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A Blog Supreme
1:03 pm
Mon July 9, 2012

Live At The 2012 Newport Jazz Festival

Wynton Marsalis' ensemble performs at the Newport Jazz Festival.
Erik Jacobs for NPR

Originally published on Mon July 9, 2012 3:06 pm

Since 1954, the Newport Jazz Festival has brought live music to seaside New England. This year, you can see it even if you can't be there: NPR Music returns to the Newport Jazz Festival for a live video webcast and recording on August 4-5, 2012.

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Piano Jazz
10:43 am
Fri July 6, 2012

Dick Hyman On Piano Jazz

Dick Hyman.
Michael Loccisano Getty Images

Originally published on Fri July 26, 2013 4:24 pm

For this Piano Jazz recorded in 2009, host Marian McPartland welcomes back pianist Dick Hyman, who appeared on several programs throughout the years including the first season in 1979.

"Dick has such great chops," says McPartland. "He can really race up and down the keyboard — he gave me a run for my money! It was great fun having him on the show."

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A Blog Supreme
3:21 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

Heavy Rotation: Chano Dominguez, 'Freddie Freeloader'

Chano Dominguez.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 5:27 pm

With Supreme blogger Patrick Jarenwattananon on vacation, we asked jazz music directors from around public radio to highlight songs that have been in heavy rotation at their stations. Today's pick comes from Gary Walker, music director at WBGO in Newark, N.J.

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JazzSet
1:58 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

Gretchen Parlato, Conrad Herwig On JazzSet

Gretchen Parlato performs at the Quad Stage during the Newport Jazz Festival.
Erik Jacobs for NPR.

At the Newport Jazz Festival, we're visiting the Quad and Harbor Stages, where the first rows of audience sit snug up to the performer. With her understated style, love of the lyric and freedom, Gretchen Parlato makes that closeness work. Everyone leans in and listens.

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Music Reviews
12:50 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

Linda Oh: Connecting Points On A Musical Map

Linda Oh
Vincent Soyez courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon July 9, 2012 12:01 pm

In a good jazz rhythm section, the players function independently and as one. Their parts and accents crisscross and reinforce each other, interlocking like West African drummers. Beyond that, the bass is a band's ground floor. When it changes up, the earth shifts under all the players' feet. From moment to moment, Linda Oh's bass prowls or gallops, takes giant downward leaps, or stands its ground.

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A Blog Supreme
2:58 pm
Tue July 3, 2012

Heavy Rotation: George Benson, 'Naima'

George Benson.
Concord Jazz

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 5:28 pm

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Favorite Sessions
2:52 pm
Tue July 3, 2012

Daniel Freedman: Lessons From Motoring In Mali

Jazz musician Daniel Freedman on drums performing at WBGO studio sessions in Newark, NJ on June 22, 2012.
Melanie Burford for NPR

Originally published on Thu August 9, 2012 3:30 pm

The itinerant path of a touring musician is nothing new. Drummer Daniel Freedman has walked that walk with New York jazz groups, salsa units, forro bands and on international tours with Angelique Kidjo. He has also taken the road less travelled – by bus.

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A Blog Supreme
2:40 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

Ahmad Jamal: Still Fearless And Innovative At 82

Ahmad Jamal at the grand piano during the Blue Moon sessions.
Jacques Beneich

Originally published on Mon July 2, 2012 5:17 pm

Today jazz pianist Ahmad Jamal celebrates his 82nd birthday, presumably near Montauban, France, where he will play a gig tomorrow. In fact, he'll spend most of the month in France, The Netherlands, Greece, Switzerland and Turkey doing what he does best: pouring himself into his enchanting music.

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Music Interviews
5:45 am
Sun July 1, 2012

Stephane Wrembel: Music As 'A Question Of Life And Death'

Stephane Wrembel's new album is called Origins.
J. Elon Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun July 1, 2012 8:32 am

If you're a moviegoer, there's a good chance you'll recognize Stephane Wrembel's sound, if not his name.

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Music Interviews
6:27 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

A Lone Trumpeter Serenades The National Mall

Trumpeter John Thornton plays at the corner of 7th Street and Constitution Avenue in Washington, D.C., just a few blocks from NPR's headquarters.
Devon Kodzis NPR

Originally published on Fri August 24, 2012 4:23 pm

This summer, Weekend Edition Saturday is listening to the sounds of music al fresco. Today, we present an audio postcard of a trumpeter we recently heard blowing "The Star-Spangled Banner" just down the street from NPR.

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