Jazz

2:30am

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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3:29pm

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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3:00am

Thu January 15, 2015
Jazz Night In America: Wednesday Night Webcasts

Our Point Of View At Le Poisson Rouge

Originally published on Wed February 4, 2015 6:27 pm

Ambrose Akinmusire (trumpet), Derrick Hodge (bass) and Marcus Strickland (saxophone) of Our Point of View.
David Tallacksen WBGO

Blue Note Records celebrated its 75th anniversary last year, marking three-quarters of a century issuing music by the biggest names in jazz history. The company continues to aspire to that standard, with a contemporary roster ever on the lookout for today's movers and shakers. The supergroup Our Point Of View — the name references a 1963 Herbie Hancock album — combines six of those Blue Note artists for a program of originals and classics heard on Blue Note Records alike.

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2:57am

Thu January 15, 2015
Jazz Night In America: The Radio Program

Prestige Records' 65th Anniversary Party

Originally published on Thu January 22, 2015 6:38 pm

Jamison Ross performs at the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Drums Competition in 2012.
Paul Morigi Getty Images for The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz

Like many a jazz label throughout history, Prestige Records was a small, independent company which happened to document greats: musicians like Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins and Thelonious Monk, among others. Last year marked its 65th anniversary.

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2:31am

Thu January 15, 2015
Jazz Night In America: Wednesday Night Webcasts

Butler, Bernstein And The Hot 9 At Jazz Standard

Originally published on Fri January 30, 2015 2:32 pm

Steven Bernstein (trumpet) and Henry Butler (front row, right) lead the Hot 9.
Stephanie Berger Courtesy of the artist

Henry Butler comes from a line of New Orleans piano geniuses, virtuosi who command any style under the syncopated sun. Steven Bernstein comes from a career of collaboration, blowing a slide trumpet all over downtown New York and writing arrangements for just about any medium and context. Both share a love for Jelly Roll Morton and Bessie Smith — Butler grew up in New Orleans, and Bernstein leads the pre-war Millennial Territory Orchestra — and for injecting personal, modern twists into anything they do. And when they met on stage recently, they knew they had to collaborate deeper.

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3:30pm

Wed January 14, 2015
Jazz Night In America

'Everything Is Cyclical': Christian McBride Looks At 2015 In Jazz

Originally published on Thu January 15, 2015 5:55 pm

Christian McBride is the host of NPR's Jazz Night In America.
Anna Webber Courtesy of the artist

Christian McBride likely doesn't need much of an introduction. He's a bassist who's worked with everyone from McCoy Tyner to Diana Krall to Paul McCartney.

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4:19pm

Mon January 12, 2015
A Blog Supreme

Winter Jazzfest 2015 In Photos

Originally published on Mon January 12, 2015 6:08 pm

John Rogers for NPR

If you've ever gone to the NYC Winter Jazzfest — specifically, the marathon of overlapping sets in roughly adjacent venues that sometimes lasts more than eight hours per night — you know that you're bombarded with choices. Stay in one theater where it's warm, or graze for three songs and move on? Stand in that slow-moving line, or find a new plan? See one of your favorite musicians, or take a risk on something you've never heard of before? Experimental, deep in-the-pocket, or somewhere in between?

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3:05pm

Fri January 9, 2015
Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz

Paul Shaffer On Piano Jazz

Paul Shaffer.
Daniel Boczarski Getty Images

Known as the longtime bandleader for NBC's Late Night With David Letterman — and, later, CBS' Late Show — Paul Shaffer first received training in the classics. But, thanks to rock 'n' roll, he grew up to lead what Letterman has called "the world's most dangerous band."

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12:47pm

Thu January 8, 2015
A Blog Supreme

5 Locally Grown Projects At Winter Jazzfest 2015

Eddie Henderson performs three times at the 2015 Winter Jazzfest.
Jimmy Katz Courtesy of the artist

New York's Winter Jazzfest seems to grow like kudzu: fast and far. This year's installment, the 11th annual, features 500 musicians in styles ranging from gypsy swing to electronic.

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2:02am

Thu January 8, 2015
Jazz Night In America: Wednesday Night Webcasts

Remembering Marian McPartland: A Celebration

Originally published on Fri March 20, 2015 11:39 am

Marian McPartland.
Courtesy of the artist

As a pianist and bandleader, Marian McPartland was a decorated jazz artist, recording and performing for well over half a century. At the same time, she was one of the music's great champions, as host of NPR's Piano Jazz for 33 years.

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