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12:17 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Ray Anderson: A Pocket-Size Suite Makes A Huge Racket

It's tricky making a little band sound big on Sweet Chicago Suite, but trombonist Ray Anderson knows his tricks.
Jeanne Moutoussamy Ashe

Originally published on Tue June 19, 2012 3:47 pm

Ray Anderson's Pocket Brass Band is about watch-pocket size: With three horns and drums, it couldn't get much smaller. On its new Sweet Chicago Suite, Anderson makes what the group does sound easy. Just write some catchy, bluesy tunes and then have the band blast them out.

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A Blog Supreme
1:40 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

Around The Jazz Internet: June 18, 2012

The reinstatement of the Best Latin Jazz Album Grammy award was celebrated by many in the jazz community recently.
Luisa Fernanda iStockPhoto

Originally published on Tue June 19, 2012 8:54 pm

Sorry for the wait. Big roundup this time:

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Music Interviews
12:03 pm
Sun June 17, 2012

Kate McGarry: A Singer Inspired By The Spoken Word

Kate McGarry's new album is titled Girl Talk.
Matteo Trisolini

Originally published on Thu June 21, 2012 11:01 am

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The Checkout: Live
2:05 am
Sun June 17, 2012

Antonio Sanchez And Migration: Live From 92Y Tribeca

Antonio Sanchez.
John Rogers for NPR johnrogersnyc.com

Originally published on Mon January 27, 2014 11:24 am

After moving from Mexico City to the U.S. to study jazz, it didn't take drummer Antonio Sánchez long to find himself in the bands of international stars — folks like Pat Metheny, or Michael Brecker, or Chick Corea. It's easy to see why he's so busy; five minutes of watching him layer on polyrhythms will suffice. But he's got more than one talent: He also has a degree in classical piano, and has made a few records which show off his composing, starting with 2007's Migration.

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The Checkout: Live
2:03 am
Sun June 17, 2012

Clarence Penn Quartet: Live From 92Y Tribeca

Clarence Penn.
John Rogers for NPR johnrogersnyc.com

Originally published on Mon December 17, 2012 4:00 pm

Clarence Penn is one of those jazz-trained drummers who prove too versatile, too accomplished, too good to have too much free time. He joined Ellis Marsalis' band when he was still in college; he's another graduate of Betty Carter finishing school. Since then, he's stayed busy touring with anyone and everyone — perhaps too busy to have put out a record of his own since 2002. That hopefully changes this year with the release of Dalí In Cobble Hill, an album of original music for quartet; we'll get a preview at the 92Y Tribeca.

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Music Interviews
4:03 pm
Sat June 16, 2012

One Father, Eight Sons, Nine Shiny Brass Bells

The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble features eight of trumpeter Kelan Phil Cohran's sons.
Georgia Khun

Originally published on Tue November 27, 2012 3:52 pm

Over the course of 85-year-old Kelan Phil Cohran's long career as an avant-garde jazz trumpeter, he's toured the world, performing with everyone from Sun Ra to Sarah Vaughan.

When not on the road, Cohran has worked as a music educator, teaching music in schools and prisons, and to his own children.

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Favorite Sessions
3:46 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

Christian McBride: The Bass Boss

Christian McBride (right) with Peter Martin at KPLU.
Justin Steyer KPLU

Originally published on Fri June 15, 2012 9:07 am

In the first generation of bebop musicians, Ray Brown was king of the jazz bass. Today, the "go-to" jazz bassist is Christian McBride, so we were delighted to have McBride stop by the KPLU studios for a performance with pianist Peter Martin.

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Favorite Sessions
2:49 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

Gregoire Maret: Harmonica With Legs

Gregoire Maret at WBGO.
Josh Jackson WBGO

Originally published on Tue June 12, 2012 3:23 pm

When Baron Toots Thielemans, the Belgian harmonica legend, guested on Gregoire Maret's self-titled debut, the sense was that Maret himself had been knighted. He'd already proven himself worthy on recordings with Pat Metheny and Jacky Terrasson, but until recently, the 37-year-old didn't have his own singular statement to drive the point home.

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Music Reviews
1:00 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

Edmar Castaneda's 'Double Portion' Of Harp

Edmar Castañeda's new album is titled Double Portion.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue June 12, 2012 1:46 pm

The Colombian harpist Edmar Castañeda was born in Bogotá, and began playing at 13. A few years later, in the mid-1990s, he moved to New York, where he studied jazz trumpet. Then he returned to the harp with a new perspective and set of skills.

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A Blog Supreme
12:13 pm
Sat June 9, 2012

Your Comments About Building Jazz Audiences And Musicians With Day Jobs

Discussion about the future of jazz audiences — and how to cope with them — was strong.
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