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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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Song Of The Day
7:03 am
Wed May 30, 2012

BADBADNOTGOOD: A Moody Jazz-Hop Think Piece

BADBADNOTGOOD.
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A Toronto-based jazz trio whose approach to the genre has angered aficionados and grabbed the attention of young fans, BADBADNOTGOOD carries on jazz's rich tradition of reinvention and provocation. Its two full-length albums cover material that's of interest to your average oddball twentysomething: experimental rock, video-game soundtracks and electronic music, among others.

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Piano Jazz
6:32 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

Gerald Wiggins On Piano Jazz

Gerald Wiggins on the cover of Wiggin' Out.
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Originally published on Fri June 15, 2012 1:34 pm

Piano Jazz remembers jazz piano master Gerald Wiggins, who died in 2008, in a session recorded in 1992.

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Piano Jazz
6:24 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

George Shearing On Piano Jazz

George Shearing shares a laugh with his fiancé Ellie Geffert in 1976.
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Originally published on Fri June 15, 2012 1:17 pm

This week's Piano Jazz was originally broadcast in 1987, when pianist George Shearing made his second appearance on the program.

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Piano Jazz
6:20 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

Barbara Carroll On Piano Jazz

Barbara Carroll.
Julie Skarratt

Originally published on Sat May 25, 2013 9:15 am

Pianist and singer Barbara Carroll is an old and dear friend of Piano Jazz host Marian McPartland. In fact, Carroll was the second ever guest to appear on Piano Jazz when the show began 30 years ago. Carroll recalls 1979 as a banner year for her, as well — it's the same year she started what became a 25 year run performing at Bemelman's Bar, at the Carlyle Hotel in Manhattan.

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