What to Stream, May 11–18


Lakecia Benjamin

(Photo: Elizabeth Leitzell)

We’ve got some crazy streaming opportunities for you this week, including Welcome to the Sands Box featuring Christian Sands chatting with Joel Ross and Immanuel Wilkins courtesy of the Monterey Jazz Festival; a new documentary on the late avant-garde violinist Billy Bang; Lakecia Benjamin live at Club Dizzy’s in New York; Joey DeFrancesco live from Van Gelder Studio, and more. A fee is associated with some of the material listed, and some items have been sourced from WBGO, WDCB and WWOZ. Please support jazz radio.

Available Now: Cécile McLorin Salvant & Sullivan Fortner At Home to raise funds for GHESKIO in Haiti (available until May 31)

Available Now: Welcome To The Sands Box with Christian Sands, Joel Ross and Immanuel Wilkins (Monterey Jazz Festival)

May 12: Mark Shim Trio at Bar Bayeux (Brooklyn)

May 12: Angel Bat Dawid/Charles Joseph Smith/Marvin Tate/Johanna Brock at Constellation (Chicago)

May 12: Allyn Johnson, DC Jazz’s We Get To Talk Series (Washington, DC)

May 13: Live From Dizzy’s: Lakecia Benjamin (New York)

May 14: Documentary—Billy Bang, Lucky Man

May 14: Black Diamond at Constellation (Chicago)

May 14: Robert Randolph + G. Love Live from Relix Studio

May 15: 21st Century Orchestra Nu Deco Ensemble with Tank & the Bangas and Cory Henry

May 15: Beau O’Reilly album release at Constellation (Chicago)

May 15–16: Live from Van Gelder Studio: Joey DeFrancesco, Billy Hart, Peter Bernstein with Houston Person

May 16: Richard X Bennett & RXB3, Sacred Music at Columbia

May 17: Lauren Lee, Queen Of Cups album release concert at the Soapbox Gallery (Brooklyn)

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    Benjamin possessed a fluid, round sound on the alto saxophone, and he was often most recognizable by the layers of electronic effects that he put onto the instrument.

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    Sanborn’s highly stylized playing and searing signature sound — frequently ornamented with thrill-inducing split-tones and bluesy bent notes — influenced generations of jazz and blues saxophonists.

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    ​Albert “Tootie” Heath (1935–2024) followed in the tradition of drummer Kenny Clarke, his idol.

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    Henry Threadgill performs with Zooid at Big Ears in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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    Cuscuna played a singular role in the world of jazz as a producer of new jazz, R&B and rock recordings; as co-founder of a leading reissue record label; as a historian, journalist and DJ; and as the man who singlehandedly kept the Blue Note label on life support.

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