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Concerts
8:17 am
Wed January 30, 2013

McCoy Tyner: Live At SFJAZZ

McCoy Tyner at the SFJAZZ Center Opening Night concert.
Scott Chernis Courtesy of SFJAZZ

Originally published on Fri February 1, 2013 11:16 am

Few pianists have been as influential to modern jazz practice as McCoy Tyner. His harmonic and rhythmic conceptions, notably displayed as a member of John Coltrane's "classic" quartet, are instantly recognizable. And at age 74, you can still hear his driving left hand and dense chordal suggestions in fine form.

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Concerts
8:06 am
Wed January 30, 2013

Joe Lovano & Joshua Redman: Live At SFJAZZ

Saxophonists Joshua Redman (center) and Joe Lovano (left) lead a performance at the SFJAZZ Center grand opening.
Scott Chernis Courtesy of SFJAZZ

Originally published on Fri February 1, 2013 11:16 am

Once he had established himself as a world-class saxophonist, Joshua Redman moved back to the San Francisco Bay Area, where he grew up. Soon afterward, he co-founded the SFJAZZ Collective, an all-star resident ensemble and touring group, and served as its artistic director for several years. When he stepped down from his post, his replacement was another titan of the tenor sax: Joe Lovano.

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NPR Story
5:24 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Bill Evans On Piano Jazz

Bill Evans is one of the giants of jazz piano.

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JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater
2:01 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Ryan Truesdell's Gil Evans Centennial Project On JazzSet

Ryan Truesdell conducts the Gil Evans Centennial Project at Newport.
Erik Jacobs for NPR

Originally published on Thu January 2, 2014 3:18 pm

Gil Evans was born in Canada in 1912. He latched onto jazz and, in time, taught himself to write it. First, for dancers, Evans arranged tunes off the radio for the Claude Thornhill Orchestra as well as the sweet, warm sounds of flutes and French horns. Then Evans downsized the Thornhill sound to a nonet for The Birth of the Cool.

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Music Interviews
5:48 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

The New SFJAZZ Center, As Seen By Its Musicians

The interior of the auditorium at the new SFJAZZ Center.
Henrik Kam Courtesy of SFJAZZ

Originally published on Wed January 23, 2013 1:47 pm

In 1983, buoyed by a $10,000 grant from a city arts fund, a new concert presenter in San Francisco put together a festival called Jazz In The City. Fast-forward 30 years, and that organization — now called SFJAZZ and presenting more than 100 concerts a year — has raised $64 million, largely in private donations, for a new state-of-the-art performance space and permanent home. The SFJAZZ Center held a grand-opening ceremony Monday, and will celebrate Wednesday night with an all-star opening-night concert.

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A Blog Supreme
2:39 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

Jose James On Touring With McCoy Tyner

Jose James.
Janette Beckman Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue January 22, 2013 5:21 pm

Singer Jose James releases his album No Beginning, No End today. For a little while longer, you can still hear it via NPR Music's First Listen series. Plus, James recently gave an interview to host Melissa Block for today's episode of All Things Considered.

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
1:45 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Chick Corea On Piano Jazz

Chick Corea.
Chick Corea Productions

Keyboard player and composer Chick Corea was born Armando Anthony Corea in Chelsea, Mass., on June 12, 1941. His father, a Dixieland trumpet player, introduced Corea to jazz at an early age. By the time he was 4, Corea had begun studying the piano and played regular jazz gigs in high school. After graduation, he moved to New York to study music at Columbia and then Juilliard.

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JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater
4:11 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

The Mingus Orchestra On JazzSet

Gunther Schuller conducts the Mingus Orchestra at St. Bartholomew's Church.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon April 22, 2013 11:26 am

Correction: The audio of this segment mentions a February performance by the Mingus Jazz Orchestra. There will be no Mingus Jazz Orchestra concert this year. The audio and text of this segment also misidentified the dates of the 2013 Mingus High School Competition. The competition is Feb. 15-18.

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A Blog Supreme
5:57 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Winter Jazzfest 2013: Sounds Of Surprise When You're Already Expecting Everything

John Rogers for NPR johnrogersnyc.com

Originally published on Wed January 16, 2013 11:04 am

The Winter Jazzfest turned nine this year, and it's matured into a known quantity, a New York cultural landmark. Its variety of routines have worn in enough to develop some comforting predictability. For such a scrappy, low-to-the-ground happening designed around emerging artists and new repertoires, that's an achievement.

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Concerts
11:19 am
Mon January 14, 2013

SFJAZZ Center Opening Night: Live In Concert

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