Jazz

3:53pm

Fri May 22, 2015
Jazz Night In America: The Radio Program

Joe Temperley: 'No Greater Sound On Earth'

Joe Temperley performs with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra in 2013.
Frank Stewart Jazz at Lincoln Center

Baritone saxophonist and clarinetist Joe Temperley has led an illustrious career spanning several decades, performing in some of the best big bands that ever were. Temperley, now 85, has performed with the orchestras of Humphrey Lyttelton, Woody Herman, Thad Jones & Mel Lewis, Clark Terry, Joe Henderson, and of course, Duke Ellington. For the past 25 years, Temperley has also been the heart and soul of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.

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2:56pm

Fri May 22, 2015
Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz

Lionel Hampton On Piano Jazz

Lionel Hampton.
Reg Davis Getty Images

Vibraphonist Lionel Hampton (1908–2002) was one of the most influential figures in the history of jazz. He made the vibes a vital voice in the arsenal of jazz instruments, and gained international fame while playing in Benny Goodman's small groups and leading his own orchestra.

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1:08pm

Fri May 22, 2015
World Cafe

West Philadelphia Orchestra On World Cafe

West Philadelphia Orchestra with interloping World Cafe host David Dye (ensousaphoned, right).
Rich McKie WXPN

We've got something quite different as our Sense of Place: Philly series continues. Philadelphia has a brass band called The West Philadelphia Orchestra. They specialize in Balkan music, and as they were rehearsing a number of years ago, a singer was passing by who knew the music they were playing from growing up — and she joined the band. Petia Zamfirova will be the first to say this eclectic group is not just about backing her singing. We'll find out how this band grew here, hear about their selection in the All Songs Considered Tiny Desk Concert contest and more.

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8:03am

Fri May 22, 2015
All Songs Considered

All Songs +1: 'Epic' Jazz From Kamasi Washington

Originally published on Fri May 22, 2015 10:37 am

Kamasi Washington's appropriately-named new album, The Epic, is out now.
Courtesy of the artist

Even if you don't know anything about jazz, it's quite possible you've heard the music of saxophonist Kamasi Washington: That's him on the latest albums by Kendrick Lamar and Flying Lotus. But that's only the very tip of his iceberg.

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2:03pm

Thu May 21, 2015
Music

Mathias Eick's 'Midwest': A Musical Landscape

Originally published on Thu May 21, 2015 7:07 pm

On Mathias Eick's new album, Midwest, he composes musical impressions of the Midwestern landscape.
Courtesy of the artist

6:06pm

Wed May 20, 2015
A Blog Supreme

Bruce Lundvall, Jazz Record Executive, Has Died

Bruce Lundvall attends a ceremony hosted by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, which produces the Grammy Awards. In addition to his role as record executive, he also once served as director of the Recording Academy.
Noel Vasquez Getty Images

Bruce Lundvall, the longtime President of Blue Note Records who supported many top jazz artists over the last four decades, died yesterday, May 19. The cause was complications of Parkinson's Disease, according to a Blue Note statement. He was 79.

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5:56pm

Tue May 19, 2015
Jazz Night In America: The Radio Program

A Tribute To Kenny Wheeler

Kenny Wheeler.
W. Patrick Hinely Courtesy of the artist

The late Kenny Wheeler's stunning compositions and imaginative improvisations on trumpet and flugelhorn left deep impressions on generations of musicians. Two such devotees — trumpeter Ingrid Jensen and saxophonist Steve Treseler — revisited Wheeler's compositions after his death in 2014 at age 84. And in doing so, they realized they wanted to record their arrangements, paying tribute to the man who catalyzed their own careers.

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11:03pm

Sun May 17, 2015
First Listen

First Listen: Joshua Redman & The Bad Plus, 'The Bad Plus Joshua Redman'

Originally published on Wed May 20, 2015 3:37 pm

Joshua Redman & The Bad Plus' new album, The Bad Plus Joshua Redman, comes out May 26.
Cameron Wittig Courtesy of the artist

For the last two years, pianist Ethan Iverson has been at the center of what looks, in hindsight, like a serious creative whirlwind. He re-conceptualized Stravinsky's ballet The Rite Of Spring in its entirety (!) for his trio The Bad Plus, and then, for good measure, recorded an album of all-original Bad Plus music (Inevitable Western).

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6:14pm

Sat May 16, 2015
Music

50 Years Ago, Ramsey Lewis Joined 'The In Crowd'

Originally published on Sat May 16, 2015 7:16 pm

Ramsey Lewis' hit single "The In Crowd" was recorded live in concert 50 years ago this month.
Courtesy of Ravinia Festival

Fifty years ago, the Ramsey Lewis Trio sat in a Washington, D.C. coffee shop, musing over what it could add to its set that evening. It was booked for a run at Bohemian Caverns — the group had issued a live album made at the nightclub, and it was gearing up to record a follow-up live album. Over walked a waitress, who inquired about the band's predicament.

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12:03pm

Fri May 15, 2015
Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz

Gonzalo Rubalcaba On Piano Jazz

Gonzalo Rubalcaba is shown performing during the 2011 Newport Jazz Festival.
Eva Hambach AFP/Getty Images

The music of pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba is a potent mixture of Cuban and American jazz. His style sounds both melodic and rhythmic, filled with exciting and intriguing influences. He plays everything from jazz to classical, as well as music from his native Cuba.

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