johnny Rodgers Band will take the stage at 2:30 p.m. Since 1979 the former has performed and explored various jazz elements such as traditional African rhythms, bebop, fusion, Afro-Cuban, Afro Brazilian, and free form. The latter was established in New York City in 2003 with a mission to bring musical depth to new, original songs, articulating an array of styles ranging from pop to jazz to classic rock.

These FREE concerts will take place at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Frederick P. Rose Hall, Broadway at 60th Street, 5th floor. No tickets are required, but seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Finally, if you have been very good and/or you want to play Santa Claus to someone else, there is no better treat than tickets to the "Red Hot Holiday Stomp." Led by Wycliffe Gordon and an all-star band, it's a New Orleans twist on holiday classics – think Christmas songs with a Crescent City groove.

Staged in the Rose Theater from December 9-11 at 8 p.m., there's also a Family Matinee on December 11 at 2 p.m. Tickets can be purchased through Center Charge (212.721.6500) or at the Jazz at Lincoln Center Box Office, Broadway at 60th Street, Ground Floor.

May all your Holidays be jazz.

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