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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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Tiny Desk Concerts
10:31 am
Thu June 7, 2012

Allison Miller's Boom Tic Boom: Tiny Desk Concert

Emily Bogle NPR

If you drive northwest on New Hampshire Avenue out of Washington, D.C., you'll pass a few shopping plazas, a freeway or two, a house of worship for nearly every imaginable denomination. Around the point where the suburban sprawl begins to thin out, there's a one-block-long dead-end street on the right called Spotswood Drive. That's where a man named Walter Salb once lived; he was a beloved and respected drummer, and by most accounts a larger-than-life character.

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Favorite Sessions
9:52 am
Wed June 6, 2012

KCRW Presents: Esperanza Spalding

Esperanza Spalding performs for "Morning Becomes Eclectic."
KCRW

Originally published on Wed June 6, 2012 2:00 pm

Grammy-winning singer and bass player Esperanza Spalding recently led her band, including a large horn section, through a set of jazzy jams in the KCRW studios. Watching her play funky bass lines while singing with incredible range and soul was truly a sight to behold, especially in "Smile Like That." You can watch the entire performance at KCRW.com.

Mom And Dad's Record Collection
4:19 pm
Tue June 5, 2012

Mike Huckabee's Musical Education

Mike Huckabee sits in on bass with the Tonight Show band in 2008.
Paul Drinkwater NBC via Getty Images

Originally published on Tue June 5, 2012 7:53 pm

All Things Considered continues its "Mom and Dad's Record Collection" series with former Arkansas governor and presidential candidate Mike Huckabee. The politician currently hosts a TV show on Fox News and plays bass guitar in his rock band, Capitol Offense. His musical tastes are similarly multifaceted: Huckabee says he grew up listening to big-band jazz.

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Music News
5:45 pm
Mon June 4, 2012

4 Days After Murders, Musical Mourners Improvise A Tribute

A memorial outside Seattle's Cafe Racer on Thursday, a day after a deadly shooting inside. Just a few days later, musicians gathered outside the coffeehouse for an improvised memorial jam session.
Stephen Brashear Getty Images

Originally published on Mon June 4, 2012 7:44 pm

Cafe Racer is a coffeehouse and bar in Seattle near the University of Washington. Last Wednesday, it was the site of a shooting that left four people dead.

Cafe Racer is also a music venue, home to a Sunday-night improvisational jam session called The Racer Sessions. Sunday night's Racer Session wasn't inside — it was too soon for that — but the show did go on.

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A Blog Supreme
3:18 pm
Mon June 4, 2012

One Of The Best Things Ever Written About Jazz Writing

J.R. Taylor's observations about jazz writing in 1983 remain relevant today.
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Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 5:39 pm

Is also one of the saddest. Here's the first paragraph:

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A Blog Supreme
6:43 pm
Fri June 1, 2012

Five DC Jazz Festival Artists Actually From The Washington, D.C. Area

Brian Settles, pictured here at Bohemian Caverns, performs with his own Central Union band and with drummer Lenny Robinson's Mad Curious trio at DC Jazz Festival.
Patrick Jarenwattananon NPR

Originally published on Mon June 4, 2012 5:57 pm

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A Blog Supreme
5:52 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

Jack DeJohnette: 70 Years Of Propulsive, Percussive Mastery

Jack DeJohnette.
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It's turning out to be a great year for jazz drummer Jack DeJohnette.

In January, he was named an NEA Jazz Master for lifetime achievement. He began celebrating his 70th birthday early — it's August 9 — by going on a short performance tour this month with his old friends, Chick Corea and Stanley Clarke. The celebration continues this summer, as he tours Europe with the Keith Jarrett trio. As if that's not enough, he also released one of the best albums of the year in any genre, Sound Travels.

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Favorite Sessions
5:01 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

Jack DeJohnette And Friends: Miles On Their Mind

Jack DeJohnette.
Justin Steyer Jazz24

Originally published on Fri June 1, 2012 6:48 pm

Drummer Jack DeJohnette was 23 when he made his first recording with The Charles Lloyd Quartet in 1966. Since that time, he's been a driving force in the world of jazz. This year, DeJohnette will celebrate his birthday all year long — the big day is actually August 9 — with special events, including his current tour with his old friends Chick Corea (piano) and Stanley Clarke (bass).

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JazzSet
2:32 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

Russell Malone Trio On JazzSet

Russell Malone (left) and Tassili Bond perform at the Kennedy Center.
Mark Schramm WBGO

Originally published on Thu May 31, 2012 6:11 pm

Named the JJA Guitarist of the Year in June 2011, Russell Malone hails from Albany, Geo. Malone grew up absorbing music from his bedrock, the church, as well as popular blues and country tunes on radio and TV. For his golden-toned melodies played in octaves (try that some time!) and more, Malone is heavily influenced by Wes Montgomery.

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