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JazzSet
4:40 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Jane Bunnett And Chihiro Yamanaka On JazzSet

Jane Bunnett (left) and Candido perform at the Kennedy Center during the Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival.
Margot Schulman Courtesy of the Kennedy Center

Originally published on Thu March 27, 2014 11:36 am

Chihiro Yamanaka and Jane Bunnett come to the Kennedy Center from Japan and Canada, respectively, and each has a compelling story.

Jane Bunnett is from Toronto, yet for more than 30 years, she's championed Cuban music and musicians. She's made dozens of trips to the island, studying and working, bringing instruments to schoolchildren, and inviting players to return to Canada with her and her husband, trumpeter Larry Cramer.

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Music Reviews
1:20 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Digging Up The 'Newly Discovered Works Of Gil Evans'

Ryan Truesdell has turned unheard Gil Evans scores into richly textured works on Centennial: Newly Discovered Works of Gil Evans.
Dina Regine

Originally published on Thu August 2, 2012 9:47 pm

Gil Evans, born a century ago this year, was a leading jazz arranger and composer starting in the 1940s, when he wrote for big bands. He helped organize Miles Davis' Birth of the Cool sessions, then arranged Davis' celebrated orchestra albums like Sketches of Spain. Evans, who had his own big bands that went electric in the 1970s and '80s, died in 1991, but some of his rare music has been newly recorded.

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The Mix
12:54 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

Newport Jazz 2012: The Preview Mix

A view of the crowd and harbor from Fort Adams at the 2010 Newport Jazz Festival.
Erik Jacobs for NPR

Originally published on Tue August 7, 2012 10:52 am

The experience of going to the Newport Jazz Festival actually starts before you get there. The community of Newport sits at the tip of Rhode Island's Aquidneck Island — the exact festival location even more so — which means you're going to need to cross a big bridge or hop a boat. You'll probably pass through the old resort community of Newport, and by its massive oceanside mansions. It'll be about 75 degrees Fahrenheit, with a stabilizing ocean breeze. And then there's the music.

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A Blog Supreme
11:24 am
Mon July 30, 2012

Hear All The Artists Appearing At The 2012 Newport Jazz Festival

Fans at the 2010 Newport Jazz Festival.
Erik Jacobs for NPR

Originally published on Thu August 2, 2012 4:21 pm

We took recordings from all the bandleaders at the Newport Jazz Festival this year and put them all in a 24/7 streaming channel. Mostly the actual bands at Newport 2012, with some classics mixed in for spice. Have a listen?

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A Blog Supreme
7:44 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

Around The Jazz Internet: July 27, 2012

Charles Mingus makes the photo lede of this column two out of the last three weeks.
Courtesy of Charles Mingus Archives

One week until Newport.

  • Charles Mingus, as remembered by Nat Hentoff. "Every once in a while, when I was at home, the phone would ring and I'd be jolted by music until he came on. 'What do you think of that?' he would ask. 'I just wrote it.'"
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Piano Jazz
7:25 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

Radio Legend Studs Terkel On Piano Jazz

In addition to interviewing people around America for his radio program on WFMT, Studs Terkel was also a noted jazz historian.
Steve Kagan Time Life Pictures/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed August 21, 2013 10:03 am

Though he's remembered for his intense interest in the lives of everyday folks, the Pulitzer Prize winning author and Chicago radio legend Studs Terkel was also a great lover of music, and especially jazz. His first book, Giants of Jazz, featured literary portraits of the likes of Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong.

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World Cafe
3:46 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

Joe Jackson On World Cafe

Joe Jackson.
Courtesy of the artist

Joe Jackson is well known as the writer of the 1979 hit "Is She Really Going Out With Him?" and for his biggest single, "Steppin' Out." Jackson — who grew up in Portsmouth, England and attended the Royal Academy of Music — has also had five Grammy nominations over his illustrious four-decade career.

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JazzSet
3:35 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

Charles Lloyd's Sangam On JazzSet

Sangam performs at the 2011 Newport Jazz Festival. From left to right: Eric Harland, Zakir Hussain and Charles Lloyd.
Erik Jacobs for NPR

Originally published on Thu March 14, 2013 2:45 pm

For his uncompromising and serious music, the 2011 Newport Jazz Festival was eager to present Charles Lloyd. He could bring any group he wanted, they told him. Lloyd said yes, and that he would bring Sangam, an East-West trio with one CD and few performances on the schedule. It was a coup!

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A Blog Supreme
3:50 pm
Wed July 25, 2012

Art Imitates Life, And Vice Versa: Christian Scott And 'Treme'

Christian Scott (left, playing himself) and Rob Brown (playing Delmond Lambreaux) perform at Jazz at Lincoln Center in the program Treme.
Paul Schiraldi HBO

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 5:14 pm

Fans of the trumpeter and bandleader Christian Scott may know that he's done a little acting, appearing briefly in feature films like Rachel Getting Married and Leatherheads. Fans of the HBO program Treme know that he not only appears on camera: His life story partially inspired the character Delmond Lambreaux, a jazz trumpeter who has left New Orleans to pursue a career in New York. In fact, in episode one of season two, the character Delmond and the real Scott appeared on screen together, "performing" in New York City.

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A Blog Supreme
6:10 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

For Jazz Musicians Looking For Mentors, Things Ain't What They Used To Be

Trumpeter Terence Blanchard (center) is known as one of jazz's great cultivators of young talent, whether as an educator or leading bands with younger musicians like saxophonist Walter Smith III or pianist Fabian Almazan.
John Rogers for NPR johnrogersnyc.com

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 5:14 pm

One of the great things about jazz is that it bridges generations. Because it relies on interactive improvisation and live performance, and thus can't be completely taught in a classroom or with a book, aspiring younger musicians seek the direct guidance of older, wiser ones. And more experienced musicians have plenty of reasons to take fresh talent under their wings, like gaining new bandmates with fresh skill sets, or helping future torch-bearers to thrive.

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