Jazz

2:10pm

Mon July 27, 2015
Songs We Love

Songs We Love: Lizz Wright, 'River Man'

Originally published on Mon July 27, 2015 2:33 pm

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Nick Drake's music is catnip to a certain kind of artist. Melodically pristine and rhythmically complex in quiet ways, the small songbook of the late English singer-songwriter offers interpreters a chance to be enchanting without stretching much. Yet to make Drake's songs new is a challenge. His vocal style of lingering around a beat, while playing guitar parts that were never flashy but always dazzlingly complex, is possible to imitate but difficult to make truly personal.

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10:51am

Fri July 24, 2015
Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz

Corky Hale On Piano Jazz

Corky Hale appears on the cover of her album Corky Hale Plays George Gershwin & Vernon Duke.
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Multi-instrumentalist Corky Hale has been blazing trails since her career began. She started piano at age 3, harp at 8, flute at 10 and cello at 12. In the late 1950s, she became Mel Tormé's pianist and teamed up with Billie Holiday in Las Vegas and Los Angeles.

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5:16am

Sun July 19, 2015
Music News

After 20 Years, New Orleans Band Galactic Lifts Off With New Voices

Originally published on Sun July 19, 2015 9:35 am

On the new album Into The Deep, the seasoned instrumentalists of Galactic team up with a host of singers including Macy Gray and Mavis Staples.
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For 20 years, the New Orleans band Galactic has made people dance at clubs, festivals, house parties — you name it. "A first-rate funk band" is how The New York Times describes it.

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1:27pm

Fri July 17, 2015
Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz

Rio Clemente On Piano Jazz

Rio Clemente.
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Rio Clemente was born Rosario Clemente in Morristown, N.J. Known as the "Bishop of Jazz," he was educated at the Juilliard School of Music. His training in classical music paved the way for his vibrant career in jazz, playing with the likes of Bucky Pizzarelli, Clark Terry, Milt Jackson and Bobby Hackett, with whom he toured.

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3:16pm

Tue July 14, 2015
Music

KCRW Presents: Kamasi Washington

Originally published on Tue July 14, 2015 3:28 pm

Kamasi Washington performs live in the KCRW studio.
KCRW

L.A. native Kamasi Washington has one of the most critically acclaimed albums of the year with his three-volume set The Epic, released on Flying Lotus' Brainfeeder label. At KCRW's studio, Washington recently brought in a stripped-down version of his band, many of whose members he grew up with here in town.

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12:03pm

Fri July 10, 2015
Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz

Willie Ruff On Piano Jazz

Willie Ruff.
Vincent Oneppo Courtesy of the artist

Willie Ruff is a master of both the bass and the French horn, which he reveals to be a singularly beautiful jazz instrument. Trained as a classical musician, Ruff studied with Paul Hindemith at the Yale School of Music and signed as first horn with the Tel Aviv Symphony. He went on to team up with pianist Dwike Mitchell, with whom he formed the Mitchell-Ruff Duo and toured worldwide.

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10:39am

Fri July 10, 2015
Songs We Love

Songs We Love: Duke Ellington & His Orchestra, 'Afrique (Take 3, Vocal)'

Duke Ellington composed "Afrique" as part of The Afro-Eurasian Eclipse, a suite informed by his numerous world tours.
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You know how some older "legacy" artists program their concerts like a greatest-hits collection? Duke Ellington did some of that as he was getting older — people wanted to hear the Maestro lead "Satin Doll" and "Mood Indigo," after all — but he never stopped writing new music, either. And his late works didn't stop pushing his own boundaries.

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11:35am

Thu July 9, 2015
Jazz

Eric Perkins: The Freedom Sounds

June is National Black Music Month. WVAS-FM celebrated by producing a series of live jazz every evening in the month. We closed out our series The Freedom Sounds - Live Jazz featuring Eric Perkins performing live outside the Alumni House on the campus of Alabama State University. 

The Freedom Sounds - Live Jazz is produced by Milton Shirdan in the studios of WVAS-FM on the campus of Alabama State University.

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11:26am

Thu July 9, 2015
Jazz

Sam Williams & Bobby Morgan: The Freedom Sounds

June is National Black Music Month. WVAS-FM celebrated by producing a series of live jazz every Monday evening in the month. Sam Williams and Bobby Morgan performed live in our studios for week four of National Black Music Month.

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11:23am

Thu July 9, 2015
Jazz

Al's Hot Sauce: The Freedom Sounds

June is National Black Music Month. WVAS-FM celebrated by producing a series of live jazz every Monday evening in the month. Al's Hot Sauce performed live in our studios for week three of National Black Music Month.

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