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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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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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A Blog Supreme
5:26 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

'Treme,' Ep. 27: Fat Tuesday 2008

Aaron Neville performs with The Neville Brothers in Treme.
Paul Schiraldi HBO

The three seasons of Treme have all found their way to Mardi Gras; appropriately, the day is always depicted with all the spectacle, vice and musical mayhem you might expect. Josh Jackson of WBGO returns to break down the many musical scenes in this year's go-round.


Patrick Jarenwattananon: So many flashes of live music this episode. Let's start at the beginning. Did you recognize the band where Lieut. Colson and his fellow officer are talking, and there are (clothed) women on poles in the French Quarter?

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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 Mon June 23, 2014 10:32 am

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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