Jazz

4:45pm

Fri June 19, 2015
Jazz Night In America

All In The Family: Father-Son Pairings In Jazz

Originally published on Fri June 19, 2015 8:13 pm

Saxophonist Joshua Redman (left) performs on stage during the "Jazz sous les pommiers" jazz festival on May 9, 2013 in Coutances, France. Dewey Redman (right) performs in St. Paul, Minn., in 2007.
Charly Triballeau/AFP/Getty Images and Chris Felver Getty Images

Jazz is all about great collaborations, and in honor of Father's Day this weekend, composer and bassist Christian McBride, host of NPR's Jazz Night In America and a regular All Things Considered guest, stopped by for a conversation about fathers and sons.

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10:51am

Fri June 19, 2015
Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz

Gerry Mulligan On Piano Jazz

Gerry Mulligan.
William P. Gottlieb Library of Congress

Gerry Mulligan, best known as a baritone saxophonist, was pivotal in developing the West Coast jazz sound, and was featured in big bands for years. He also composed and performed symphonic music and played piano.

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8:33pm

Mon June 15, 2015
Jazz Night In America: The Radio Program

The Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival With Akua Dixon

Akua Dixon (center) leads her string ensemble in concert.
NPR

Every spring, a New York City community organization puts on a month's worth of jazz events centered around the neighborhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. The Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival turns the spotlight on a historically African-American region, and often some lesser-heard talents. Though Akua Dixon has played in just about every situation open to a cellist, less frequently does she lead a band bearing her own name. Her music often features her compositions and arrangements for a string ensemble, and occasionally adds her own voice to the mix as well.

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2:22pm

Mon June 15, 2015
A Blog Supreme

My Friend, Ornette Coleman

Ornette Coleman at his 85th birthday party in March 2015.
John Rogers for NPR

John Rogers is a photographer living in New York City who specializes in jazz. A few weeks ago, he approached NPR with the idea to document the unique connection he shared with his friend Ornette Coleman. He was working on it when Coleman died last week at 85. Rogers finished the story for us here. --Ed.

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10:02am

Mon June 15, 2015
A Blog Supreme

Help Us Make An Exquisite Corpse In New York City

Originally published on Fri June 19, 2015 1:33 pm

Lionel Hampton is one of many jazz greats buried at Woodlawn Cemetery in New York City.
Lee Sandstead Courtesy of Woodlawn Cemetery

For this year's edition of Make Music New York, we come not to praise the dead, but to sing the blues and create a new "exquisite corpse."

This Sunday, June 21 at 4 p.m. ET, join NPR Music and regulars at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center for a round-robin group improvisation at Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx. Everyone who sings or plays an instrument — amateur, student or professional — is invited to perform with us.

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5:13pm

Sun June 14, 2015
Music Interviews

The Hills Are Alive: Maria Schneider Lets Memory Guide The Music

Originally published on Sun June 14, 2015 10:41 pm

Maria Schneider's latest album is The Thompson Fields.
Courtesy of the artist

2:03am

Sun June 14, 2015
Music

Charlie Hunter: One Less String Attached

Originally published on Sun June 14, 2015 11:02 am

Charlie Hunter.
Courtesy of the artist

The last time Charlie Hunter came to the NPR studios, he brought an eight-string guitar with fanned-out frets that included bass strings. He's now pared down to just seven strings, but his guitar still produces a big, fat sound. Let The Bells Ring On is Hunter's new album, and it features two jazz innovators: trombonist Curtis Fowlkes and drummer Bobby Previte. It's a record that goes every which way, but in places is rooted in gospel and the music on which he grew up.

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4:57pm

Fri June 12, 2015
Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz

Hazel Scott On Piano Jazz

Hazel Scott on the cover of 'Round Midnight.
Courtesy of the artist

Pianist and vocalist Hazel Scott was born in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. A former child prodigy, she had a lifelong career as a jazz artist on both stage and screen, performing late into her life through the U.S. and Europe.

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4:10pm

Fri June 12, 2015
Music Interviews

Fresh Air Remembers Jazz Innovator Ornette Coleman

Ornette Coleman performs at the Skopje Jazz Festival in 2006.
Robert Atanasovski AFP/Getty Images

Ornette Coleman died Thursday, at the age of 85. Listen to a pair of conversations with the saxophonist and composer, as well as interviews with members of his quartet — Don Cherry and Charlie Haden — and his son, Denardo Coleman.

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10:56am

Thu June 11, 2015
A Blog Supreme

Ornette Coleman, Jazz Iconoclast, Dies At 85

Originally published on Mon June 15, 2015 8:33 am

Ornette Coleman performs during the North Sea Jazz Festival in 2010.
Peter Van Breukelen Redferns/Getty Images

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