Jazz

2:03am

Sat July 19, 2014
Music Interviews

Fred Hersch Floats On, With A Dynamic Trio In Tow

Originally published on Sat July 19, 2014 11:45 am

Jazz pianist Fred Hersch released his latest album, a trio recording called Floating, in July.
Vincent Soyez Courtesy of the artist

The last time Fred Hersch was featured on Weekend Edition Saturday, the headline read, "Back On Stage By No Small Miracle." It was 2009, and scarcely a year earlier, the jazz pianist had suffered AIDS-related dementia and fallen into a coma for several months. Since recovering, Hersch has come roaring back to music, releasing a string of live albums to critical success.

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12:54pm

Fri July 18, 2014
Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz

Carmen Lundy On Piano Jazz

Carmen Lundy.
Mark Hanauer Courtesy of the artist

Carmen Lundy's contralto voice perfectly conveys the soul and depth of her compositions. She joined Piano Jazz host Marian McPartland in 1999 to perform Mary Lou's Mass by Mary Lou Williams at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.

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11:54am

Fri July 18, 2014
The Fresh Air Interview

'Live In The Present': Charlie Haden Remembered

Originally published on Fri July 18, 2014 3:22 pm

Charlie Haden plays upright bass with Keith Jarrett's band in New York City, 1975.
Jack Vartoogian Getty Images

4:58pm

Tue July 15, 2014
Music Reviews

A Sax Trio Taps Tradition While Thriving In The Present

Originally published on Tue July 15, 2014 7:23 pm

Melissa Aldana and Crash Trio released its self-titled debut album in June.
Courtesy of the artist

Melissa Aldana, who became the first female instrumentalist and first South American musician to win the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition last fall, is not the average talent-contest winner.

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5:23am

Sun July 13, 2014
Music Interviews

The New Thing In Jazz, Revisited

Originally published on Sun July 13, 2014 11:47 am

New Orleans pianist Henry Butler (left) and arranger and trumpeter Steven Bernstein will release their collaborative record, Viper's Drag, in the U.S. on July 15.
Courtesy of the artist

Impulse Records is the legendary label that proudly delivered the "new thing" in jazz in the 1960s: avant-garde records from the likes of John Coltrane and Pharaoh Sanders. It also helped jazz cross over to a larger audience; quite a few flower children bought Impulse albums.

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5:59pm

Fri July 11, 2014
A Blog Supreme

Remembering Jazz Legend Charlie Haden, Who Crafted His Voice In Bass

Originally published on Fri July 11, 2014 9:39 pm

5:52pm

Fri July 11, 2014
Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz

Joe Locke On Piano Jazz

Joe Locke.
Joseph Boggess Courtesy of the artist

Known for the emotional range of his solo work, vibraphonist Joe Locke has established himself as a composer, bandleader and educator. He has recorded with artists such as Eddie Henderson and Grover Washington Jr., and he continues to tour worldwide.

In this episode of Piano Jazz, Locke performs his original composition "Seven Beauties" on piano, as well as a medley of songs by Joni Mitchell and Carly Simon on vibes. Host Marian McPartland joins in for a duet of the standard "I Should Care."

Originally broadcast in the fall of 1996.

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4:19pm

Mon July 7, 2014
Music Articles

Billy Eckstine: A Crooner Who Crossed Barriers

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 7:56 pm

Mobbed by teenage girls wherever he went, Billy Eckstine at one time rivaled Frank Sinatra's popularity.
Hulton Archive Getty Images

Billy Eckstine was smooth as silk. He was tall and handsome, sported a pencil-thin mustache and sang in a distinctive baritone.

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11:04am

Thu July 3, 2014
Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz

Les Paul On Piano Jazz

Les Paul.
Amy Sussman Getty Images Entertainment
  • Listen: Les Paul On Piano Jazz

A phenomenal guitarist and pioneering audio engineer, Les Paul has been a major influence in 20th Century music, both as a performer and technical innovator. The guitar legend made a rare appearance on Piano Jazz, bringing with him his trio — Lou Paulo on guitar and Paul Nowinski on bass.

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10:36am

Thu July 3, 2014
Public Radio Jazz Live

Newport Jazz 2011: Avishai Cohen's Triveni With Anat Cohen, Live In Concert

Avishai Cohen performs with his trio, Triveni, on the Harbor Stage during the Newport Jazz Festival.
Erik Jacobs for NPR

What is it with trumpeter Avishai Cohen and triples lately? He recently recorded a pair of albums with his band Triveni, a free-swinging trio which showcases his fervent imagination. He's also one of three Cohen siblings in jazz's top echelon; Avishai invited his big sister Anat, the celebrated clarinet specialist, to join him here.

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