Monthly Archives: February 2010

Babatunde Lea, Tineke Postma upcoming Conversation guests

Feb. 24, 2010 – Join us for our conversations with two outstanding artists, Babatunde Lea and Tineke Postma, in the coming days.

On Thursday, February 25th at 2PM EST, we’ll be talking to master percussionist and drummer Babatunde Lea about his latest recording, a tribute to the great Leon Thomas, titled Umbo Weti.

Due to technical difficulties, we had to reschedule to our chat with saxophonist Tineke Postma to March 2nd at 2PM EST.

You can listen live at the JazzPage’s BlogTalkRadio channel by clicking on the link for the prospective guest on the day of the show.

If you miss them, both shows will be archived for listening at your convenience.

Esperanza Spalding on Austin City Limits

Feb. 23, 2010 – Esperanza Spalding’s appearance on PBS’ Austin City Limits, which was recorded last fall, aired this month on the program.

In case you missed it, you can check it out here (Tip: Expand the video window to fullscreen, if your computer can handle it).

From multiple performances at the White House, to being selected by President Obama to perform at his Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Norway, it’s been quite a year for Ms. Spalding.

It seems hard to believe that it was almost exactly a year ago that we were sitting backstage with her after a performance in Birmingham talking about art.

A Conversation with Vocalist Jackie Ryan

Feb. 19, 2010 – Jackie Ryan was the first guest in TheJazzPage’s Conversations series on Thursday, February 18th at 2PM EST. The 30-minute interview was broadcasted live on

The archive recording of the interview with Ms. Ryan is now available in the Conversations section of our site. Click here to check it out.

A Well-Deserved Grammy Win For The Incredibly Talented Mr. Elling

Feb 9, 2010 – It’s great when someone truly deserving of recognition wins the reward that goes along with that accolade. So to hear that Kurt Elling finally received his first Best Vocal Jazz Album Grammy for Dedicated To You after nine nominations was extraordinarily great.

We thought that Elling’s Man In The Air would be a sure winner in 2004, and that 2007’s Night Moves, which did not receive a nomination was equally deserving.

There are several other of those nine recordings that could have won as well, but there’s something even more special about his winning for such an extraordinary showcase as Dedicated To You. Likewise, it says volumes about any artist who is consistenly singled out for such great work over more than a decade, but to see him finally realize the prize his work so richly deserves is something special indeed.

Check out TheJazzPage’s October 2009 review of Kurt Elling’s now-Grammy-winning project, Dedicated To You.