Jazz

4:19pm

Mon January 12, 2015
A Blog Supreme

Winter Jazzfest 2015 In Photos

Originally published on Mon January 12, 2015 6:08 pm

John Rogers for NPR

If you've ever gone to the NYC Winter Jazzfest — specifically, the marathon of overlapping sets in roughly adjacent venues that sometimes lasts more than eight hours per night — you know that you're bombarded with choices. Stay in one theater where it's warm, or graze for three songs and move on? Stand in that slow-moving line, or find a new plan? See one of your favorite musicians, or take a risk on something you've never heard of before? Experimental, deep in-the-pocket, or somewhere in between?

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3:05pm

Fri January 9, 2015
Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz

Paul Shaffer On Piano Jazz

Paul Shaffer.
Daniel Boczarski Getty Images

Known as the longtime bandleader for NBC's Late Night With David Letterman — and, later, CBS' Late Show — Paul Shaffer first received training in the classics. But, thanks to rock 'n' roll, he grew up to lead what Letterman has called "the world's most dangerous band."

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12:47pm

Thu January 8, 2015
A Blog Supreme

5 Locally Grown Projects At Winter Jazzfest 2015

Eddie Henderson performs three times at the 2015 Winter Jazzfest.
Jimmy Katz Courtesy of the artist

New York's Winter Jazzfest seems to grow like kudzu: fast and far. This year's installment, the 11th annual, features 500 musicians in styles ranging from gypsy swing to electronic.

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2:02am

Thu January 8, 2015
Jazz Night In America: Wednesday Night Webcasts

Remembering Marian McPartland: A Celebration

Originally published on Fri March 20, 2015 11:39 am

Marian McPartland.
Courtesy of the artist

As a pianist and bandleader, Marian McPartland was a decorated jazz artist, recording and performing for well over half a century. At the same time, she was one of the music's great champions, as host of NPR's Piano Jazz for 33 years.

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10:42am

Fri January 2, 2015
Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz

Mimi Fox On Piano Jazz

Mimi Fix
Courtesy of the artist

Guitarist Mimi Fox is in the vanguard of invigorating the jazz guitar tradition. She possesses a pure tone and an amazing set of chops and cooks whether playing bebop or ballads.

Her compositional abilities are evident on this 2006 Piano Jazz as she plays her own tune "Perpetually Hip." With host Marian McPartland on piano and Gary Mazzaroppi on bass, Fox tears up the fret board on "What is This Thing Called Love."

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5:48am

Thu January 1, 2015
Toast Of The Nation

Toast Of The Nation: Winter Jazzfest 2014

Hypnotic Brass Ensemble performs at Winter Jazzfest 2014.
John Rogers for NPR

For one weekend each January, the epicenter of the New York jazz community is the Winter Jazzfest, a marathon where dozens of bands play a cluster of adjacent downtown venues over two frigid nights. At its peak, lines flow out the doors of clubs to see the famous and obscure alike, often presenting their newest projects for thousands of ticketholders.

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4:26pm

Wed December 31, 2014
Music News

Ahmad Jamal, 'A Musical Architect Of The Highest Order,' Keeps On Building

Originally published on Wed December 31, 2014 6:48 pm

At 84, acclaimed jazz pianist Ahmad Jamal is still recording and touring
Karen Michel

2:42pm

Wed December 31, 2014
Jazz Night In America: The Radio Program

Live From Detroit

Originally published on Thu January 8, 2015 1:43 am

Rodney Whitaker.
Courtesy of the artist

For decades, Detroit has launched countless jazz careers: Thad Jones and Donald Byrd, Paul Chambers and Ron Carter, Kenny Burrell and Tommy Flanagan, Yusef Lateef and Alice Coltrane, Betty Carter and Geri Allen. To the present day, the city's musical legacy remains strong, as witnessed every Labor Day at the Detroit Jazz Festival.

Violinist Regina Carter and bassist Rodney Whitaker take special delight performing in their hometown. Jazz Night in America features their sets at the Detroit Jazz Festival, and explores the Motor City's jazz scene through their eyes and ears.

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4:47pm

Mon December 29, 2014
Favorite Sessions

KEXP Presents: ADHD

ADHD performs live for KEXP's Iceland Airwaves broadcast.
Jim Bennett KEXP

The members of ADHD keep busy with a multitude of projects, but that's not to say they distract easily. Since forming on a whim in 2008, this award-winning Icelandic supergroup of sorts has produced five albums of expressive avant jazz. Yet bringing brothers Óskar and Ómar Guðjónsson (saxophone and guitar, respectively), Davíð Þór Jónsson (organ and piano) and Magnús Trygvason Eliassen (percussion) together into one room to record with us has taken a few years.

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6:01pm

Sat December 27, 2014
Music

John McNeil, A Trumpeter Robbed Of His Breath, Blows Again

Originally published on Wed December 31, 2014 10:41 am

Trumpeter John McNeil rejoins Hush Point, a group of friends from New York's jazz scene, on the new album Blues and Reds. Left to right: Jeremy Udden, Anthony Pinciotti, Aryeh Kobrinsky, John McNeil.
Alex Hollock Courtesy of the artist

John McNeil may be the most important trumpet player you've never heard of.

Many aspiring musicians know him as an educator, through his many instructional books like The Art of Jazz Trumpet. But getting to know McNeil as a performer or recording artist hasn't always been easy: his records could be tough to find.

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