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10:10 am
Thu December 6, 2012

Dave Brubeck: Beyond 'Take Five'

Dave Brubeck rehearses with the San Diego Symphony in 1995.
Mitch Tobias Getty Images

Originally published on Thu December 6, 2012 10:13 am

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The Record
1:03 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

Remembering The Vital Force Of Jazz Pianist Dave Brubeck

Dave Brubeck performing on the pilot episode of a television program in 1965.
CBS Photo Archive Getty Images

Originally published on Wed December 5, 2012 6:34 pm

To listen to Neda Ulaby's appreciation of Dave Brubeck's life and career, as heard on All Things Considered, click the audio link.

For millions of Americans who came of age in the 1950s, Dave Brubeck was jazz. His performances on college campuses, Top 40 radio play, his role as a jazz ambassador for the U.S., his picture on the cover of Time magazine — all made him one of the most recognized and recognizable musicians of the era.

He died Wednesday morning, the day before his 92nd birthday, in Norwalk, Conn. The cause was heart failure.

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Favorite Sessions
8:03 am
Sat December 1, 2012

Graham Dechter: Youth, Steeped In Tradition

Graham Dechter performs at the Jazz24 studios in Seattle.
Justin Steyer Jazz24

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 5:30 pm

Graham Dechter is a 26-year-old jazz guitarist who's been living his dream. Dechter was invited to join the world-famous Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra at 19, and now, seven years later, he's leading his own group — and just released his second album, Takin It There. Here's a clip of the Graham Dechter Quartet performing the title track in the Jazz24/KPLU studios.

Personnel

  • Jeff Hamilton, drums
  • Josh Nelson, piano
  • Christoph Luty, bass

Credits

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JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater
2:12 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

Mulgrew Miller Trio On JazzSet

Mulgrew Miller.
Jean Francois Laberine

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 10:49 am

When the pianist Mulgrew Miller died on May 29, 2013, following a cerebral hemorrhage, the jazz world grieved the loss of this "wonderful musician and great spirit," in the words of his fellow pianist Kenny Barron.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
6:03 am
Thu November 29, 2012

A Young Prodigy's Search, Cut Short

Austin Peralta.
Ben Olsen Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu November 29, 2012 1:50 pm

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Live At The Village Vanguard
12:20 am
Thu November 29, 2012

Wilson, Rosnes, Washington: Live At The Village Vanguard

Steve Wilson (saxophone), Renee Rosnes (piano) and Peter Washington (bass).
John Rogers for NPR johnrogersnyc.com

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 10:48 am

A saxophonist, a pianist and a bass player walk into a bar. But the bar happens to be one of the world's preeminent jazz clubs, where they're regularly sighted on stage. And they're working as a new collective band: no drummer, no hierarchy. So much for that joke.

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Live At The Village Vanguard
9:00 am
Wed November 28, 2012

Sound Prints Quintet: Live At The Village Vanguard

The Sound Prints Quintet is (L-R): Lawrence Fields, Dave Douglas, Joe Lovano, Linda Oh, Joey Baron.
John Rogers for NPR johnrogersnyc.com

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 10:49 am

Few jazz bandleaders are as active — and as actively acclaimed — as saxophonist Joe Lovano and trumpeter Dave Douglas. But while they've met from time to time on the bandstand, their brief overlap in the SFJAZZ collective — during a season when the compositions of Wayne Shorter were featured — got them to lead a band together. It's a quintet in which they share compositional duties and top billing. And it's a band featuring two up-and-coming musicians in pianist Lawrence Fields and bassist Linda Oh, as well as Joey Baron, a drummer with whom they've grown up in music.

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A Blog Supreme
2:14 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

'Treme' Ep. 31: To Call It Quits

The Lambreaux family meets with New Orleans city planners concerning a national jazz center.
Paul Schiraldi HBO

At the end of Treme's season three, with only an abbreviated season four to come, we find many characters walking away from opportunities. Spoiler alert for what follows.

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Piano Jazz
9:35 am
Fri November 23, 2012

Tony Bennett On Piano Jazz

Tony Bennett.
Jo Hale Getty Images Entertainment

Originally published on Sun December 2, 2012 12:01 pm

On this Piano Jazz session from 2004, Tony Bennett brings his effortlessly swinging singing to an impeccable set of tunes from the Great American Songbook, including music from Johnny Mercer, Jimmy Van Heusen, Ted Koehler, Alec Wilder and more.

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JazzSet
8:03 am
Thu November 22, 2012

Gretchen Parlato, The Cookers On JazzSet

Gretchen Parlato performing at the Caramoor Jazz Festival in Katonah, N.Y. July 28.
Gabe Palacio Courtesy of the Caramoor Festival

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 3:19 pm

Ninety years ago near the village of Katonah, N.Y., art lovers Walter and Lucie Rosen bought Caramoor, a wooded estate, and built a home for their collection of painting and sculpture. Every room was a gallery, including their favorite, the Music Room; after they lost their only son in World War II, they presented a small concert series there to honor him. So began the transformation of Caramoor from a private home to an arts center and treasure for Westchester County, north of New York City.

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