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Breaking News
7:25 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Legendary Pianist Horace Silver Dies At 85

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 11:22 am

Pianist Horace Silver, whose potent and catchy combination of blues, funk and Latin sounds shifted the jazz landscape in the 1950s and '60s, died Wednesday morning at his home in New Rochelle, N.Y. He died of natural causes, according to his son, Gregory Silver. He was 85.

As a bandleader, Horace Silver mentored some of the hottest musicians of his era. As a composer, he devised numerous jazz standards still played today.

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A Blog Supreme
8:03 am
Sat June 14, 2014

Rhythm Runs In The Family: Drummers On Their Dads

Percussionist Pete Escovedo and his daughter Sheila E. perform together in Rome in 2013.
Jun Sato WireImage

Originally published on Sun June 15, 2014 4:35 am

When you read enough about the early lives of jazz musicians, you begin to spot a trend. A lot of artists caught the music bug from their parents.

With instruments and musicians around the house, it's easy for kids to grow curious about playing. But that's not nearly the whole story. Sometimes parents are the first teachers. Other times, parental guidance doesn't fully kick in until much later.

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
6:05 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Jerry Dodgion On Piano Jazz

Jerry Dodgion.
Daniel Sheehan eyeshotjazz.com

Saxophonist Jerry Dodgion has played with just about everyone in the jazz world throughout his long career. In 1955, Dodgion joined Benny Carter in Las Vegas for the opening of the Moulin Rouge, and in the late '50s, he played with both Frank Sinatra and the Red Norvo quintet.

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Breaking
5:30 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Ethereal Jazz Singer Jimmy Scott Dies

Jimmy Scott performs at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in 2001.
Leon Morris Redferns

Originally published on Sat June 14, 2014 1:59 pm

Singer Jimmy Scott died of natural causes Thursday morning at his home in Las Vegas at age 88, according to his booking agent, Jean-Pierre Leduc.

Scott suffered from Kallmann's syndrome, a lifelong affliction that prevented his body from maturing through puberty. The condition slowed his growth, leaving his stature at 4 feet 11 inches until his late 30s. It also affected his vocal cords, giving him a high voice that was often misidentified as a woman's.

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Music Interviews
6:42 pm
Sun June 8, 2014

For Guitarist Tom Chang, Opening Up Is A Constant Process

Tom Chang.
Courtesy of the artist

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
11:47 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Amina Figarova On Piano Jazz

Amina Figarova.
Zak Shelby Szyszko Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri June 6, 2014 12:46 pm

  • Listen: Amina Figarova On Piano Jazz

Amina Figarova grew up in the former Soviet state of Azerbaijan. Her early musical experiences included plenty of American jazz — both of her parents were music fans — but her mother particularly enjoyed the music of Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald.

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First Listen
11:03 pm
Sun June 1, 2014

First Listen: Jose James, 'While You Were Sleeping'

Jose James' new album, While You Were Sleeping, comes out June 10.
Janette Beckman Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue June 10, 2014 12:13 pm

When the spirit of Nirvana surfaces in a song, the artist paying tribute almost always shares style points with that treasured band. The hair is shaggy, the clothes a little ragged; the lineage unfolds, relatively neatly, from punk to the present.

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Blue Note At 75
4:31 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Blue Note At 75, The Concert: Norah Jones

Norah Jones performs at Blue Note at 75, The Concert.
NPR

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 8:42 am

Norah Jones fans likely remember Come Away With Me — the 2002 recording which introduced her smoke-infused twang to the world. That album, like all of hers since, came out on Blue Note Records, merging her voice with those of major jazz artists of yesterday and the present.

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Blue Note At 75
4:31 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Blue Note At 75, The Concert: Wayne Shorter Quartet

NPR

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 8:42 am

During the 1960s, Wayne Shorter came to the fore not just for his talent on saxophone, but also for the compositions he created. Whether with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers or with Miles Davis' quintet, or on his own string of solo albums, Shorter's harmonic conception, sense of space and bending of music-theory rules destined many of his tunes to become jazz standards.

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Blue Note At 75
4:30 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Blue Note At 75, The Concert: Lou Donaldson & Dr. Lonnie Smith

Lou Donaldson and Dr. Lonnie Smith perform at Blue Note At 75, The Concert.
NPR

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 8:41 am

In a stretch of Blue Note albums throughout the 1950s, '60s and even early '70s, alto saxophonist Lou Donaldson, now 87, emblematized the hard bop and soul jazz that we now consider "straight-ahead." The old dog has resisted certain new tricks in music — "no fusion, no confusion" is his motto — but he's certainly expanded his palette of dirty jokes to include, well, modern medicine. At the Blue Note at 75 concert, Donaldson warmed up the crowd and gave it some of his classic greasy polish. Sweet Poppa Lou was accompanied by organist Dr.

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