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Piano Jazz
11:54 am
Fri July 20, 2012

Keith Jarrett On Piano Jazz

Keith Jarrett made a long awaited appearance on Piano Jazz in 2006.
Patrick Hinley

Host Marian McPartland tried for years to line-up elusive pianist Keith Jarrett for a Piano Jazz session. Following his stellar performance at Carnegie Hall in 2005, McPartland confronted the elusive performer and convinced him to put in an appearance on her show. The Allentown, Pa., native graciously invited McPartland and a small crew to his home studio, a converted barn next to his 18th-century farmhouse.

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JazzSet
2:12 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

Amina Figarova Sextet, Avishai Cohen's Triveni On JazzSet

Amina Figarova performs at the 2010 Newport Jazz Festival.
Erik Jacobs for NPR

Originally published on Tue July 31, 2012 11:16 am

As a child in Azerbaijan, Amina Figarova loved the piano at first sight. She would arrange all her dolls around her and play for them. "Nobody could stop me," she told an interviewer at All About Jazz. "I would sit and play and play." Figarova studied classical music and heard jazz at home, especially Herbie Hancock.

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Music Reviews
12:49 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

Ravi Coltrane: A Noble Sound, Witness To Its Heritage

Ravi Coltrane's new album is called Spirit Fiction.
Deborah Feingold Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed July 18, 2012 10:54 am

The jazz musician Ravi Coltrane, 47, didn't make his burden any lighter by choosing to play tenor and soprano saxophones — the same instruments his father, John Coltrane, indelibly stamped with his influence.

Ravi knew early he needed his own voice. On tenor, he has his own ways of bending and inflecting a note, applying flexible vibrato. Even when his noble sound bears witness to his heritage, Ravi Coltrane can draw on his father's language and make it his own.

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A Blog Supreme
8:03 am
Sat July 14, 2012

Around The Jazz Internet: July 14, 2012

Charles Mingus, Paris 1964.
Guy Le Querrec Courtesy of Charles Mingus Archives

A bit of a retrospective emphasis this week:

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Piano Jazz
2:06 pm
Fri July 13, 2012

Dave Samuels On Piano Jazz

Dave Samuels.
Courtesy of the artist

For Dave Samuels, the love of his first two instruments — the drums and then the piano — naturally led him to the vibraphone. Samuels' gift for evocative melody and his rhythmic versatility make him one of the leading mallet players of his generation, empowering him to swing from the classic-cool sounds of Stan Getz and Gerry Mulligan to the contemporary rhythms of The Yellowjackets, Spyro Gyra and his Caribbean Jazz Project.

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JazzSet
1:56 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

Rez Abbasi Acoustic Quartet, Trio Da Paz On JazzSet

Rez Abbasi performs at the Newport Jazz Festival.
Erik Jacobs for NPR

Originally published on Thu August 1, 2013 11:39 am

We're in a guitar world, from Pakistan to Brazil and from steel strings to nylon, as the Rez Abbasi Acoustic Quartet and Trio da Paz play in turn at the Newport Jazz Festival.

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A Blog Supreme
6:28 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

Remembering Drummer Lionel Batiste, Icon Of New Orleans Music

Lionel Batiste in the Treme.
Mandalit Del Barco for NPR

Originally published on Wed July 11, 2012 9:06 am

"Uncle" Lionel Batiste, the bass drummer, singer and public face of the Treme Brass Band, died Sunday morning. NOLA.com reported that the cause was cancer, and that he was 80.

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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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