The program will present highlights from Ms. Yamanaka's May 10, 2012 acclaimed performance at the Mary Lou Williams Women In Jazz Festival at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. In addition to hosting JazzSet," Ms. Bridgewater also appeared as the host of the festival.
Also appearing on the program will be saxophonist Jane Bunnett and her band, with special guests Hilario Duran and Candido, in highlights from Ms. Bunnett's impressive set following Ms. Yamanaka on the May 10, 2012 concert.
On the program, Ms. Yamanaka is accompanied by bassist Yoshi Waki and drummer John Davis.
WBGO will air a repeat broadcast on August 8. The archived program can be heard online on the JazzSet" page of the NPR website starting August 2.
Ms. Yamanaka's current CD in the U.S. is Reminiscence (Universal/EmArcy/Decca), and she recently released a new CD in Japan, Because (Universal/Verve), featuring her cleverly original jazz arrangements of songs by The Beatles. Because is expected for release in the U.S. and Europe in early 2013.