Jazz

4:21pm

Fri June 27, 2014
Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz

Bruce Hornsby On Piano Jazz

Bruce Hornsby.
Jimmy Ienner Jr. Courtesy of the artist

Pianist and singer-songwriter Bruce Hornsby spent quite a few years playing in bars and writing songs — many of them with his brother, John Hornsby. The two moved to Los Angeles in 1980 and spent three years writing for 20th Century Fox. In 1985, Bruce Hornsby and his band The Range signed a recording contract with RCA. The resulting album, The Way It Is, produced three Top 20 hits and helped win the group a Grammy for Best New Artist in 1986.

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8:03am

Wed June 25, 2014
A Blog Supreme

The Future Of Intense Art: A Free-Jazz Event Looks Forward

Charles Gayle was honored with a lifetime achievement award at this year's Vision Festival. On the event's opening night, Gayle performed as his alter ego, Streets the Clown.
John Rogers for NPR

"We had to do things ourselves until something else kicked in," bassist William Parker said at a panel earlier this month. He was explaining how he came to co-found the Vision Festival. "And nothing's ever really kicked in."

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5:36pm

Sat June 21, 2014
Music Interviews

Bobby Hutcherson's Good Vibes For Fiery Times

Originally published on Sat June 21, 2014 6:19 pm

Bobby Hutcherson's new album on Blue Note Records is Enjoy The View.
Scott Chernis Courtesy of the artist

The vibraphone is a special instrument. That spooky, smoky, sparkling sound — there's nothing like it. And there's nothing like hearing the vibes played by Bobby Hutcherson.

Hutcherson has covered a lot of ground on his instrument. In the 1950s he was already playing professional gigs, as a teenager. In the '60s, he was a leading light of jazz's avant garde, breaking new ground on some of the most revered LPs issued by Blue Note Records.

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5:18pm

Wed June 18, 2014
A Blog Supreme

Legendary Pianist Horace Silver Dies At 85

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 11:22 am

Pianist Horace Silver, whose potent and catchy combination of blues, funk and Latin sounds shifted the jazz landscape in the 1950s and '60s, died Wednesday morning at his home in New Rochelle, N.Y. He died of natural causes, according to his son, Gregory Silver. He was 85.

As a bandleader, Horace Silver mentored some of the hottest musicians of his era. As a composer, he devised numerous jazz standards still played today.

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8:03am

Sat June 14, 2014
A Blog Supreme

Rhythm Runs In The Family: Drummers On Their Dads

Originally published on Sun June 15, 2014 4:35 am

Percussionist Pete Escovedo and his daughter Sheila E. perform together in Rome in 2013.
Jun Sato WireImage

When you read enough about the early lives of jazz musicians, you begin to spot a trend. A lot of artists caught the music bug from their parents.

With instruments and musicians around the house, it's easy for kids to grow curious about playing. But that's not nearly the whole story. Sometimes parents are the first teachers. Other times, parental guidance doesn't fully kick in until much later.

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6:05pm

Fri June 13, 2014
Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz

Jerry Dodgion On Piano Jazz

Jerry Dodgion.
Daniel Sheehan eyeshotjazz.com

Saxophonist Jerry Dodgion has played with just about everyone in the jazz world throughout his long career. In 1955, Dodgion joined Benny Carter in Las Vegas for the opening of the Moulin Rouge, and in the late '50s, he played with both Frank Sinatra and the Red Norvo quintet.

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5:30pm

Fri June 13, 2014
A Blog Supreme

Ethereal Jazz Singer Jimmy Scott Dies

Originally published on Sat June 14, 2014 1:59 pm

Jimmy Scott performs at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in 2001.
Leon Morris Redferns

Singer Jimmy Scott died of natural causes Thursday morning at his home in Las Vegas at age 88, according to his booking agent, Jean-Pierre Leduc.

Scott suffered from Kallmann's syndrome, a lifelong affliction that prevented his body from maturing through puberty. The condition slowed his growth, leaving his stature at 4 feet 11 inches until his late 30s. It also affected his vocal cords, giving him a high voice that was often misidentified as a woman's.

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11:47am

Fri June 6, 2014
Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz

Amina Figarova On Piano Jazz

Originally published on Fri June 6, 2014 12:46 pm

Amina Figarova.
Zak Shelby Szyszko Courtesy of the artist
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Amina Figarova grew up in the former Soviet state of Azerbaijan. Her early musical experiences included plenty of American jazz — both of her parents were music fans — but her mother particularly enjoyed the music of Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald.

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11:03pm

Sun June 1, 2014
First Listen

First Listen: Jose James, 'While You Were Sleeping'

Originally published on Tue June 10, 2014 12:13 pm

Jose James' new album, While You Were Sleeping, comes out June 10.
Janette Beckman Courtesy of the artist

When the spirit of Nirvana surfaces in a song, the artist paying tribute almost always shares style points with that treasured band. The hair is shaggy, the clothes a little ragged; the lineage unfolds, relatively neatly, from punk to the present.

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4:13pm

Fri May 30, 2014
Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz

Joe Bushkin On Piano Jazz

Joe Bushkin on stage in 1984.
David Redfern Redferns

Pianist Joe Bushkin got his start in Bunny Berigan's band in 1935 and went on to work with Eddie Condon, Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman and Bing Crosby.

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