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Cuong Vu

1 hour, 45 minutes
First broadcast:
Monday 12 July 2010

Jez Nelson presents leading edge US trumpeter Cuong Vu in concert with electric bassist Luke Bergman and drummer Ted Poor at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival. Vu is known for an approach to music that blurs stylistic boundaries, as well as for his virtuoso technique, which allows him to explore all the sonic possibilities of his instrument. This trio is a variation on his long standing group Vu-Tet, which usually features Stomu Takeishi on bass.

Vu was born in Vietnam, and immigrated to Seattle, where he currently resides, at the age of six. He cut his teeth on New York's creative downtown scene during the 1990s, and has been a core member of guitarist Pat Metheny's groups.

Music Played

13 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • Image for Dave Holland & Pepe Habichuela

    Dave Holland & Pepe Habichuela Whirling Dervish

    Hands, Dare2 Records

  • Image for Wynton Marsalis

    Wynton Marsalis Buleria El Portalón

    Vitoria Suite, Emarcy

  • John Fordham interviews Cuong Vu

  • Cuong Vu recorded at Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2 May 2010

    • Line up – Cuong Vu (trumpet & electronics), Luke Bergman (bass), Ted Poor (drums)

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      Cuong Vu Childlike

      Composer: Cuong Vu

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      Cuong Vu All The Things You Are

      Composer: Jerome Kern

    • Image for Cuong Vu

      Cuong Vu Dreams Come Play With Me

      Composer: Cuong Vu

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      Cuong Vu Giant Steps

      Composer: John Coltrane

    • Image for Cuong Vu

      Cuong Vu My Opening Farewell

      Composer: Jackson Browne

    • Image for Cuong Vu

      Cuong Vu Body & Soul

      Composer: Johnny Green

  • Jez speaks to Cindy Blackman about her new album dedicated to drummer Tony Williams

    • Image for Cindy Blackman

      Cindy Blackman Vashkar

      Another Lifetime, Four Quarters

    • Image for Cindy Blackman & Joe Lovano

      Cindy Blackman & Joe Lovano Love Song

      Another Lifetime, Four Quarters


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