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Live Jazz On WBAI

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After a takeover of WBAI 99.5 FM, a NY, Pacifica, listener supported (absolutely NO corporate support, as opposed to the BS NPR NY radio station WNYC, which has MASSIVE corporate support, including Facebook!) radio station in November by two renegade Pacifica board members, WBAI returned to the air in December. 

They built a new studio in Brooklyn, which is large enough to feature live music performances, and this afternoon, Leonard Lopate had a live jazz concert by The Uptown Big Band, led by yet another Marsalis brother, Trombonist Defaiyo Marsalis. They're composed of Southern musicians, mainly from New Orleans, and played a swinging, funk influenced set of Defaiyo's tunes, with good solos by most band members. It was a breath of fresh air compared to most of the jazz heard in NYC nowadays.


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