Thu January 29, 2015
Jazz Night In America: The Radio Program

Our Point Of View: A Blue Note Supergroup

Originally published on Thu February 5, 2015 1:13 am

Our Point of View features pianist Robert Glasper, saxophonist Marcus Strickland and bassist Derrick Hodge.

Blue Note Records made its name on names: Sonny Clark, Lee Morgan, Hank Mobley, Grant Green, Paul Chambers, Tony Williams, and many more who have etched their marks on jazz history. For its 75th anniversary, the label gathered together a new crop of artists — those pushing the label forward now — and sent them on tour together, performing each others' compositions.

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Sun January 25, 2015
First Listen

First Listen: Diana Krall, 'Wallflower'

Originally published on Tue February 3, 2015 2:46 pm

Diana Krall's new album, Wallflower, comes out Feb. 3.
Courtesy of the artist

In the 1970s, when Diana Krall was growing up, children and young adolescents regularly encountered very adult music on Top 40 radio. These songs were different from the sexually explicit playground rhymes so common in mainstream music today.

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Fri January 23, 2015
Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz

Gary Burton On Piano Jazz

Gary Burton.
Courtesy of the artist

On this episode of Piano Jazz, innovative vibraphonist Gary Burton stops by the program to perform a set of tunes by Antonio Carlos Jobim, Duke Ellington, Rodgers & Hart and more.

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Thu January 22, 2015
Jazz Night In America: The Radio Program

When Henry Met Steven

Originally published on Fri January 30, 2015 5:09 pm

Henry Butler (left) and Steven Bernstein.
Stephanie Berger Courtesy of the artist

In 1984, when a young Steven Bernstein first encountered the blind virtuoso New Orleans pianist and singer Henry Butler, he was astonished. "This is it," he recalls thinking. "This is like the music that I always imagined. Everything you ever loved about music, all being in one place. But now it's all coming from one person." Nearly two decades later, Butler and Bernstein finally had the chance to collaborate when they were booked for a run together at New York's Jazz Standard.

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Thu January 22, 2015
Jazz Night In America: Wednesday Night Webcasts

A David Murray Double Bill

Originally published on Thu February 12, 2015 6:52 pm

David Murray performs at Winter Jazzfest 2015.
John Rogers for NPR

For decades, David Murray was known as one of New York's most monstrously talented and astoundingly prolific artists — a tenor saxophonist who played and wrote for just about every imaginable context. He's still these things, but he lives in Europe now. So this year's Winter Jazzfest — already jam-packed with over 100 acts in two nights — saw fit to give New York audiences a proper saturation of what they'd been missing, presenting David Murray in three completely different sets.

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Fri January 16, 2015
Song Travels

Melissa Manchester On Song Travels

Melissa Manchester.
Courtesy of the artist

Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Melissa Manchester performed with Bette Midler as "Toots in the Middle" in the original group The Harlettes. Manchester co-wrote and produced a number of hits through the '70s and '80s, and her songs have been recorded by such artists as Barbra Streisand, Alison Krauss and Johnny Mathis.

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Thu January 15, 2015
Jazz Night In America: Wednesday Night Webcasts

Our Point Of View At Le Poisson Rouge

Originally published on Wed February 4, 2015 6:27 pm

Ambrose Akinmusire (trumpet), Derrick Hodge (bass) and Marcus Strickland (saxophone) of Our Point of View.
David Tallacksen WBGO

Blue Note Records celebrated its 75th anniversary last year, marking three-quarters of a century issuing music by the biggest names in jazz history. The company continues to aspire to that standard, with a contemporary roster ever on the lookout for today's movers and shakers. The supergroup Our Point Of View — the name references a 1963 Herbie Hancock album — combines six of those Blue Note artists for a program of originals and classics heard on Blue Note Records alike.

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Thu January 15, 2015
Jazz Night In America: The Radio Program

Prestige Records' 65th Anniversary Party

Originally published on Thu January 22, 2015 6:38 pm

Jamison Ross performs at the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Drums Competition in 2012.
Paul Morigi Getty Images for The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz

Like many a jazz label throughout history, Prestige Records was a small, independent company which happened to document greats: musicians like Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins and Thelonious Monk, among others. Last year marked its 65th anniversary.

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Thu January 15, 2015
Jazz Night In America: Wednesday Night Webcasts

Butler, Bernstein And The Hot 9 At Jazz Standard

Originally published on Fri January 30, 2015 2:32 pm

Steven Bernstein (trumpet) and Henry Butler (front row, right) lead the Hot 9.
Stephanie Berger Courtesy of the artist

Henry Butler comes from a line of New Orleans piano geniuses, virtuosi who command any style under the syncopated sun. Steven Bernstein comes from a career of collaboration, blowing a slide trumpet all over downtown New York and writing arrangements for just about any medium and context. Both share a love for Jelly Roll Morton and Bessie Smith — Butler grew up in New Orleans, and Bernstein leads the pre-war Millennial Territory Orchestra — and for injecting personal, modern twists into anything they do. And when they met on stage recently, they knew they had to collaborate deeper.

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Wed January 14, 2015
Jazz Night In America

'Everything Is Cyclical': Christian McBride Looks At 2015 In Jazz

Originally published on Thu January 15, 2015 5:55 pm

Christian McBride is the host of NPR's Jazz Night In America.
Anna Webber Courtesy of the artist

Christian McBride likely doesn't need much of an introduction. He's a bassist who's worked with everyone from McCoy Tyner to Diana Krall to Paul McCartney.

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