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"MusicHeads" with Patricia Barber... "What is Swing?"

January 14th, 2015

Internationally acclaimed jazz pianist Patricia Barber hosts WDCB’s new three-part series  “MusicHeads,” recorded in the acoustically pristine PianoForte Studios in downtown Chicago. The show airs Wednesday nights, from 9 – 10 pm.

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In the first show, airing  January 14, 2105, Barber explores the question “What is Swing? It also looks at what is meant when one says “music swings” and examines how musicians actually make music swing.  Helping Patricia swing on this show are bassist Larry Kohut, drummer, Jon Deitemyer and saxophonist Jim Gailloreto. In future weeks , Barber and guests will explore “The Piano as Percussion” and “The Double Bass.”

“This is musical exploration on a high level,” says WDCB Station Manager Dan Bindert.  “The opportunity to have someone of Patricia’s caliber host a radio show for WDCB is incredible, but what’s so interesting to me is that it’s not just a display of her considerable talent.  She explores her own musical curiosity in a very creative way in these shows and we get to come along with her to experience the process.”

MusicHeads is airing three consecutive Wednesday nights at 9pm on January 14th, 21st, and 28th as part of WDCB’s weekly Chicago Jazz Spotlight series.  All three shows are made possible in part by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency, with generous support from PianoForte Chicago.

WDCB is “Chicago’s Home for Jazz” and can be heard locally throughout Chicagoland on 90.9FM, via streaming worldwide on www.WDCB.org (and the Tune-In app) as well as in the city of Chicago through cable television on CAN TV42.  WDCB broadcasts from the campus of College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, IL.

photo credit: Jammi York