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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
4:54 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Arturo Sandoval On Piano Jazz

Arturo Sandoval.
Courtesy of the artist

Trumpeter, pianist and composer Arturo Sandoval is one of Cuba's best-known musical exports. He's won multiple Grammys, including one for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album in 2013, and his life inspired the film For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story, starring Andy García.

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JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater
12:07 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Dee Dee Bridgewater On JazzSet

Dee Dee Bridgewater (right) smiles big with pianist Edsel Gomez.
Richard Conde

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

Dee Dee Bridgewater's smile says it all: she's singing this week on JazzSet from the Caramoor Jazz Festival.

All summer, Caramoor presents chamber music, opera, Latin music, a resident orchestra and more — rain or shine. And it did rain in 2012, though the audience stayed dry under the Venetian Theater roof with Bridgewater and her awesome band.

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Music
9:09 am
Sat June 15, 2013

Two Generations Of Jazz Guitar Tune Up For Father's Day

Father and son Bucky and John Pizzarelli have been playing guitar together since the latter was a kid.
Steven Freeman Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat June 15, 2013 4:40 pm

It's Father's Day weekend — and instead of another tie, Weekend Edition Saturday is getting a slice of New Jersey Pizzarelli.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
5:26 am
Sat June 15, 2013

NO BS! Brass Band: Tiny Desk Concert

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Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 6:27 pm

Just southeast of the Virginia Commonwealth University campus in Richmond, Va., lies a compact neighborhood called Oregon Hill. Historically, it's been a (white) working-class part of town, affordable for students and various bohemian types. Recording engineer Lance Koehler was drawn to the place when he moved to Richmond from New Orleans; it's where he eventually found a two-story garage and converted it into his own recording studio and home. It didn't take him long to start doing business across the Richmond music map: Koehler is good at his job, and he's affordable.

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Piano Jazz With Jon Weber
3:12 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Cynthia Sayer On Piano Jazz

Cynthia Sayer.
Gary Spector Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri June 14, 2013 3:55 pm

Cynthia Sayer is widely regarded as one of the best banjoists in the world, able to perform in virtually any genre. Her accolades include the National Banjo Hall of Fame, a New York Philharmonic appearance and performances for two U.S. presidents. Sayer has played with Woody Allen's jazz band for more than a decade, and on this episode of Piano Jazz With Jon Weber, she whips up a fresh take on an old-time sound. Her latest album is titled Joyride.

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2:10 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Janis Siegel On Piano Jazz

Janis Siegel has been a member of the seminal vocal group The Manhattan Transfer for 30-plus years. Along the way, the group has recorded more than 20 albums and collected eight Grammy Awards, and Siegel also has nine solo albums under her belt.

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Music News
10:13 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Reflections On A Dozen Years With Abbey Lincoln

Marc Cary's new album is titled For the Love of Abbey.
Rebecca Meek Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri June 14, 2013 12:01 pm

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The Record
5:11 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Johnny Smith, Revered Guitar Player, Has Died

The cover image of The Complete Roost Johnny Smith Small Group Sessions, a 2002 box set of work from across the jazz guitarist's career.
Album cover

Originally published on Fri June 14, 2013 6:12 pm

The man who wrote the surf guitar anthem "Walk, Don't Run" has died. Guitarist Johnny Smith died Tuesday night at his Colorado home of natural causes. He would have been 91 years old on June 25.

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The Checkout: Live
1:49 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

The Bridge Trio: Live From 92Y Tribeca

Conun Pappas, Jr. of The Bridge Trio.
John Rogers for NPR johnrogersnyc.com

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 3:19 pm

The trio of Joe Dyson (drums), Max Moran (bass) and Conun Pappas (piano) met in New Orleans' performing-arts high school, and have all gone on to careers in music. Together, they've worked as Donald Harrison's rhythm section before they could legally drink, and in 2012 released a self-titled debut album as The Bridge Trio. Their new-school inspirations and grounding in New Orleans' musical community result in a precociously mature sound.

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World Cafe
12:15 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

José James On World Cafe

José James.
Janette Beckman Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 9:31 am

Originally from Minneapolis, José James began chasing his dreams of jazz singing at 17. He found his way to London and New York, and eventually ended up at The New School to study jazz vocals. James was always interested in a musical place where jazz, R&B, hip-hop and more can all come together.

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