On Wednesday April 20, Paquito D'Rivera, fourteen-time Grammy winner and author of the musical memoir Letters to Yeyito: Lessons from a Life in Music, will join WGBO host Michael Bourne and pianist Alex Brown at Yamaha Artist Services, Inc.'s piano salon in Manhattan for a reading, performance, and conversation, followed by a book signing.
Cocktail Reception: 5:45 to 6:30 PM
Introductions/Remarks: 6:30 to 6:45 PM
Performance/Interview: 6:45 to 7:45 PM
Book Signing and Post-Show Mingling: 7:45 to 8:30 PM
When: Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at 5:45pm
Where: Yamaha Artist Services Piano Salon, 689 Fifth Avenue, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10022 (Entrance located on the north side of 54th Street,
between Madison & Fifth Avenues)
Michael Bourne has been a presence on WBGO since the end of 1984. He's hosted the popular Singers Unlimited (Sunday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.) since 1985 and Afternoon Jazz (Monday-Friday 2 p.m.-6:30 p.m., including the 3 p.m. Blues Hour) since the mid-90's. He's been honored with the Willis Conover-Marian McPartland Award for Excellence in Jazz Broadcasting from the Jazz Journalists Association. Michael is also a senior contributor to Down Beat, with the magazine since 1969. Doctor Bourne earned a PhD in Theatre from Indiana University -- which comes in handy when he's a theatre critic for the WBGO Journal.
The understated virtuosity of pianist Alex Brown is a clear indication that reports of jazz music’s demise are greatly exaggerated. Fast emerging at the forefront of a new generation of artists, Brown is mightily armed with the technique of jazz tradition, reinvested with fresh curiosity and vision for what jazz is, and can be. Featured in the January 2010 issue of Keyboard Magazine, Alex Brown’s reputation continues expanding via his notable performances with everyone from innovative saxophonist Miguel Zenon to the legendary Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. He is a member of Paquito D’Rivera's ensemble and shared their 2010 Grammy nomination as a part of D'Rivera's album, "Jazz-Clazz." In addition to touring with D’Rivera, Alex Brown performs regularly as the leader of his own jazz ensemble.