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The next show will air on Sunday, August 7, 2016 from 11:00 PM – 1:00 AM Monday Eastern Standard Time on WBAI, 99.5 FM in the NYC metro area or streaming online at wbai.org. This broadcast features an interview with drummer and percussionist Will Calhoun. Hard-hitting Living Colour drummer Will Calhoun continues in his Jazz roots on his soon to be released Celebrating Elvin Jones. Join us while we discuss the journey that lead to this recording.
Will Calhoun, the widely acclaimed drummer from the Bronx, New York, graduated from the Berklee School of Music in Boston, where he received a Bachelors degree in Music Production and Engineering. He was also the recipient of the prestigious Buddy Rich Jazz Masters Award for outstanding performance by a drummer.
For all you Living Coloür fans, the band has been working on new material under the title of Shade and is scheduled to release in 2017.
Celebrating Elvin Jones, Calhoun’s second project on Motema, includes former Suga’ guest Christian McBride and has a release date of August 19. Signed copies of this recording will be available as a thank you gift for a pledge amount of $25, which also includes a year’s WBAI membership. Also, there are still a few copies of Geri Allen, David Murray, and Terri Lyne Carrington most recent project Perfection, recorded under the MAC Power Trio group name. This CD is available as a thank you gift for a membership pledge amount of $25 to ten (10) listeners. There are also a few autographed copies of Quincy Jones’s Miles and Me book available for a $35 pledge. All of these make great holiday/ birthday/ special occasion gifts — if you can resist keeping them for yourself!
This program is hosted, engineered, produced, and edited by Joyce Jones.
Listen for our On the Bandstand segment with NYC metro area appearances of Suga’ guests at the end of the first hour with Associate Producer Hank Williams.
Will Calhoun will perform work from his new Celebrating Elvin Jones CD at a free outdoor performance in Harlem at Marcus Garvey Park on August 12 as part of the Jazzmobile series. You can catch him in a totally different vibe on the 28th with Living Coloür at the Afropunk festival in Brooklyn’s Commodore Barry Park.
Read our reviews and coverage of Will’s shows on our blog.
Watch the video preview of the Celebrating Elvin Jones with Will and other band members.
Watch Calhoun light up the room with a drum solo at a Living Colour concert.
Hank Williams is assistant producer for Suga’ in My Bowl and produces the weekly “On the Bandstand” segment as well as running the show’s website and blog, where he has reviewed several jazz festivals. His writing has also appeared in Left Turn magazine and American Music Review. He teaches at Lehman and Hunter colleges in the City University of New York system.
The next show will air on Sunday May 5, 2013 from 11 PM to 1 AM Eastern Standard Time on WBAI Radio, 99.5 FM in the NYC metro area or streaming online at wbai.org. This installment of the program will feature drummer and percussionist Will Calhoun.
Will Calhoun, the widely acclaimed drummer from the Bronx, New York, graduated from the Berklee School of Music in Boston, where he received a Bachelors degree in Music Production and engineering. He was also the recipient of the prestigious Buddy Rich Jazz Masters Award for outstanding performance by a drummer.
Will’s first jazz CD as a bandleader is entitled The Will Calhoun Quintet: Live at the Blue Note. The disc is an adventurous journey through Will’s approach to acoustic Jazz, World and Ambient music. The line-up features Bobby Watson-sax, Terrell Stafford-trumpet, John Benitez-bass and Orrin Evans-piano. Will’s song writing, arrangements and drumming on this CD are ground breaking. Although this was Will’s first attempt at fronting a jazz group, Down Beat Magazine, Jazz Times, and Billboard Magazine have given the CD top ratings. Drum Magazine’s readers poll voted Will’s CD 1st runner up for Drummer/Band leader.
One of Will’s latest creations is his follow-up release on the Halfnote label: Native Lands. Native Lands can be described as Jazz meets World, meets trance-inducing Urban music. This is a double package – CD/DVD in which Calhoun marries his far reaching interests in a genre-bending collection that taps key expressionists from various backgrounds. Among those contributing are Pharoah Sanders, Mos Def, Buster Williams, Stanley Jordan, Kevin Eubanks, Marcus Miller and Wallace Roney, as well as Nana Vasconcelos from Brazil and Cheick Tidiane Seck from Mali. The album includes a DVD with over ninety minutes of music videos and documentary materials that chronicle the last ten years of Will’s life and travels.
For all you Living Colour fans, the band is touring again and working on new material. See their tour schedule for information for these dates.
Produced, engineered, edited, and hosted by Joyce Jones.
Watch Oumou Sangare with her band featuring Will at the 2012 Essaouira Gnaoua and World Music Festival.