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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 Mon July 7, 2014 5:29 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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Music Interviews
3:49 pm
Sun May 12, 2013

Balancing Influences: Saxophonist Mahanthappa Blends Styles

Rudresh Mahanthappa's latest album is Gamak.
Jimmy Katz Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun May 12, 2013 6:52 pm

When a single review compares an artist's work to both Mahavishnu Orchestra and The Stooges, hardcore rock music fans sit up and take notice.

That's the high praise the Los Angeles Times bestowed upon saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa.

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
12:26 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Jane Monheit On Piano Jazz

Timothy Saccenti Courtesy of the artist

Vocalist Jane Monheit visits Piano Jazz, as host Marian McPartland accompanies her on a hour of first-rate music from the Gershwins, Duke Ellington, Antonio Carlos Jobim, and more.

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Piano Jazz With Jon Weber
11:56 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Donny McCaslin On Piano Jazz

Donny McCaslin.
Courtesy of the artist

Tenor saxophonist Donny McCaslin got his start at age 12, when he began playing in his vibraphonist father's band in Santa Cruz, Calif. That group played the Monterey Jazz Festival for three years. In 1984, McCaslin took a full scholarship to the Berklee College of Music in Boston; while there, he performed regularly in the area with Ken Schaphorst's True Colors Big Band.

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TED Radio Hour
11:27 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Are There Mistakes In Jazz?

"It's about being here in the moment, accepting one another and allowing creativity to flow." - Stefon Harris
Alan Klein TED

Originally published on Fri August 23, 2013 9:36 am

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode Making Mistakes.

About Stefon Harris' TEDTalk

What is a mistake? By going through examples with his improvisational jazz quartet, Stefon Harris gets to a profound truth: many actions are perceived as mistakes only because we don't react to them appropriately.

About Stefon Harris

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The Checkout: Live
5:47 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Sexmob: Live From 92Y Tribeca

Steven Bernstein performs at 92Y Tribeca with Sexmob.
John Rogers for NPR johnrogersnyc.com

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 10:29 am

The band Sexmob specializes in a distinct strain of deconstructionist improvised music: jazz that aims at fun by bouncing off the walls. The quartet has tackled James Bond music, rock covers, Duke Ellington, the Macarena and exotica, plus originals from leader Steven Bernstein.

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JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater
3:42 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Eddie Palmieri's Latin Jazz Septet On JazzSet

Eddie Palmieri performs at the Kennedy Center.
Juan L. Cruz Courtesy of the Kennedy Center

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 4:11 pm

Eddie Palmieri has been a force for Latin jazz since the 1950s, when he hosted the legendary mambo shows at New York's Palladium Ballroom. His groups, including the renowned La Perfecta, revolutionized Latin music in the 1960s and '70s. His records number more than 30 as a leader, and he's won nine Grammy Awards. At 76, Palmieri is still a foremost ambassador for the music he loves.

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A Blog Supreme
2:57 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

'A Strict Taskmaster': 5 Ways To Play The Jazz Clarinet

Jimmy Hamilton (left) and Harry Carney were among the reedmen who played clarinet for the Duke Ellington Orchestra.
William Gottlieb The Library of Congress

Earlier this year, the clarinetist and composer Ben Goldberg released two remarkable albums with two almost entirely different bands. Goldberg has left a mark in many modern improvising contexts, including the New Klezmer Trio he co-founded and the Tin Hat chamber ensemble.

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A Blog Supreme
2:41 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

A Look Back At Jazz Fest, Where Ages Were Made

Allen Toussaint performs during the 2013 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Music Festival. He would also play a small club after the festival finished for the day.
Rick Diamond Getty Images

Some music festivals are known for certain specific things; others are known for a broad assortment. The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival is known for everything. The city's arms are just that wide.

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
1:23 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

Phil Woods On Piano Jazz

On this episode of Piano Jazz, originally broadcast in 2003, alto saxophonist Phil Woods brings his quintet's rhythm section — bassist Steve Gilmore and drummer Bill Goodwin — by for a session with host Marian McPartland. Woods has been called "The New Bird," as in the heir to bop alto pioneer Charlie "Bird" Parker.

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