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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

Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
4:43 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Kurt Elling On Piano Jazz

Kurt Elling.
Anna Webber Courtesy of the artist

Vocalist and poet Kurt Elling brings his rich baritone to Piano Jazz for a set of tunes and spoken improvisations with host Marian McPartland. As a child, Elling sang regularly in church and discovered jazz while studying at the University of Chicago Divinity School. He began sitting in at the city's jazz clubs, where his unique ability to improvise vocally led him in a new career direction.

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A Blog Supreme
2:02 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

The 2013 NEA Jazz Masters Awards Concert

The 2013 NEA Jazz Masters. From left: Eddie Palmieri, Mose Allison, Lou Donaldson. Not pictured: Lorraine Gordon.
Michael G. Stewart NEA

Originally published on Fri January 18, 2013 6:26 pm

In a concert and ceremony at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City, the National Endowment for the Arts recognized its 2013 class of Jazz Masters on Monday, Jan. 14, 2013.

The honor is the highest federally supported award for jazz artistry; those recognized receive a $25,000 grant and a tribute performance. The event was broadcast live at XM Satellite Radio, WBGO-FM and online — with a live video stream — at this page on NPR Music.

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A Blog Supreme
1:54 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

5 New Projects At Winter Jazzfest 2013

Mark de Clive-Lowe, a DJ and keyboard player, will present his CHURCH ensemble.
Eric Coleman Courtesy of the artist

Unpredictability is the active ingredient of New York's annual Winter Jazzfest. This year, fans will meander around six nearby clubs and take their pick of simultaneous shows. Choosing from among so many acts will be difficult.

Many of the bands are new, paced in rapid succession and often cryptically named. If you only have 45 minutes to spare, do you check out Breeding Ground? Hazmat Modine? Merger? 40Twenty? 10^32K?

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A Blog Supreme
3:45 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

15 Jazz Albums To Look Out For In 2013

Wayne Shorter.
Robert Ascroft Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu January 10, 2013 11:42 pm

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of joining Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton on All Songs Considered as they previewed some of the big upcoming releases of 2013. My pick was No Beginning, No End by the chameleonic vocalist Jose James.

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