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JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater
3:02 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

SFJAZZ Center Opening Night On JazzSet

Chick Corea (keyboard) joined the SFJAZZ Collective for the closing performance, an arrangement of his piece "Spain."
Scott Chernis Courtesy of SFJAZZ Center

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 4:16 pm

Noodling gloriously, sax men Joe Lovano and Joshua Redman feel their way into the acoustics of a new space with "Blackwell's Message," named for the irresistible drumming of Ed Blackwell, who parlayed his New Orleans parade beat all over the world. Coincidentally, New Orleans' WWOZ is providing the recording crew and a host for a live webcast and broadcast on NPR Music. We have highlights here.

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The Checkout: Live
1:40 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Boom Tic Boom: Live From 92Y Tribeca

Allison Miller.
John Rogers for NPR johnrogersnyc.com

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 3:38 pm

Drummer Allison Miller, a go-to choice for jazz heavies and arena-level singer-songwriters alike, has made time to cultivate her own working band in the past few years. Boom Tic Boom features some of her favorite female instrumentalists in pianist Myra Melford and violinist Jenny Scheinman, as well as a long-running partner-in-crime in bassist Todd Sickafoose, and it interprets her jaunty tunes with plenty of headroom for any onomatopoeia from her percussion palette.

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Live At The Village Vanguard
1:22 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Miguel Zenón Quartet: Live At The Village Vanguard

Luis Perdomo.
John Rogers for NPR johnrogersnyc.com

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 4:09 pm

Ever since he started becoming one of the best alto saxophone players in the world, Miguel Zenón has drawn influence from his upbringing in Puerto Rico. Folk melodies, forms and rhythms have inspired many of his technically astounding yet immediately gratifying works. So it makes sense that he's giving back. He's launched an initiative called Caravana Cultural, presenting free jazz concerts and lectures on the island. His latest album Oye!!! was recorded live in San Juan with Puerto Rican musicians.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
2:26 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Father Figures: Tiny Desk Concert

Father Figure performs a Tiny Desk Concert on February 6, 2013.
Lizzie Chen NPR

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 6:34 pm

In a small, packed Washington, D.C., living room late one December night, I heard a cacophony of horns, keys, drums and guitars that simply floored me. It was brash, zany, brainy, scary and danceable. At the end of a long year of amazing live music, this would turn out to be one of the most memorable concerts I'd seen.

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Piano Jazz With Jon Weber
4:52 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Stacy Sullivan On Piano Jazz

Stacy Sullivan.
Courtesy of the artist

Vocalist Stacy Sullivan joins host Jon Weber to perform a set of standards, including a few tunes from her tribute to Peggy Lee.

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NPR Story
11:56 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Pat Metheny On Piano Jazz

Pat Metheny.
Courtesy of the artist

On this Piano Jazz session, the Pat Metheny Trio, which includes star bassist Christian McBride and drummer Antonio Sanchez, drops by for a set of Metheny originals and a few Ornette Coleman tunes.

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A Blog Supreme
7:53 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Jazzahead! Highlights: 5 New Bands From Europe

Turkish-German vocalist Esra Dalfidan sings in several languages with her band FIDAN.
Courtesy of the artist

Bremen may be best known for its love of soccer and Beck's beer, but every April, its Jazzahead! festival turns the German port town into a capital city of jazz for a weekend

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Piano Jazz With Jon Weber
4:07 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Allan Harris On Piano Jazz

Allan Harris.
Ayano Hisa Courtesy of the artist

On this episode of Piano Jazz With Jon Weber, velvet-voiced singer, guitarist and composer Allan Harris joins Weber for a set of standards and a few tunes from the Harris-penned musical, Cross That River.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
5:25 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Omar Sosa & Paolo Fresu: Tiny Desk Concert

Lizzie Chen NPR

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 6:35 pm

You don't really listen to an Omar Sosa concert so much as experience it. The Cuban-born pianist's overall demeanor exudes a sense of calm and deep reflection, while a spiritual connection to music and his ancestors comes through in his piano playing.

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A Blog Supreme
4:05 pm
Sat April 20, 2013

Tito Puente: 90 Years Of Getting People To Dance

Tito Puente on vibraphone at the Palladium.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat April 20, 2013 7:38 pm

The percussionist and bandleader Tito Puente would have celebrated his 90th birthday this weekend on April 20. And the recently released box set Quatro: The Definitive Collection is a great place to start celebrating the once and forever King of Latin Music. It captures the driving sound of big band mambo and cha-cha-cha that launched people onto dance floors for decades.

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