Jazz

5:24pm

Thu December 19, 2013
JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater

Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band On JazzSet

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 5:24 pm

Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band plays the Monterey Jazz Festival.
Tomas Ovalle Courtesy of the Monterey Jazz Festival

Closing his set at 92Y Tribeca, drummer Henry Cole — leader of the 11-player Afrobeat Collective from New York and Puerto Rico — told the audience, "Big groups are going to come again!" This show, which features Cole's young collective and a top big band playing the Monterey Jazz Festival, is a vote for that proposition.

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3:08am

Thu December 19, 2013
Music Interviews

From Duke's 'Nutcracker' To A Cynical Carol, Jazz For Christmas

Originally published on Fri December 20, 2013 9:35 am

Duke Ellington & Billy Strayhorn collaborated to release The Nutcracker Suite in 1960.
Courtesy of the artist

2:57pm

Wed December 18, 2013
Music Reviews

Michele Rosewoman Goes Back To Afro-Cuban Jazz's Future

Originally published on Wed December 18, 2013 3:57 pm

Michele Rosewoman (bottom right) is joined by batá percussionists in performance with her New Yor-Uba Ensemble in 2013.
Tom Ehrlich Courtesy of the artist

When Michele Rosewoman was growing up in the Bay Area, she played piano from childhood and congas from her teens. After moving to New York in the late 1970s, she began making music in two areas: modern jazz and traditional Cuban music. Before long, she started combining the two in her New Yor-Uba band.

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11:05am

Wed December 18, 2013
Best Music Of 2013

Wayne Shorter And The Year's Other Passing Scenery

Originally published on Wed December 18, 2013 7:00 pm

Wayne Shorter, who turned 80 in 2013, won the NPR Music Jazz Critics Poll by a large margin.
Robert Ashcroft Courtesy of the artist

It says a lot about his enduring hold on jazz listeners that over a half century into his career, the descriptive phrases most commonly put in front of Wayne Shorter's name — along with "the great saxophonist and composer" — remain "the elusive" and "the enigmatic." The inside tray card to Shorter's Without a Net, the runaway Best Album winner in this year's NPR Music Jazz Critics P

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11:05am

Wed December 18, 2013
Best Music Of 2013

The 2013 NPR Music Jazz Critics Poll

Originally published on Wed December 18, 2013 4:09 pm

Wayne Shorter.
Robert Ashcroft Courtesy of the artist

NPR Music is pleased to present the results of a poll asking well over 100 jazz critics to pick their favorite recordings of 2013.

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2:59pm

Mon December 16, 2013
World Cafe

Nels Cline On World Cafe

Nels Cline.
Yuka C. Honda Courtesy of the artist

This segment, from April 15, 2009, is part of our Vintage Cafe series, in which we revisit some of our best studio performances.

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1:40pm

Mon December 16, 2013
Music Interviews

Fresh Air Remembers Jazz Pianist Jimmy Amadie

Originally published on Mon December 16, 2013 2:39 pm

Jimmy Amadie.
Courtesy of the artist

For decades, Jimmy Amadie played solely in his home, heard only by his students when he'd play for them during lessons. His performing career was derailed because of severe hand problems. But later in life, he achieved some fame for his albums — and for the story of what he'd had to overcome to make it possible for him to record. Amadie died of lung cancer on Dec. 10. He was 76.

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5:12pm

Fri December 13, 2013
Music Reviews

When Donny Hathaway, Thelonious Monk And Neil Young Hit A Turning Point

Originally published on Fri December 13, 2013 7:29 pm

Live at the Cellar Door, the new album from Neil Young, was recorded in 1970.
Gary Burden Courtesy of the artist

2:51pm

Fri December 13, 2013
Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz

Stefano Bollani On Piano Jazz

Stefano Bollani.
Valentina Cenni Courtesy of the artist

On this episode of Piano Jazz recorded in 2007, Italian born pianist Stefano Bollani stops by for a session with host Marian McPartland.

Born in Milan on December 5, 1972, Stefano Bollani was playing piano by age six. He grew up listening to his father's stride piano albums, and the pop music of Italian superstars Renato Carsone and Adriano Celentano.

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2:09pm

Fri December 13, 2013
The Fresh Air Interview

Fresh Air Remembers Jazz Guitarist Jim Hall

Originally published on Fri December 13, 2013 7:57 pm

Jim Hall performs at the 2013 Newport Jazz Festival.
Adam Kissick for NPR

Jazz guitarist, composer and arranger Jim Hall died in his sleep Tuesday; he was 83. Hall was known for a subtle, lyrical playing style, a gift for innovation and collaborations with a host of talented musicians in a career that stretched more than seven decades.

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