Fri October 3, 2014
Song Travels

Herb Alpert On 'Song Travels'

Herb Alpert.
Chris Adjani Courtesy of the artist

Herb Alpert is a world-renowned musician, composer, producer and co-founder of A&M Records. He rose to fame with the Tijuana Brass, and remains the only artist to have a No. 1 record as a singer and an instrumentalist.

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Fri October 3, 2014
Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz

Joe Wilder On Piano Jazz

Andrew Lepley Redferns

This episode of Piano Jazz is in memory of trumpeter Joe Wilder (Feb. 22, 1922 – May 9, 2014). Wilder had his first professional gig at age 19 and went on to play with some of the most popular big band orchestras of the day.

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Thu October 2, 2014
JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater

JazzSet Signs Off

"It was part of a beautiful, long story," Dee Dee Bridgewater says of hosting JazzSet. "It has been a highlight of my career."
Courtesy of the artist

From outdoor festivals to concert halls in major cities, JazzSet was there, recording performances for a nationally-syndicated radio program. In this series finale, host Dee Dee Bridgewater and producer Becca Pulliam relive memories and musical highlights from the show's 23-year run.

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Tue September 30, 2014
World Cafe

Herb Alpert On World Cafe

Herb Alpert.
Chris Adjani Courtesy of the artist

For Herb Alpert, it all began in 1962 with a visit to a Tijuana bullfight. His first record, The Lonely Bull, drew inspiration from this experience, as he overdubbed his trumpet playing atop a recording of crowds and other ambient sounds. The album, which would become the first release on A&M Records, marked the beginning of Alpert's band, The Tijuana Brass.

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Fri September 26, 2014
Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz

Freddy Cole On Piano Jazz

Freddy Cole.
Courtesy of the artist

Pianist, composer, and vocalist Freddy Cole can take any song and bring out colors and nuances never heard before. As Nat King Cole's younger brother, he has developed his own style to showcase his familial vocal talents.

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Sun September 21, 2014
First Listen

First Listen: Kat Edmonson, 'The Big Picture'

Originally published on Wed October 1, 2014 10:35 am

Kat Edmonson's new album, The Big Picture, comes out Sept. 30.
Courtesy of the artist

A dozen years after Kat Edmonson was very briefly a contestant on American Idol, she still occasionally finds herself fielding questions about the experience from incredulous interviewers. If nothing else, the recurrence of the topic reflects how profoundly incompatible her style of pop expression is with Idol's bias toward blunt-force power balladry. You'll hear no belting from Edmonson; she deals in more intimate, exact gestures.

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Fri September 19, 2014
Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz

Bill Charlap And Renee Rosnes On Piano Jazz

Renee Rosnes and Bill Charlap.
Courtesy of the artist

It's a rare thing to have three pianists at three pianos in one studio. But given the marriage of keyboard masters Bill Charlap and Renee Rosnes, host Marian McPartland thought it was a perfect opportunity to expand the Piano Jazz format with two of today's most gifted players as her guests.

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Wed September 17, 2014
A Blog Supreme

Steve Coleman, Saxophonist And Innovative Composer, Named MacArthur Fellow

Steve Coleman practices in his backyard in Allentown, Penn.
Jeff Fusco Courtesy of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Composer and alto saxophonist Steve Coleman, 57, has been named one of 21 new recipients of the MacArthur Fellowship, commonly referred to as the "genius grant." The award is worth a unrestricted stipend of $625,000 over five years, as dispensed by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

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Sat September 13, 2014
Music Interviews

Modern Misbehavin': Jason Moran Gets Into The Mind Of Fats Waller

Originally published on Thu September 25, 2014 9:38 pm

Jason Moran's new album is titled All Rise: A Joyful Elegy For Fats Waller.
Clay Patrick McBride Courtesy of the artist

Legend has it that pianist Fats Waller used to say, "If you don't know what it is, don't mess with it." That's a challenge that fellow pianist Jason Moran has been eager to take up lately.

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Fri September 12, 2014
Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz

Chris Potter On Piano Jazz

Jamas Jalaber Courtesy of the artist

Saxophonist Chris Potter is an expressive, inventive, quick-thinking improviser. In this 2001 session, he talks with host Marian McPartland about his experience working in trumpeter Red Rodney's band and performs "I Should Care" with bassist Scott Colley. With his tune "Hieroglyph," Potter showcases his skills as a composer. McPartland joins in for a trio performance of "Take The Coltrane," during which the versatile Potter switches from saxophone to piano.

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