Jazz

11:08am

Mon November 11, 2013
Music Reviews

No Need To Cook The Books: Booker Ervin's Debut LP Reissued

Originally published on Mon November 11, 2013 1:42 pm

Booker Ervin on the cover of The Book Cooks, his debut album.
Courtesy of Bethlehem Records

Tenor saxophonist Booker Ervin came to New York in 1958. Pianist Horace Parlan heard him and invited Ervin to sit in one night with a band he worked in. That's how Ervin got hired by bassist Charles Mingus, who featured him on albums like Blues and Roots and Mingus Ah Um.

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5:00pm

Sat November 9, 2013
Music Interviews

Can I Kick It? Organ Master Lonnie Smith Can

Dr. Lonnie Smith's In the Beginning, a new album that reimagines the artist's older, out-of-print work, is out now.
Susan Stocker Courtesy of the artist

5:22am

Sat November 9, 2013
Tiny Desk Concerts

Gary Burton: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 3:49 pm

American jazz vibraphonist Gary Burton plays a Tiny Desk Concert on Sept. 13, 2013.
Abbey Oldham NPR

In 1963, the jazz pianist George Shearing, an enormously popular act in his day, made an album that was unusual for him. He asked his new, 20-year-old vibraphone player to write an album of contrapuntal, classical-music-inspired compositions, and recorded them with a woodwind quintet atop a jazz rhythm section. It's out of print now, but Out of the Woods received good reviews, and it remains an early career highlight for its young architect, Gary Burton.

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3:47pm

Fri November 8, 2013
Mountain Stage

Andrew Walesch On Mountain Stage

Andrew Walesch (left) performs live on Mountain Stage with guitarist Jonathan Brown.
Josh Saul Mountain Stage

Andrew Walesch makes his first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live on the campus of the North House Folk School in Grand Marais, Minn. An in-demand singer and pianist, Walesch has earned fans across the Midwest, one jazz club and piano bar at a time.

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1:57pm

Fri November 8, 2013
Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz

Anat Cohen on Piano Jazz

Anat Cohen.
Jimmy Katz

Israel-born clarinetist and saxophonist Anat Cohen joins Marian McPartland, along with bassist Gary Mazzaroppi and drummer Glenn Davis, for a quartet edition of Piano Jazz.

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1:39pm

Thu November 7, 2013
JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater

Ray Anderson's 'Sweet Chicago Suite' On JazzSet

Ray Anderson (right) leads his scaled-down Pocket Brass Band at the 2013 Newport Jazz Festival.
Adam Kissick for NPR

This set takes us to the 2013 Newport Jazz Festival for trombonist Ray Anderson and his Pocket Brass Band as they perform Anderson's Sweet Chicago Suite. To open: a high-energy chorus of "76 Trombones" by Pocket Brass at the 1997 Iowa City Jazz Festival, as originally heard on our long-running, go-where-the-music-is series, JazzSet.

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4:12pm

Wed November 6, 2013
The Fresh Air Interview

Vince Giordano: The Fresh Air Interview

Originally published on Wed November 6, 2013 5:42 pm

Boardwalk Empire features music by Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks.
Abbot Genser HBO

If you love jazz and pop from the 1920s and '30s, you might already love the HBO series Boardwalk Empire, set in Atlantic City during Prohibition. The music played throughout the show is performed by Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks, and a second album of music from the series was recently released.

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3:58pm

Mon November 4, 2013
Live At The Village Vanguard

Peter Bernstein, Larry Goldings, Bill Stewart: Live At The Village Vanguard

Originally published on Thu November 14, 2013 2:42 pm

Left to right: Larry Goldings, Bill Stewart and Peter Bernstein.
John Rogers for NPR johnrogersnyc.com

When their busy schedules align, guitarist Peter Bernstein, keyboard player Larry Goldings and drummer Bill Stewart play together as a trio. Their format isn't earth-shatteringly new — largely standards, a few original pieces, classic sonorities in which Hammond B3 organ meets electric guitar — but after nearly 25 years as a band, their rapport is. Theirs isn't an organ trio of greasy funk, but their cleaner language is plenty tasteful, overlaying smart choices atop plenty of swing.

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12:08pm

Mon November 4, 2013
Music Reviews

Amir ElSaffar Navigates Uncharted Blue Notes On 'Alchemy'

Originally published on Mon November 4, 2013 3:01 pm

Amir ElSaffar's new album is called Alchemy.
Nicole LeCorgne Courtesy of the artist

Trumpeter Amir ElSaffar grew up near Chicago, playing jazz trumpet. In the early 2000s, while in his mid-20s, he began investigating the music of his Iraqi heritage, studying in Baghdad and with expatriate musicians in Europe. Then he began combining the two.

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4:01pm

Fri November 1, 2013
Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz

Carli Muñoz On Piano Jazz

Carli Muñoz.
David Gasser Courtesy of the artist

Pianist Carli Muñoz's musical journey has taken him from Puerto Rico to the studios and clubs of Los Angeles and back to the island of his birth. His musical career has followed a similar trajectory. He left jazz to perform with big names in pop such as The Beach Boys and Rickie Lee Jones, then returned to his first love, filling the role of a jazz-club owner.

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