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Benny Green & Russell Malone, Tierney Sutton and the James Carter Organ Trio @ the Kennedy Center Jazz Festival

Tierney Sutton

Dee Dee Bridgewater is hosting our own JazzSet festival. For three weeks, we'll hear artists onstage at Kennedy Center Jazz. We open with Benny Green & Russell Malone, Tierney Sutton and the James Carter Organ Trio.

Benny (piano) and Russell (guitar) share respect for the jazz tradition, a love of swinging, melodic tunes of all eras, and the sheer joy of playing together. It radiates right off the bandstand. They're at the Kennedy Center Jazz Club in Washington for a pair of sold out shows.

After the duo, Tierney Sutton steps up with her long-time trio of Christian Jacob, piano; Trey Henry, bass; and Ray Brinker, drums. Host Dee Dee Bridgewater likes the flexibility of Sutton's voice, saying that Tierney sounds comfortable with her lovely voice. On August 23, she releases I'm with the Band, a live set from Birdland in New York, on the Telarc label.

James Carter. Credit: David Katzenstein

Then James Carter -- the bravura saxophonist who played the role of Ben Webster in the film Kansas City -- seizes the time with "Soul Street" and an excerpt of "Bingo Domingo." You'll love Carter's swinging entrance, circular breathing and fade-out ending on the first tune, and his fabulous solo on the second. It is must-hear radio! The band is Gerard Gibbs on organ and vocals, and Leonard King on drums.

Photo: David Katzenstein

Coming to the Kennedy Center Jazz festival for the next two weeks on JazzSet: vibist Stefon Harris, the Clayton Brothers, bassist John Patitucci and the extraordinary Dave Holland Big Band.

There's also a CD, Up on the Roof, a collection of music we've broadcast from the Kennedy Center... including a selection from this program. For more information, follow this link and scroll down.

Green and Malone:
"Jingles" (by Wes Montgomery "Sing" by Joe Raposo (originally recorded by the Carpenters) "A Bientôt" by Dr. Billy Taylor

"'S Wonderful" by George and Ira Gershwin
"I'll Be Around" by Alec Wilder
"Blue Skies" by Irving Berlin

"Soul Street" by Jimmy Forrest
"Bingo Domingo" by Eddie Lockjaw Davis


  • Review of Benny Green and Russell Malone's Telarc CD Live at Jazz at the Bistro
  • Tierney Sutton Web Site
  • James Carter Web Site
  • More on James Carter
  • Kennedy Center Jazz 2005-06 season

    Thanks to writers Mark Schramm and Brian Sanders and recording engineers Greg Hartman, Duke Markos and Chris Weal; Mike Caplan and Drew Doucette from Big Mo Recording; Kennedy Center Jazz Program Manager Kevin Struthers, with Jean Thill and Sean Costello

    Copyright 2007 NPR