Jazz

4:30pm

Wed May 28, 2014
Blue Note At 75

Blue Note At 75, The Concert: Lou Donaldson & Dr. Lonnie Smith

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 8:41 am

Lou Donaldson and Dr. Lonnie Smith perform at Blue Note At 75, The Concert.
NPR

In a stretch of Blue Note albums throughout the 1950s, '60s and even early '70s, alto saxophonist Lou Donaldson, now 87, emblematized the hard bop and soul jazz that we now consider "straight-ahead." The old dog has resisted certain new tricks in music — "no fusion, no confusion" is his motto — but he's certainly expanded his palette of dirty jokes to include, well, modern medicine. At the Blue Note at 75 concert, Donaldson warmed up the crowd and gave it some of his classic greasy polish. Sweet Poppa Lou was accompanied by organist Dr.

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4:26pm

Wed May 28, 2014
NPR Jazz Live

Blue Note At 75, The Concert: McCoy Tyner & Bobby Hutcherson

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 8:41 am

McCoy Tyner and Bobby Hutcherson perform at Blue Note at 75, The Concert.
NPR

Pianist McCoy Tyner and vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson first connected on record in 1966, on Hutcherson's album Stick-Up! They must have realized they were musically simpatico — they've continued to work together for nearly five decades now. At the Blue Note at 75 concert, they didn't say a word, but locked into a miniature set of Tyner's classic compositions with ageless grace.

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12:29pm

Tue May 27, 2014
Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz

Jon Faddis On Piano Jazz

Jon Faddis.
Jean Francois Laberine Courtesy of the artist

Jon Faddis is one of today's premier trumpet players and an accomplished teacher, composer, conductor and recording artist. Faddis consistently exemplifies an unparalleled range and dazzling technique, with a style that evokes Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis and Roy Eldridge.

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5:03am

Sun May 25, 2014
A Blog Supreme

In Memoriam: Jazz Elegies

Wynton Marsalis leads a group of musicians through upper Manhattan's Riverside Church for the New Orleans-style funeral of vibraphonist Lionel Hampton in 2002.
Doug Kanter AFP/Getty Images

New Orleans may be the nominal birthplace of jazz, though it's also where a jazz tradition associated with death began: The jazz funeral, in which mourners taking a casket to the cemetery are accompanied by a band playing spirituals, hymns and dirges.

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5:03am

Thu May 22, 2014
A Blog Supreme

Act Like You Know: Sun Ra

Originally published on Thu May 22, 2014 11:12 am

Sun Ra's music sounds like it was intercepted from another world.
Baron Wolman Courtesy of the artist

3:28am

Thu May 22, 2014
Music

Saturn Still Swings: Celebrating Sun Ra At 100

Originally published on Thu May 22, 2014 9:18 am

"In my music I speak of unknown things, impossible things, ancient things, potential things," Sun Ra said in a 1980 documentary. May 22, 2014 is the 100th anniversary of the composer and bandleader's birth.
Michael Ochs Archives Getty Images

Today marks 100 years since Sun Ra was born — or, as the musician might have put it, since he arrived on Earth. An influential jazz composer, keyboardist and bandleader, Sun Ra always insisted he was just visiting this planet.

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5:09pm

Tue May 20, 2014
Music

Heir To A Jazz Legacy, A Trumpeter Finds His Own Way

Originally published on Wed May 21, 2014 10:20 am

Theo Croker's new album, AfroPhysicist, comes out May 20.
Thomas Brodin Courtesy of the artist

Jazz composer and trumpeter Theo Croker opens his new album, AfroPhysicist, with an ode to his grandfather: New Orleans jazz great Doc Cheatham. The thing is, Croker didn't grow up in New Orleans or any other jazz hub. He's from Jacksonville, Fla., and he was just a child when his grandfather died in 1997. It wasn't until his grandfather's memorial services — attended by jazz legends — that he decided to join the legacy.

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5:29am

Sun May 18, 2014
Music News

How Do You Wring Sound From Sculpture? It Takes A 'Quiet Pride'

Originally published on Sun May 18, 2014 11:24 am

Rufus Reid has played with just about everybody in the mainstream jazz world. His latest project, Quiet Pride, is based on works by the late sculptor and civil rights activist Elizabeth Catlett.
Jimmy Katz Courtesy of the artist

Bassist and composer Rufus Reid has been playing jazz for half a century. He's worked with just about everyone, from saxophonists Dexter Gordon and Stan Getz to singer Nancy Wilson and trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie.

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1:46pm

Fri May 16, 2014
Song Travels

Diane Schuur On 'Song Travels'

Diane Schuur.
Courtesy of the artist

Blessed with perfect pitch and a resonant voice, vocalist and pianist Diane Schuur received her training at the Washington State School for the Blind. Today, Schuur is a two-time Grammy winner who has performed at Carnegie Hall and the White House.

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12:53pm

Fri May 16, 2014
Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz

Clint Eastwood On Piano Jazz

Clint Eastwood at the piano in Monterey, Calif.
Chris Felver Getty Images

Clint Eastwood is best known for his work in Hollywood, but he's also a composer and jazz aficionado. Combining his love of both art forms, he's included classic jazz recordings in his films — including Play Misty for Me, which features the famous Errol Garner ballad.

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