Jazz

Mark Murphy On Piano Jazz

Mar 14, 2016

Regarded as one of the world's hippest jazz vocalists, Mark Murphy (1932–2015) epitomized the jazz singer. He was discovered by Sammy Davis Jr. in 1953 and remained true to his art throughout his life. This week, we remember Mark Murphy with this 1998 Piano Jazz session. Accompanied by bassist Sean Smith and host Marian McPartland , Murphy puts his mark on "Detour Ahead." He and Smith also perform their own "Song For The Geese." Originally broadcast in the fall of 1998. ...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gU70ohLGsUU Alfredo Rodriguez left Cuba for the United States seven years ago. The classically-trained pianist and composer has been mentored and produced by music legend Quincy Jones . Leaving Cuba opened up the world to Alfredo Rodriguez, and globalism is most of what you hear on his new album, Tocororo . There's flamenco and tango and Bach; there's also an international cast of musicians, most enchantingly the Indian singer Ganavya, who soars over...

Jay Leonhart On Piano Jazz

Mar 4, 2016

The turning point that propelled musician Jay Leonhart to take up the bass was hearing Ray Brown with the Oscar Peterson Trio in 1955. Leonhart has since become a superior bassist, a witty lyricist and a charming singer. He's played with musicians from virtually all genres, and has been on the New York jazz scene for almost five decades. In this 2001 episode of Piano Jazz , he performs his composition "Blues For Marilyn," as well as several standards. Originally broadcast in the...

Sumi Tonooka On Piano Jazz

Feb 26, 2016

Pianist Sumi Tonooka is an incisive musician of great originality and imagination. She's toured with Art Blakey and teamed with tenor saxophonist Odean Pope and drummer Philly Joe Jones. In 2015, she was selected for a Music Alive: New Partnerships residency through New Music USA. In this episode of Piano Jazz from 1992, Tonooka swings with easy grace while performing "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" and joins up with host Marian McPartland to show what jazz is all about with "Solar." ...

The large instrumental band Snarky Puppy, which just won its second Grammy Award, is hard to pin down to one place. Its core is now in New York, but its members have toured and recorded all over the world, and their spiritual home is still Dallas, Texas. It's where they'd take in gospel performances in area churches; it's near where they initially met at music school at the University of North Texas in Denton. As bassist and bandleader Michael League explains, you can hear all those...

The 2016 NEA Jazz Masters Tribute Concert

Feb 24, 2016

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QiO_mhDriVE In a tribute concert at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., the National Endowment for the Arts recognized its 2016 class of NEA Jazz Masters — the highest honor the U.S. gives to a jazz musician or advocate. The performance were webcast live on Monday, April 4 here and via arts.gov , Kennedy-Center.org , and broadcast on Sirius XM radio. The NEA honored four individuals in 2016: vibraphonist, bandleader and...

Phil Woods On Piano Jazz

Feb 19, 2016

Saxophonist Phil Woods (1931–2015) was a true master of bebop. Whether he was weaving complex improvisations with other members of his group or playing feisty, crackling solo licks, Woods' playing was always compelling. He built up his amazing technique with Dizzy Gillespie, Quincy Jones and Buddy Rich, as well as with his own quartet. We remember Woods, who died last year, with this episode of Piano Jazz from 2003. In this session, he blends his imaginative and sultry sound with...

A Dive Into Jazz Slang (You Dig?)

Feb 18, 2016

"Shedding." "Chops." "Rataricious." Sometimes it seems like jazz cats have their own language. Of course, many times those words also end up in other people's mouths: Terms like "hipster," "crib" and "the man" all came from the jazz world more than 70 years ago. You dig? Here, Jazz Night In America takes a brief look at where jazz slang came from, with lots of colorful language along the way. Copyright 2016 WBGO and Jazz At Lincoln Center. To see more, visit WBGO and Jazz At Lincoln...

Review: Willie Nelson, 'Summertime'

Feb 17, 2016

Note: NPR's First Listen audio comes down after the album is released. However, you can still listen with the Spotify playlist at the bottom of the page. Every time Rod Stewart, Linda Ronstadt , Carly Simon or even Bob Dylan have done a standards album, maybe they should have had to pay a small royalty to Willie Nelson . The co-king of the 1970s outlaw-country movement did about the most outlaw thing he could have done in 1978 by releasing Stardust , a deep dive into the...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AElsKE48Gac http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ioCrF63Scls Pianist Toshiko Akiyoshi was the first Japanese musician to become popular with jazz fans in the U.S. Oscar Peterson demanded that his label record her; Charles Mingus hired her for his band. Then she went on to form her own acclaimed Jazz Orchestra. On Tuesday afternoon, Akiyoshi reassembled that group for a rare performance at the Appel Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Frederick P. Rose Hall. Back at the...

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