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Song Travels
12:43 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Mark O'Connor On 'Song Travels'

Mark O'Connor.
Jim McGuire Courtesy of the artist

Violinist Mark O'Connor is one of the most versatile fiddlers in music today: He seems equally at home playing bluegrass, country, jazz and classical. With its roots in Texas fiddling, O'Connor's music has shaped an entirely American school of string playing. His approach to teaching violin is considered a rival to the Suzuki method.

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JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater
12:58 pm
Thu July 4, 2013

Avishai Cohen's Triveni With Anat Cohen On JazzSet

Anat Cohen (left) performs with Avishai Cohen (center) at the Newport Jazz Festival.
Ayano Hisa for NPR

Originally published on Thu July 3, 2014 10:38 am

Anat Cohen leads the Anzic Orchestra (Anat + music = Anzic), and Anzic opens this JazzSet by letting "Samba de Orfeu" morph into "Struttin' With Some Barbecue." Cohen loves both Brazilian and New Orleans music, and connects them with ease. "Struttin'" features the trumpet section one man at a time, concluding with Avishai Cohen. Later in the show, Anat will be back.

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A Blog Supreme
7:44 am
Thu July 4, 2013

Patriotism And Protest: Jazz For July 4

Louis Armstrong spoke out against the federal government regarding racial issues, but happily played the National Anthem at Newport in 1960.
Hulton Archive Getty Images

Originally published on Thu July 4, 2013 9:41 am

Jazz music has become a point of pride for the United States of America: a homegrown art form forged from folk traditions. But jazz recordings of American patriotic songs aren't abundant. Perhaps because many of jazz's foremost creators were black Americans who lived in a society which actively discriminated against them, many didn't think to tackle that material.

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A Blog Supreme
8:03 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Facing Illness, An Improviser Learns The Art Of Patience

Dayna Stephens.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue July 2, 2013 10:07 am

Dayna Stephens is a patient musician. The 34-year-old tenor saxophonist and composer fashions supple, searching improvisations that brim with melodic cogency. His compositions often exude a widescreen sensibility with languid, narrative-like passages, suspenseful interludes and sumptuous harmonies.

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Music Interviews
7:31 am
Sun June 30, 2013

John Scofield Returns To The Scene Of The Jam

John Scofield's latest album is the genre-fluid, continent hopping Uberjam Deux.
Frank Stefan Kimmel Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun June 30, 2013 12:43 pm

If you sample the first few notes of guitarist John Scofield's new album, Uberjam Deux, you might mistake it for something out of West Africa. But a spin through the tracks takes you to another hemisphere with a sound right out of Jamaica, then to American shores with a soulful homage to Al Green.

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Piano Jazz With Jon Weber
12:30 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

John Medeski On Piano Jazz

John Medeski.
Michael Bloom Courtesy of the artist

As the keyboardist for the trio Medeski, Martin & Wood, John Medeski has been bringing jazz and fusion to rock audiences for more than two decades. He recently began playing solo piano concerts in venues around the world. On this episode of Piano Jazz, Medeski joins host Jon Weber to perform pieces from his new solo piano album, A Different Time, as well as a surprising duet or two.

Originally recorded March 4, 2013.

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
11:18 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Tony DeSare On Piano Jazz

Tony DeSare.
Courtesy of the artist

Singer and pianist Tony DeSare grew up in Glen Falls, N.Y. He began his musical career on violin, but from an early age, he expressed a fascination with the piano and organ. His parents bought him a small Casio keyboard to test his interest, and by age 12, DeSare had been given a full-size keyboard and was taking piano lessons.

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JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater
4:56 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Wynton Marsalis And Vince Giordano, Big Phat Band On JazzSet

Louis Armstrong Continuum on stage. Co-leader Vince Giordano is on tuba in the back row.
Frank Stewart Jazz at Lincoln Center

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 3:21 pm

One band is on the East Coast, one on the West and both give definitive, invigorating performances of music that celebrates what's best about America — jazz, bands, even Bugs Bunny.

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A Blog Supreme
4:14 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Oui Et Oui: Montreal Jazz's French Connection

Caravan Palace.
Courtesy of the artist

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Piano Jazz With Jon Weber
5:08 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Karen Oberlin On Piano Jazz

Karen Oberlin.
Heather Sullivan Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun June 23, 2013 8:41 am

Award-winning vocalist Karen Oberlin is one of the premier interpreters of the Great American Songbook. She's also a theater veteran whose credits include the first stage production of Rent, as well as more than 100 Off Broadway performances of the hit show Our Sinatra. On this episode of Piano Jazz, Oberlin presents an intimate set of timeless music with host Jon Weber.

Originally recorded on March 5, 2013.

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