Jazz

4:21pm

Wed May 7, 2014
A Blog Supreme

The First African-American Piano Manufacturer

Originally published on Thu May 8, 2014 11:20 am

The high-end Setai Fifth Avenue Hotel in New York, now called Langham Place, took in one of Warren Shadd's pianos.
Courtesy of Warren Shadd

At the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival in February, one couldn't help but notice the striking new grand piano on the main stage, emblazoned with the name SHADD. When the many accomplished pianists that wee­­kend sat down to strike those keys, it was equally easy to spot their delight in the instrument.

That piano was the product of a trailblazer in his field. The Shadd in question is jazz drummer Warren Shadd, the first African-American piano manufacturer. That makes him the first large-scale commercial African-American instrument manufacturer, period.

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5:18pm

Sat May 3, 2014
Music Interviews

Sonny Rollins: 'You Can't Think And Play At The Same Time'

Originally published on Sat May 3, 2014 6:27 pm

"Jazz improvisation is supposed to be the highest form of communication," Sonny Rollins says, "and getting that to the people is our job as musicians."
John Abbott Courtesy of the artist

When you consider that critics have been writing about him for over 60 years, it can seem as if there's nothing left to say about Sonny Rollins. But there is – because over the decades, the "Saxophone Colossus" has never stopped growing or adding to his sound.

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3:42pm

Fri May 2, 2014
Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz

Howard Alden On Piano Jazz

Howard Alden.
Joseph Boggess Courtesy of the artist

Guitarist Howard Alden's superb solo and accompaniment skills have led to work with legends including Red Norvo, Woody Herman and his mentor, guitarist George Van Eps. On this episode of Piano Jazz, Alden demonstrates his harmonic and melodic mastery of the seven-string guitar with a glowing version of "Single Petal of a Rose."

Originally recorded July 26, 1999.

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5:38pm

Thu May 1, 2014
A Blog Supreme

The 2014 Jazz At Lincoln Center Gala Concert

Originally published on Thu May 1, 2014 8:54 pm

Wynton Marsalis leads the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra in concert.
Brad Barket Getty Images

Tonight's concert has concluded.

Jazz at Lincoln Center presents its annual gala concert, featuring an all-star lineup including host Billy Crystal and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra directed by Wynton Marsalis.

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3:08pm

Thu May 1, 2014
A Blog Supreme

Remembering Armando Peraza, An Afro-Cuban Percussion Giant

It's hard to imagine a musical career that included musicians as varied as Charlie Parker, Peggy Lee, George Shearing and Carlos Santana. But such was hand percussionist Armando Peraza's resumé after almost 70 years making music.

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2:53pm

Wed April 30, 2014
Mountain Stage

The Julian Lage Trio On Mountain Stage

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 4:29 pm

The Julian Lage Trio.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

The Julian Lage Trio makes its first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live on the campus of West Virginia University in Morgantown.

A bona fide prodigy, Lage was the subject of the Oscar-nominated documentary Jules At Eight. He made his recording debut in 1999 at age 11, alongside David Grisman, Bela Fleck, Vassar Clements and Edgar Meyer.

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1:54pm

Wed April 30, 2014
A Blog Supreme

How Japan Came To Love Jazz

Originally published on Wed April 30, 2014 2:04 pm

U.S. servicemen and their Japanese partners dance to jazz tunes in the newly opened Tokyo nightclub Oasis of the Ginza, circa 1945.
Keystone Getty Images

If you've witnessed a headlining performance from pianists Toshiko Akiyoshi or Hiromi, visited a "jazu kissa" cafe where records are spun and coffee poured, or read nearly any work by author Haruki Murakami, then you probably have a sense that Japan has taken well to jazz music.

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2:03am

Tue April 29, 2014
Music

The Public School Where The Duke Lives On

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 12:52 pm

Trumpeter Geraldo Marshall and trombonist Johannes Utas, students at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, rehearse for their school's 40th anniversary celebration.
Lauren Migaki NPR

Duke Ellington didn't consider himself a jazz musician.

He said he was a musician who played jazz. And what a musician: pianist, bandleader, composer of more than 1,000 songs including standards like "Don't Get Around Much Anymore," "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)," "Satin Doll" and "Sophisticated Lady."

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6:21pm

Sat April 26, 2014
Music Interviews

René Marie On Singing, Sex And The Importance Of Being Eartha

Originally published on Thu May 22, 2014 1:54 pm

Jazz singer René Marie's latest release is I Wanna Be Evil: With Love to Eartha Kitt.
Janice Yim Courtesy of the artist

8:07am

Sat April 26, 2014
Music

A Millionaire Saves The Silenced Symphonies Of Pakistan

Originally published on Sat April 26, 2014 11:30 am

Izzat Majeed address a crowd in New York during a collaborative concert between Sachal Studios musicians and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. The Lahore-born philanthropist founded a recording studio and provided opportunities for musicians in Pakistan.
Hiroyuki Ito Getty Images

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