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A Blog Supreme
2:34 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

'Treme,' Ep. 30: Doing One Thing Right

Antoine Batiste (Wendell Pierce) and his student Robert (Jaron Williams) take a minute with trumpeter Lionel Ferbos, playing himself, at the Palm Court Jazz Cafe.
Paul Schiraldi HBO

Nearly three seasons in, the character Davis still puzzles many of us who watch the show Treme.

He certainly cares. Whether leading historical tours or launching R&B operas for royalty-abuse awareness, or throwing himself into various protests, he has a winning drive to do right by his hometown. Davis lives to participate in the New Orleans music community, and the earnest charm of his homerism isn't lost on other characters around him.

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Favorite Sessions
7:18 am
Sat November 17, 2012

Bill Charlap: The American Songbook, Handled With Care

Bill Charlap performs at KPLU in Seattle.
Justin Steyer KPLU

Originally published on Tue November 20, 2012 4:03 pm

It's no wonder that pianist Bill Charlap loves the music that has come to be called The Great American Songbook — the songs of great Tin Pan Alley composers such as Jerome Kern, George Gershwin and Irving Berlin. He grew up with it. Charlap was born and raised in New York, the son of Moose Charlap (a Broadway composer) and Sandy Stern, a self-described "popular singer with jazz overtones."

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JazzSet
4:57 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Billy Childs Quartet On JazzSet

Billy Childs.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri April 11, 2014 9:59 am

It's New Year's Eve at The Blue Whale, a "live jazz + art space" in the Little Tokyo section of downtown Los Angeles. Founded in 2009 by singer Joon Lee, this is a listening room. There's food at the bar, poetry (Rumi!) on the ceiling, and wall-to-wall people. The Blue Whale has been sold out for days, and the phone keeps ringing off the hook because everybody wants to be on the air, cheering for Billy Childs live on NPR's Toast of the Nation.

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A Blog Supreme
1:11 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

The Jazz Side Of Thrill Jockey Records

The late saxophonist Fred Anderson recorded for Thrill Jockey with drummer Hamid Drake.
Jim Newberry Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu November 15, 2012 4:24 pm

The Chicago-based record label Thrill Jockey, led by founder Bettina Richards, has been presenting music on its own terms since 1992. Like any great independent label, it's difficult to identify the core "sound" of its releases, but its fans can easily identify its curatorial spirit. This is by design. "The way I listen to music, there are no categorical limits," Richards says.

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A Blog Supreme
2:24 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Bob French, New Orleans Drummer And Bandleader, Has Died

Bob French sits at his drum set prior to performing at the New Orleans club d.b.a. in 2007.
Morris Schaefer Bloomberg via Getty Images

Originally published on Tue November 13, 2012 6:12 pm

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The Checkout: Live
4:59 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

Dayna Stephens Quartet: Live At Berklee

Dayna Stephens.
Michael Borgida Berklee College of Music

Originally published on Mon May 6, 2013 5:29 pm

The saxophonist Dayna Stephens, originally of the San Francisco Bay Area, has built up an impressive educational pedigree: Berkeley High, Berklee College of Music, the Thelonious Monk Institute's masters program. But he's really flourished by backing up greats like Kenny Barron and Idris Muhammad, and being a first-call player on both the East and West Coast. Blessed with a warm, enveloping tone, he's made two records as a bandleader, including this year's Today Is Tomorrow.

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Piano Jazz
4:52 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

Pete Malinverni On Piano Jazz

Pete Malinverni.
Abigail Feldman Courtesy of the artist

Pianist, composer and teacher Pete Malinverni is a multifaceted player known for his attention to melody and delicate phrasing. Spiritual influences radiate throughout his arrangement of "Deep River," and Malinverni and host Marian McPartland end a delightful hour as they join together in a performance of the Harold Arlen standard "Get Happy."

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A Blog Supreme
2:27 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

The Lead Sheet: Top 5 Jazz Stories This Week

Trumpeter Ted Curson, depicted here on the cover of his album Urge, died last Sunday morning.
Fontana Records

Originally published on Sat November 10, 2012 8:06 am

Autumn Leaves edition.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
1:18 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Omer Avital's Band Of The East: Live From 92Y Tribeca

Omer Avital.
John Rogers for NPR johnrogersnyc.com

Originally published on Fri December 7, 2012 8:30 am

Bassist Omer Avital came from Israel to New York in the early '90s and found himself among the top tier of straight-ahead modern jazz performers. The time in the big city led him to re-investigate his roots — his parents are from the Arab-speaking world — and in 2002, he returned to Israel to study traditional music and oud. Since returning, he's remained a monster bass player, but has also integrated his Middle Eastern musical interests into his composing.

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A Blog Supreme
5:32 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Election Night Jam!

Left to right: Tarus Mateen, Jason Moran, Donvonte McCoy, Nasheet Waits and Marshall Keys perform at the Kennedy Center's Election Night Jam.
Margot Schulman Courtesy of the Kennedy Center

Originally published on Wed November 7, 2012 10:56 pm

An Election Party With A Soundtrack

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