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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
2:59 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

George Duke On Piano Jazz

George Duke.
Courtesy of the artist

On this episode of Piano Jazz, multifaceted keyboardist George Duke joins host Marian McPartland for a session recorded in 1994.

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The Checkout: Live
2:02 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

Orrin Evans: Live From 92Y Tribeca

Pianist Orrin Evans performs at 92Y Tribeca as part of WBGO's The Checkout Live concert series.
John Rogers johnrogersnyc.com

Originally published on Wed March 6, 2013 12:20 pm

The pianist Orrin Evans splits much of his time between Philadelphia, where he grew up, and New York, a much larger jazz scene where he gigs often. A hard-charging player, seasoned with the harmonic touch of fellow Philadelphian McCoy Tyner, Evans is in high demand in a lot of places. Last year saw him release his 19th album as a bandleader or co-leader, Flip the Script. It's a trio recording, a format which both intimidates and excites him; here, he takes up the three-man challenge anew.

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A Blog Supreme
4:02 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Survey The Portland Jazz Scene With Five Great Tunes

Pianist Darrell Grant is one of the anchors of the Portland jazz community.
Hiroshi Iwaya Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri February 15, 2013 12:19 pm

No matter what a certain television series tells you, Portland, Ore., isn't all that weird. Sure, we make great coffee, ride bicycles, eat organic food — and, yes, there are a lot of hippies and hipsters here. But Portland is much more than that.

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JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater
12:53 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Bill Frisell On JazzSet

Bill Frisell plays John Lennon songs on the Fort Stage at the Newport Jazz Festival.
Erik Jacobs for NPR

Originally published on Fri December 6, 2013 9:37 am

On a video promoting Bill Frisell's album All We Are Saying, the guitarist shares the depth of his connection to John Lennon's music: "I don't know if I'd be playing guitar if it weren't for The Beatles." Frisell tells the story of how, several tours ago, a European presenter asked Frisell's band to play a Lennon set.

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Music Interviews
5:23 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Bryan Ferry: A Forward-Looking Musician Turns To The Past

The Bryan Ferry Orchestra's new album is titled The Jazz Age.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri February 15, 2013 3:05 am

Throughout his career, English musician Bryan Ferry has been one of popular music's most forward-looking performers. His band Roxy Music remodeled rock into an artsy, cosmopolitan sound in the early '70s and spearheaded the New Romantic style of the '80s.

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World Cafe
2:49 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Billy Cobham On World Cafe

Billy Cobham.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu March 28, 2013 10:51 am

From his 1970s breakthrough as a founding member of the Mahavishnu Orchestra to his influential role as a leading drummer in the style of jazz and jazz-fusion, Billy Cobham remains a powerful musical explorer. Born in Panama, raised in New York and residing in Switzerland, he translates his multicultural experience into a blend of jazz, rock and funk.

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Music Reviews
2:38 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Rudresh Mahanthappa: Bicultural Jazz, Ever Shifting

Rudresh Mahanthappa.
Jimmy Katz Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed February 13, 2013 4:47 pm

Saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa's quartet can sound like it's cross-pollinating Indian classical music and vintage Captain Beefheart. That befits a bicultural saxophonist who grew up in Boulder, where his Hindu family had a Christmas tree. For a long time, Mahanthappa resisted combining jazz and Indian music — it was almost too obvious a trajectory. But then he got serious about it.

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A Blog Supreme
4:55 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Remembering Donald Byrd, Jazz Trumpeter Who Spanned Generations

Donald Byrd onstage, in an image circulated by his record label at the time, Blue Note Records.
Echoes/Redferns Getty Images

Originally published on Tue August 6, 2013 11:23 am

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
1:30 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Randy Weston On Piano Jazz

Pianist Randy Weston recently returned to Piano Jazz for a new session with host Marian McPartland. Weston got his start playing with Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson and Kenny Dorham in the late 1940s and '50s, and won New Star Pianist in the 1955 Downbeat poll. By the end of that decade, Weston was inspired by the burgeoning civil rights movement in the U.S. and the independence movement among African nations.

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A Blog Supreme
4:12 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Why J Dilla May Be Jazz's Latest Great Innovator

J Dilla in the studio of fellow producer Madlib.
Roger Erickson Courtesy of the artist

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