Known for stretching the boundaries on just about the entire saxophone and woodwind family, James Carter — as effective when erupting with volcanic extravagance on up-tempo stomps as in conveying the boudoir tenor saxophone function — mixes stormy romanticism and hard-boiled swagger channels the sound and sensibility of such ‘40s sax icons as Coleman Hawkins, Don Byas, Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis, and Earl Bostic, all personal heroes. In this evening’s edition of Desert Island Disks, Carter will present his all-time favorite tracks and discuss them in encyclopedic detail.
Desert Island Discs
In the fall of 2015, the National Jazz Museum in Harlem debuted its version of Desert Island Discs. It’s modeled on an iconic BBC radio show, extant since 1942, which invites eminences from various walks of life to choose—and discuss—the eight records they would bring for a stay on the apocryphal desert island. For the Jazz Museum’s expanded version curated and hosted by esteemed journalist Ted Panken, the presenters are jazz musicians, who will present a cohort of music, of any genre, that was essential in the formation and evolution of their musical personality.