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Song Travels
2:37 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

John Proulx On 'Song Travels'

John Proulx.
Courtesy of the artist

Vocalist, pianist and composer John Proulx has a voice that recalls another great all-around musician, the late Chet Baker.

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NPR Story
1:09 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Marian McPartland On Piano Jazz, Part Two

Piano Jazz continues with part two of a monumental session (here's part one), as host Marian McPartland sits down as a guest on the program with guest host Elvis Costello. In this all-new interview, McPartland and Costello celebrate more moments from 30-plus years of Piano Jazz.

Beginnings In England

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Remembrances
5:16 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Amiri Baraka's Legacy Both Controversial And Achingly Beautiful

Amiri Baraka, shown here in 1972, was a renowned poet whose politics strongly shaped his work.
Julian C. Wilson AP

Originally published on Fri January 10, 2014 10:31 am

One of America's most important — and controversial — literary figures, Amiri Baraka, died on Thursday from complications after surgery following a long illness, according to his oldest son. Baraka was 79.

Baraka co-founded the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s. His literary legacy is as complicated as the times he lived through, from his childhood — where he recalled not being allowed to enter a segregated library — to the 2001 attack on the World Trade Center. His poem about that attack, "Somebody Blew Up America," quickly became infamous.

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Music Interviews
4:26 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

This Expensive Rubber Mat Could Be The Synth Of The Future

Fitted with rubbery keys and advanced electronics, the Seaboard was designed to realistically mimic other instruments by letting players pull off subtle bends and slides between notes.
Roli

Originally published on Tue January 14, 2014 10:06 am

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A Blog Supreme
1:02 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

5 Must-See Projects At Winter Jazzfest

Lionel Loueke (left) and Miguel Zenon (right) join Jeff Ballard in the drummer's rhythm-oriented trio.
Andrea Boccalini Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu January 9, 2014 11:08 am

This week's Winter Jazzfest seems to be a kind of turning point — for the festival, and maybe for jazz in New York City. What started 10 years ago as a one-night showcase under one roof has expanded to five days at 10 venues, featuring more than 90 groups in a vast array of styles.

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Toast Of The Nation
11:19 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Wynton Marsalis Septet: Live In New York

The Wynton Marsalis Septet.
Frank Stewart Courtesy of Jazz at Lincoln Center

Originally published on Fri January 10, 2014 12:58 pm

Much as families reunite around the holidays, Jazz at Lincoln Center's artistic director Wynton Marsalis convened his own family reunion of sorts at the end of the year. His septet(s), his working configuration of the 1990s and easily among his best bands, gathered anew for a six-night run to cap the year — including New Year's Eve. The four-horn frontline showcases Marsalis the arranger; the rhythm section floats it with buoyant bounce. Along with WBGO host Josh Jackson, the septet rang in 2014 at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola in New York.

Set List

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NPR Story
2:10 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Marian McPartland On Piano Jazz, Part One

This week's installment of Piano Jazz marks a true milestone, as host Marian McPartland appears as a guest on the program with guest host Elvis Costello. In part one of this all-new interview, McPartland and Costello recount some memorable moments from the program's 30-year (and counting!) run.

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Song Travels
10:58 am
Fri January 3, 2014

Gregory Porter On 'Song Travels'

Gregory Porter.
Shawn Peters Courtesy of the artist

Singer-songwriter Gregory Porter first broke through with his 2010 album Water and has since carved out a reputation as one of the next great jazz singers. His most recent album, Liquid Spirit, topped many year-end lists and appeared on NPR Music's 50 Favorite Albums of 2013.

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Toast Of The Nation
4:22 am
Wed January 1, 2014

Cecile McLorin Salvant: Live In Washington, D.C.

Cecile McLorin Salvant.
Margot Schulman Courtesy of the Kennedy Center

Originally published on Fri January 10, 2014 1:00 pm

Among the breakout performers of 2013 was the young singer Cecile McLorin Salvant. Her unfussy, yet flexible delivery and penchant for material of an older vintage cut a distinct profile — especially for someone who turned 24 last year. It's no surprise that her recent album WomanChild was received with wide acclaim, named the top vocal album in NPR Music Jazz Critics Poll and collecting a Grammy nomination.

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Toast Of The Nation
4:21 am
Wed January 1, 2014

Donald Harrison Quintet: Live At Berklee

Donald Harrison leads his quintet in concert.
Henry Hayes Courtesy of Berklee College of Music

Originally published on Thu January 30, 2014 4:24 pm

Since attending Berklee College of Music, alto saxophonist Donald Harrison has been a Jazz Messenger, a leading Young Lion, a New Orleans torchbearer, and a famed mentor for new talent. As a bandleader, he merges all that and more. Accompanied by a young rhythm section and fellow New Orleanian Detroit Brooks (guitar), the "King of Nouveau Swing" returns to his alma mater — where, incidentally he also played Toast of The Nation a decade ago. The concert, part of the First Night Boston festival, was hosted by Eric Jackson of WGBH.

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