Litchfield Jazz Festival Performances Air on NPR’s JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater


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On Saturday, August 7, 2010, National Public Radio's JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater came to the Litchfield Jazz Festival to record bassist Mario Pavone's live performance of a new work with his group Orange Double Tenor. The Festival, which celebrated its 15th Anniversary that weekend in Kent, CT, was honored to present Pavone's commission from Chamber Music America's New Jazz Works: Commissioning and Ensemble Development Program with funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Each year in a peer-reviewed process, some ten composers from a pool of more than one hundred are chosen to realize their proposed works. The composer has one year to write the piece, and six months to premiere it. Mr. Pavone was one of the few composers chosen for this opportunity.

Mario Pavone's Arc Suite, performed live at the Litchfield Jazz Festival, will air in surround sound on 115 NPR stations, including the flagship WBGO Jazz 88. On JazzSet, host Dee Dee Bridgewater introduces the music and shares the creators' stories, told in their own words. All JazzSet programs are available on demand at jazzset.npr.org.

In the week beginning November 11, 2010, JazzSet will feature Arc Suite, by bassist Mario Pavone. In five movements, Pavone reaches back through his 45-year career, which began in free-flowing jam sessions in the lofts of New York City. Pavone composed Arc Suite to feature the members of his long-running sextet, featuring Jimmy Greene, Peter Madsen, Tony Malaby, Dave Ballou, and Gerald Cleaver.

“The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation is proud of the new jazz works commissioned with our support over the years from an exciting array of jazz artists. This is a wonderful opportunity for a larger national audience to hear some of those works and artists," said Ben Cameron, Program Director for the Arts at the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. “We salute Dee Dee Bridgewater and WBGO for their leadership in the national jazz field and are delighted to support this project."

Mr. Pavone is a long-time instructor at the Festival's educational-arm, Litchfield Jazz Camp, and is the president of the non-profit board of Litchfield Performing Arts, the organization that produces the Festival and Camp.

While at the Festival, JazzSet's team were so excited by what they heard that on the week beginning November 18, they will air another program featuring other live performances from the 2010 Litchfield Jazz Festival, by the Gerald Clayton Trio and the Gabriel Alegria Afro-Peruvian Sextet.

JazzSet has been produced by Becca Pulliam since 1992 with Technical Director Duke Markos and Executive Producer Thurston Briscoe III. JazzSet airs on WBGO Jazz 88.3FM in Newark, NJ and on wbgo.org each Sunday at 6pm and Wednesday at 6:30pm. To find a JazzSet station, click here.

Founded in 1981, Litchfield Performing Arts is a not for profit whose mission is to change lives through the arts. LPA offers arts programming that addresses the expressed needs of the community including greater exposure and enhanced opportunities to learn, perform, participate, and refine community skills, talents, and interests in music and the arts. LPA places special importance on providing assistance to those in financial need and students at risk. LPA's “community" is one of interest which includes students, artists, and the general public at home in Connecticut, across the United States, and throughout the world. litchfieldjazzfest.com.

Beyond reaching 400,000 weekly listeners (including 17,000 contributing members) on air, online and via mobile devices, WBGO, Jazz88.3FM in Newark, New Jersey, presents live broadcasts from prestigious jazz venues and produces acclaimed programs for NPR heard by millions. WBGO is Jazz Week magazine's 2010 Major Market Station of the Year. wbgo.org.

The mission of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation is to improve the quality of people's lives through grants supporting the performing arts, environmental conservation, medical research and the prevention of child abuse, and through preservation of the cultural and environmental legacy of Doris Duke's properties. ddcf.org.

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