Thu February 5, 2015
Jazz Night In America: The Radio Program

Eric Reed Plays Coleman Hawkins

Originally published on Wed February 11, 2015 10:34 pm

Eric Reed.
Courtesy of the artist

His instrument is now synonymous with jazz, but Coleman Hawkins was the first to carve out a place for the tenor saxophone in the music. A burly-toned player with an advanced harmonic understanding, Hawkins was not only a titan of early jazz, but also a progenitor of developments to come.

Eric Reed, one of the standout pianists of his own generation, came to Jazz at Lincoln Center last November to celebrate the 110th birthday anniversary of Coleman Hawkins. Jazz Night In America visits Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola to take in a special set led by the hard-swinging Reed.

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Tue February 3, 2015
Jazz Night In America: Wednesday Night Webcasts

Reginald Cyntje Group At Bohemian Caverns

Originally published on Fri February 13, 2015 10:54 am

Reginald Cyntje.
Patrick Jarenwattananon NPR

The Washington, D.C. area trombonist Reginald Cyntje speaks English with an accent — it's a patois from the U.S. Virgin Islands, where he grew up. He also plays jazz with a Caribbean accent, where hard bop vocabulary meets reggae and calypso rhythms. His group draws from a rich regional talent pool of undersung talent, including two men — childhood friend and drummer Amin Gumbs and steel drum bebop master Victor Provost — who also hail from the Islands.

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Sat January 31, 2015
Music Interviews

Diana Krall: Liner Notes From A 'Wallflower'

Originally published on Sat January 31, 2015 1:20 pm

Diana Krall's latest album, a collection of jazz takes on rock and pop classics, is called Wallflower.
Bryan Adams Courtesy of the artist


Fri January 30, 2015
Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz

Danilo Pérez On Piano Jazz

Danilo Pérez.
Courtesy of the artist

Panamanian pianist Danilo Perez worked with Dizzy Gillespie and his United Nations Orchestra, from whom he absorbed bebop and pre-bop styles. But Gillespie also impressed upon Perez the importance of getting to the roots of his own heritage, and Perez began creating music that seeks connection and defies boundaries. In this Piano Jazz session from 1994, he demonstrated his fresh ideas in his original composition "Reminisce."

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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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