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JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater
2:47 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Kenny Barron And Dave Holland On JazzSet

Kenny Barron.
John Sann Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu February 13, 2014 2:21 pm

On June 9, 2013, Kenny Barron turned 70 — and he was celebrated in style. The pianist, composer and National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master has booked a week-long residency with his quartet at the Village Vanguard in New York and a live WBGO/NPR webcast on June 5.

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Music
2:03 pm
Mon May 27, 2013

Keith Jarrett: 'I Want The Imperfections To Remain'

Keith Jarrett, Jack DeJohnette and Gary Peacock's new album of standards is titled Somewhere.
Daniela Yohannes Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon May 27, 2013 4:57 pm

Sometimes records have to steep. Four years after it was recorded live in Lucerne, Switzerland, an album of six standards called Somewhere is finally getting a proper release. Keith Jarrett and his trio, including bassist Gary Peacock and drummer Jack DeJohnette, just weren't happy with the sound of the room or the circumstances at the time. Listen to Somewhere, however, and none of that comes across.

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A Blog Supreme
6:03 am
Sun May 26, 2013

Rites Of Swing: Jazz And Stravinsky

Cover art to Phil Woods' Rights Of Swing, 1961.
Candid Records

Originally published on Sun May 26, 2013 9:00 am

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A Blog Supreme
4:38 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Duke Ellington: Highlights Of His Twilight

Duke Ellington rehearses for a 1973 concert in London's Westminster Abbey.
Central Press Getty Images

When Duke Ellington received the news that Billy Strayhorn, his songwriting and arranging partner of 28 years, had died, Ellington reportedly cried and told a friend, "No, I'm not all right! Nothing is going to be all right now."

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JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater
1:06 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Chris Potter Quartet On JazzSet

Chris Potter.
John Rogers for NPR johnrogersnyc.com

Now in his early 40s, Chris Potter is "the most commandingly skilled saxophonist of his generation," according to New York Times jazz writer Nate Chinen.

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Music Reviews
1:49 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Sarah Vaughan: A New Box Set Revels In Glorious Imperfections

Sarah Vaughan performs during the International Jazz Festival of Nice in southeast France in July 1984.
Raph Gatti AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon May 20, 2013 5:43 pm

Singer Sarah Vaughan came up in the 1940s alongside bebop lions Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker, starting out in Earl Hines' big band. Hines had hired her as his singer and deputy pianist, while Gillespie praised her fine ear for chords as she grasped the arcane refinements of bebop harmony.

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Piano Jazz With Jon Weber
3:00 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Rudresh Mahanthappa On Piano Jazz

Rudresh Mahanthappa.
Jimmy Katz Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat May 18, 2013 11:17 am

Rudresh Mahanthappa creates an explosive blend of South Indian classical music and progressive jazz. A Guggenheim Fellow who's been named the Jazz Journalists Association's "Alto Saxophonist of the Year" for four years running, Mahanthappa makes innovative music that reflects his experience as a second-generation Indian-American. He shares his fascinating style and story on this episode of Piano Jazz.

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A Blog Supreme
4:19 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Woody Herman At 100: 'A Blues Player From His Heart'

Woody Herman in 1946.
William Gottlieb The Library of Congress/Flickr

Woody Herman was one of the premier bandleaders in jazz, saxophonist Joe Lovano says.

"He didn't have the same chops and virtuosic approach like Benny Goodman or Artie Shaw, but he told a deep story," says Lovano, who played with Herman early in his career. "He was a blues player from his heart, and really had a beautiful voice on alto saxophone."

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JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater
3:50 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Edmar Castañeda And Friends On JazzSet

Edmar Castañeda performs at the Americas Society.
Roey Yohai Americas Society

Originally published on Thu January 9, 2014 2:04 pm

As a child in Bogotá, Edmar Castañeda and his sister took folk dance classes. Their mother made sure of that. Castañeda liked the dancing, but he really liked the live harp accompaniment. In Spanish, the harp is called the llanero. It's Colombian, not a classical harp.

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Field Recordings
8:37 am
Tue May 14, 2013

Gregory Porter: A Lion In The Subway

Gregory Porter.
NPR

Originally published on Tue April 15, 2014 4:43 pm

Subway entertainers are a mixed bag, but in the arts mecca of New York City, they're often overqualified — so much so that bands and other musical acts need to audition to even set up underground. And those are just the "official" performers.

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