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A Blog Supreme
4:01 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Around The Jazz Internet: Oct. 12, 2012

The late John Tchicai (right) performs in London in 2010, with drummer Tony Marsh and bassist John Edwards.
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Originally published on Fri October 12, 2012 4:35 pm

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JazzSet
5:15 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

Either/Orchestra On JazzSet

The Either/Orchestra at the New School in New York City from left to right: Charlie Kohlhase, Hailey Niswanger, Russ Gershon, saxophones; Joel Yennior, trombone; Tom Halter and Dan Rosenthal, trumpets; Gilson Schachnik, piano; Rick McLaughlin, bass; Pablo Bencid, drums; Vicente Lebron, percussion.
David Tallacksen WBGO

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 10:33 am

A creative composer and his 10-piece band embed melodies from a golden musical age in the Horn of Africa into Western harmony, and an Afro-Caribbean breeze blows through it, as Russ Gershon and the Either/Orchestra present The Collected Unconscious in Tishman Auditorium at the New School in New York City, in Surround Sound on JazzSet.

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A Blog Supreme
4:33 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

'Treme,' Ep. 24: Like Donkeys To Water

The actor Michiel Huisman has actually moved to New Orleans from Amsterdam, much like his character Sonny.
Paul Schiraldi HBO

Originally published on Tue October 9, 2012 5:18 pm

We've reached episode three of Treme's third season and things are starting to get interesting. Through the Everett, Lt. Colson, Toni Bernette and Nelson storylines, we begin to see how deep police and government corruption runs in New Orleans. Davis is funding his next scheme; Janette is funding her next restaurant; Annie is funding her next musical adventure. The possible endgame for Chief Lambreaux (and by extension, his son) draws near. And a lot of dudes get laid.

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Music Interviews
2:36 pm
Sun October 7, 2012

Anat Cohen Bends The Spectrum On 'Claroscuro'

Anat Cohen's new album, her sixth as a bandleader, is called Claroscuro.
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Originally published on Sun October 7, 2012 4:58 pm

Born in Tel Aviv, Anat Cohen came to New York two decades ago to study the masters of jazz. In so doing, the clarinetist and saxophonist started a bit of a stampede: Today, Israel is exporting some of the most vital jazz out there.

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A Blog Supreme
2:39 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

Django's Legacy: 21st-Century Gypsy Jazz

Versatile guitarist Frank Vignola has clearly studied Django Reinhardt-style jazz.
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Originally published on Sun October 7, 2012 5:05 pm

Django Reinhardt has achieved an almost godlike status among those who love jazz guitar. When he and violinist Stephane Grappelli formed the Quintet of the Hot Club of France in 1934, they created a new sound in jazz: The guitar and violin served as the lead instrumental voices, propelled by two hard-swinging rhythm guitars and a bass.

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A Blog Supreme
1:41 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

Around The Jazz Internet: Oct. 5, 2012

Times are (relatively) tough for Kenny G and other smooth jazz musicians, whose lifeline of radio airplay is quickly disappearing.
Ethan Miller Getty Images

Originally published on Fri October 5, 2012 1:52 pm

Happy long weekend.

  • Whither smooth jazz? Though straight-ahead and experimental fans might assume their, uh, less bumpy cousin is weathering the storm, the loss of many radio stations is affecting the field a lot. David Adler talks to many musicians and industry insiders for JazzTimes. That includes Kenny G, who is identified on subsequent reference as "G," in a sidebar.
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JazzSet
4:32 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

Bill Charlap And Renee Rosnes On JazzSet

Bill Charlap and Renee Rosnes.
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Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 3:41 pm

From their spirited night of Chick Corea music alone, it's clear how Renee Rosnes and Bill Charlap love to play amongst horns and a rhythm section. Yet when they face each other at two pianos, with a wink and a nod, they do it all themselves.

Now on JazzSet, it's Rosnes on the left, Charlap on the right and — in Charlap's words — "a unique sound that is the sum of both of us."

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Favorite Sessions
9:41 am
Wed October 3, 2012

Cyrus Chestnut: Nobody Like 'The Nutman'

Cyrus Chestnut performs on Jazz24.
Justin Steyer Jazz24

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 3:53 pm

Pianist Cyrus Chestnut took his time making a name for himself on the jazz scene: For a decade starting in the mid-1980s, he apprenticed as pianist for Jon Hendricks, Betty Carter, Donald Harrison and Wynton Marsalis. But since then, he's toured the world and recorded 15 albums as a bandleader.

In this performance and interview, Cyrus describes his gospel roots and his discovery of jazz, and discusses how he approaches interpreting other composers' music.

Set List

  • "Tonk"
  • "Polka Dots And Moonbeams"
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A Blog Supreme
1:33 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

'Treme' Ep. 23: Long Black Lines

DJ Davis McAlary (Steve Zahn) interviews John Boutte about an unreleased recording of his.
Paul Schiraldi HBO

For all the plot development in the series' infancy, last Sunday's episode of Treme was unusually saturated in live performances. The second half of the episode, especially, seemed like one concert after another. Here with me to recap the musical goings-on is WBGO's Josh Jackson.

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Piano Jazz
2:49 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

Blossom Dearie On Piano Jazz

Blossom Dearie.
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Originally published on Mon October 1, 2012 4:38 pm

This week's Piano Jazz is a rebroadcast of a show that first aired in 1985, presented as a tribute to Blossom Dearie, who died in 2009 at age 82.

The aptly named singer and pianist Blossom Dearie had a unique, childlike voice that, along with truly swinging piano work, could deliver scathing wit wrapped in a sweet package.

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