Jazz

4:16pm

Fri October 11, 2013
Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz

Elvis Costello On Piano Jazz

Elvis Costello.
Mary McCartney Courtesy of the artist

This Piano Jazz is a special live session from the 2006 Tanglewood Jazz Festival, with host Marian McPartland joined by a very special guest: singer-songwriter Elvis Costello.

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2:03pm

Thu October 10, 2013
Music News

A Young Torchbearer Lights The Way For New Orleans Music Students

Originally published on Thu October 10, 2013 8:33 pm

Trombone Shorty, aka Troy Andrews, has started a foundation dedicated to music education in New Orleans.
Jonathan Mannion Courtesy of the artist

In New Orleans, it's cool to be in the high school band — especially when Trombone Shorty shows up in the band room.

The brass player and bandleader recently paid a visit to New Orleans' Warren Easton High School to work with band members. It's part of his work with the Trombone Shorty Foundation, a music education initiative.

"[Trombone Shorty] is, without a doubt, the role model for the next generation right now," says Bill Taylor, the foundation's executive director.

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1:24pm

Wed October 9, 2013
Music Reviews

Ahmad Jamal Weaves Old And New On 'Saturday Morning'

Originally published on Wed October 9, 2013 2:26 pm

Ahmad Jamal.
Courtesy of the artist

Jazz pianist Ahmad Jamal started playing when he was 3 years old in Pittsburgh, which means he's now been playing for 80 years. His new album, Saturday Morning, often recalls his elegant trios of yesteryear, with its tightly synchronized arrangements, plenty of open space and deceptively simple charm.

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8:03am

Wed October 9, 2013
A Blog Supreme

A Saxophonist From Santiago Cracks The Stateside Scene

Melissa Aldana, 24, took after her father in pursuing jazz saxophone.
Jimmy Katz Courtesy of the artist

2:55pm

Fri October 4, 2013
Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz

Carline Ray On Piano Jazz

Carline Ray.
Jazz Promo Services

On this episode of Piano Jazz, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Carline Ray is Marian McPartland's guest for a session recorded in 1997. The two veteran performers get together to perform a set including tunes by Duke Ellington, the Gershwins, Jimmy Van Heusen & Johnny Burke, and more.

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1:52pm

Thu October 3, 2013
JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater

Helen Sung On JazzSet

Originally published on Wed January 22, 2014 5:26 pm

Helen Sung performs at the Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival at the Kennedy Center.
Margot Schulman Courtesy of the Kennedy Center

This episode of JazzSet was recorded at the 18th edition of the Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Dee Dee Bridgewater is the emcee, while WBGO's Rhonda Hamilton serves as our co-host.

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4:41pm

Tue October 1, 2013
Music Reviews

Steady And Swingin': Tootie Keeps The Tempo

Originally published on Tue October 1, 2013 6:38 pm

From left: pianist Ethan Iverson, drummer Albert "Tootie" Heath and bassist Ben Street.
John Rogers Courtesy of the artist

Since playing on John Coltrane's first release in 1957, drummer Albert "Tootie" Heath has participated in a number of landmark jazz records. Now 78, the musician is featured in a new trio session with players nearly half his age — pianist Ethan Iverson of The Bad Plus and bassist Ben Street.

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3:51pm

Tue October 1, 2013
A Blog Supreme

Ravi Coltrane's Favorite 'Ice Cream' Flavor

Ravi Coltrane's favorite tune off his most recent album, Spirit Fiction, was written by longtime collaborator Ralph Alessi.
Deborah Feingold Courtesy of the artist

Like a piece of gym equipment that always yields a great workout, most musicians have favorite tunes. For saxophonist Ravi Coltrane, "Who Wants Ice Cream" by trumpeter Ralph Alessi has proven especially fertile, drawing him back again and again since he recorded it as part of the album Spirit Fiction.

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10:54am

Tue October 1, 2013
Music Reviews

Dave Holland's 'Prism' Goes To 11, Elegantly

Originally published on Tue October 1, 2013 1:26 pm

Left to right: Craig Taborn (piano), Dave Holland (bass), Kevin Eubanks (electric guitar), Eric Harland (drums).
Courtesy of the artist

The quartet on jazz bassist Dave Holland's new album Prism is more electrified, and usually louder, than bands he's led before. Some reviewers see its music coming out of his early work with the electrified Miles Davis, but the parallel doesn't go far. Holland played bass guitar with Davis, not his usual bass violin. Plus, early electric Davis was gloriously unruly, while Holland loves the elegance of interlocking rhythm cycles, wheels within wheels.

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5:02pm

Sun September 29, 2013
Music Interviews

Vijay Iyer On Learning From War

Originally published on Sun September 29, 2013 6:30 pm

For three years, jazz musician Vijay Iyer has worked with poet and performer Mike Ladd to set the words of war veterans to music. The resulting album, released earlier this month, is called Holding It Down: The Veterans' Dreams Project.
Jimmy Katz Courtesy of the artist

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