WBGO Champions of Jazz 2018 - May 01

Newark Public Radio

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  • Jeff Beck head shot

    Jeff Beck

    Over the course of Jeff Beck’s distinguished career, he has expanded music’s sonic vocabulary with an inventive style of playing that defies categorization. The trailblazing guitarist has been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame twice: as a member of the Yardbirds in 1992 and as a solo artist in 2009. Jeff has earned a total of eight Grammy Awards and has recorded with everyone from Stevie Wonder and Buddy Guy, to Tina Turner and Mick Jagger. Beck is widely regarded by his peers, fans and Rolling Stone magazine, as one of the greatest guitarists of all time, thanks to his ability to make the impossible sound effortless. In the summer of 2016, the guitar virtuoso celebrated 50 years of his musical career with an extraordinary concert, which was released in October 2017 as Jeff Beck: Live at the Hollywood Bowl.

  • La Tanya Hall head shot

    La Tanya Hall

    Vocalist La Tanya Hall’s versatility in a variety of musical genres has allowed her to travel the world with some of our most celebrated artists, including: Harry Belafonte; Michael Feinstein; Aretha Franklin; Quincy Jones; Patti Labelle; Bobby McFerrin; Diana Ross; Steely Dan and Rob Thomas. TV performances include: David Letterman; Ellen; The Today Show. Hall is prominently featured on Bobby McFerrin’s recordings SpiritYouAll and Vocabularies. Hall is also an accomplished actress, having lent her skills to numerous voice-over projects, Broadway shows, film and television appearances. TV shows include Law & Order and The Sopranos. Her first solo studio album, It’s About Time, was released in 2009. Hall also works as an adjunct professor at The New School University in NYC, and is the first jazz vocal faculty member at Oberlin College in Ohio. Hall is also chair of the vocal department for The National Young Arts Foundation.

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