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The Checkout: Live
12:06 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Greg Tardy + Omer Avital: Live From 92Y Tribeca

Gregory Tardy.
John Rogers for NPR johnrogersnyc.com

Originally published on Fri December 7, 2012 8:32 am

Saxophonist Gregory Tardy came of musical age in New Orleans, then moved to New York after being picked up by drummer Elvin Jones' band. He found his way into a wide variety of groups — including a long tenure with Andrew Hill during the pianist's prolific final years — and made several albums as a bandleader. Still an international-caliber musician, Tardy has been less visible in the big city since he moved to Knoxville, Tenn., for a teaching position, but he returns here with his own concept and own band.

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Piano Jazz
4:42 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Elizabeth Doyle On Piano Jazz

Elizabeth Doyle.
Courtesy of the artist

Elizabeth Doyle was brought up around all kinds of music from an early age, thanks to a truly musical family in South Dakota. Three of her four grandparents were professional musicians, including one radio performer and singing cowboy. Her father had played saxophone and clarinet in the Navy during WWII, and her mother was an avid singer and pianist. Both parents were fans of big-band music, jazz, and the show tunes of the '30s, '40s, and '50s.

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A Blog Supreme
10:26 am
Thu November 1, 2012

5 New Directions In Jazz Evolution

For his debut album, drummer Henry Cole put together a band united under the umbrella of Afrobeat.
Marisol Diaz Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon November 5, 2012 10:03 am

For better or for worse, jazz has been in a constant state of change since the day it was born.

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JazzSet
10:24 am
Thu November 1, 2012

Benny Green Trio On JazzSet

Benny Green.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed December 12, 2012 4:17 pm

The pioneering pianist Thelonious Monk left behind a treasure trove of compositions. Onstage at the KC Jazz Club at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., a current jazz treasure is here to play some of the best. Benny Green is on piano with Peter Washington on bass and Kenny Washington on drums.

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A Blog Supreme
10:31 am
Mon October 29, 2012

'Treme,' Ep. 27: The Fat Man

DJ Davis (Steve Zahn) gains an audience with Fats Domino and his many gold records.
Paul Schiraldi HBO

Born in 1928, Fats Domino enjoyed the first of his many hits — almost all of which were created in New Orleans — when "The Fat Man" rose up the R&B charts all the way to No. 2. That was in 1950. Which explains all the records on the wall at his house, and the regal status he is afforded.

That, and other musical explainers, are in our latest Treme music recap, with WBGO's Josh Jackson.

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Music
2:03 am
Sun October 28, 2012

Manu Katche's New Album Drops The 'Sledgehammer'

Manu Katche's self-titled fourth album comes out Tuesday.
Gildas Bolclé Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun October 28, 2012 10:58 am

Peter Gabriel has just finished up the 25th-anniversary tour of his blockbuster album So. Manu Katche, the drummer who provided the driving beats for "Sledgehammer" and other songs from that record, was right there with Gabriel, helping him celebrate.

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Music Reviews
1:59 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

George Cables: A Heartfelt Tribute To His 'Muse'

Saxophonist Art Pepper called George Cables his favorite pianist.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri October 26, 2012 2:43 pm

In the 1970s and '80s, George Cables was the pianist of choice for saxophonists Dexter Gordon and Art Pepper; Pepper called him his favorite pianist.

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JazzSet
4:01 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Lewis Nash Quintet, Kurt Elling On JazzSet

Drummer Lewis Nash performs at the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival.
Erik Jacobs for NPR

Originally published on Thu July 11, 2013 3:19 pm

There are three stages at the Newport Jazz Festival. At least two are always running simultaneously. Given the surfeit of options, it's rare to hear a complete set. The question begins to nag: Should be we somewhere else? And away you go, leaving a work in progress to make sure you don't miss one getting underway.

But sometimes if you choose a spot on the lawn and stay put, the juxtaposition of two bands delivers a fine festival experience. Sunday morning, August 5, 2012, on the Quad Stage is such a time.

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Live At The Village Vanguard
3:32 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Jeff Ballard Fairgrounds: Live At The Village Vanguard

Jeff Ballard.
John Rogers for NPR johnrogersnyc.com

Originally published on Thu April 11, 2013 1:53 pm

The drummer Jeff Ballard has a band called Fairgrounds. Well, he doesn't have a band as much as he has lots of bands, and knows lots of people to fill them — which might be expected of someone who has been a drummer for Chick Corea, Ray Charles and Brad Mehldau. With the Fairgrounds project, he gets to play a little fantasy baseball, mixing and matching sounds and musicians for his own ends.

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A Blog Supreme
10:44 am
Wed October 24, 2012

A Charles Mingus Anecdote That Has Nothing To Do With Breasts

Bassist Charles Mingus leads a band at the 1964 Monterey Jazz Festival, including Lonnie Hillyer (trumpet) and Charles McPherson (alto sax, obscured).
Ray Avery CTSIMAGES

Originally published on Wed October 24, 2012 2:36 pm

We interrupt this blog to bring you an announcement from the one and only Charles Mingus, the great bassist and composer:

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