Sergio Salvatore On Piano Jazz

Jan 29, 2016

Sergio Salvatore was only 14 when he appeared as Marian McPartland's guest on Piano Jazz 20 years ago, but he was already making the jazz world sit up and take notice. The young composer and pianist is a natural. He's since gone on to partner with virtuoso vibraphonist Christos Rafalides, with whom he released the album Dark Sand.

In this 1996 edition of Piano Jazz, Salvatore solos in his own tune "Revolving Door" and teams with McPartland for "Autumn Leaves."

Originally broadcast in the spring of 1996.

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Jazz has its capital cities: major hubs like New York, Chicago and New Orleans. But the music manages plenty well in many other places, too. What goes into those smaller ecosystems to enable jazz to thrive? How do talented musicians make it happen? In search of some answers, we sought out the DIY concert producers of CapitalBop in Washington, D.C., as they presented artists from the Baltimore-Washington area. And we met with the musicians themselves — in one case, touring the place he calls home.

Bobby Enriquez On Piano Jazz

Jan 22, 2016

A florid, flamboyant pianist, Bobby Enriquez (1943-96) was called "the wild man of jazz," a reference to his karate-like attack with fists, elbows and palms hitting the keyboard. Although he never received formal lessons, Enriquez clearly made his mark among jazz heavyweights.

In this 1990 episode of Piano Jazz, Enriquez plays a fiery rendition of "Just One Of Those Things," then teams up with host Marian McPartland for his own "Bumble Rumble Blues."

Originally broadcast in the fall of 1990.

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Pedrito Martinez is a world-class Afro-Cuban percussionist — a rumbero called upon by many jazz and pop stars when they need hand drumming, as well as a Grammy-nominated singing bandleader in his own right. He's also a Santería priest.

Like any music, jazz has its revolutions; its sudden incidents in infrastructure; its disruptive presences of unprecedented sound. Mostly it's slower than that, though, with years and generations of accretions before it seems to call for new vocabulary. That's one way to look at Winter Jazzfest, whose latest incarnation occupied a dozen or so venues in downtown New York City last weekend. In a decade and a half of steady growth, a one-night showcase oriented toward industry insiders has become nearly a weeklong landmark of the city's cultural calendar.

You know his voice, playing the title roles on the animated TV series Bob's Burgers and Archer, not to mention a can of vegetables in the movie Wet Hot American Summer.

But none of that is why the 20-year comedy veteran Jon Benjamin spoke with All Things Considered. Instead, it was for the most "public radio" of reasons: He has recorded an experimental jazz album.

Jane Ira Bloom On Piano Jazz

Jan 15, 2016

A supreme soprano sax player, Jane Ira Bloom is known for her innovative use of movement and her high-energy compositions. Bloom's debut album, Modern Drama, caught the attention of NASA, which commissioned her to write three pieces in 1989. She went on to release several studio albums, including her highly praised Sixteen Sunsets.

On this 1993 episode of Piano Jazz, Bloom and host Marian McPartland combine forces to freely improvise — and to play "My Romance."

Guitarists Nels Cline and Julian Lage appear together on Mountain Stage, recorded live in Charleston, W.Va. A bona fide super-duo, Cline and Lage span multiple generations and genres with fluidity, precision and grace.

5 Must-See Acts At The 2016 Winter Jazzfest

Jan 13, 2016

New York City's Winter Jazzfest kicks off its 12th edition tonight, launching five days of nearly nonstop music. This year's installment is the biggest yet, featuring more than 120 groups and 600-plus musicians in and around Greenwich Village. What started as a one-night festival to give greater exposure to the city's highly talented yet underrated artists has turned into one of the finest jazz happenings in North America.