Latest Jazz from NPR Music http://wrti.org en Wayne Henderson, Jazz Crusaders Co-Founder, Dies http://wrti.org/post/wayne-henderson-jazz-crusaders-co-founder-dies Wayne Henderson, trombonist and co-founding member of the popular jazz-funk band The Jazz Crusaders (later known as The Crusaders), died Friday, April 4, in Culver City, Calif. The cause of death was heart failure, according to The Crusaders' manager. Henderson was 74.<p>Along with fellow Houston musicians Joe Sample (piano), Wilton Felder (tenor saxophone) and Stix Hooper (drums), Henderson moved to Southern California and rebranded the group The Jazz Crusaders. Mon, 07 Apr 2014 21:18:00 +0000 Patrick Jarenwattananon 7183 at http://wrti.org Wayne Henderson, Jazz Crusaders Co-Founder, Dies Mulgrew Miller On Piano Jazz http://wrti.org/post/mulgrew-miller-piano-jazz On this episode of <em>Piano Jazz</em>, <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15405850/mulgrew-miller">Mulgrew Miller</a>'s unique harmonic and rhythmic style comes through in his composition, "Carousel." He also joins host Marian McPartland in performing Duke Ellington's "What Am I Here For?"<p>Mulgrew Miller <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/ablogsupreme/2013/05/29/187118036/jazz-pianist-and-pedagogue-mulgrew-miller-dies">died</a> on May 29, 2013, following complications from a stroke.<p><em>Originally recorded Sept. 9, 2002. </em> <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Fri, 04 Apr 2014 16:44:00 +0000 editor 7172 at http://wrti.org Mulgrew Miller On Piano Jazz A Guitarist Starts Anew, Except For This Old Song http://wrti.org/post/guitarist-starts-anew-except-old-song Matt Stevens' recorded debut as a leader was supposed to have come out back in 2011.<p>"I had a record that was completely done," the guitarist says. "But circumstances change, and by the time it came to release it, I wanted to do something totally fresh."<p>"Emergence" — heard here performed by Walter Smith III (saxophone), Milton Fletcher (organ), John Escreet (piano) and Jamire Williams (drums) — is a remnant from that early effort. Tue, 01 Apr 2014 17:53:00 +0000 Lara Pellegrinelli 7163 at http://wrti.org A Guitarist Starts Anew, Except For This Old Song Dianne Reeves On Piano Jazz http://wrti.org/post/dianne-reeves-piano-jazz This <em>Piano Jazz</em> episode from 1999 features one of today's preeminent jazz singers. Fri, 28 Mar 2014 18:28:00 +0000 Grant Jackson 7151 at http://wrti.org Dianne Reeves On Piano Jazz 'A Love Supreme' Comes Alive In Unearthed Photos http://wrti.org/post/love-supreme-comes-alive-unearthed-photos Whenever photographer Chuck Stewart was hired by a record company to document a recording session, he would shoot during the rehearsal takes, playback and downtime. The company would take what it needed, the remainder likely never to be developed, much less published. After decades in the photography business, and thousands of album covers to his name, he's amassed a lot of negatives.<p>Recently, his son David was browsing through his archives when he found six undeveloped rolls of film from December 1964, 50 years ago. Fri, 28 Mar 2014 15:34:00 +0000 Patrick Jarenwattananon 7150 at http://wrti.org 'A Love Supreme' Comes Alive In Unearthed Photos Matthew Stevens Group: Live At Berklee http://wrti.org/post/matthew-stevens-group-live-berklee Of the young guitarists on New York's jazz scene, few are as highly tipped as Matthew Stevens. Best known for his role in Christian Scott's quintet, he's often drafted to execute the new visions of his peers, but also gets calls from veteran musicians like Terri Lyne Carrington and Dr. Lonnie Smith. Stevens also has a knack for writing and arranging, and will soon unveil his own debut recording as a bandleader.<p>He returned to his alma mater, where he graduated summa cum laude, for this edition of <em>The Checkout: Live At Berklee</em>. Thu, 27 Mar 2014 02:44:00 +0000 editor 7141 at http://wrti.org Matthew Stevens Group: Live At Berklee Nadine Jansen On Piano Jazz http://wrti.org/post/nadine-jansen-piano-jazz Pianist and horn player Nadine Jansen got her start as a part of Horace Heidt's amateur show. Performing alongside The Clooney Sisters, Skitch Henderson and Tony Pastor, Jansen learned show business from the best entertainers around. She quickly made a name for herself on the nightclub circuit, particularly in clubs like New York's Capital Theatre and the Blue Note in Chicago.<p>Jansen was known for her proficiency on both piano and flugelhorn, and she often played the two at the same time, periodically pausing to sing a few bars. Fri, 21 Mar 2014 20:06:00 +0000 editor 7127 at http://wrti.org Nadine Jansen On Piano Jazz Andrew Hill On Piano Jazz http://wrti.org/post/andrew-hill-piano-jazz <em>Fifty years ago today, Andrew Hill recorded what would become his signature album: </em>Point of Departure<em>. Fifty years later, it still sounds like it could have been recorded yesterday. Assembling a murderer's row of horn players (Eric Dolphy, Kenny Dorham, Joe Henderson) with a rhythm section for the ages (Hill, Richard Davis, Tony Williams), Hill juxtaposed complex, layered harmonies with charged grooves. Fri, 21 Mar 2014 17:02:00 +0000 editor 7125 at http://wrti.org Andrew Hill On Piano Jazz 'Two Skirts And A Shirt' On JazzSet http://wrti.org/post/two-skirts-and-shirt-jazzset After a sweetly harmonized "Tryin' Times" from 1970 by <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15203568/donny-hathaway">Donny Hathaway</a> and a rocking version of "Compared to What" by Gene McDaniels ("The president, he got his war / Folks don't know just what it's for"), <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/99735924/rene-marie">Rene Marie</a> pauses to ask two questions: "Do you remember when it was not unusual for jazz composers to write about social issues? What happened?" There's a pause, and then Carla Cook says off-mic, "The '80s." The audience hears her and laughs. Thu, 20 Mar 2014 19:32:00 +0000 Becca Pulliam 7119 at http://wrti.org 'Two Skirts And A Shirt' On JazzSet First Listen: The Bad Plus, 'The Rite Of Spring' http://wrti.org/post/first-listen-bad-plus-rite-spring This is a recording of a jazz trio playing the score to a 101-year-old ballet. It is not a "jazzing the classics" record or a "fantasia on the themes of" sort of project. It is a band translating one of the landmark works in music history to piano, bass and drum set, and doing it as literally as possible.<p>This makes more sense than meets the eye. Mon, 17 Mar 2014 03:03:00 +0000 editor 7102 at http://wrti.org First Listen: The Bad Plus, 'The Rite Of Spring'