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Piano Jazz
2:22 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

Hod O'Brien On Piano Jazz

Hod O'Brien.
Courtesy of the artist

On the drive from his home in Charlottesville, Va., to the Manhattan studios of Piano Jazz, pianist Hod O'Brien was inspired to compose an original tune in honor of the occasion. By the time he'd arrived, he'd worked out a swinging little ditty in his head, so he kicked off this session with a tune he called "Clarion for Marian."

"His playing was wonderful," recalls host Marian McPartland. "And I really enjoyed playing on Charlie Parker ['Now's The Time'] with Hod. I thought it came off very well."

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JazzSet
3:37 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

Gabriel Alegria And Gerald Clayton On JazzSet

Originally published on Thu August 9, 2012 4:10 pm

The Litchfield Jazz Festival leads off with a weeks-long camp for high-school students and New York's finest musicians on the faculty, then climaxes with a two-day festival. This year it's August 11-12 in Goshen, Conn., but here we have two sets from the 2010 festival, featuring two groups with young leaders.

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Music Interviews
1:03 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

Susie Arioli On Fresh Air

Susie Arioli's new album, All the Way, was released in June.
Marianne Larochelle

Originally published on Thu August 9, 2012 8:03 am

Fresh Air's Terry Gross has been listening to jazz singer Susie Arioli since she first heard Arioli's 2002 album Pennies From Heaven. Arioli is Canadian and has a big following there, but she's not well known in the U.S., and hasn't toured in many American cities. So when Arioli and her longtime guitarist and arranger, Jordan Officer, stopped in for an in-studio concert and conversation, Gross was thrilled.

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Newport Jazz Festival
10:58 am
Wed August 8, 2012

The Bad Plus With Bill Frisell, Live In Concert: Newport Jazz 2012

Pianist Ethan Iverson of The Bad Plus performs at the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival.
Erik Jacobs for NPR

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 10:56 am

Here's a pairing that raises the question: "Why hasn't this happened before?" The Bad Plus have been a revisionist cover band and today mostly make original piano trio music sui generis. Bill Frisell is the quintessential jazz collaborator: The guitarist, making the second of three appearances at this year's Newport Jazz Festival, is down for anything involving good musicians, and can be counted on to execute it well. Together, they paid tribute to one of their mutual heroes, the late drummer Paul Motian, in a set comprised mostly of his haunting compositions.

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Newport Jazz Festival
5:58 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Kurt Elling, Live In Concert: Newport Jazz 2012

Kurt Elling performs at the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival.
Erik Jacobs for NPR

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 10:55 am

A classic male singer, Kurt Elling has an old-school vibe to everything from his mannered stage banter to his declamatory, full-chested delivery. But he isn't afraid to write brainy, twisty lyrics over an obscure jazz number, or take a pop song back to the drawing board. He can do a lot with his voice, you see, and the band featuring long-time collaborator Laurence Hobgood, a pianist, helps to set the stage.

Set List

  • "Come Fly With Me"
  • "Dedicated To You"
  • "Samurai Cowboy"
  • "On Broadway"
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Mom And Dad's Record Collection
3:55 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Leonard Pitts On Memories Of Laundry And Nat King Cole

Nat King Cole (center) rehearses with his trio at the London Palladium in 1950.
Ron Case Getty Images

Originally published on Wed August 8, 2012 3:04 pm

The Mom and Dad's Record Collection series on All Things Considered continues with a memory of music and family from the Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and author Leonard Pitts.

Pitts says his childhood mischief was set to the music of Nat King Cole, often courtesy of his mother's own voice. One afternoon, he remembers, she was singing "Don't Get Around Much Anymore" while he played out back.

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A Blog Supreme
9:42 am
Mon August 6, 2012

Highlights: The 2012 Newport Jazz Festival In Photos

David Gilmore from Rudresh Mahanthappa's Samdhi is all smiles at the Newport Jazz Festival.
Erik Jacobs for NPR

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 5:13 pm

The tents have been collapsed, the fog has rolled in and the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival has come and gone — but not before photographer Erik Jacobs captured these brilliant images for us.

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Newport Jazz Festival
7:08 pm
Sun August 5, 2012

Berklee Global Jazz Ambassadors, Live In Concert: Newport Jazz Festival 2012

Saxophonists Lihi Haruvi (left) and Matthew Halpin (center) and violinist Alex Hargreaves (right) of The Berklee Global Jazz Ambassadors perform at the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival.
Erik Jacobs for NPR

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 4:24 pm

Boston's esteemed Berklee College of Music, just up the road from Newport, has produced top jazz musicians for decades. Driven by the leadership of Panamanian pianist Danilo Pérez, the school has expanded its jazz vision internationally, developing an initiative to recruit from and bring on tour around the world. Berklee's current Global Jazz Ambassadors are joined here by professional musician Adam Cruz, whose shimmering 2011 debut album Milestone showed off his talent both in front of the band and behind the drum kit.

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Newport Jazz Festival
6:24 pm
Sun August 5, 2012

Jenny Scheinman & Bill Frisell, Live In Concert: Newport Jazz 2012

Violinist Jenny Scheinman performs at the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival.
Erik Jacobs for NPR

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 4:25 pm

The violinist Jenny Scheinman and guitarist Bill Frisell have both developed reputations for flexibility — for being able to collaborate with any musicians from country rockers to straight-ahead swing barons. Appropriately, they've been working together in bands for quite a long time now, including in Frisell's John Lennon tribute earlier in the festival. This duo performance features the two alone together, working out stripped-down versions of Scheinman's fiddle tunes.

Set List

  • "Einsamaller"
  • "Sidiki / Jara Bi"
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Newport Jazz Festival
6:09 pm
Sun August 5, 2012

Miguel Zenón's Rayuela Quartet, Live In Concert: Newport Jazz 2012

Saxophonist Miguel Zenón performs with pianist Laurent Coq at the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival.
Erik Jacobs for NPR

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 10:58 am

It may be billed as a gig for the alto saxophonist Miguel Zenón, who is making his third Newport appearance in four years, but he would refuse complete credit. He teamed up with the French pianist Laurent Coq to co-write an album's worth of music inspired on the high-modernist Julio Cortázar novel HopscotchRayuela, in the original Spanish. It calls for a cello and a trombone — Dana Leong plays both — and a drummer who can play tablas, so an obvious choice was Dan Weiss. Together, the quartet's literary and musical imagination runs wild.

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